Sunday's game may be won in the trenches

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Sunday's game may be won in the trenches

FOXBORO -- Much has already been made of the ability of both Tom Brady and Joe Flacco to make big plays through the air.

But with those big plays comes pressure up front. It's possible that the AFC Championship Game will be won at the line of scrimmage.

The Patriots' offensive line knows what they're going up against. And on Wednesday, center Ryan Wendell talked about the challenges with blocking Baltimore's defensive attack.

"I think it is clear," said Wendell. "This team is a really good team. That is why they are in this game. Their defense is anchored by those big guys up front. They have Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody and then behind them you have Arthur Jones coming in. I mean, they are solid all the way across the board. They are big human beings."

Wendell went on to add even more praise for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, someone the Patriots will be fully aware of on Sunday.

"Ngata is everything that is advertised," said Wendell. "He is a big, powerful guy, skillful, quick feet, good hands, knows how to get to the ball, understands football, knows how to beat offensive linemens blocks. He is a great defensive tackle and he is going to be a huge test for us."

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

In February, the Boston Celtics were involved in trade deadline talks with the Houston Rockets involving center Dwight Howard.

It appears the team still has interest in the free-agent big man. 

According to ESPN, the Celtics have secured a meeting with Howard after July 1.

Howard, 30, became a free agent after declining a player option that would have paid him more the $23 million in 2016-17