LT: I don't hate Patriots

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LT: I don't hate Patriots

LaDainian Tomlinson has never been shy about expressing his distaste for the Patriots. Calling them classless after the Pats eliminated his San Diego team from the 2006 AFC playoffs, saying that cheating was their modus operandi after Spygate broke in 2007 . . . he hasn't had too many good things to say about them over the years.
But, despite repeated attempts by Dan Patrick, he wouldn't say anything bad about them on Monday.
"No, I don't hate them," Tomlinson said on 'The Dan Patrick Show' when asked the inevitable question. "When we're between the lines . . . they were the team that always kept my teams from getting to where we wanted to go and win a championship."
He wouldn't go so far as to say he'd play for them, though. When asked if he'd go to New England if offered a one-year deal, he hemmed and hawed and finally said: "Obviously, I would be tempted because Tom Brady is there and I would love to play with him. But I just think it probably, at this point, would be a stretch."
This new lovefest only goes so far, though. He's picking the Giants to win the Super Bowl.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.

Next up: Super Bowl 51.

Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in another MVP-worthy showing, while Jones shook off a toe injury to haul in nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, leading the Falcons to a 44-21 blowout of the storied Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship Sunday.

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Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

You’ll never guess who the seventh-best quarterback* at Gillette Stadium was Sunday. 

Via video posted on his Snapchat, 2014 Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel, currently out of the league, attended the AFC Championship wearing a Tom Brady jersey. 

Manziel was released by the Browns last March after two seasons and just eight starts. Had he played this season, he would have been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. 

*He might have been eighth-best. Julian Edelman played quarterback in college. People forget that.