Curran: Flacco got the better of Pats

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Curran: Flacco got the better of Pats

CSNNE.com Patriots insider Tom E. Curran, with Mike Giardi, recap a tough loss for the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, in which the Pats couldn't stop Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

"In then end, Flacco played terrifically," Curran said.

Girardi pointed out that the Patriots couldn't mount any kind of pass rush agains the Baltimore quarterback, particularly in the second half.

"Really, Joe Flacco was incredibly efficient in the second half," Curran said. Flacco hooked up with Anquan Boldin for two of his touchdown passes in the second half and the other TD pass went to tight end Dennis Pitta.

Curran said the Patriots can look back at missed opportunities, particularly "an inability to cash in in the red zone," but it came down to an inability to stop Flacco.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix talks with Abby Chin about the teams in the East making moves at the trade deadline while the Boston Celtics stood pat.