Belichick: Teams showing interest in Pats' picks

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Belichick: Teams showing interest in Pats' picks

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
We all knew that the trade-happy Patriots would be pleased with the chance to wheel andor deal in the 2011 draft. Bill Belichick confirmed Monday that the opportunities to do so are already stacking up. "We've definitely been contacted by teams below us offering to move back, and by teams behind us looking to move up," Belichick said in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday via the USA Today football blog, The Huddle. "There definitely seems to be a lot of interest in our draft picks. And as you know we're not afraid to trade them."The ironic thing is, quite often, the Patriots get the better of the teams they deal with. The rare exception may be the deal that netted them this year's 17th pick. The Patriots got that from Oakland in exchange for Richard Seymour in an early September 2009 deal.Even though thePatriots weren't likely to retain Seymour after the 2009 season, even though they got a first-round pick in exchange that could still turn into a perennial All-Pro, Seymour was missed in 2009 (again, you can't assume 2010). Other than that, New England wins. Last year, for instance, the Panthers wanted to deal up for quarterback Armanti Edwards in the third round. So they sent a 2011 second-rounder to New England in exchange for the Pats' spot in the third round. Now the Patriots are sitting at 33 with the Panthers pick and Carolina was the worst team in football last year and seemingly on the verge of selecting another quarterback with the first overall pick. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

A record-setting day for Tom Brady

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A record-setting day for Tom Brady

There was no postseason clunker for Tom Brady Sunday. In fact, his performance Sunday was one of the best of his NFL record 24 playoff wins. 

PATRIOTS 33, STEELERS 9

Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. His passing yard total is a Patriots postseason record. 

No. 12’s dominance helped Chris Hogan set a Patriots postseason record with 180 receiving yards on nine catches. Two of his grabs went for touchdowns, including a 39-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker in the second quarter. 

The previous Pats' postseason record was held by Deion Branch, who had 153 receiving yards in the Patriots' divisional round loss to the Broncos in the 2005 season.

Hogan’s performance ranks tied for 17th all-time in terms of receiving yards in a postseason game. The record is still safely held by former Bills receiver Eric Moulds, who had 240 receiving yards on Jan. 2, 1999 in a loss to the Dolphins. 

Hogan wasn’t the only Pats receiver to finish with gaudy numbers. Julian Edelman had eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. 

Game notes: Patriots 36, Steelers 17

Game notes: Patriots 36, Steelers 17

FOXBORO -- Notes from the Patriots' 36-17 victory over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game:

PATRIOTS 33, STEELERS 9

-- The Patriots are headed to their ninth Super Bowl, most in NFL history. The Cowboys, Broncos and Steelers have each been to eight.

-- The Patriots are now 9-4 in AFC Championship Games, including 6-1 in games played in Foxboro and 5-1 at Gillette Stadium.

-- The Patriots are now 3-0 against the Steelers in AFC Championship Games, and 4-1 overall against Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

-- The Patriots are 31-19 in postseason games, including 20-4 at home (3-1 at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium, 17-3 at Gillette).

-- The Patriots won their 31st postseason game tonight, moving them past the 49ers into fourth place on the list of all-time playoff victories in NFL history. They trail the Cowboys (34), Steelers (34) and Packers (32).

 -- The Patriots' .620 winning percentage (31-19) in postseason games is now second-best in NFL history, behind the Ravens (15-8, .652). The Packers' loss today drops them to third (34-22, .607).

-- The Patriots have now won eight conference championships with Robert Kraft as owner, setting an NFL for most conference titles in the Super Bowl. Kraft had been tied with the Denver Broncos' Pat Bowler at seven.

-- Bill Belichick is now 25-10 in postseason games as a head coach and is in a tie with Bill Walsh (10-4) for third place on the NFL list of best postseason coaching winning percentage. Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900) is in first place and Tom Flores (8-3. .727) is second.

-- Belichick is advancing to his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, most in NFL history. He had been tied with Don Shula at six. Belichick's Super Bowl record is 4-2, Shula's is 2-4.

-- Tom Brady had his ninth three-touchdown-pass postseason game, tying Joe Montana for the NFL record.

-- Stephen Gostkowski, who entered the game with 142 career postseason points, scored 12 points today and moved past Gary Anderson into third place on the NFL's all-time list of kicking points in the postseason. Adam Vinatieri (234) is first and David Akers (175) is second.

IF EDELMAN CATCHES 9 OR MORE PASSES IN GAME: -- Julian Edelman (who entered the game with 76) tied/moved past Andre Reed (85) for/into sixth place on the NFL's all-time list of postseason receptions. Michael Irvin is fifth at 88, and Hines Ward and Wes Welker are tied for third at 88.