Marino 'didn't get' Pats' lack of urgency Sunday

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Marino 'didn't get' Pats' lack of urgency Sunday

The Patriots' lack of urgency in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jets -- when, while trailing by 10 (21-11), they wiped nearly eight minutes off the clock in a drive that failed to produce any points -- was a point of contention in New England, but was defended by both coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

On Wednesday, though, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino publicly questioned the strategy, as well.

"They weren't even in a hurry-up mode with 13 minutes left," the former Dolphin said on his weekly Dan Marino Show on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel web site. "They were running the ball with Danny Woodhead, and if you're Rex Ryan and the Jets, you have got to love the fact they are just handing the ball to Woodhead.

"You gotta be kidding me, right? I mean, they're handing the ball off? So, I didn't get that part of it. And they ate up six, seven minutes of clock. And they ended up with a fourth-and-15 and didn't score. That's really where they hurt themselves. They were huddling up. They were taking their time.

"I didn't get that part."

Read all of Marino's comments, on both the Patriots-Jets game and other NFL playoff games, here.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)