Notes: Brady and Ochocinco in sync at practice


Notes: Brady and Ochocinco in sync at practice

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Sundays practice at Gillette Stadium saw the return ofrunning back Danny Woodhead and offensive lineman Dan Connolly, but the biggestthing sticking out from the two-hour session was the connection Tom Brady andChad Ochocinco had all afternoon.

Brady hit Ochocinco perfectly in stride with several deeppasses, and Ochocinco made nice catches on both, which would have resulted intouchdowns had it been a game.

The first came on a flea flicker, as running back BenJarvusGreen-Ellis threw the handoff back to Brady, who then let it fly, deep down themiddle of the field. The play threw the defense off-guard, and a wide-open Ochocincomade the catch.

The other big play the two connected on came as Ochocincobeat cornerback Devin McCourty wide down the right sideline, making somewhat ofa diving catch in the end zone.

The two plays captured the highlight of the afternoon.

As for the attendance, Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, Shane Vereen,James Sanders, Ras-I Dowling, and Josh Barrett were not practicing, but were onthe sidelines.

Albert Haynesworth, Mike Wright, Brandon Spikes, and TaylorPrice didnt practice either and were nowhere to be found on Sunday.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh


Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most. 

That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.

"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that. 

"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."

And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.