Patriots will dedicate season to Myra Kraft

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Patriots will dedicate season to Myra Kraft

The Patriots announced today that they will dedicate the 2011 NFL season to Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who passed away on July 20 after a courageous battle with cancer.

As reported earlier, the Pats will wear patches on the left chest of their jerseys in "recognition of her lifelong contributions to the local and global community and her influence on the charitable mission of the entire Patriots organization."

ESPN revealed images of patches to be worn by teams in the 2011 season, including one reading "MHK" in honor of the team owner's late wife.

According to the Patriots official press release, at halftime of Thursday nights regional broadcast of the game, a segment will air featuring Patriots greats past and present reflecting on Myras memory and the lasting legacy she created. Also in honor of Myra Krafts lifetime commitment to philanthropic service, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will focus its season-long initiative in 2011 on recognizing and rewarding volunteerism.

Myra touched the lives of so many people, said Patriots All-Pro defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. My conversations with her were never about football. She always asked about my family and always made me feel as if I were a part of hers. By her example, she made us all want to give more and to make a positive impact in our communities. We are proud to dedicate the 2011 season to Myra Kraft.

In addition, all teams will wear pink ribbon helmet decals for breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

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.