By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
FOXBORO In remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., the New England Patriots recognized the somber moment in American history prior to Thursday's preseason game against the New York Giants.
The Pats hosted former guard Joe Andruzzi, his three New York City firefighter brothers and his father, a former New York City police officer.
They served as honorary game captains and participated in the pre-game coin toss.
In addition to their participation, all five branches of the military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard - presented separate color guards for the national anthem while police officers and firefighters also took part in the pre-game ceremonies.
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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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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.