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Carrie Underwood. Tiger Woods. Beyonce. And Buffalo. People magazine says our city is one of the "100 Reasons to Love America in 2019." The magazine released its annual summer list last week and it is included in its July 1 issue. The magazine wraps up its reasoning in two sentences: "A rust-belt city having a renaissance. Spectacular late-19th-century architectur…

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Usually, it’s the other way around. Players leave the Buffalo Bills for the New England Patriots, looking to find out firsthand what it’s like to be on the dynastic side of the NFL tracks. Stephon Gilmore, Chris Hogan, Mike Gillislee and Scott Chandler are among prominent former Bills who recently got their taste of being a part of the league’s gold standard. Gilmore and…

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In Tom Brady's 267 NFL starts, he has only been accompanied by a wide receiver drafted in the first round on 71 occasions – an average of slightly more than four times per year. Brady's success with Randy Moss stands out in memory, but most others on the list (such as Donte' Stallworth, Kenny Britt and Joey Galloway) had forgettable tenures in New England. However, B…

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Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf was one of the stars of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, drawing rave reviews for his speed (4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash), strength (27 bench-press reps of 225 lbs) and overall physique. “Who’s gonna tackle him?" Raiders coach Jon Gruden wondered aloud. "We had pictures of him with his shirt off, it made me want to get into the weight r…

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ATLANTA – Sports dynasties are rarely about a single player or even two or three. You don’t achieve sustained excellence without much broader contributions from players, coaches, talent-evaluators and those who write the checks. Say what you will about the New England Patriots only being as annoyingly dominant as they are because of a certain quarterback who wears No. 12.…

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ATLANTA -- If Super Bowl LIII was Rob Gronkowski’s final NFL game, the Western New York native went out in style Sunday night. As confetti poured down, he waited with most of his New England Patriots teammates forming a human corridor for the relay team of ex-NFL players transporting the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the podium in front of one of the end zones at Mercedes-Benz…

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When the Rams run: Todd Gurley looked like an MVP candidate early in the season, but skepticism about his health (he missed the final two games of the regular season with inflammation in his left knee) grew during the NFC Championship Game, when he played just 32 snaps and finished with just five touches for 13 total yards. Coach Sean McVay has said Gurley is 100 percent l…

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ATLANTA -- The conversation starts with Tom Brady’s age, with how incredibly well his body treats him at 41. Sure, the physical aspect matters, because he’s a professional athlete playing a game that has chewed up and spit out countless humans, most before they’re out of their 20s. The fact Brady’s still the starting quarterback for any NFL team, let alone that perpetual …

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ATLANTA – The question began with a reference to Wade Phillips’ previous Super Bowl appearance. It happened after the 2015 season, when he was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. However, when Phillips noticed the media questioner was from Buffalo, he saw an opportunity to do a some venting about a 19-year-old controversy from a wild-card playoff game in Tennesse…

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ATLANTA – Nickell Robey-Coleman has assumed the role of lightning rod at Super Bowl LIII. It wasn’t enough that he found himself at the center one of the most controversial plays in NFL history, a blatant pass-interference penalty that wasn’t called in the NFC Championship Game and did a tremendous amount to help the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints. Five days…

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By Peter Grathoff, Kansas City Star The NFL confirmed to The Star that it is looking into a report that a laser beam was directed at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Video from KMBC-TV shows a green light shone on Brady during the fourth quarter of the game, which New England won 37-31 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium.…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady doesn’t look like the same force of nature that’s led the New England Patriots to eight Super Bowls and five championships, owning the Buffalo Bills like no other opponent along the way. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer, coming off back-to-back losses in December for the first time since 2002, put forth perhaps his worst performance in …

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You can always count on the New England Patriots to succeed in exploiting what they think is the best matchup against any opponent. And they take great pains to avoid what they consider the worst matchup. The Buffalo Bills’ defense entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in passing yards allowed. The Patriots’ passing attack is in crisis – at least for this week –…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – You see the flaws that had resulted in a two-game losing streak for the first time since 2002. Tom Brady throwing interceptions and missing throws he typically completes. Rob Gronkowski not catching a single pass for only the fourth time in his career. Those haven’t been so familiar during the New England Patriots’ dynasty and their domination of the B…