Super Bowl bound

Tom Brady (right) and Danny Amendola bask in the celebration.

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Chad Finn

Yeah, that really happened

Things looked bleak for the Patriots, but then Tom Brady and Co. did what they do best.

Receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrates a touchdown in the first half of the NFC title game.

Five things to know about the Eagles

Here’s what you need to know about the team the Patriots will face in Super Bowl LII.

The Season Ticket podcast

NFL reporter Ben Volin joins host Chris Gasper to break down yet another Tom Brady comeback and Super Bowl berth.

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// As usual, Patriots defense improved as season went on

It a common element of the Super Bowl teams: In-season adjustments bring better results.


// There was never any doubt

The Patriots win. They always win. And Sunday they earned their 10th trip to the Super Bowl.

// Here’s a closeup of Brady’s un-bandaged hand injury

It wasn’t until after Sunday’s game that we actually got a clear view of the injury.

A greased pole stands near the intersection of Broad and Shunk Streets in South Philadelphia before the NFC championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Philadelphia actually greased its light poles to discourage fans from climbing them

Not surprisingly, Eagles fans simply took that as a challenge.

The enemy is in the building: Cambridge Police Commissioner is an Eagles fan

It’s going to be a long two weeks at the department’s headquarters.

23artofmarch -- An interactive trove of digitized signs from last year's Women's March in Boston is now available online. (Art of the March)

Digital archive of signs from last year’s Boston Women’s March now available online

Scroll through troves of signs held up by people who attended the massive gathering on the Common last year, after President Trump took office.

// Amazon Go store opens — with no cashiers, lines, or registers

When shoppers pull an item of the shelf, it’s added to their virtual cart, and they’re charged when they leave the store.

// NBC’s Megyn Kelly says Jane Fonda has ‘no business’ lecturing her

Megyn Kelly says Jane Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive” after the actress criticized her.

Senate votes to end government shutdown

Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government and the body has voted to advance a bill financing federal agencies.

Ground Game

// Here’s why Senate Democrats caved on the shutdown in favor of longterm political gain

The vote by Senate Democrats Monday afternoon to end the shutdown may have come with a cold logic: They were beginning to overplay their hand.

// Both Mass. Senators voted ‘no’ on deal to reopen the government

The pair were among 18 “no” votes on procedural vote to advance a short term funding bill that was passed in the Senate with support from Democrats.

// Pa. Supreme Court throws out state’s congressional map

The ruling grants a major victory to plaintiffs who had contended that districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

// Donald Trump proves the adage ‘ignorance is bliss’

Again and again, Trump says that “nobody knows more than I do.”

// Boston officials worried about retaliation after four killings in four days

Boston has seen four homicides this month, the most in years, raising concerns about retaliatory violence among the city’s warring gangs, police said.

// Boston College hockey player assaulted at pizzeria

Kevin Lohan, cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, is “out indefinitely” after being assaulted at Domino’s on Boylston Street.

// Three board members out at USA Gymnastics in wake of abuse

The Indianapolis-based group trains Olympians, including many who said they were sexually assaulted by a team doctor, Larry Nassar.

// Town official in Maine under fire after espousing white supremacist views

Tom Kawczynski recently made public comments bashing Islam and calling for preservation of white European heritage in northern New England.

Starts & Stops

// Free bus service? Only for night owls

The MBTA is considering an overnight bus service—and making it free for riders.

// Brigham and Children’s each get $50m gift

The donations by Robert Hale Jr. and his wife, Karen, are among the largest received by each hospital.

Tech Lab

// A not so self-driving Cadillac

Testing the Cadillac new self-driving system is like that first drive by your teenager, expecting to grab the wheel when he does something crazy.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Margery Eagan

// It’s time to say goodbye to the NFL cheerleaders

They’re underpaid, exploited, and objectified, in a game with a lousy history of violence against women.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// Experts struggle to predict clinical trial outcomes

Researchers might not be as great at determining the likelihood of a clinical trial’s success as they think they are.

Real Estate

What your money rents in Cambridgeport

A sampling of the market in this neighborhood between Harvard and MIT includes a condo with high ceilings and an apartment with river views.