Alex Speier

What happens when No. 1 offense meets No. 1 defense in Super Bowl?

Foxborough, MA - 1-14-17 - Devin McCourty (32) celebrates with teammates after his interception during third quarter action during AFC Divisional Playoff game - Gillette Stadium. Houston Texans @ New England Patriots. (Jim Davis/Globe staff)

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Super Bowl LI matches the NFL’s best on both sides of the ball in the high-scoring Falcons and stingy Patriots.

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Steelers’ defensive game plan was atrocious

Never have we seen so many wide-open receivers running down the field in a playoff game.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-11163.jpg We feel pity, not hatred, for Atlanta

The Falcons are irrelevant. The only two sports that matter in town are college football . . . and spring college football.

Color Daily -- REMOTE TRANSMISSION--- JANUARY 27, 2002: PITTSBURGH PA: Globe Staff Photo: Barry Chin. As Troy Brown is being tackled by steelers Kris Brown he laterals the ball. -- Library Tag 01282002 Sports

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Chad Finn

Ranking the Patriots’ AFC Championship victories

The Patriots have won their conference title nine times, in a variety of ways and with an assortment of role players.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Davis19-11155.jpg Belichick compares Blount carry with famous Mark Bavaro play

The Patriots running back conjured up memories of the Giants tight end against the 49ers in 1986.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/celebrate-001.jpg Tom Brady’s performance was among his best ever in postseason

Brady connected with nine different receivers all over the field on short, intermediate, and deep routes.

KEVIN CULLEN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Kevin_Cullen_150px-4782.jpg Sounding the alarm on Alarmgate

Every sentient American outside of New England, and all the crack investigators in Roger Goodell’s office, know why the Patriots won.

Falcons Notebook

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Dan Quinn has a Super Bowl ring from Seattle and knows it is important not to be intimidated.

Tempers flared at the conclusion of the Celtics-Wizards game Jan. 11.

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Celtics at Wizards | 7 p.m. (CSN)

Will bad blood resurface as Celtics face Wizards?

Their last meeting ended with some ugliness, and there appears to be a budding rivalry.

Boston-10/08/15 - The Boston Bruins vs. the Winnipeg Jets. Bruins Tuukka Rask stretches during pre game warmups. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

RED WINGS AT BRUINS | 7 P.M. (NESN)

Tuukka Rask is good to go for Bruins vs. Detroit

The Boston goalie left Sunday’s game because of a migraine but has been cleared to play tonight.

09/21/15: Boston, MA: The Red Sox Xander Bogaerts (second from left) is all smiles as he and the three teammates that scored ahead of him (left to right) Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Dustin Pedroia head in the direction of a waiting David Ortiz following his bottom of the eighth inning grand slam that provided the winning runs in an eventual 8-7 victory over the Rays. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Red Sox-Rays

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Alex Speier

Red Sox may hold off on long-term deals for young stars

For Betts, Bogaerts and Bradley, conversations about possible extensions almost surely will focus on 2018, rather than 2017.

australian open

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At 36, Willliams is the oldest player to reach the semifinals Down Under in the Open era.

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier, center, shoots as UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, and center Thomas Welsh defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. Arizona won 96-85. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Win over UCLA forces a reassessment of Arizona

With Allonzo Trier back on the court, the Wildcats might just be a Final Four candidate.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/631235528.jpg BU men’s hockey vaults to No. 1 in USCHO.com poll

After posting three wins last week, the Terriers climbed to the top of the polls for the first time since December 2014.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/3d233aa2cc5f453ab4a846229f877491-3d233aa2cc5f453ab4a846229f877491-0.jpg Tiger Woods, 41, preparing to play four times in five weeks

Woods starts his season Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

nhl roundup

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Toronto cashed in one of its many games in hand over the Bruins by beating Calgary, 4-0.

NBA ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/74e39a52b1b942e697fd5a313558088a-74e39a52b1b942e697fd5a313558088a-0.jpg Weary Warriors fall to Heat on last-second shot

Dion Waiters’s 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left lifted Miami over Golden State, 105-102, ending the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak.

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