How the Texans exposed flaws in the Patriots’ offense

Foxborough, MA 01/14/17 Patriots Tom Brady reacts after being sacked in the second quarter. The New England Patriots play against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Houston had its pass rushers line up inside, and they were able to get favorable 1-on-1 matchups.

Boston MA 1/16/17 Boston Celtics Kelly Olynyk making a save to lead a fast break against the Charlotte Hornets during second quarter action at the TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 15Kings reporter:

celtics 108. hornets 98

Thomas, Horford lead Celtics past Hornets at TD Garden

Isaiah Thomas scored 35 points and Al Horford added 22 to lead Boston past rival Charlotte.


// A legitimate debate about Patriots will end soon

There will be no more free passes for the Patriots in the playoffs, just capable passers.


// The 3-pointer gives Isaiah Thomas room to go

When he’s hitting the 3, Thomas has more opportunity to penetrate.

Boston, MA 1-16-17: The Bruins Joe Morrow (left) got the short end of this first period collision with the Islanders Stephen Gionta (right). The Boston Bruins hosted the New York Islanders in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) reporter: dupont topic: Bruins-Islanders

jim davis/globe staff


Bruins fall flat against the Islanders

Tuukka Rask was pulled after two periods and the last-place Islanders humbled the Bruins at TD Garden.


// Tuukka Rask got the hook to give him a breather

Yes, the Bailey goal was a softie, but the Bruins also were trying to preserve their No. 1 goalkeeper.

celtics notebook

// Celtics’ Tyler Zeller starting to feel good after illness

Dizziness has subsided as Zeller returns to basketball activities.


// Josh McDaniels to stay with Patriots next season

The offensive coordinator has removed his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head coaching job.


// Dreaming of a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl

With the Giants, Seahawks, and Cowboys out of the playoffs, we can still look forward to a Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers showdown.

illustration by Tim O’Brien

Globe Magazine

The debate is over. Bill Belichick is the greatest NFL coach ever.

His sustained success isn’t just supposed to be unlikely in modern football. It’s supposed to be impossible.

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Antonio Brown shows the world what Mike Tomlin thinks of Patriots

The Steelers receiver recorded a Facebook Live video in the locker room Sunday and caught his coach’s postgame speech.

BU 3, BC 0

BU sweeps as Jake Oettinger shuts out BC

The 18-year-old made 34 saves as the Terriers swept the home-and-home series.

// If Roger Goodell comes to Foxborough, Tom Brady is OK with it

The Patriots quarterback also took the high road when asked about being the target of an Earl Thomas barb.

// Five things to know about the Steelers

A closer look at the team the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

epa05722745 Serena Williams of the USA in action against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during round one of the Women's Singles of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 17 January 2017. EPA/JULIAN SMITH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Julian Smith/EPA

Australian Open

Serena Williams victorious in return from lengthy layoff

Williams breezes to straight-set victory, 6-4, 6-3, over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in first-round matchup Tuesday in Melbourne, Australia.

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem (3) and guard Steve Vasturia (32) congratulate each other during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Notre Dame defeated Miami 67-62. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Joe Sullivan | College Basketball

Notre Dame’s show has been pretty good on the road

Despite not scheduling any nonconference road games, the Irish are suddenly a solid visitor.



Isaiah Thomas says he didn’t talk trash about Dennis Schroder’s mom

“That’s a 100 percent lie, and he knows that,” Thomas said Sunday. “I always say, ‘Keep it hoop.’ ”

// Patriots, Falcons early picks to make it to Super Bowl

Las Vegas oddsmakers made New England a 5.5-point choice over Pittsburgh while the Falcons are favored by 4 over Green Bay.


// Julian Edelman is The Target

The receiver has seven straight playoff games in which he’s caught at least seven passes, an NFL record.

You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required! complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks. complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.