Patriots 27, Steelers 24

Pittsburgh, PA 12-17-17: RETRANSMISSION FOR BETER COLOR QUALITY......As Steelers fans hoot at him as he leaves the field following the New England victory, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screams his trademark

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Dan Shaughnessy

When will Patriots’ opponents learn?

When you are the Patriots, you always prepare for the inevitable moment when the opponent loses his mind.

Tara Sullivan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tara_sullivan_20171204.jpg This game had everything. Including Gronk

Fresh off a forced respite, Rob Gronkowski was a one-man wrecking crew Sunday.

Chad Finn

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2164b95bf33f491c82a03e0c361354d8-2164b95bf33f491c82a03e0c361354d8-0.jpg That was one of the most thrilling wins in years

It wasn’t quite the equal of the Super Bowl comeback, but it was close.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nepitt2B_spts.jpg Eric Rowe, Duron Harmon weren’t faked out

The Steelers tried to trick the Patriots with a false spike, but the defensive backs were ready.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nepitt3A_spts.jpg Why the Steelers’ TD was overturned

Jesse James’ catch and lunge for the end zone was initially ruled a touchdown, which would have put Pittsburgh in front.

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New England took over the No. 1 seed in the AFC thanks to some late heroics.

Carlos Rafael talked on the phone at Homer's Wharf in New Bedford near his herring boat F/V Voyager.

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EDITORIAL

What’s fair in breaking up empire of ‘the Codfather’?

Carlos Rafael’s crimes are well known. How to break up the huge New England fishing empire he created is less clear.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/b575813e-e36b-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e.jpg MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

The woman told CNBC executives in 1999 that Matthews made inappropriate comments about her in front of others.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/01012008_01subfirepictwo-6378679.jpg Fireworks are returning to First Night festival

The midnight show over the harbor was scrapped last year for lack of funds.

Cavaliers 106, Wizards 99

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/da705af39e49409fad9bc6f508867488-da705af39e49409fad9bc6f508867488-0.jpg LeBron James’s night: triple-double, mismatched sneakers, and Trump talk

James made a statement with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/9ee4b5e573564905b7365efb439b7523-9ee4b5e573564905b7365efb439b7523-0.jpg A marijuana salve won best in show at a cannabis convention

Over 70 submissions, entered by more than 50 growers, were judged on their aroma, ash, effect, appearance, cure, and taste.

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In a video clip on the BBC website showing Harry and Barack Obama beforehand, Obama joked: ‘‘Do I need a British accent?’’

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/PregnancyPt1V2_Illustration_MollyFerguson_112917-2048x1152.jpg Pregnant women who need drugs face risky guessing game. A task force wants to help

Most medications approved for use during pregnancy are for pregnancy-related conditions.

Complaint-ridden contractor for T’s Ride service axed

Global Contact’s brief term was marked by late pickups, missed trips, and an overwhelmed customer support operation.

Anticipating a ban, Deborah Branting of the Back Bay has been stockpiling plastic bags.

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Will city’s new plastic bag ban hit poor, elderly shoppers?

Mayor Martin Walsh did say he had some concerns on costs, but that environmental benefits outweighed those worries.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/9c3b2b5b9a344ba4bf32f10b16d32702-9c3b2b5b9a344ba4bf32f10b16d32702-0.jpg Power restored at Atlanta airport, but not after a ‘nightmare’

More than 1,000 flights were canceled Sunday after a power outage at the nation’s busiest airport.

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Nearly two dozen flights on Sunday and Monday between Boston and Atlanta were canceled.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Advance/Images/18letters.jpg When ‘public’ buildings cease being fully public

Under regulations that took effect Nov. 20, you need a driver’s license, passport, or state or college ID card to enter a 21-story tower next to the State House.

Nearby residents call it an eyesore, but Richard and Lola Eanes are happy with the energy savings their solar setup delivers.

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‘What right do they have to call this an eyesore?’

A Beverly couple has installed a ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels. Neighbors say they never were consulted.

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Yet the outcry over the investigation grew louder over the weekend among Trump loyalists and conservatives.

Dec. 14, 2017 - US Post Office employees James Holland (left) Boston Postmaster Nicolas Francescucci (second left), Michael Rakers (second right) and Steve Doherty (right) pose with Executive Director of Globe Santa Bill Connolly (center) at the Boston Globe offices at One Exchange Place at 53 State Street in Boston, Mass. The Post Office works with Globe Santa to ensure the delivery of Christmas gifts to more than 35,000 children in need. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Globe Santa.

Globe Santa

60 years ago, a $1 Globe Santa gift made news

“I hope I will help a small girl or boy,” read the letter from the 10-year-old and her mother, published in the Globe Dec. 9, 1957.

12/17/2017 - Boston, MA - Lamaurie Reed, cq, 9, of Boston, caught snowflakes on his tongue.

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For these children, it was a day filled with joy

Christmas in the City, which gives Boston’s less-fortunate youth a special day, once again offered the young kids a glimpse into a special world.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG-8115.jpg Parents angry over new school start times picket Walsh event

Walsh, attending a tree lighting Sunday in West Roxbury, continued to come under fire from parents.

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Three Boston mixologists shake-up and share their favorite holiday cocktails

A twist on spiked cider. A true hot, buttered rum. A drink made with quince? Make these recipes and cheers to good cheer.

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Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Margery Eagan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/tonya.jpg A figure-skating redneck hungry for acceptance

Redneck resentment is nothing new.

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Magazine | A nonfiction novella

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One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/metoo%20biomedical%20science.jpg In wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science

Dr. Reshma Jagsi published a survey last year on harassment in the lab, and has found her research has gotten a second life.