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Belichick, Patriots again stalk history

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State Your Case: Why former Miami S Jake Scott deserves HOF consideration

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No place like home? Not in the NFL

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The New England Patriots have a chance this season to achieve one of the few milestones that has eluded them in the Bill Belichick era – a third consecutive AFC championship, a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

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Steve Tasker caught 20 passes that (1995) season for 255 yards with three touchdowns. He collected the first 100-yard game of his career in the playoffs against the Dolphins, highlighted by a 37-yard touchdown reception.

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Jake Scott is tied with his former safety running mate Houston on the NFL’s all-time interception list with 49. But Houston played five more seasons. Scott also has one more career interception than Hall of Fame safety Willie Wood. And Wood played three more seasons.

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Thirteen of the 51 Super Bowl champions went unbeaten at home and 32 of the champs lost one game or fewer. Only one Super Bowl champion ever finished with a losing record at home – the 2007 Giants, who went 3-5 that season at the Meadowlands.

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Bill Belichick’s winning percentage with the New England Patriots is 73.6 percent and he has taken them to 10 AFC title games in his 17 seasons on their sideline.

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Paul Brown became the first coach to win both a national college championship (at Ohio State) and an NFL title. Only Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer have done it since.

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“Tony Dungy has made the NFL game better on virtually every front,” said Hall of Fame GM Bill Polian.

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Twenty teams have started an NFL season 8-0 since the merger in 1970 and a dozen of them have gone on to play in the Super Bowl.

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Dan Reeves has been to more Super Bowls — as a player and as a coach — than anyone in NFL history, so he knows how difficult it is to get there. That’s why we asked him to name the toughest coaches he had to overcome and the one or two that he would like to see considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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(Photo courtesy of New England Patriots) By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network GLENDALE, Ariz.–Let the discussion begin. With his fourth Super Bowl ring, matching the 1980s feat of Joe Montana, where does Tom Brady now rank in the pantheon of NFL quarterbacks? No, not that discussion. The other discussion. The Bill Belichick discussion. Can …

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(Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins) Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges A guy who spent his career opening up holes for others now needs someone to open one up for him. Truth be told, Bob Kuechenberg not only needs it; he deserves it. You can’t talk to anyone who played on or against the …

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(Paul Brown, courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals) Talk of Fame Network Don Shula learned how to win football championships as a player long before he won them as a coach. Shula played for the Cleveland Browns in the early 1950s — a juggernaut built by Paul Brown that played in 10 consecutive championship games. This …

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  By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network The best team in the NFL must continue its championship quest with a backup quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals sit atop both the NFC West and the NFL with an 8-1 record but lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season in that ninth game with a torn …

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By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network Only Don Shula has experienced perfection as an NFL coach. Shula also has excelled in the role of spoiler. The NFL has been around for 94 years and only one team has managed a perfect season — Shula’s 1972 Miami Dolphins, who ran off 17 consecutive victories on …

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