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    REPORT: TONY CORRENTE WILL WORK PATRIOTS-TEXANS AS REFEREE 01.08.13 at 1:57 pm ET
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    Tony Corrente will work Sunday's Patriots-Texans game as the referee. (AP)

    Tony Corrente will work Sunday’s Patriots-Texans game as the referee. (AP)

    According to our pals over at FootballZebras.com,Tony Corrente will work as the referee for Sunday’s Patriots-Texans divisional playoff contest. In his 18th season as an official and 15th as a referee, Corrente has previously worked two divisional playoffs, three conference championships and Super Bowl XLI.

    While he has an impressive track record as an official, he gained a small measure of fame earlier this season when he was caught yelling an obscenity at a fellow official … with his game mic on. As a result, Corrente was docked a game check, and NFL VP of Officiating Carl Johnson called Corrente’s language “inappropriate for a game official.” It’s also noteworthy that Corrente, who will be seeing the Pats for the first time this season, has worked nine New England games since 2000, with the Patriots posting a 7-2 record in that stretch. (With Corrente working as the lead official, New England lost to the Jets in 2002 and the Colts in 2000.)

     
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    Corrente’s tendencies

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/officials/CorrTo0r.htm

     
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    Mary Paoletti       Mary Paoletti 

    NFL Divisional Playoff logos painted on the Gillette Stadium field turf

     

    pic.twitter.com/QhKCg6mt

     

     

     
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    Christopher Price         Christopher Price @cpriceNFL

    It's officially the postseason for the media as well--Texans release for Sunday's game checks in at 290 pages. Patriots? 395 page

     
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    Pats win 34-13

     
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    Nink back at practice today.

     

    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/

     
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    Snapshot: Prepping Gillette for Sunday January, 8, 2013 JAN 8 2:58 PM ET By ESPNBoston.com

    Divisional Logo Mike Rodak/ESPN Workers on Tuesday were getting the Gillette Stadium turf ready for Sunday's divisional-round playoff clash between the Patriots and Texans.

     
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    New England Patriots       New England Patriots @Patriots

    With a win Sunday, Tom Brady would set an all-time @NFL record for most postseason wins by QB.

     
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    [QUOTE]New England Patriots       New England Patriots â€@Patriots

    With a win Sunday, Tom Brady would set an all-time @NFL record for most postseason wins by QB.

    [/QUOTE]
    Nice!

     
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    Playoff Games started

    Brett Favre 24
    Joe Montana 23
    Tom Brady 22
    John Elway 21
    Terry Bradshaw 19
    Peyton Manning 19
    Dan Marino 18
    Roger Staubach 17
    Jim Kelly 17
    Donovan McNabb 16

    Playoff Wins

    Joe Montana 16
    Tom Brady 16
    John Elway 14
    Terry Bradshaw 14
    Brett Favre 13
    Roger Staubach 11
    Troy Aikman 11
    Ben Roethlisberger 10
    Peyton Manning 9
    Jim Kelly 9

    Playoff Losses

    Brett Favre 11
    Peyton Manning 10
    Dan Marino 10
    Jim Kelly 8
    Joe Montana 7
    John Elway 7
    Donovan McNabb 7
    Warren Moon 7
    Tom Brady 6
    Roger Staubach 6

    Playoff Win Percentage (Min 10 games)

    Bart Starr 9 1 .900
    Jim Plunkett 8 2 .800
    Terry Bradshaw 14 5 .737
    Troy Aikman 11 4 .733
    Tom Brady 16 6 .727
    Eli Manning 8 3 .727
    Ben Roethlisberger 10 4 .714
    Joe Montana 16 7 .696
    Kurt Warner 9 4 .692
    John Elway 14 7 .667

     
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    Texans-Patriots: Seven stats to know January, 8, 2013 ET By ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com

    Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesMatt Schaub (left) leads the Texans into Foxborough to face Tom Brady (right) and the Patriots. New England beat Houston 42-14 in Week 14. The last game of the Divisional round kicks off Sunday at 4:30 ET when the  Houston Texans visit the  New England Patriots

    Here are seven notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup: 

    Final Four Repeat 
    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, all four remaining AFC teams reached the Divisional round last season, the first time the same teams were the “Final Four” in a conference in back-to-back seasons. 

    Blowout Rematch 
    The Patriots beat the Texans 24-14 in Week 14 in Foxborough. According to Elias, teams that lost by 28 or more (like the Texans) to a team that it then faced again in the playoffs are 11-11 in the rematch. 

    In fact, the team that lost the regular season game has won three of the past five rematches, most recently in 2010 when the Jets beat the Patriots in Foxborough after losing 45-3 in the regular season. 

    Patriots Have Their Number 
    The Patriots are the No. 2 seed for the fourth time in franchise history -- they made the Super Bowl in each of the previous three seasons, winning twice. 

    Tom Brady Brady Brady Has Bunch of Wins 
    Tom Brady is 16-6 in 22 career playoff starts, tied with  Joe Montana for the most wins by a starting quarterback in NFL playoff history. 

    However, he’s 6-6 in his past 12 postseason starts after winning his first 10. 

    Foster’s Great Start 
    After running for 140 yards last week,  Arian Foster enters the game with 425 postseason rushing yards, the most for a player in his first three career postseason games, according to Elias. 

    Schaub Has Been Stumped 
    Matt Schaub has thrown three interceptions and no touchdowns in his past three games, his first time without a touchdown pass in three straight games since 2007. 

    Texans on the Defensive 
    The Texans defense was stout last week, holding the Bengals to 0-for-9 on third down last week. Elias tells us that it was the first time an NFL team had been held without a third-down conversion in a postseason game since the playoffs following the 1988 season, when the Bills went 0-for-10 against the Bengals.

     
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    Cool High School jacket tough guys!

     
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    good stuff as always rocky....excited for sunday! my birthday is also on sunday, so a pats win would be a nice gift!

     
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    shalise manza young         shalise manza young 

    Patriots used Tom Brady's bloodied & bandaged nose on cover of postseason media guide 

     

    pic.twitter.com/3y5VjP1u

     
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    shalise manza young         shalise manza young 

    Patriots used Tom Brady's bloodied & bandaged nose on cover of postseason media guide 

     

    pic.twitter.com/3y5VjP1u

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    HA! Almost as good as Schilling's memorable bloody sock. GO PATS!

     
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    BUMP. Would like to keep this on first page for the week pl.

     
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    In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
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    good stuff as always rocky....excited for sunday! my birthday is also on sunday, so a pats win would be a nice gift!

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    Happy birthday then.  What a nice present your going to get.   Where are the Texan trolls? There's always playoff trolls.  Well ones that their teams are playing ha ha. 

     
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    Great use of a pratice squad signee!

     

    Holmes' height helps in preparation January, 9, 2013

     

    By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com


    It's possible that part of the Patriots' interest in Holmes was rooted in a desire to find a receiver who could simulate Texans wide receiver  Andre Johnson (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) during practice this week. 

    Tuesday was Holmes' first practice with the Patriots, and as it turns out, he was used at times to line up as Johnson on the scout team. 

    "I was used as him [on] a few reps," Holmes said. "[Tuesday] was kind of just a feel-out type of day. I'll be looking to play him a little bit." 

    The Patriots added wide receiver  Britt Davis to their practice squad before their matchup with the  Denver Broncos last postseason, and he was tabbed to simulate  Demaryius Thomas in practice ( link here). 

    Holmes, originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2011, highlighted competing for the football in contested situations as a strength of his game. 

    "I think I'm pretty good at competing for the ball, especially high-pointing it, and making contested catches," he said. "I think those are my strengths."

     
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    Not that the injury report ever matters with the Patriots...

     

    Pats list 20 players as injured, limited Posted by Mike Florio on January 9, 2013, 7:01 PM EST Bill BelichickAP

    If the Patriots are hiding injuries, they a™re probably not doing it by concealing injured players from the official report.  Instead, if they a™re hiding injuries, they are routinely listing so many injured players that it becomes virtually impossible to know which players are actually injured and which ones actually aren™t.

    Or maybe they just have a lot of actually injured players, as they prepare to face the Texans.

    On the teams first postseason injury report, issued 10 days after their most recent game, the Pats have identified 20 players as participating in practice on a limited basis:  safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), guard Dan Connolly (back), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard(hamstring, knee), safety Nate Ebner (hamstring), tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm, hip), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring), defensive end Chandler Jones(ankle), receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee), guard Logan Mankins(ankle, calf), linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow), center Nick McDonald(shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (hip), linebacker Mike Rivera(ankle), defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes(knee, ankle), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), receiver Wes Welker (ankle), and linebacker Tracy White (elbow).

    So maybe they âre all injured.  Or maybe only some of them are.  Either way, nearly half the roster appears on the report.

    We hate to see how many would have shown up on it if the Pats had secured a bye.

     
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    This is gonna be arecord game day thread! guess we gotta keep it on the first page!!!!BUMP!!

     

     
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    100% practice participation today!

     
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    Playoff Games started

    Brett Favre 24
    Joe Montana 23
    Tom Brady 22
    John Elway 21
    Terry Bradshaw 19
    Peyton Manning 19
    Dan Marino 18
    Roger Staubach 17
    Jim Kelly 17
    Donovan McNabb 16

    Playoff Wins

    Joe Montana 16
    Tom Brady 16
    John Elway 14
    Terry Bradshaw 14
    Brett Favre 13
    Roger Staubach 11
    Troy Aikman 11
    Ben Roethlisberger 10
    Peyton Manning 9
    Jim Kelly 9

    Playoff Losses

    Brett Favre 11
    Peyton Manning 10
    Dan Marino 10
    Jim Kelly 8
    Joe Montana 7
    John Elway 7
    Donovan McNabb 7
    Warren Moon 7
    Tom Brady 6
    Roger Staubach 6

    Playoff Win Percentage (Min 10 games)

    Bart Starr 9 1 .900
    Jim Plunkett 8 2 .800
    Terry Bradshaw 14 5 .737
    Troy Aikman 11 4 .733
    Tom Brady 16 6 .727
    Eli Manning 8 3 .727
    Ben Roethlisberger 10 4 .714
    Joe Montana 16 7 .696
    Kurt Warner 9 4 .692
    John Elway 14 7 .667

    [/QUOTE]

    This shows that Brady is clearly the best.  All the guys with a better playoff win percentage were either from several decades ago or else like Aikman didn't play in nearly as many playoff games.

     
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    from Tombstone

     
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    Bring on the Texans!

    from the Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

     

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