New England Patriots defeat Baltimore Ravens, 24-3

By the end of a 24-3 Patriots win over the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, the Patriots didn't know whether to sack Kyle Boller or to hug him.

If ever the mercy rule should have applied in the last 10 minutes of a professional football game, this was the time. Boller, the second-year quarterback from Cal, was stripped of the ball, and of his dignity, in the fourth quarter when the Patriots' Jarvis Green fell on a loose ball knocked away from Boller by Tedy Bruschi for the f...

Though more than $300 million was invested in the construction of Gillette Stadium, part of it going to a state-of-the-art drainage system, the playing surface reminds Tom Brady of his high school field in San Mateo, Calif.

"How were the conditions?" Brady asked after the Patriots' 24-3 win over Baltimore yesterday. "Poor. I think that field from here on out is going to be terrible because it is only going to get colder and the grass doesn't grow back, so it is just goi...

It all feels different to Rosevelt Colvin.

A 10-1 season feels different than the 13-3 season he experienced with the Chicago Bears under Dick Jauron in 2000.

"It's so different because with all due respect to Dick Jauron and what we were doing in Chicago that year, I've never seen a coaching staff prepare a team better than this one has prepared ours so far this year for every game," he said. "It's really amazing to me to watch it day in and day out and week in and ...

Does everyone in these here parts truly appreciate what's going on here?

I mean, if football is your game, do you understand that you have hit the lottery? Stop worrying about whether the Patriots will win a third Super Bowl on the evening of Feb. 6, 2005. There are too many variables involved to start worrying about that. What you must do is emulate your favorite team and focus, not on the future, but on the here and now. Enjoy the moment, for, as they say, it truly do...