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The Patriots and Broncos engaged in a war of words leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Denver.

Early in the game, the Denver Police Department got in the act.

With the way the first half went, who could blame them for talking a little trash?

The normally potent New England attack was mostly bottled up by Denver's stout D in the first half, as Tom Brady was picked twice and failed to throw a touchdown, with the Patriots going into the locker room trailing 17-9.

We'll see if Brady & Co. make the Denver PD eat its words.

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The New England Patriots-New York Jets game came to a rather unusual end Sunday, as a Patriots player appeared to mistakenly elect to kick off to start overtime, then the Jets promptly scored the game-winning touchdown.

Bill Belichick put an end to that speculation in his press conference, saying it was his decision to send the ball away. Upon hearing that, the New York Jets' Twitter account could not contain itself.

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Tom BradyMaddie Meyer/Getty Images

After a critical Boston Magazine article about his trainer, Alex Guerrero, was published last week, Tom Brady appeared on local radio and responded, giving a lengthy defense of Guerrero's techniques.

As part of that defense, Brady advocated for an alternative approach to nutrition and training. (You can read a full recap on WEEI's website.) And Brady disagreed with the things many Americans eat and drink.

"That's not the way our food system in America is set up," Brady said of his own approach. "It's very different. They have a food pyramid. And I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do. You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, 'Oh yeah, that's no problem.' Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements [so you] think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living. No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that's poison for kids. But they keep doing it. And obviously you guys may not have a comment on that, because maybe that's what your belief system is. So you do whatever you want, you live the life you want."

Coca-Cola's response, per Fox Business: "All of our beverages are safe and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced lifestyle. ... We offer more than 200 low and nocalorie beverages in the U.S. and Canada and a wide variety of smaller portion sizes of our regular drinks. As a responsible beverage company and marketer, we prominently provide calorie and sugar information for our beverages so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families."

Brady also went after Frosted Flakes -- "[Americans] believe that Frosted Flakes is a food," he said -- and Fox Business had Kellogg's' response.

H/T WEEI / CBS Sports

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Court SketchCourtesy Jane Rosenberg

While a federal court takes the next step in resolving Deflategate, a courtroom sketch emerged Wednesday of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and the duo's assorted legal counsel.

The sketch, by artist Jane Rosenberg, lit up the Internet for its rough and approximate portrayal of Brady.

It features, from left, Jeff Pash, NFL executive vice president and general counsel; Goodell; Gregg Levy, NFL counsel; Adolpho Birch, NFL executive VP; Don Yee, Brady's agent; and Brady.

To be fair, Brady's face is one of the most recognizable in sports. Anything but pure photorealism would have provoked comments. And a courtroom artist's job is to capture the scene quickly. They aren't intending to emulate the Dutch masters.

But social media doesn't care about that. It cares about memes.

Here's how Brady actually looked today, soaking up cheers as he entered the federal courthouse.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no settlement in the case.

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Darrelle Revis AP Photo/Stephan Savoia

Darrelle Revis might have won a Super Bowl ring with New England Patriots, but that doesn't mean he's displaying undying devotion to his now-former team (he's back with the their archrivals, the New York Jets, after a two-season hiatus, one spent with the Patriots).

Specifically, he has no sympathy for Tom Brady. Revis spoke to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, suggesting the franchise's history of rule-breaking likely played a part in Brady's punishment:

"Everybody's blowing it [Deflategate] up because it is Tom Brady. I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that's that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can't hide that. ... Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past. ... Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got Spygate, you got this and that and everything else."

Spoken like a true Jet (or at least someone who has wiped his hands of his former team). Revis certainly has no responsibility to defend the Patriots, but it does make us anticipate the two matchups between the storied foes this coming season even more than usual.

(H/T New York Daily News)

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