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'Tom Terrific' at it again for Patriots

With his 25-yard TD pass to Brandin Cooks in the final moments of Sunday's game against the Texans, Tom Brady capped off the 41st game-winning drive of his career. It was Brady's eighth game-winning TD pass that he's thrown in the final minute of the fourth quarter, breaking Johnny Unitas' NFL record.

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Brady calls Trump's comments 'just divisive'

Tom Brady on Monday morning directly addressed remarks made by President Donald Trump that were critical of NFL players who lodge protests during the national anthem, saying "I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive."

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We're getting close to finalizing our 10 playoff spots, as the Diamondbacks have clinched a wild card, the Twins have all but clinched the second AL wild card, and the Red Sox and Cubs are close to wrapping up division titles. Our magic numbers: Cubs 2 (to win NL Central), Red Sox 3 (to win AL East), Twins 3 (to clinch wild card), Rockies 5 (to clinch wild card).

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Jim Kelly: I hope Bills can stand for anthem

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly said on social media that he was "really upset and sad" after seeing Bills players kneel during the national anthem on Sunday. Kelly said he hopes that the team will lock arms and stand instead next Sunday against the Falcons.

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Patriots relies on 'Brady Magic' again (0:49)
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Tom Brady is on fire on deep throws

After struggling mightily in Week 1, Brady has been nearly flawless on attempts of 15-plus yards downfield the past two weeks. He tied a career-high with nine such completions on Sunday alone, including the game-winning score to Brandin Cooks.

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Cooks says anthem protest was about 'respect and unity' (0:24)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Devin McCourty (on why he was one of 17 Patriots to kneel during the national anthem): "I'm just going to say how I felt, and how a lot of guys felt. We were all obviously very conflicted. We knew our message would be perceived by a lot of people in a way that wasn't what we were trying to put out. A lot of guys felt all over the place about the comments by the President Friday night. As a leader on the team, a lot of guys came to me and they didn't know what to do and they were just kind of angry. It was good Saturday, we all kind of talked as a group of releasing that anger and not being angry. We were in chaplain, a lot of guys talked about understanding in our faith, God is first. We wanted to come together and first and foremost, we hate that people are going to see it as we don't respect the military and the men and women that are way braver than us, that go and put their life on the line every day for us to have the right to play football. We know people are going to see it that way. Guys have family members – fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters that serve – and they were really conflicted about it. But we just wanted to send a message of unity and being together and not standing for the disrespect and different ways guys felt. So many different things going through a lot of guys heads and it was unique to see guys kind of come together and bond together as a group before the game, and do that. I think all of us want a message that goes out of unity, being together, obviously as a team and a fraternity of NFL players, guys talk throughout the league about that. It was great to be a part of a lot of guys trying to do the right thing. Obviously it won't be seen as the right thing to everybody, but I think in our hearts, what we focused on the most, was that we were trying to do the right thing today. I'm proud of our guys and I'm proud of the group and the guys I get to go out and play football with. They are better people than they are football players."

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Cooks calls Brady 'poised' on game-winning drive (0:30)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots safety Devin McCourty's T-shirt as he waits for a post-game press conference comes with a message that is important to him.

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Bill Belichick says he will only talk about the game, not how his players handled the national anthem. He says he will handle that situation later.

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Tom Brady also said, "I believe love is the greatest thing we have to overcome a lot of things."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on locking arms with Phillip Dorsett during the national anthem before the game. His message: "I just think there is great love for my teammates."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Breakout game for Brandin Cooks fantasy owners...The Patriots WR caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Vertical routes down the field, play action concepts to clear out space and one-on-one matchups.