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Three-time Super Bowl champion & former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player Matt Chatham goes deep on his former team, breaking down the games with a professional eye & previewing the upcoming contests with other insightful former players, including FBF's own Brady Quinn and Brady Poppinga. A Patriots show that majors in real expert analysis of the game action, and not fluff & hot takes. Real football analysis by real football players...that's the REAL THING Patriots podcast.
 
The Real Thing is, on one level, a somewhat ironic tale of an artist and two rather particular models. Yet it also raises questions about the relationship between the notion of reality in our humdrum world, and the means that an artist must use in trying to achieve, or reflect, that reality. Though the protagonist is an artist and illustrator of books, not a writer, it's not hard to imagine that James has himself, and other writers, in mind.(summary by Clifford)
 
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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were chasing another ring and history, this time in Atlanta against the formidable LA Rams. But this time wasn't like all the others--or any other Super Bowl that's been played in NFL history. The Pats defense rose up in hisotric fashion, besting the high flying Rams and holding them to a historically low scor…
 
Tom Brady answered the bell. Rob Gronkowski answered the bell. Julian Edelman answered the bell. The big-time players for New England came up big-time in the AFC Championship game. But in winning in the hostile environment that is Arrowhead, it took an absolute total team effort. On this week's show, we turn the focus to players across the roster w…
 
So it turns out the 2018 Patriots aren't near the end of anything...they just might be getting started. Looking refreshed, renewed, and downright dominant against an LA Chargers team that won earlier this season in Kansas City, America got a big ol' glass of woke juice...quickly remembering all the reasons they need to start worrying about & hating…
 
The Patriots' opponent for the divisional round of the playoffs is now clear, so on this week's show, Matt Chatham goes deep on all the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies of the LA Chargers, using their recent games and a review of last year's contest as context. He also takes a broad, canvas look at the Patriots current roster, how the roles & …
 
Josh Gordon was a rare talent for the Patriots. He was their most productive wide receiver--mainly becasue Julian Edelman missed four games--but still. The offense clearly will have to adjust in the final two weeks, particularly as they look to bounce back from a disappointing week in Pittsburgh. So we look to the game tape to sort through the comm…
 
The Patriots set off to South Beach to clinch the AFC East and come away with an oft-elusive win down in South Florida. Instead...they came away with one of the most frustrating end of game collapses in recent memory. Tom Brady put up great numbers and the offense produced over 30 points...but the situaitonal execution was suprisingly poor. The def…
 
When the Vikings came to Foxboro in Week 13 of the 2018 seaosn, the Patriots faced one of the better defenses in the the league, with one of the better 1-2 wide receiver punches in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen...and neither or those two things ended up being much of a problem. On this show, Matt Chatham walks through all the details & problems hig…
 
The Patriots nabbed a 2-score division victory on the road in the division after Thanksgiving--that's what it's all about in this league. We detail how they pulled it off, the good & the bad, including highlights of unheralded performers vs the Jets. The Pats running game came roaring back behind the return of Sony Michel, Rob Gronkowski, and Shaq …
 
After a 6 game Patriots win streak, the Titans walked over New England for a comfortable win & reminder that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. On this show, we detail all the issues from that day, and what we learned about how this team must play to win going forward... Old friend and new Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel led his group to a resoundi…
 
It wasn't just a quarterback showdown...shocker, I know. The Patriots put together a solid, full-team effort and controlled the Packers down the stretch...here's a full game review of the most things to come from this prime-time game. Big nights by Josh Gordon, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adrrian Clayborn, Trey Flowers, and James White kept the Patriots…
 
Choo-choo...hype train coming through! Brady and Rodgers and the Packers, oh my! In depth look here at all the things that will decide this Patriots-Packers SNF thriller, the quarterback battle, sure, but also all the inside details on the Patriots adjust during a time of running back uncertainty, how the offense changes without their best offensiv…
 
Playing in Buffalo is always a test. Playing on Monday Night Football in Buffalo adds even more juice to the matchup. Unfortunately, this year's Bills squad has been trending towards the bottom the NFL in advance of this primetime AFC East contest. The Bills have been forced to turn to street free agent and respected veteran QB Derek Anderson midse…
 
The Patriots travel to Soldier Field in Chicago for a rare New England trip out to the Windy City. It's going to be a fun matchup of a salty Bears group that seemingly let one go last weekend against the Dolphins in Miami, against a Patriots team that knocked off the NFL's hottest team in the Chiefs, but still looks like a major work in progress th…
 
The Patriots are back to their winning ways, and the Chiefs come to Foxboro on a roll. Something's gotta give. Let's dive into the details, how New England can chop down Kansas City... There's a very specific way that Patrick Mahomes must be played. Matt Chatham walks through the "musts" in overcoming this Andy Reid offense with all its different w…
 
It's Dolphins week! And the Patriots reeeeeeally don't wanna lose 3 games in a row. Ya squish the fish--especially when they come to Foxboro. But this is a team with a lot of growing to do after 2 weeks of mostly pain. So here's how they reverse course... First we look at the offense and what needs to change now that Sony Michel has a couple weeks …
 
The Jags knocked the Patriots off in impressive fashion in Week 2, and the overreaction wildfires have started to spread across Patriots Nation. Matt Chatham reviews the tape to get at what really went wrong--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most importantly, Chatham dives into what happens next--how the Patriots must respond and adjust to the mist…
 
The REAL THING is back! The Patriots knocked off the Texans to kickoff the '18 season and former Patriot Matt Chatham is here to break down all the details ya can't get anywhere else... Chatham runs through the roster drama that brought us to gameday, the surprises inactives and how that affected the gameplan against Houston. He then looks at the s…
 
The New England Patriots come up short on their 2017 championship dream, falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in heartbreaking fashion to Nick Foles & Company. Both offenses soared, as both defenses played well below their standard, but the Eagles defense made a big-time play when they needed it most. Losing sucks, but we take you through the importa…
 
The REAL THING Patriots Podcast comes at ya live from the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, welcoming Courtney Cox from the New England Sports Network to help sift through this Patriots vs Eagles Super Bowl matchup. This show concentrates on the "MUSTS" for the Patriots three individual units in this game: offense, defense, and special tea…
 
The Jacksonville Jaguars presented a formidable challenge for the New England Patriots, and the visitors stuck with the defending champs for most of the game. Until it mattered most. Matt Chatham breaks down an at-times sluggisth Patriots performance sprinkled with moments of situational brilliance that helped this Pats squad advance to Minnesota f…
 
On this championship addition of the REAL THING Patriots Podcast, we look at all the similarities of Titans and the Jaguars and the many things that the Patriots can learn from their own recent Divisional win, the Jags victory over the Steelers, and the Jags big stumble late in the season against the Niners and Jimmy G. With a trip to the Super Bow…
 
It's the playoffs, and this is a Patriots podcast--the real kind at a time when real coverage of the football team is needed most... The NFL Playoffs arrive once again in New England after a week of rest and study for the region's favorite team. The Patriots are deep in preparation, so we decided to dive in deeper too with that lil' bit of extra pl…
 
It was absolutely miserable outside when the Patriots defeated the Jets in Foxboro on New Year's Eve--the ultimate survive and advance game to conclude the NFL season. On this episode of the REAL THING, Matt Chatham takes a look at the dominant themes coming out of the Jets game--what from that game is relevant for the team moving forward, and what…
 
The New England Patriots 37-16 pounding of the Buffalo Bills wasn't just about a single controversial touchdown catch that was overturned, I swear! On this week's REAL THING Patriots Podcast we review all the other exciting stuff that happened as well, plus preview the New York Jets finale & how new outside linebacker James Harrison may fit in. Yep…
 
As a Patriots fan, we KNOW ya loved that win down in Pittsburgh for the driver's seat in homefield throughout the AFC playoffs. It had all the elements--crazy-good football atmosphere, talent all over the field on both sides, tons of big plays, and a controversial call (that wasn't that controversial). Tom Brady led a game-winning drive. Rob Gronko…
 
It's a weird week in Patriots Nation, that's for sure. The Pats put a stinker on their record in Miami, but have to quickly put that performance in the rearview and look ahead to the [other] class of the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this episode, Matt Chatham walks through all the problems that arose in the Dolphins game for the Pats--and which…
 
We breakdown the big road win in Buffalo by New England, as well as the fallout from the Rob Gronkowski game suspension. It's a packed to the brim show as we dive into all of your Twitter questions, plus re-preview--is that a word?--the Dolphins as the Patriots attempt to knock off their AFC East foe twice in just 14 days. How might the offense ope…
 
The Patriots plunged back into AFC East play with a convincing performance against the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro. This pod dives into how the Patriots got it done--their improvements in red zone offense, the defense taking another big step forward, the running game having a whale of a day, and much more. Next, we preview the Buffalo Bills, as the P…
 
The REAL THING Patriots Podcast comes at ya with a special pregame show, taped on Sunday morning of the Patriots gameday against the Miami Dolphins. It's Thanksgiving Week, so the schedule is a mess for everyone involved--how do organizations and players overcome the schedule quirks and still secure an important division win? This week's show is fr…
 
Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland.There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever.Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin and his antics made people laugh worldwide.We first met Gary a year ago, when he overcame a rough patch. To celebrate his life we're sharing his story …
 
The Patriots and Broncos are two franchises with their hopes for 2017 heading in the polar opposite direction. New England solved the Denver riddle with overwhelming special teams play, tough & timely run game production, and throw-it-to-everybody quarterbacking by the game's best, Tom Brady. Rex Burkhead showed up huge, and the Patriots defense pu…
 
Back from the Patriots bye week, The REAL THING Patriots Podcast returns to break down where things stand with New England as they head into the back nine of the 2017 season. Matt Chatham takes stock of the Patriots current roster health & recent transactions as they head down the stretch. He then talks areas of vulnerability for this team to keep …
 
The talented Atlanta Falcons were prepared to wash the bad taste of last year's Super Bowl loss from their mouths with a successful trip to Foxboro, MA. But the New England Patriots had other plans, producing a hallmark victory at home to put to bed many of the doubts about the kind of team this can be. There's still a ton of time and work to go, b…
 
Matt Chatham picks apart the [mostly] good and the bad in the hard-fought win on the road at the Jets, including that so-called controversial fumble call that went against New York tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (as the rules dictate it should have). The "worst call ever!" hyperbole that came after was obviously totally sane and not rooted in si…
 
The New York Jets have been one of the sneaky-surprising stories of the young NFL season, defying predictions of tanking and reeling off 3 victories in a row to sit at a surprisng 3-2 on the season. That puts them in a [relatively meaningless] October tie for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots, but division titles are well do…
 
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