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Patriots vs. Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs!

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes through an opening in the Kansas City Chiefs defense in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 16, 2016.(KELVIN MA/UPI)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes through an opening in the Kansas City Chiefs defense in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 16, 2016. (KELVIN MA/UPI)

After spending the past 3 months at a web development bootcamp, I’m now getting back in to the swing of things with a little bit of NFL playoff action! My pal Matt Healey gave me a shout a few weeks ago asking me if I could help him cover the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette for UPI. Not having anything better to do on that particular Saturday in January, I said yes.

Luckily for me, this ended up being my first Patriots game in non-terrible weather!

Here are some of my photos from the Pats’ 27-20 win over the Chiefs.


Rain Men: 49ers 41 – Patriots 34

When it comes to pro football, it’s pretty much a given that if I’m covering the game, the weather is going to be terrible. Last year, it was the playoff game against the Broncos in single-degree temperatures. The two times before then, when I was working for Sports Illustrated as an assistant, it was pouring rain and sleet. My streak of bad weather NFL games was kept intact when the San Francisco Chronicle gave me a call asking if I could cover 49ers’ visit to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots. With a wintry mix in the forecast, it had all the makings for terrible shooting conditions.

Despite the weather-related challenges, we were treated to a game with plenty of action all around. When the Patriots went down 31-3 early in the third quarter, the team looked cooked. But Tom Brady being Tom Brady, that was anything but the case, as the Pats rallied to erase a 28-point deficit. It wasn’t enough, though, as the 49ers managed to pull off one final score to win it, 41-34.

Much thanks to Luanne Dietz at the Chron for hooking me up with the job. I don’t get to shoot enough football these days, so it was definitely a treat!

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss hauls in a touchdown catch against the Patriots in the first quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss hauls in a touchdown catch against the Patriots in the first quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, left, celebrates his first quarter touchdown against the Patriots with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and tackle Joe Staley in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, left, celebrates his first quarter touchdown against the Patriots with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and tackle Joe Staley in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers safety Donte Whitner and Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker dive for a fumble in the first quarter in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The fumble was overturned upon review.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers safety Donte Whitner and Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker dive for a fumble in the first quarter in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The fumble was overturned upon review.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers fans cheer on their team in the first quarter against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers fans cheer on their team in the first quarter against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers running back Frank Gore gets tackled by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes in the first quarter in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers running back Frank Gore gets tackled by Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes in the first quarter in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd gets tackled by 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown in the second quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd gets tackled by 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown in the second quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers runs back an interception in the first quarter against the Patriots in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers runs back an interception in the first quarter against the Patriots in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - Patriots running back Danny Woodhead dives into the end zone for a touchdown ahead of the tackle from 49ers safety Dashon Goldson in the third quarter in the Patriots' 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/16/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – Patriots running back Danny Woodhead dives into the end zone for a touchdown ahead of the tackle from 49ers safety Dashon Goldson in the third quarter in the Patriots' 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012.

12/17/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree breaks a tackle from Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, scoring a touchdown on the play, in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

12/17/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree breaks a tackle from Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, scoring a touchdown on the play, in their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

12/17/12 - FOXBORO, Mass. - 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald loses his helmet as he sacks Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

12/17/12 – FOXBORO, Mass. – 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald loses his helmet as he sacks Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of their game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 16, 2012. The 49ers won, 41-34.

No More Tebow-time

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the hype, there’s this guy in the NFL named Tim Tebow who everyone is talking about. I got to see him in person, covering the AFC Playoffs as the Denver Broncos took on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium over the weekend. Much like the experts were predicting, things did not go well for the young quarterback against the heavily favored Patriots, who did exactly what they were supposed to do as the No. 1 seed.

Here’s a selection of my images from the game, featuring a whole bunch of scoring. Much thanks to the folks at the European Pressphoto Agency, who hired me for the game. Most of what you see here can be licensed through them.

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow walks off the field after turning the ball over on downs late in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow walks off the field after turning the ball over on downs late in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Photographers swarm Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he prays before the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Photographers swarm Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he prays before the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski makes a touchdown catch in the first quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski makes a touchdown catch in the first quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch hauls in a touchdown catch ahead of Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch hauls in a touchdown catch ahead of Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker celebrate Branch's fourth quarter touchdown catch in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker celebrate Branch's fourth quarter touchdown catch in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hauls in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the end zone while shedding a tackle from Broncos defensive back Rafael Bush in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single playoff game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hauls in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the end zone while shedding a tackle from Broncos defensive back Rafael Bush in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single playoff game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates tight end Rob Gronkowski on their fourth-quarter touchdown as Broncos cornerback Aaron Goodman looks on in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates tight end Rob Gronkowski on their fourth-quarter touchdown as Broncos cornerback Aaron Goodman looks on in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore wags his finger after breaking up a Broncos pass in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore wags his finger after breaking up a Broncos pass in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tries to tackle Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tries to tackle Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- A Patriots fan dressed as Jesus Christ mocks Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his faith in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- A Patriots fan dressed as Jesus Christ mocks Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his faith in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers after the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers after the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers as he kneels to pray following the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers as he kneels to pray following the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)