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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.


Quartermasters

It’s always a treat whenever I get a game that comes down to the wire. There comes a certain point in a game where you realize, yeah, this could go either way. It’s one of the best parts of being a sports photographer, and it really gets you tuned into the game much more than you would ever imagine. Sure, it’s stressful, but that’s part of the challenge.

This was the case Wednesday afternoon, when Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team squared off against the Rochester Institute of Technology in the NCAA Championship Division III quarterfinals. At this point in the tournament, basically the Elite 8, every team is a contender. And it’s not like these two teams were strangers — Tufts beat RIT in the semifinals last year.

It was a tough contest, with Tufts grinding it out, 15-13, in a contest that really came down to the last 5 minutes. Here are some game photos:

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Nick Rhoads (21), A12, goes after a loose ball in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Nick Rhoads (21), A12, goes after a loose ball in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts goaltender Patton Watkins (4), A14, can't make the save on a shot from RIT attackman Tyler Russell (28) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts goaltender Patton Watkins (4), A14, can't make the save on a shot from RIT attackman Tyler Russell (28) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Peter Bowers (26), A14, rears back for a shot in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Peter Bowers (26), A14, rears back for a shot in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Jordan Korinis (23), A13, gets a pat on the helmet from Tufts midfielder Ben Saperstein (35), A12, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts attackman Jordan Korinis (23), A13, gets a pat on the helmet from Tufts midfielder Ben Saperstein (35), A12, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Beau Wood (18), E14, checks the ball out of the possession of RIT defenseman Elliott Cowburn (39) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Beau Wood (18), E14, checks the ball out of the possession of RIT defenseman Elliott Cowburn (39) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Kevin McCormick (10), E12, powers through a check RIT long stick midfielder James Cunningham (30) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Kevin McCormick (10), E12, powers through a check from RIT long stick midfielder James Cunningham (30) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Geordie Shafer (8), A12, is hugged by his teammates Tufts attackman Sean Kirwan (13), A12, and Tufts attackman Cole Bailey (28), A15, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Geordie Shafer (8), A12, is hugged by his teammates Tufts attackman Sean Kirwan (13), A12, and Tufts attackman Cole Bailey (28), A15, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Eagles vs. Bulldogs

And once it again it comes down to the BC Eagles versus a team of dogs — No, not those dogs from BU, but rather the Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth, who just so happen to be the defending NCAA Champions.

This particular matchup came Sunday night in the Northeast Regional Final of the NCAA Frozen Four tournament, with BC being the No. 1 overall seed at the DCU Center in Worcester. The defending champs didn’t really put up much of a fight, on the scoreboard anyway, as they were stuffed every step of the way en route to a 4-0 shutout by the Eagles.

BC moves on to the Frozen Four, which happens later this week in my old stomping grounds of Tampa, Fla.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Bill Arnold knocks the helmet off Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Chris Casto as Boston College forward Barry Almeida tries to sneak past in the first period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Bill Arnold knocks the helmet off Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Chris Casto as Boston College forward Barry Almeida tries to sneak past in the first period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Danny Linell tries to sneak a past Minnesota-Duluth goaltender Kenny Reiter as Minnesota-Duluth center Max Tardy defends in the first period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Danny Linell tries to sneak a past Minnesota-Duluth goaltender Kenny Reiter as Minnesota-Duluth center Max Tardy defends in the first period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College goaltender Parker Milner makes a save on a shot from Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Wade Bergman in the second period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College goaltender Parker Milner makes a save on a shot from Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Wade Bergman in the second period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Bill Arnold and his teammates celebrate his goal against Minnesota-Duluth in the second period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Bill Arnold and his teammates celebrate his goal against Minnesota-Duluth in the second period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the Frozen Four college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College defenseman Patrick Wey celebrates his goal against Minnesota-Duluth in the third period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012. BC won, 4-0, to advance to the Frozen Four.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College defenseman Patrick Wey celebrates his goal against Minnesota-Duluth in the third period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012. BC won, 4-0, to advance to the Frozen Four.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau sneaks a shot past Minnesota-Duluth goaltender Kenny Reiter in the third period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012. BC won, 4-0, to advance to the Frozen Four.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau sneaks a shot past Minnesota-Duluth goaltender Kenny Reiter in the third period of the NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012. BC won, 4-0, to advance to the Frozen Four.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College celebrates its 4-0 win over Minnesota Duluth in NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs to advance to the Frozen Four at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

3/25/2012 -- WORCESTER, Mass. -- Boston College celebrates its 4-0 win over Minnesota Duluth in NCAA Northeast Region Final of the college hockey playoffs to advance to the Frozen Four at the DCU Center on Mar. 25, 2012.

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