Belichick, Brady at core of Patriots' remarkable run (Reuters)

By Larry Fine HOUSTON (Reuters) – The New England Patriots are at it again, appearing in their record ninth Super Bowl, and the AFC champions are as excited as ever for another run at National Football League glory. The franchise’s first two trips to the Big Dance ended in defeat for the Patriots in 1985 and 1996, but they have been a dominant force since the start of the extraordinary, 17-year partnership of head coach Bill Belichick and Brady. The Patriots have won four of six trips to the Super Bowl during their remarkable run and another win together over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday would give Belichick the most championship titles as a coach and Brady the most among quarterbacks.