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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.


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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.






Super Bowl LIII Breakdown: Patriots D Performance for the Ages

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 scoring total under their average, frustrating a group that had scored at will throughout the season. How did Bill Belichick and his defensive staff,...


Unsung Patriots that Helped Punch Super Bowl Ticket

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 who are unsung, who often get overlooked, who don't come up as frequently in talking about the stars of this team--but that balled out in a big...


AFCCG Preview: Angry Patriots Missile Heads to Kansas City

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 team from Foxboro. Tom Brady looked sharp--in other words, he played just like Tom Brady. The running game was subperb, but can they repeat...


Chargers Preview: Globetrotting LA Returns East to Face Revamped Patriots

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 & strongest groupings for New England have come into greater focus in the last month, putting the Pats in position to put their best foot forward...


What Loss of Josh Gordon Means for Patriots Offense (And What it Doesn't)

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 common perceptions of what Josh was doing in the Patriots offense that will need to be either replaced or reconfigured. Was he actually regularly...


What. Was. That. Breakdown of the Patriots Collapse in Miami

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 defense reverted to their occasional 2018 habit of atrocious run defense, and that opened the floodgates, as any listerner to this show knows. Gronk...


Vikings Plundered By Patriots, Game Breakdown

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 highlighted in an impressively mundane (is that a thing) victory for the Pats against another NFC North foe. The running game had another highly...


Pats Ground Jets; Game Review & Adjustments Made From the Bye

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 Mason. The defense played a solid, complementary game, fixing some of the issues that plagued them against the Titans a week ago. And overall, the...


Lessons from Titans Blowout; What it Means, What it Doesn't

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 resounding performance that was dominant in all three phases, making big plays in special teams, offense, and defense--while preventing the other side...


Packers Game Review: Big Stage, Big Win, Big Fun

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'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 on the winning side of things once again, avoiding an upset by Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay on SNF. We run through all the highlights (and...


Packers Preview: How to Avoid a SNF Upset in Foxboro

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 offensive lineman (Shaq Mason), and how the New England defense prepares to contol a Pack offense with a high ceiling, but middling output in 2018. Let's...


Buffalo Preview: MNF Mismatch, How Patriots Keep Bills Down

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 midseason after mismanagement of the their young QB situation--this in the midst of an unusually paltry month of offensive football for Buffalo. Trying...


Getting to Know You: Chicago Bears Preview Edition

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 that hasn't yet reached their full stride. Weeks like this are always a challenge for players in that you have to get up to speed quickly on a team...


Patriots Exhale: How New-New England Can Handle the Chiefs

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 weapons and an electric young quarterback. There's a formula, and it takes disciplined play. If you stray from containing these certain elements as...


How the Patriots Reverse Their Early Season Fortunes

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 of work under his belt. There are some very specific things they can do to take some pressure of the guy and keep teams from teeing off on him on...


Jaguars Game Review: The Film Don't Lie

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 mistakes that killed them on this hot September day in Florida. No hot takes, just football. Let's dive in...


REAL THING Texans-Patriots Game Review

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 scheme choices the Patriots made in defending Deshaun Watson and the Houston offense, the approach the Pats offense took in lieu of Julian...


Super Bowl Hangover: How the Eagles Flew Past the Patriots

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 important lessons of the game tape--where it all went wrong for the Pats, including how benched CB Malcolm Butler could have reasonably helped this...


Super Bowl Preview from the Mall of America w/ NESN's Courtney Cox

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 teams. We've organized a bulleted list of things in each of three areas to look for as you watch this huge game to decide if Patriots Nation get to...


How Patriots Secured Another Super Bowl Berth: AFCCG, Jaguars Autopsy

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 for an opportunity at another league crown. On this show, we run through all the critical drives of the game, picking apart all the good and all...