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News Blitz 12/31: Prepping for playoffs

It's all about the playoffs in Foxborough as the Patriots continue their preparation for their yet-to-be-determined divisional round opponent. Today's News Blitz begins with ESPN.com'sPaul Kuharsky attempting to uncover the secrets to beating Tom Brady andPeyton Manning in the playoffs.

ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss chats with LeGarrette Blount, who believes[ the Patriots offense will roll in the playoffs](uncover the secrets to beating Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the playoffs " the Patriots offense will roll in the playoffs").

Reiss' colleague Lee Schecter says Dont'a Hightower was happy to get some additional time to heal.

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian wonders if it's all of nothing for this Patriots team.

The Providence Journal's Mark Daniels reports that the Patriots had several key players returning to practice yesterday and healthy heading into the playoffs.

Glen Farley of the MetroWest Daily News writes that Darius Fleming took advantage of his chance to play against the Bills.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran takes a look at some possible replacements for Josh McDaniels should the offensive coordinator take a head coaching job elsewhere.

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