Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained his approach toward playing certain players in the regular-season finale against Miami Sunday. 

 

The Pats have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs, have nothing to gain by beating the Dolphins, and still have the memory of Wes Welker injuring his knee in the final game of the 2009 regular season.

 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price.

 

Wilfork acknowledged that the flu had left him and some other Patriots in bad shape for Sunday's 34-3 win over the Bills. "It had a couple of us pretty messed up," Wilfork said, adding: "We fought through it. We knew how important this game was to us. The last thing we wanted to do was let down some of our teammates. I think we gave what we had to give."

 

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning, with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price, for his weekly appearance on WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

Tom Brady joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Troy Brown on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly WEEI Patriots Monday appearance, one day after leading the Patriots to a 34-3 rout of the Bills to clinch the AFC East title and home field throughout the AFC playoffs.

 

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday with guest hosts Bob Ryan and Troy Brown.

 

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After setting an NFL record for turnover-free football against the Bills, Tom Brady said he was most proud of the way the team handled adversity during a week filled with the flu and injury, ending with a 34-3 win. The victory clinched the team's eighth AFC East title in 10 years and assured New England the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the upcoming AFC playoffs. 

 

Bill Belichick met with the media following the Patriots 34-3 win over the Bills on Sunday, a win that clinched the club's eighth AFC East title in 10 years as well as home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

 

The major snow storm that has slammed the east coast will force the Patriots to celebrate their eighth AFC East title in 10 seasons in Western New York. 

 

Moments after their 34-3 win over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, coach Bill Belichick said the team would be unable to fly back to Boston or New England. Asked what he and the Patriots planned to do with an extended stay on the road, Belichick quipped, "rest."