Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named a unanimous choice for The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, the second time in his career Brady has named as an All-Pro.

 

Brady, who passed for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2010, was joined on the All-Pro Team by guard Logan Mankins and linebacker Jerod Mayo. Mayo led the NFL with 193 tackles and Mankins was a dominant force on the offensive line in his nine games played this season. It was the first selection for both players. 

 

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to break down the NFL conference championship games and talk about the Super Bowl.

 

The Steelers won the AFC title game for the third time in six seasons, holding off a furious second-half rally by the Jets to emerge a 24-19 winner Sunday.

 

The Steelers scored the first 24 points of the game, which included touchdown runs by Rashard Mendenhall (who finished with 121 yards rushing) and Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh defense contributed to the scoring just 47 seconds after the Roethlisberger TD, as William Gay recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble (off an Ike Taylor sack) and ran 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 24-0 lead.

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The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held on down the stretch for a 21-14 win over the Bears to win the NFC championship on Sunday at Soldier Field. As a result, sixth-seeded Green Bay will advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Feb. 6.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished 17-for-30 for 244 yards, but threw two picks as the Bears nearly put together an improbable comeback behind No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie. However, with the Packers driving for what could have been a game-tying score, Hanie was intercepted by Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields.

Appearing on WEEI's NFL Sunday show with Dale Arnold, Chris Price and Christian Fauria, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown surmised that this year's Pats team was unlike the ones he played on in the sense that it didn't exhibit the same kind of resolve/makeup when falling behind. An example he pointed out was how the team approached falling behind in its season-ending loss to the Jets.

 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NFL playoffs.

 

NFL analyst Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about ESPN colleague Tom Jackson and his controversial comments this week, as well as Sunday’s conference championship games.

 

Schefter said he had not heard the clip of Jackson saying he picked the Patriots in a blowout to motivate the Jets and later backtracking on that claim, but he said Jackson puts a lot of thought into his picks.

 

Tom Brady underwent successful surgery on his right foot Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday, and according to several reports, is doing well.



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