FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch ripped some of the Jets for what he called “classless” postgame celebrations in the wake of the Sunday’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.



Branch would not single out any individuals, but several Jets players were seen giving the finger to fans on the way off the field after the 28-21 win by New York.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the team just "made too many mistakes," in its 28-21 loss to the Jets in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. "Too many plays that weren't the way we drew them up," he said. Brady also praised the Jets saying, "It was a good plan by them. You have to give them a lot of credit."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the botched fake punt late in the first half that led to a Jets touchdown was "a bad mistake," although he didn't elaborate on whether he meant the play call or the execution. "We just made a bad mistake on the play," Belichick said. Asked whose fault it was the coach responded, "I'm not going into that."

 

FOXBORO — After trash-talking all week, the Jets backed it up with a shocking 28-21 win over the Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the AFC divisional playoffs, ending New England's Super Bowl hopes. Shonn Greene's 16-yard TD run with 1:41 left was capped off by Mark Sanchez jumping on the back of coach Rex Ryan. 

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was not on the field for the Patriots' first offensive series after taking shots at Jets coach Rex Ryan during his Thursday news conference. Welker made 11 foot references during his presser, a clear reference to the foot fetish story that broke last month involving Rex Ryan and his wife Michelle. 

 

On the first play, Tom Brady connected with Danny Woodhead for a 19-yard completion. The next play went to Tate for an 11-yard run. 

 

Jay Cutler passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Bears to a 35-24 win over the Seahawks. Cutler was brilliant in the victory, completing 15-of-27 passes for 274 yards, good for a passer rating of 115.4.

 

With the win, the Bears advance to play the Packers in the NFC championship game next Sunday at Soldier Field.

 

FOXBORO -- Veteran running back Fred Taylor is among the eight Patriots declared inactive by the team prior to their AFC divisional game with the Jets at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Also inactive are OL Rich Ohrnberger, OL Mark LeVoir, WR Taylor Price, DL Myron Pryor, RB Thomas Clayton, CB Tony Carter and LB Marques Murrell. 

 

FOXBORO - The Jets will not have one explosive weapon in their arsenal against the Patriots as kick returner Brad Smith is out with a groin injury. 

 

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer showed a video of a Patriots player trying to trip a Jets gunner in the teams' Week Two game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The video shows Patriots players forming a wall along the white stripe on the sideline. Glazer said the Jets became aware of the move after signing a Patriots practice-squad player who blew the whistle on his former team.

 

Rashard Mendenhall scored on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line with 1:39 remaining, breaking a 24-24 tie and giving the Steelers a 31-24 win over the Ravens Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

 

The game-winning score was made possible by a 58-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown on third-and-19.

 

Baltimore's chance to tie the game in the waning minutes ended when T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped what would have been a first down pass from quarterback Joe Flacco on fourth-and-18.