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.
Hanie was in the game after a reported knee injury to starter Jay Cutler. Cutler was replaced by backup Todd Collins (a product of Walpole). But Collins was ineffective and was quickly yanked in favor of Hanie. Hanie was 13-for-20 for 153 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions, with one of those coming with less than a minute to go in the fourth to seal the game...
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.
"This year's football team, I can put in that category, that this was a front-running team," Brown said. "That's something we always talked about in New England about other teams about them being front-runners, if you can get them behind they would be a different football team. They fit that category this year very well. Once they got behind they had no idea what to do, made no adjustments, couldn't make any plays, couldn't pass the football, forgot about BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Everything went out the window. They had no idea what to do...
Wizards rookie John Wall banked in a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with less than a minute left to break an 81-81 tie and help propel his team to a surprising 85-83 victory over the Celtics. Wall finished with 16 points — pouring in eight in the fourth quarter — while Rashard Lewis, long a source of frustration for the Celtics as a member of the Magic, continued to create headaches for Boston, scoring a game-high 18 and pulling in 11 boards.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 17 points, but his team shot just 43 percent from the field, resulting in the end of Boston's five-game winning streak. The Celtics burst out of the gates, claiming a 35-20 lead after one quarter, before turning ice cold over the remainder of the game. Boston scored just 27 points in the second half, allowing the Wizards to slowly turn the tide of the game. The Wizards are 0-20 on the road this season but have a solid 13-9 record at home after beating...
Derwin Kitchen amassed 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Florida State's aggressive defense frustrated Boston College as the Eagles fell, 67-51, in an ACC game Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla.
Joe Trapani had 19 points and 12 rebounds for BC (14-6, 4-2 ACC), which played without starting point guard Biko Paris (stomach flu). Reggie Jackson scored 13 despite having a miserable night shooting the ball (4-of-13). Jackson also had seven assists.
Michael Snaer had 13 points for Florida State (15-5, 5-1), which is off to its best start since 1992-93.
BC trailed by two at the break (29-27) and was within a point at 38-37 with 14:27 left after a 3-pointer by Corey Raji. The Seminoles, who lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage (opponents hit just 37 percent), then clamped down and went on a 12-1 run, with Kitchen scoring five of the points. The lead peaked at 17 when Kitchen hit a...
With Shaquille O'Neal unable to play due to a hip injury he incurred on Friday, the Celtics will feature Semih Erden as their starting center on Saturday night against the Wizards. After the Celtics' victory over the Jazz on Friday, coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal would not be taking the trip to Washington. With Jermaine O'Neal also sidelined and Kendrick Perkins working his way back from his ACL repair, Rivers said that the Celtics were prepared to turn to Erden for the "next couple of games."
In 30 minutes on Friday, the Turkish rookie scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The seven-footer is averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 boards in 14.5 minutes per night this year. Shaquille O'Neal is averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 boards in 21.3 minutes per night while shooting a career-high 67.7...
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show