Phillies starter Roy Oswalt proved overpowering in his start against the Giants, churning through eight innings while allowing three hits and striking out nine to lead Philadelphia to a 6-1 victory. The Phillies win knotted the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, 1-1, with the two sides set to resume play on Tuesday in San Francisco.
Oswalt, acquired from Houston in July, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Giants postseason phenomenon Cody Ross delivered a solo homer, his third blast in the two games of the NLCS and his fourth this postseason. But Oswalt quickly re-established his groove, and needed just 111 pitches over his eight frames.
The Phillies jumped on the board without benefit of a hit in the first inning, scoring a run on the strength of an error and three walks by Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez. Still, Sanchez kept the Phillies at bay until the fifth, when Shane Victorino...
FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork called Sunday's dramatic 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens the most physical game he's played in his seven-year career.
"That was awesome," Wilfork said. "Big win, one of the biggest wins around here in a long time. Most physical game I ever played in."
Adding to the sweet taste afterward was the fact the the Patriots fell behind 20-10 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 10 fourth-quarter points to tie before Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal to end the game with 1:56 left in overtime. The win also avenged the 33-10 playoff loss to the Ravens on Jan. 10.
"Everyone got the message," Wilfork said. "A lot of guys here for the playoff game understood what this game meant. We fought back. At times, we were getting booed, but we looked right past that stuff, stuck together as a true team."...
It felt like old times for Patriots receiver Deion Branch, who caught nine passes for 98 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to help the Pats beat the Ravens, 23-20 in overtime. "I don't want to talk about the past, but I haven't felt this way in four years," Branch said. "It's kind of crazy. I truly feel like when we got the ball on that last drive that we knew, 'Hey we're going to go down and get some points out of this and win the game.' That's the feeling we had."
It's been a whirlwind week for Branch, who didn't know until Monday night that he was heading back to New England. "You never know in the NFL," Branch said. "It's never true until it happens." The first thing Branch had to do was assure his wife that they could get their kids into a new school. He told her: "We're going back home."
It wasn't all perfect for Branch, who noted that he made a mistake...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was happy with the way his team came back from a 10-point deficit to beat Baltimore, 23-20 in overtime Sunday, and gave credit to his players for the performance. "That was a good win for our football team today," Belichick said. "I'm really proud of those kids. They played hard. Ten points down in the fourth quarter, rallied, fought through in overtime. Really a heck of a job by our players. Got to give them all the credit in the world. I know a lot of people doubted what they could do, second half and all that, but you come back from behind against a team like Baltimore, win it at the end, you can talk about everybody. It was a real team effort against a real good football team."
It seemed like old times with Deion Branch, who caught nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, back with the team. "It was good to have him back there," the coach said. "He's a good football player...
After engineering a fourth-quarter comeback and 23-20 win over Baltimore in overtime, Tom Brady noted the importance of the victory. "That was a battle," Brady said. "I think there's a lot of things that we wish we could have done better. It feels good to win down 10 in the fourth quarter. It's a good one to win."
Brady hooked up with Deion Branch on a touchdown that cut the Ravens lead to 20-17 and found his old teammate nine time for 98 yards in Branch's return to New England. "He did great," Brady said. "You guys asked me earlier in the week if there was chemistry there. I've been throwing balls to him for a long time. He made some big time plays. We all kept battling." On the touchdown, which came after Brady scrambled and found Branch in the corner of the end zone, Brady said, "We put him over there to see if he could get open and he didn't let us down."
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