An inspired and fired-up Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and ran for another as the Patriots bounced back from their worst game of the of the year with one of their best in a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Heinz Field. Defensively, the Patriots harassed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger all night, recording five sacks while James Sanders returned an interception 31 yards for a key touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Brady, who passed the 300-yard plateau for the first time this season, completed 30-of-43 passes for 350 yards and his two TD passes. Brady yelled at his entire offensive unit during a second-quarter tirade and the offense struggling. Gronkowski became the first Patriots rookie ever with three touchdowns in a game.
Steelers star receiver Hines Ward was knocked out of the game with a neck injury on a hit to the head by Sanders with 10 seconds left...
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward left the field after being belted by Patriots safety James Sanders on the final play of the first quarter due to what his team described as a neck injury. Replays made it appear as if Ward was the victim of a helment-to-helment collision with Sanders. His return was described as questionable.
The play was initially ruled a catch, but after the Patriots challenged that ruling, it was determined an incompletion on instant replay. Ward, who has yet to catch a pass in Sunday night's game against the Patriots, owns the third longest streak of consecutive games with a catch in NFL history, having hauled in passes in 186 straight contests, a mark exceeded only by Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison. Ward entered the game with 30 catches for 375 yards on the season.
Cornerback Darius Butler is inactive for the first time this season as the Patriots take the field against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Other inactives include OL Mark LeVoir, OL Stephen Neal, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, DL Myron Pryor and RB Fred Taylor.
For Steelers, star linebacker James Harrison will play after being listed as questionable on Saturday with back spasms. But defensive ends Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel are both sidelined with injuries while Charlie Batch is the third quarterback. Safety Will Allen, RB Jonathan Dwyer, Chris Scott, LG Chris Kemoeatu and WR Antonio Brown.
The Celtics completed their road trip with a 116-110 win over the Grizzlies Saturday night in Memphis. The C's out-scored the hosts 17-11 in the extra frame. The game went into overtime after Paul Pierce missed a contested jumper at the buzzer. Leading the C's were Paul Pierce (28 points) and Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett, who each had 18 points apiece. The Celtics head home with a 3-1 record on their four-game road swing. Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, while the Celtics shot 58 percent from the floor. It was the seventh time Rondo has had 15 or more assists, with the rest of the NBA notching just five combined. For more Celtics coverage, see the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Tim Thomas suffered his first loss of the season as the Senators defeated the Bruins, 2-0, at TD Garden on Saturday night behind a shutout from Brian Elliot. With the loss, Thomas is now 8-1-0 in 10 starts this season.
Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators in the first period, getting the puck off a face-off won by Ottawa center Chris Kelly and firing a wrist shot past Tim Thomas. Daniel Alfredsson picked up his seventh goal of the season and made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the third when he took a pass from Milan Michalek and beat Thomas from the bottom of the circle on a bang-bang play.
Patrice Bergeron nearly had the Bruins on the board in the second period with the B's on the power play. A high shot from Bergeron took a funny bounce off Elliot and nearly crossed the goal line. Blake Wheeler dove to tip it in, but accidentally got a glove on it, and the play was called no goal.
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Manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, speaks with Craig and Larry during the "Christmas at Fenway" festivities. John spoke about the pitching rotation as it stands right now, and inability to sign John Lester. He also talked about some of the younger pitching prospects, as well as the Free Agents that have signed with the team in the last month, like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Craig and Larry press Larry Lucchino about the inability to sign Jon Lester, the projected starting rotation, and the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, joined Craig and Larry to talk about Christmas at Fenway, and some of the Red Sox off-season acquisitions.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
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The guys spoke with Damien Woody about Pats Jets.
As we do every Wednesday, we re-visit some predictions that Chris made in anticipation of last week's game against Miami, and make some new ones about Sunday's match up with the New York Jets.
Christian gets a call from a fellow Bacon Doughnut lover. Rob Gronkowski was on "Top Chef," and Padma Lakshmi goes full-cougar. Britt McHenry of ESPN gets into a twitter-fight with some hockey trolls.
The Bruins lost again last night, as they have in 6 of their last 7 games. The team needs to make a move but don't have very much cap space. NESN color commentator, Andy Brickley, spoke about a team that's struggling to get back to elite status.
Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.
We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
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Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.
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