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12/12/2010 - 8:23pm
Deion: Brady said 'No' to taking knee

The play that will be recalled as the one that put away the Bears as time ran out in the first half Sunday almost never happened.

 

Deion Branch caught a 59-yard 'hitch and go' route from Tom Brady down the left sideline as time expired in the first half. But Branch said there was "a lot of yelling" on the Patriots sideline with one coach yelling out for Brady to take a knee with a 27-0 lead. 

 

"At one point, the coach was telling us to take a knee [laughter] and I'm looking at Tom like, 'take a knee,' and he was like, ''No.' He called a route and I was like, 'Alright, good. That's a good route.' I'm thankful to have him," said Branch, who felt the TD made up for the 71-yard punt return for a TD by Julian Edelman that was called back because of holding by rookie Dane Fletcher.

 

"But if you think about it they took the punt return away from Julian, which was a big minus...

12/12/2010 - 8:06pm
Deion: Playoff clinch 'doesn't mean anything'

In the moments following their 36-7 win over the Bears at Soldier Field, Deion Branch said it's nice to have clinched a spot in the playoffs but that is hardly their end goal. 

 

"It doesn't mean anything right now," said Branch, who set a new career regular-seaon best with 151 yards receiving. "I think the thing is we want to continue to improve each and every week, to see how far can we go, as far as what's next. That's a plus, knowing we're in the playoffs, that's a plus but I think there's more football left in the rest of the season. We have three games and we're looking forward to them."

 

The Patriots can clinch their second straight AFC East title and their 9th in 11 seasons with a win over Green Bay next week and a Jets loss at Pittsburgh. 

 

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12/12/2010 - 8:02pm
Belichick: 'The credit goes to the players'

Bill Belichick met with the media following the Patriots' 36-7 win over the Bears on Sunday in Chicago. Belichick was understandably pleased with the effort of his team, now an NFL-best 11-2.

 

"The credit goes to the players," Belichick said. "They executed and did the things we needed to do. They've done it before and they've stepped up and did it again today. I'm really proud of the way they performed."

 

Deion Branch set a career high with 151 yards receiving and Tom Brady was again brilliant with 369 yards passing and two TDs. Belichick was impressed with the 59-yard TD connection by the two on the final play of the first half.

 

"Of course the play to Deion at the end of the half, that was two great players there making a great play," said Belichick. "You really have to give Tom and Deion credit there on that one, it was great execution."

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12/12/2010 - 7:06pm
Snow contest: Pats maul Bears, in playoffs

From the opening drive of the game, Tom Brady and the Patriots ran the Bears right out of their stadium in a 36-7 beatdown at a snowy Soldier Field, clinching an AFC playoff berth. Linebacker Gary Guyton returned a Johnny Knox fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and intercepted Jay Cutler. The Patriots improved to 10-0 in snow games all-time with Bill Belichick as their coach. 

 

In a game that was played in blizzard conditions, Brady was 13-for-21 for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Patriots raced out to a 33-0 lead. The Bears were embarrassed in every way, shape and form. There was no better example of that than the 59-yard TD strike from Brady to Deion Branch down the left sideline on the last play of the half. Branch, who set a new personal regular-season record with 151 yards receiving, raced into the end zone untouched. The Patriots led the Bears in total yards at halftime, 273-33. Brady finished 24-of-40 for...

12/12/2010 - 6:12pm
Raji's clutch trey lifts BC over Maryland

Corey Raji scored the game's final six points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining, as Boston College battled past Maryland, 79-75, in the ACC opener for both teams Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md.

 

Biko Paris led the Eagles (8-2) with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting (6-of-9 treys). Reggie Jackson scored 16 points, Raji netted 11 and Joe Trapani had 10.

 

For Maryland (7-4), Jordan Williams led all scorers with 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting.

 

The game was tight throughout, with the largest lead for both teams peaking at five points. Raji tied the game at 75 with 1:27 left when he got free underneath for a layup. Fifty seconds later, Raji took a pass from Jackson and swished a trey from the top left for the winning basket.

 

Following a timeout, Maryland turned over the inbounds pass. But Biko Paris missed the front end of a 1-one-1, giving the Terps another...

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