The Patriots improved to 11-3 with their 41-23 victory over the Broncos on Sunday, in the process winning the AFC East title for the ninth time in 11 seasons. In doing so, coach Bill Belichick said that the Patriots had met a meaningful bar that was set entering the year.
"That’s one of our goals at the start of the season, to meet the challenge of our division. Our players have done that, 6-2 on the road. They’ve done a good job," Belichick told reporters. "They’ve met a lot of challenges. This was a big one."
As for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who was 11-of-22 for 194 yards passing and ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, Belichick praised the second-year player.
"He does a heck of a job. We know he can run. We know he can throw. He hurt us with some play-action. He’s a good quarterback," said Belichick. "He certainly gave us plenty of problems....
Aaron Hernandez caught nine Tom Brady passes for a career-high 129 yards receiving and a touchdown as the Patriots clinched their third straight AFC East and their ninth division title in 11 years with a 41-23 win over Tim Tebow and the Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Denver. The division title ensures the Patriots of opening the playoffs at home. Defensive end Mark Anderson had his most dominant game in a Patriots uniform, with two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, helping the Patriots overcome a brutal first quarter on defense and the loss of Andre Carter to a left knee injury.
There was no magical fourth-quarter comeback by Tebow this time as the 8-6 Broncos had their six-game winning streak snapped while the Patriots clinched the division with their sixth straight victory, improving to 11-3 on the season. The Patriots capped off their successful day with a 29-yard sack of Tebow on a 4th-and-17 with just over two minutes remaining....
The Packers remain in pursuit of a second straight Super Bowl, but regardless of whether they hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year, they won't be able to claim a perfect season.
Green Bay suffered a stunning 19-14 upset at the hands of the 6-8 Chiefs, who were playing under interim coach Romeo Crennel. The loss dropped the Packers to 13-1, with the defeat being the first suffered by the reigning champions since they lost to the Patriots last December.
The upset preserved the place of the 2007 Patriots as the only team in NFL history to finish the regular season with a 16-0 record. The loss also snapped the Packers winning streak at 19 games, two victories shy of the 2003-04 Patriots record run of 21 consecutive wins in the regular season and playoffs.
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In a potentially devastating blow to an already overwhelmed Patriots defense, Andre Carter had to be carted off after injuring his left knee on the final play of the first quarter in Denver. The team confirmed moments later it was a knee injury and that he would not return.
Carter was engaged in a block by Broncos tight end Daniel Fells when he broke free but stumbled backwards and fell to the ground. He immediately grabbed his left knee and a cart came onto the field to take him to the Patriots locker room. He was accompanied on the cart by team medical director Tom Gill.
Carter came into the game leading the Patriots in sacks with 10 on the season. The loss of Carter came after the Broncos gashed the Patriots for 172 yards in their first 16 rushing attempts, breaking out to a 16-7 lead.
The Patriots lone highlight of the first quarter was the first TD catch of the season by Chad Ochocinco, a 33-yarder down the left...
Lonnie Jackson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Boston College to a 75-55 victory over Bryant on Sunday in Chestnut Hill.
Ryan Anderson contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (4-7), and Dennis Clifford scored 10 points. Jordan Daniels had nine assists and no turnovers.
Frankie Dobbs led Bryant (1-10) with 15 points.
BC jumped out to an 18-4 lead but led by just two at the half, 34-32. The Eagles scored the first 10 points after the break, with Jackson scoring the final six on a pair of 3-pointers.
Bryant drew within nine on an Alex Francis layup, but Jackson answered with another trey, and the BC lead was never in single digits the rest of the way.
BC next hosts Sacred Heart on Wednesday night.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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