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.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
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.
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Joe and Tim are in Chicago where the Red Sox are playing the White Sox and Commissioner Manfred stops by the booth for half an inning.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
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.
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.
Despite talking about hating the crossover on Kirk's podcast, Lou came in to discuss his potty mouth. Kirk reveals that Tim Benz sent a Direct Message (on Twitter) about Lou's comments on the podcast.
Reports have come out that say Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky molesting boys as far back as 1976.
It's becoming clear that fans and media are ready to circle the wagons for David Ortiz if anyone else brings up PED's.
Tim Benz and Jerry Thornton hop on to talk to Lou about what he said about them in the "Enough About Me Podcast."
Mike Mutnansky calls to talk to Lou about what was said on the "Enough About Me" Podcast. He also talks Kentucky Derby
Glenn, Lou, and Christiantalk about the latest indictment of Joe Paterno's knowledge of what was going on at Penn State
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
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Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
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