FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski and went over 5,000 yards passing while BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a pair of touchdown runs as the Patriots scored 49 unanswered points to wipe out a 21-0 first-quarter deficit and beat the Bills, 49-21, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The win clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the upcoming AFC playoffs.
Brady finished with three touchdown passes on 23-of-35 for 338 yards, and in the process passed Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,084 yards, which stood until Drew Brees broke it last Monday against the Falcons. Brady finished the 2011 season with a career-best 5,235 yards passing, second only in NFL history to Brees' total of 5,476 this season.
For the second straight week, the Patriots came out flat at home and fell down by three scores. The Bills, behind agressive play-calling from coach Chan Gailey, tried to show they were going to do everything...
FOXBORO -- In a rough first half, Tom Brady managed to accomplish a significant milestone.
Brady went over the 5,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career when he connected with a wide open Aaron Hernandez down the right sideline in the second quarter.
It marked the fourth time in NFL history a quarterback passed the 5,000-yard mark in a season, joining Drew Brees (2011, 2008) and Dan Marino in 1984.
Brady finished with three touchdown passes on 23-of-35 for 338 yards, and in the process passed Marino's 1984 mark of 5,084 yards, which stood until Drew Brees broke it last Monday against the Falcons. Brady finished the 2011 season with a career-best 5,235 yards passing, second only in NFL history to Brees' total of 5,476 this season.
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO -- For the first time since both were injured in a Nov. 6 loss to the Giants, safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Brandon Spikes are active for today's season finale against the Bills.
Chung injured his right foot against the Giants and tried to play the next week before getting scratched against the Jets in warmups. Spikes injured his right knee against the Giants in the second half and has missed all seven games since.
Matt Light, after being scratched last Saturday in warmups with a right ankle injury, is active and available. In addition to Logan Mankins (left knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (right foot), both of whom were ruled out Friday, Ron Brace, Tracy White, Kevin Faulk, Ryan Mallett and Shane Vereen are inactive for Sunday's game.
For complete coverage of today's game, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog...
FOXBORO -- With his team preparing for a season finale against the Bills, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is on the verge of leaving after the season to take over for Joe Paterno as the head coach of Penn State football, according to a report by USA TODAY.
Jon Saraceno of USA TODAY tweeted Sunday morning that "a person with knowledge of the Penn State hiring tells USA TODAY that only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man."
Earlier in the morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that emerged as a leading candidate for the job, one year after assuming the offensive coordinator duties full-time with the Patriots.
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The Bruins saw their seven-game win streak come to an end Saturday night, with the B's suffering a 4-2 loss to the Stars in Dallas.
"They came at us aggressive, and from our end we probably played our worst game in a long time," Bruins coach Claude Julien told NESN after the loss. Julien later added, "Once in a while when you lose like we did tonight it puts things in perspective."
The Bruins, who had beaten the Stars in the teams last three meetings, fell into a 3-1 hole after the first period thanks to goals by Dallas' Loui Eriksson, Trevor Daley and former Bruin Michael Ryder. Eriksson's goal, which came just 3:21 into the period, came on a two-man advantage for the hosts. The lone goal for the visitors in the first came from Tyler Seguin, who knotted the game at 1-1, 11:39 into the game.
The Stars extended their lead against the Bruins and their netminder, Tim Thomas, in the second when Tom Wandell netted...
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
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.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
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