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10/15/2012 - 12:45pm
Branch: Pats left too many points on field
By: DJ Bean

Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined Mut & Merloni Monday, saying the Patriots simply failed to execute down the stretch in their 24-23 loss to the Seahawks on Monday. 

"We had so many chances to put the game away and we just didn't," he said. 

The Patriots were just 1-for-6 in the red zone Sunday, with their failure to get points from in close allowing the Seahawks to hang around long enough to earn a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter.   

"We left a lot of points on the field, to be honest with you," Branch said. "We left a lot of points."

Added Branch: "It wasn't confusion, it was all a lack of execution. Lack of execution, that's all. That's what it was." 

Tom Brady notably missed and underthrew receivers at various points throughout the game, perhaps due to the ball being harder or slippery because of the rainy weather in Seattle. Branch said...

10/15/2012 - 11:48am
Rex: I think we're going to beat Patriots

Rex Ryan kicked off a week of pregame hype when he said Monday he's confident his Jets can upset the Patriots.

“I just think that I want [the Patriots] to know… and they know that I think we’re going to beat them,” Ryan told reporters on Monday. “I recognize that they’re a great football team and [Bill] Belichick’s a great coach. I’ve never once said that he wasn’t. But again, we’re not going to back down or concede anything.

“They’re going to get our best shot and we know we’re going to get theirs,” he added. “It really doesn’t matter who says what. But we are going to be ourselves. We’re coming there to take our swing. We’ll see if we land...

10/15/2012 - 9:07am
Esiason on D&C: Pats' performance 'a fiasco'
By: Mike Neff

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance with Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Pats' 24-23 loss to the Seahawks and other news from around the NFL.

“What a fiasco!” Esiason said of Sunday's game in Seattle. “It was an offensive game in which you ran up 475 yards on the supposedly No. 1 defense in football, you were only sacked once and Tom Brady inexplicably threw 58 passes. … I don’t know how you explain a game like that and how you lose a game like that that late, giving up 14 points in the fourth quarter.”

Esiason said that the blame shouldn’t be placed solely on Brady, who completed 36-of-58 passes for 395 yards, but also on decisions like the play call at the end of the first half.

“When you’re asked to make 58 decisions in a game, somewhere along the line you’re going to make some mistakes,” Esiason said....

10/15/2012 - 6:54am
Mashup: Yanks' Swisher says jeering 'hurts'

Perhaps Yankees fans finally are tiring of the team's success. Or maybe they lack confidence in this year's squad. For whatever reason, fans are not filling up Yankee Stadium for the playoffs, and the team appears to be trying to save face. According to a report in Yahoo! Sports, for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers, all ushers in the stadium were told to move fans from the upper deck to the more expensive seats near the field.

"I don't know what it's about," an unidentified usher told Yahoo! "I guess they want to make it look better on TV."

Meanwhile, some of the fans who are showing up are turning on the players, and at least one Yankee is not happy about it. Outfielder Nick Swisher said the criticism he's been hearing crosses the line.

“A lot of people saying a lot of things I’ve never heard before,” Swisher said after Sunday night's 3-0 loss in Game 2, in which the Bombers heard plenty...

10/15/2012 - 5:36am
Seattle CB taunts Brady: 'You're just a man'

As if it wasn't embarrassing enough to squander away another game with a fourth-quarter collapse Sunday, the Patriots had to watch as their star player was the subject of a taunting Seahawks player after the game.

Second-year cornerback Richard Sherman gleefully tweaked Brady and the Patriots via Twitter. In the wake of Brady’s statements earlier in the week when he said he hoped to silence the CenturyLink crowd, Sherman Tweeted a picture of a downcast Brady with the caption, Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12thMan against us.

He followed that up with another Tweet (which has since been deleted): He...

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