NEW YORK -- The Red Sox fought with the desperation of a team that recognized the consequences of a loss. But in the end, they could not keep the inevitable at bay forever.
The Yankees manufactured a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim a 4-3 walkoff victory. New York's game-winning rally occurred on the watch of Sox reliever Hideki Okajima, who permitted a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson. Brett Gardner followed by dropping a bunt down the first-base line; catcher Victor Martinez fielded it, but fired the ball into Gardner's back as he closed on first base. The ball caromed away, and so the bunt single and error put runners on the corners with no outs.
That forced the Sox to intentionally walk Derek Jeter to load the bases. With one out, Okajima issued a bases-loaded walk, forcing the winning run across the plate.
Thus ended one of the most tumultuous games of the year. Daisuke Matsuzaka...
Speaking after the Patriots' 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Randy Moss spoke for the first time regarding his decision to wear injured teammate Kevin Faulk's No. 33 during practice leading up to the Buffalo game.
"That's my boy. I just wanted to put his jersey on just to represent him," Moss said. "There wasn't nothing behind it, really."
Moss finished his day with two catches, both of which went for touchdowns. The wideout first caught a seven-yard TD throw from Tom Brady in the first quarter, and then hauled in a 35-yarder from Brady in the third quarter. He explained that despite some productive performances from newcomers to the Patriots' offense -- such as running back Danny Woodhead (3 carries, 42 yards, TD) -- the Pats will face a stiff challenge going forward without Faulk, who is out for the season due to knee surgery.
"Any time you lose a...
Speaking after his team's 38-30 win over the Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that no matter how his team accomplished it, the victory was a solid one and provides much-needed momentum heading into the Pats' Monday night showdown with the Dolphins.
"You're trying to win the game. At the end of the year when you look at your record, 'Oh that was a close one, that counts as half a win.' A win is a win," Brady explained. "It doesn't matter if you win by 50 or by one because the following week it really makes no difference how we did the previous week. It's like a chapter. Once this chapter is over you move on. You don't reflect well last week we lost by 30, this week we won by seven, so we're still a crappy team. No, we're 1-1. The goal is to win the game. It's really not a matter of, 'God, that's a great looking win,' or 'That's a bad win.' You're trying to win."
After criticizing the Gillette Stadium crowd for not being boisterous enough, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was impressed with the fans throughout the Patriots' 38-30 win over the Bills. "I thought they were great. I really did. I thought they were into it. They were loud. That's a great advantage for us when the crowd's loud. I thought they were really into it. There was some musket fire today so that got it pretty loud."
Brady finished going 21-of-27 for 252 yards, throwing for three touchdowns while compiling a 142.6 passing rating, the 11th best of his career. The Patriots' quarterback incited one of the biggest positive reactions from the sell-out crowd in the second quarter when he sprung up after running for a first down and made the first-down signal.
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns, including a pair to Randy Moss, and Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis each ran for a score as the Patriots fended off the Bills, 38-30, Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
The Bills, with new starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, put up a tough struggle, taking leads of 13-7 and 16-14 just prior to halftime before Steve Gostkowski's 42-yard field goal gave the Patriots the lead for good. Brady's second TD pass of the day, a 35-yarder over the middle, put the Patriots up, 24-16. That was followed immediately by a 95-yard kickoff return by C.J. Spiller down the right sideline.
Brady put together TD drives of 75 and 59 yards to seal the win. Moss now has 50 receiving TDs with the Patriots, tied with Ben Coates for 2nd in franchise history. Moss also moved ahead of Marvin Harrison into 5th place in all-time receiving yards in the NFL.
Rodney Harrison of NBC Sports previews Pats-Bills and the rest of the NFL.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the Patriots' approach for Sunday's game against Buffalo, a game rendered essentially meaningless now that the Patriots have clinched the No. 1 seed.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Rodney Harrison joins Ben Volin and Danny Piccard to talk about Pats-Bills and the rest of the NFL.
Just like on a Sunday morning in the summer, Butch Stearns and Steve Buckley hit the airwaves to talk about the Bruins win last night, and Patriots possibly resting starters against Buffalo this Sunday.
Nancy Frates called in to discuss her son Pete and her granddaughter Lucy.
A Christmas eve edition of "The Price is Right," Chris Price of WEEI.com makes some predictions for the Patriots Sunday afternoon tilt against the visiting Buffalo Bills.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about the Bruins, who are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. The team clearly has deficiencies and may need to make a few moves before the deadline.
Bradford asks everyone who will listen, "Who's the most famous person to use your bathroom?"
Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.
For each of the 4 major sports teams, we give our naughty and nice lists.
Jerry and DJ are out to prove that this Christmas classic is one of the creepiest songs of all-time
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
DJ and Scott reveal the greatest Christmas song of all time: Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They also discuss the Christmas outrage of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" being left off Rumours.
Scott McLaughlin of WEEI and Chris Peters of CBS’ Eye on Hockey preview this year’s World Junior Championship and break down Team USA’s strengths and weaknesses. The U.S. opens the tournament against Finland on Friday.
Sam and Ben react to the Rondo trade and talk about the top 5 players in the NBA. The Celtics get their 2014 superlatives.
NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, joined the show to talk about how he doesn't think Bill Belichick should rest the starters in week 17. He also warned against falling asleep on the Denver Broncos, Brady's durability, the Bengals and the Seahawks.More from this show