The Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants on Sunday night drew a TV viewership rating of 47.8, a tenth of a point off last year's game and the third-highest overnight rating in Super Bowl history. The Giants-Broncos Super Bowl in 1987 and last year's game between the Packers and Steelers both posted overnight ratings of 47.9.
A rating equals a percentage of households with TVs in the market that were tuned into the game.
Sunday night's game peaked at a 51.8 from 9:30-10 p.m., when the Giants drove down the field for the game-winning touchdown.
Boston had the biggest overnight rating of the 56 markets included, posting a 56.7, the best-ever number for an NFL game in the Boston market. New York was 18th at 49.7, the second-best ranking in history for the Big Apple.
The halftime performance featuring Madonna got a 48.1, up 1 percent over last year's show that was highlighted by the Black Eyed Peas.
The day after the Patriots again fell short to the Giants in the Super Bowl, Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan to break down the game and where it all went wrong for the Patriots in their failed quest for a fourth Super Bowl title.
After Tom Brady went on a run in which he threw 16 straight completions, the quarterback's play and health was affected after he was sacked by Justin Tuck in the third quarter, according to Esiason, something that was enough to help decide the final outcome of the game.
"I think he definitely hurt his left shoulder, I think his accuracy was off after that play and I know many people would think that Wes Welker should have made that catch," Esiason said. "My sense is that it was kind of like the [Rob] Gronkowski play in the game against the Ravens. I just think he missed him, and there were a couple of other times -- Deion Branch in the second-to-last series and then of course on the last series...
To no one's surprise, there was a riot on the UMass campus following Sunday night's Super Bowl. Despite a request earlier in the week from Giants receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz for students to "watch the game, be safe, enjoy the parties, and don't hurt anybody or anything," thousands of students assembled in the Southwest Plaza and the situation quickly turned ugly, following a pattern of behavior seen after major sporting events involving area teams.
According to MassLive.com, students smashed bottles, set off fireworks and fought with each other. A school spokesman said 13 students and one non-student were arrested and charged with either failure to disperse or disorderly conduct, although no injuries or damage were reported.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Following the Giants' 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLVI, running back Brandon Jacobs made it clear he thought the Patriots' reign has come to an end.
"We decapitated them," he said. "They can't wear that crown no more."
The Giants running back rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts, but it was teammate Ahmad Bradshaw who ran in for the game-winning touchdown. When that happened, Jacobs was confident his team sealed a Super Bowl victory.
"They're not a big-play team," Jacobs said. "I don't think their offense is like Green Bay's. I think Green Bay's offense and wideouts are definitely better."
The two-time Super Bowl champ went on to say he wasn't worried that the Giants offense left too much time on the clock for Tom Brady to drive down the field.
"They've got more big-play players on Green Bay's team, so really, we weren't really worried."
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a catch that will go down in Giants lore alongside the Super Bowl XLII reception by David Tyree. Mario Manningham hauled in a 38-yard pass while tiptoeing on the left sideline to begin the game-winning drive of Super Bowl XLVI.
Manningham caught the ball and managed to get both feet down before being pushed out of bounds by Patrick Chung at midfield.
"When [officials] were on the sideline [indicating good catch], I finally realized we might win this," Manningham said.
"He had both feet down," Chung said. "Good throw, good catch."
The man who made the throw -- Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning -- again won the respect of his teammates like Manningham for coming through in the clutch.
"He's a playmaker," Manningham said of Manning. "That's what he does. I'm putting Eli in his own category. A lot of quarterbacks don't talk, but you really never...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Gerry, Kirk and the callers react to another abrupt exit by Gary Tanguay. And Curtis discussed the greatest day of his life.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
An angry female caller got Ordway rattled to the point where he starts complaining about an LA bar that only lets beautiful people inside. Unfortunately for Glenn (and most of the WEEI staff, really), he doesn't think they'd let him in.
Glenn, Lou and Christian kick off the show talking about last night's presidential debate, and how poorly Donald Trump looked during it.
In their first game since the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon hit a lead off home run -- his first home run of the season. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the tragic news and the emotion surrounding that game last night.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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