FOXBORO -- After making one of the key plays that helped the Patriots wipe out a 17-0 halftime deficit and beat the Dolphins, 27-24, Saturday at Gillette, Vince Wilfork said there was never a doubt the Patriots would come back and win the game that clinched a first-round bye. Wilfork recovered a Matt Moore fumble in the third quarter that led to New England's first touchdown, part of a 27-point run that put the Patriots in command.
"There was never a doubt in our mind, especially my mind, that we were going to pull this game out," Wilfork said "We just had to go out there and make the plays, get off the field and make the plays and get off the field, and put our offense in good situations. Field position was a big thing today. Once we got field position and gave it to the offense, they handled it very well.
"That's one of those things. You have to just keep rolling. You never know how you're going to win but good...
FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski hit his second field goal of the day from 42 yards with 8:55 left in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots their first lead while Tom Brady scored on two quarterback sneaks as New England rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat the Dolphins, 27-24, on Christmas Eve at Gillette Stadium. The win improves the Patriots to 12-3 and clinches a first-round bye in the upcoming AFC playoffs. The Patriots matched a season high with five sacks while Wes Welker passed Randy Moss and set a new single-season record for receiving yards, catching 12 balls for 138 yards, giving him 1,518 yards for the season.
The Patriots looked re-energized after halftime, taking the opening drive down the field for a 45-yard Gostkowski field goal. Vince Wilfork recovered a Matt Moore fumble at the Dolphins 35. The Patriots capitalized when Brady found Deion Branch in the back of the end zone for a 2-yard TD pass. Following a short punt...
FOXBORO -- Already reeling from the sudden loss of starting left tackle Matt Light before the game to a leg problem, the Patriots were dealt another blow in the first quarter as they lost Logan Mankins to a knee injury. The team announced his return as questionable.
Mankins was taking Light's spot at left tackle, making his first career start at the position and his first since his college days at Fresno State.
Mankins appeared to come down awkwardly while making a block on the final play of New England's second drive midway through the first quarter. He limped off the field and immediately had his knee checked out.
FOXBORO -- After testing out an apparent leg injury, Matt Light was among the seven Patriots scratched for Saturday's Christmas Eve tilt with the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Light was on the field about two hours before kickoff, working on drop-back drills, while constantly looking down at his right leg.
Joining Light as inactive are safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Brandon Spikes, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, running back Shane Vereen, defensive lineman Ron Brace and quarterback Ryan Mallett.
For Chung and Spikes, it marked the seventh consecutive game missed with injury. Both were injured in the Nov. 6 loss to the Giants. The Patriots have won all six games since.
The Bruins announced late Friday night that they have assigned forward Jordan Caron to Providence.
Caron, 21, was last in the Bruins' lineup on Dec. 10, and he has dressed in only two NHL contests since Nov. 15. The assignment will allow him to see game action, as Providence has a game against Portland on Monday. The Bruins will next play Wednesday in Phoenix.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after the Red Sox beat the Tigers 10-2 as Rick Porcello earns his 17th win
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, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.
Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.
Well it's an answer. We sit down with head coach Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday and our first question is about where Tom Brady is, why he's out and when he will be back.
Roger calls in from Texas to talk about the Sox a little and to promote an amazing auction item that you can bid on by calling 877-738-1234. All to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
We check in with special teams ace Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Uncle Bucks previews Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor at UFC 202 and of course SummerSlam 2016. Uncle Buck also presents his list of top ten SummerSlam matches.
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