Led by a defense that claimed a pair of second-half interceptions, the Jets reeled off 17 points in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to claim a 17-14 win over the Chargers and advance to the AFC championship game next week against the Colts. The Jets trailed 7-0 at the half, and 7-3 at the end of the third quarter. But rookie Mark Sanchez delivered a two-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller at the start of the fourth quarter, and running back Shonn Greene sprinted 53 yards for a touchdown that put New York ahead, 17-7.
The Chargers responded with a touchdown (a Philip Rivers one-yard one) with 2:14 remaining, but the Jets recovered the subsequent on-sides kick. New York then ran out the clock to claim the upset win on the road.
Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding missed three field goal attempts (36, 40 and 57 yard attempts) in the defeat.
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A league source with direct knowledge confirmed Sunday that plans are being finalized for the Bruins to open the 2010-11 season playing two games in Prague, Czech Republic. Although plans are “still in the mix” for the trip, the Bruins would provide a good local draw as forwards David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka are both Czech natives and captain Zdeno Chara is from Slovakia. The Boston Globe first reported the likelihood of the Bruins participation in the event.
Paul Pierce limped off the court during practice on Sunday in Waltham after banging his right knee into the leg of forward Shelden Williams, according to ESPN. The injury, according to head coach Doc Rivers, didn't appear serious. But it was enough to force him out of the final moments of practice. "It's starting to feel better, I hope he's fine," Rivers said following the session. The scary moment at the end of the practice comes as the team prepares to welcome back Rasheed Wallace to action in time for Monday's game against Dallas at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett is hopeful to return on Friday against Portland. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
The Vikings have earned the right to move on to the NFC Championship Game by beating Dallas, 34-3, Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. The Vikes will now take on New Orleans in the conference's title game next Sunday in the Superdome. Brett Favre led the way for the Vikes, throwing four touchdown passes, while receiver Sidney Rice also pitched in with six catches for 141 yards. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's past postseason problems reappeared, losing two fumbles while throwing an interception. Minnesota is now one game from making its first Super Bowl appearance since 1977.
Gaines Adams, a 26-year-old defensive end for the Chicago Bears and the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft, died Sunday morning while in South Carolina, according to an ESPN report. Greenwood County coroner James T. Coursey said Adams was taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, S.C., where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. A Clemson product, Adams was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played three seasons with the Bucs before being traded to the Bears in October of this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!