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01/24/2011 - 10:10am
Esiason on D&C: Cheap shots at Jets unfair

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to break down the NFL conference championship games and talk about the Super Bowl.

 

The Steelers jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead and were able to hang on for a 24-19 victory over the Jets in the AFC championship game. Esiason talked about how these last couple of weeks have showcased the importance of fast starts. “Certainly yesterday, a case could be made for both teams that won," he said. "Quite frankly, I was really shocked at the way the Jets played the first half, the amount of missed tackles. It looked like the Steelers wanted it more.”

 

Esiason was asked if Jets fans will remember the game more for the slow start or the near comeback. “Here, it’s all about winning and losing. If you lose, they’re going to take shots at you. Already there are all sorts of foot...

01/24/2011 - 7:34am
Mashup: Jets fans rally at Ryan's house

Jets coach Rex Ryan got a sendoff from fans in the town where he lives before the Jets lost Sunday's AFC championship game to the Steelers. Fans were invited to show up outside his New Jersey house Saturday morning for an early morning pep rally. Invitations were sent by the mayor of Summit, N.J., as well as the local high school football coach. The event was approved by Ryan's wife, Michelle, who made an appearance.

 

Meanwhile, after Sunday's game, Ryan told the media he plans to be back next year, and people that want to criticize his team can "go ahead, but you've really got not right."

 

To see more about that story and others, plus videos, trivia and more, check out Monday's Morning Mashup.


01/24/2011 - 12:12am
Savard heads back to Boston for tests
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Marc Savard returned to Boston Sunday to be evaluated by team doctors after a hit from former Bruin Matt Hunwick knocked him out of Saturday's game in Denver against the Avalanche. Savard, who arrived in Boston Sunday with equipment manager Matt Falconer, will undergo tests Monday after his second injury scare within a week. 

 

Coach Claude Julien said Saturday that Savard would head back rather than accompanying the team to Los Angeles, where the Bruins play Monday night. Julien told reporters Sunday he didn't expect any more news until Monday.

 

Savard missed the first 23 games of the season while suffering from post-concussion syndrome, a condition that stemmed from his Grade 2 concussion incurred last March on a hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

 

For more Bruins news, see the team page at weei.com/bruins.


01/23/2011 - 11:13pm
Steelers hang on to earn Super Bowl berth

The Steelers won the AFC title game for the third time in six seasons, holding off a furious second-half rally by the Jets to emerge a 24-19 winner Sunday.

 

The Steelers scored the first 24 points of the game, which included touchdown runs by Rashard Mendenhall (who finished with 121 yards rushing) and Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh defense contributed to the scoring just 47 seconds after the Roethlisberger TD, as William Gay recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble (off an Ike Taylor sack) and ran 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 24-0 lead.

 

The Jets did not give up, however, as Sanchez threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, the second of which — to Jerricho Cotchery — cut the lead to 24-19 with just 3:06 left the game.

 

The Jets would not get the ball back, however, as Roethlisberger converted a third-and-6 pass to Antonio Brown for 14 yards after the two-minute...

01/23/2011 - 6:29pm
Bowl bound: Packers hold off Bears

The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held on down the stretch for a 21-14 win over the Bears to win the NFC championship on Sunday at Soldier Field. As a result, sixth-seeded Green Bay will advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Feb. 6.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished 17-for-30 for 244 yards, but threw two picks as the Bears nearly put together an improbable comeback behind No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie. However, with the Packers driving for what could have been a game-tying score, Hanie was intercepted by Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields.

Hanie was in the game after a reported knee injury to starter Jay Cutler. Cutler was replaced by backup Todd Collins (a product of Walpole). But Collins was ineffective and was quickly yanked in favor of Hanie. Hanie was 13-for-20 for 153 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions, with one of those coming with less than a minute to go in the fourth to seal the game...

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