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12/27/2010 - 6:27pm
Patriots home after a 'difficult landing'

The Patriots finally returned back to New England after having to stay overnight in Rochester, N.Y. The team's Twitter feed did mention, however, that the flight back from Western New York wasn't without some challenges. "There's snow place like home! Kudos to the @delta pilots for sticking a difficult landing, to the applause of all aboard," the team Tweeted. 

 

For more Patriots coverage, including what Bill Belichick had to say a day after his team clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, see the team page at weei.com/patriots.


12/27/2010 - 5:52pm
Belichick: 'Don't need to risk any injuries'

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained his approach toward playing certain players in the regular-season finale against Miami Sunday. 

 

The Pats have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs, have nothing to gain by beating the Dolphins, and still have the memory of Wes Welker injuring his knee in the final game of the 2009 regular season.

 

"I think the answer to that question is a complicated one, but in the end it comes down to a very simple formula and that's we'll do what's best for the football team," said Belichick when asked by the show's co-hosts, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie, regarding his strategy heading into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. "We'll take the entire football team into consideration, but each individual player and his situation is a little bit different depending what the depth is at that...

12/27/2010 - 4:03pm
Shaq fined $35K for criticizing officiating

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for criticizing the referee Bob Delaney following his team's 86-78 loss to the Magic in Orlando on Christmas Day. Following the Celts' loss, O'Neal was quoted as saying, "“We have two premier big men out there.  He is pushing, I’m pushing. Let us play. I guess they [fans] come out to see No. 26 [Delaney] play. He was a great player out there today. They paid all that money to see No. 26 come play. My thing is, if you’re going to call it, call it the same way every time. Don’t pick and choose who you are going to call it against.”

 

For more Celtics coverage, see the team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/27/2010 - 1:08pm
Wilfork on D&H: 'We gave what we had'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price.

 

Wilfork acknowledged that the flu had left him and some other Patriots in bad shape for Sunday's 34-3 win over the Bills. "It had a couple of us pretty messed up," Wilfork said, adding: "We fought through it. We knew how important this game was to us. The last thing we wanted to do was let down some of our teammates. I think we gave what we had to give."

 

Wilfork was asked how he will prepare the young players for their first postseason, now that the Patriots have clinched the top seed in the AFC. "Every game is like a championship game," he said. "Whatever you can think about from Little League to college, whatever it may be when you played championship football, this is what it's going to be about. The games...

12/27/2010 - 12:52pm
Meriweather: 'We just want to punish you'

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning, with guest hosts Mike Mutnansky and Chris Price, for his weekly appearance on WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

The secondary had a couple of big hits on Bills receivers Sunday and helped force seven Buffalo turnovers in the Patriots' 34-3 victory. "We try to do that every game," Meriweather said. "That's one of our goals, to go into the game and be physical. We like to say that we're the most physical secondary in the NFL. [Jerod] Mayo's been a part of that, and the linebackers have been a part of that secondary, too, I think. Every week we go into a game, that's what we're aiming for, to be the most physical secondary on the field."

 

Added Meriweather: "We just want to punish you. Whenever you come across the middle, or you catch a pass anywhere downfield, we want to make you feel it. Anytime you can make...

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