December 2007 - New England Patriots Wiretap
RealGM's Week Seventeen Rundown
New England 38, N.Y. Giants 35 It wasn?t nearly as easy as many people thought it would be, but the New England Patriots downed the New York Giants 38-35 on Saturday night, giving them the NFL?s first-ever 16-0 regular season record. Tom Brady and Randy Moss entered the record books as well, setting new single-season records for touchdowns scored at their respective positions. Eli Manning had a tremendous game, going 22-for-32 with 251 yards and four touchdowns, but history seemed to be on the Patriots? side. Trailing by twelve midway through the third quarter, New England scored twenty-two straight points to take the lead for good. New England will enjoy a week off before facing Pittsburgh, Jacksonville or Tennessee in the divisional round. Fantasy Star: Randy Moss, NE: 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia 17, Buffalo 9 It was too little too late for the Philadelphia Eagles this year as they finished the regular season with three straight wins, good enough for an 8-8 record in 2007. Donovan McNabb went 29-for-41 with 345 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brian Westbrook, who tallied 99 total yards, broke Philadelphia records for the most catches and yards from scrimmage in a season. Buffalo Bills? rookie Marshawn Lynch rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries, finishing his debut season with a total of 1,115 yards on the ground. Trent Edwards was 16-for-30 with 133 yards against the Eagles? defense; it was his tenth appearance of the season. Fantasy Star: Marshawn Lynch, BUF: 127 total yards. Houston 42, Jacksonville 28 Locked into the AFC?s first Wild Card slot, the Jacksonville Jaguars rested a majority of their offensive starters, including David Garrard, Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. The Houston Texans took advantage; the win allowed them to finish the season 8-8, the best record in the team?s six-year history. Ron Dayne and Darius Walker combined to rush for 174 yards and three touchdowns for Houston. Stepping in for Garrard, Quinn Gray showed that he can hang in the NFL ? he went 25-for-39 with 302 yards and four touchdowns. The Jaguars will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this coming Saturday at Heinz Field. Fantasy Star: Quinn Gray, JAX: 302 passing yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay 34, Detroit 13 The Green Bay Packers rested their starters for a majority of the game, but were still able to defeat the Detroit Lions, matching their franchise record for wins (13) in the process. Brett Favre played well before being pulled, going 9-for-11 with 99 passing yards and two touchdowns. Craig Nall did well in relief, notching 88 yards and a score on fifteen passing attempts. Brandon Jackson rushed 20 times for 113 yards, as the Packers rested Ryan Grant. Jon Kitna continued his struggles, going 22-for-48 with 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. After winning six of their first eight games, the Lions were victorious in just one of their remaining eight contests. Green Bay will enjoy a week off before taking on Seattle, Tampa Bay or New York at Lambeau Field. Fantasy Star: Brandon Jackson, GB: 113 rushing yards. Cleveland 20, San Francisco 7 The Cleveland Browns did what they had to in order to improve their chances at making the playoffs, but Tennessee?s win over Indianapolis on Sunday night ended their dreams of extending their season. Jamal Lewis ran for 128 yards and Braylon Edwards hauled in three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Browns, who at 10-6 posted their best record since 1994 (when they won 11 games). Chris Weinke, who got the start for the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers, went 13-for-22 with 104 yards and one touchdown. Derek Anderson, who left briefly with an injury, was 11-for-20 with 152 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Former Notre Dame standout Brady Quinn made his professional debut while Anderson recovered, going 3-for-8 with 45 yards. Fantasy Star: Jamal Lewis, CLE: 128 rushing yards. Chicago 33, New Orleans 25 The Chicago Bears ended the New Orleans Saints? chance of sneaking into the NFC playoffs on Sunday afternoon at Solider Field, winning 33-25. Kyle Orton was 12-for-27 with 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Bears, while Drew Brees went 35-for-60 with 320 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Saints. Devin Hester matched his own single-season return touchdown mark on a 65-yard punt return in the third quarter. Pierre Thomas rushed for 105 yards for New Orleans, and added 121 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. After advancing deep into the NFC playoffs last season, both the Bears and Saints will begin their offseason much earlier than they did a year ago Fantasy Star: Pierre Thomas, NO: 226 total yards and one touchdown. Atlanta 44, Seattle 41 The Seattle Seahawks, headed for the postseason, rested their stars late in the game, which allowed the Atlanta Falcons to win just their fourth contest of the season. Chris Redman went 17-for-27 for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and Warrick Dunn tallied 70 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons on the ground. Matt Hasselbeck went 15-for-25 with 147 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Seneca Wallace, who was 17-for-22 with 206 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Maurice Morris rushed 13 times for 91 yards and a score, after taking over for Shaun Alexander, who had 31 yards and a score of his own. The Seahawks will host the Washington Redskins this Saturday afternoon in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs. Fantasy Star: Nate Burleson, SEA: 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Carolina 31, Tampa Bay 23 This game embodied the usual theme of a Week Seventeen battle. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, already having a playoff berth locked up, rested their big guns allowing the Carolina Panthers to save some face with a season-ending victory. Matt Moore was 15-for-24 with 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Carolina, while Luke McCown went 21-for-28 with 236 yards, two touchdowns and a pick for Tampa Bay. The Panthers? DeAngelo Williams enjoyed his best game of the season, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns, leading Carolina to their seventh win of 2007. Michael Bennett did most of the rushing for the Buccaneers, who rested Earnest Graham, accumulating 39 yards on fifteen carries. Tampa Bay will host the Giants this Sunday. Fantasy Star: DeAngelo Williams, CAR: 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Cincinnati 38, Miami 25 Bill Parcells watched his Miami Dolphins finish the season 1-15, as they stumbled against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Seventeen at home. Carson Palmer was 23-for-32 with 316 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while John Beck and Cleo Lemon combined for a 27-for-42 performance with 258 yards and two scores. Chad Johnson was the beneficiary of Palmer?s accuracy, catching four passes for 131 yards and two trips to the end zone. Kenny Watson, who filled in for the struggling Rudi Johnson for most of the season, led the Bengals with 69 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins will have the number one overall pick in April?s NFL Draft. Fantasy Star: Chad Johnson, CIN: 131 receiving yards and two touchdowns. N.Y. Jets 13, Kansas City 10 The New York Jets were victorious in this overtime battle, winning on a 43-yard field goal by Mike Nugent on the first drive of the extra period. Kellen Clemens started for New York, going 13-for-25 with 115 yards and one touchdown. Brodie Croyle was 20-for-43 for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington combined to rush for 165 yards for the Jets on 36 carries, while the Chiefs only managed 53 rushing yards as a team. Tony Gonzalez, who caught seven passes for 64 yards, broke Shannon Sharpe?s NFL tight end record for career catches midway through the third quarter. Fantasy Star: Thomas Jones, NYJ: 98 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards and one touchdown. San Diego 30, Oakland 17 JaMarcus Russell played well in his first-ever NFL start, but couldn?t play well enough to lead the Oakland Raiders over the playoff-bound San Diego Chargers. Russell went 23-for-31 with 224 yards, one touchdown and an interception, while Philip Rivers was 13-for-23 for 135 yards and two scores in limited duty. Dominic Rhodes, carrying all of Oakland?s rushing duties with Justin Fargas out, accumulated 122 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 56 yards on 16 attempts, sharing duties with Michael Turner in the season finale. Tomlinson finished 2007 with 1,474 yards, good enough to lead the NFL as Willie Parker and Adrian Peterson stumbled down the stretch. Fantasy Star: Dominic Rhodes, OAK: 122 rushing yards and a touchdown. Denver 22, Minnesota 19 The Denver Broncos played spoiler, ending the Minnesota Vikings? chance at making the postseason with a dramatic overtime victory at Invesco Field. After fumbling on the first play of the overtime period, Tarvaris Jackson handed the ball over to the Broncos, who marched Jason Elam out on the first play for a 20-yard field goal to win the game. Jay Cutler was efficient for Denver, going 26-for-37 with 246 yards and two touchdowns, while Jackson notched 175 yards and two scores for Minnesota. Brandon Marshall cemented his place as Cutler?s favorite target, catching ten balls for 114 yards and a touchdown. Vikings? receiver Bobby Wade, who called for Jackson to remain the team?s starter in 2008 after the game, caught five passes for 92 yards and two scores. Fantasy Star: Bobby Wade, MIN: 92 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Arizona 48, St. Louis 19 The Arizona Cardinals finished the season on a high note, dismantling the St. Louis Rams en route to a 48-19 victory. Kurt Warner went 23-for-39 with 300 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cardinals, as Marc Bulger finished the day 13-for-25 with 176 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Arizona returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one by Antrel Rolle, who scored twice on returns against Cincinnati in Week Eleven. Edgerrin James has finally found a groove behind the Cardinals? offensive line; he rushed 24 times for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. Despite poor quarterback play, Torry Holt still managed to grab seven balls for 93 yards in the season finale. Fantasy Star: Arizona Defense: Three sacks, three interceptions, two touchdowns and a forced fumble. Washington 27, Dallas 6 The Washington Redskins grabbed the NFC?s last Wild Card berth, becoming the third NFC East team to qualify for the playoffs, with a 27-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Todd Collins led the Redskins, who haven?t lost since burying Sean Taylor, going 22-for-31 with 244 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys limited Tony Romo, who was just 7-for-16 with 86 yards and an interception, allowing Brad Johnson to quarterback the offense for a substantial amount of time, he finished the game with 79 yards on 7-for-11 passing. Clinton Portis led the Redskins with 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while the Washington defense held Dallas to just one yard rushing all afternoon. The Redskins will face the Seahawks this Saturday afternoon. Fantasy Star: Clinton Portis, WSH: 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Baltimore 27, Pittsburgh 21 The Pittsburgh Steelers rested Ben Roethlisberger against the Baltimore Ravens, allowing the Ravens to swoop in and steal a victory from the AFC North champions. Charlie Batch, who filled in for Roethlisberger, went 16-for-31 with 218 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Ravens? rookie Troy Smith went 16-for-27 with 171 yards and a touchdown. Musa Smith, starting for Willis McGahee, tallied 83 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore, who finished the season 5-11. Najeh Davenport, the Steelers? top running back with Willie Parker lost to a broken leg, rushed just twelve times for 27 yards, but managed to find the end zone on Sunday. The Steelers will host the Jaguars this week in the AFC Wild Card round. Fantasy Star: Santonio Holmes, PIT: 98 receiving yards and one touchdown. Tennessee 16, Indianapolis 10 The Tennessee Titans earned themselves a trip to the AFC playoffs with a win over the Indianapolis Colts, who were looking to rest a majority of their offensive starters on Sunday. Vince Young left the field in the third quarter with a quad injury, but Kerry Collins picked up the pieces, helping the Titans make the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Young and Collins combined to go 24-for-31 with 263 passing yards, but no touchdowns. Chris Brown scored the Titans? only touchdown on an 8-yard run in the first quarter. Peyton Manning played sparingly, allowing Jim Sorgi to go 11-for-24 with 68 yards and a score. The Titans will face the Chargers this weekend, while the Colts rest at home awaiting their divisional round opponent. Fantasy Star: Justin Gage, TEN: 104 receiving yards.
Patriots Finish Season Undefeated
With one mighty heave, Tom Brady and Randy Moss took care of the record books. Now it's down to business for the unbeaten New England Patriots: stamping themselves as the greatest team in NFL history. The Patriots completed a perfect if somewhat joyless journey through the regular season Saturday night, finishing with a remarkable 16-0 record following a thrilling 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule, and that one was only 14-0. This victory required a comeback from a 12-point deficit engineered by the brilliant Brady and smashed the Patriots' league mark for consecutive victories.
Hit By Injuries, Pats' O-Line Patches Holes
The New England Patriots will attempt to complete the NFL's first 16-0 regular season on Saturday minus the starting right side of their offensive line. Guard Stephen Neal (shoulder) and tackle Nick Kaczur (foot) were downgraded by team officials to "out" for the prime-time matchup against the New York Giants. The absences of the two offensive linemen are significant because the Giants lead the NFL in sacks with 52, and New York players maintained this week that a key to slowing the top-ranked New England offense will be mounting a pass rush on Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. Seven-year veteran Russ Hochstein, who has filled in for Neal in the past, will start at right guard. Saturday will mark the eighth game Neal has missed this year. The likely starter at right tackle is second-year veteran Ryan O'Callaghan, who has not started at all this season but who did start six games at right tackle in 2006.
Pats-Giants' Game To Be Simulcast On CBS, NBC
The New England Patriots' shot at history Saturday night will be available for every household in the country with a television after months of wrangling. The game against the New York Giants, in which the Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season, was originally scheduled to be shown only on the NFL Network which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with TVs. The league announced Wednesday that the NFL Network feed will be simulcast on NBC and CBS. It's a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but the NFL Network. The NFL had faced mounting pressure from lawmakers in recent weeks to make the game available to more viewers. Local TV affiliates in the Boston, Manchester, N.H., and New York areas who were already set to simulcast the game under NFL policy and will still air it.
Giants' Fans Selling Chance To See NFL History
The chance to watch the Giants try to mar the Patriots' perfect season isn't drawing many Big Blue fans to the stadium this Saturday. Many Giants' fans are hawking their tickets to the game to Patriots' fans who want to see quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates go for a 16-0 record in their final regular-season game. Internet auction sites that allow customers to buy and sell sports tickets have seen a surge in ticket sales for the game by Giants fans, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Tuesday.
Giants: We Want To Beat Patriots
The Giants have earned a chance to rest their weary bodies Saturday night and guarantee they'll enter the playoffs healthier than they were in either of the last two years. But the players want no part of a weekend vacation. They want their shot at the NFL's only remaining undefeated team. "Personally, I would like to ruin it for them," said center Shaun O'Hara. "Let's do it. We're playing at home, and we haven't played our best football at home. So I think it would be a great send-off." It would be more than that. It would be historic if the Giants (10-5) are able to beat the 15-0 New England Patriots at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. The Pats are trying to become the first team to go undefeated since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the Giants are the only regular-season speed bump left in their way.
RealGM's Week Sixteen Rundown
Pittsburgh 41, St. Louis 24 The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the St. Louis Rams 41-24 on Thursday, assuring a playoff berth, but lost running back Willie Parker to a broken leg in the first quarter. Najeh Davenport did a terrific job stepping in for Parker, who led the NFL in rushing entering Week Sixteen. Davenport rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Rams, and Ben Roethlisberger went 16-for-20 with 261 yards and three touchdown strikes. Marc Bulger was 18-for-35 with 208 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in defeat. Steven Jackson added 85 yards on the ground. Fantasy Star: Najeh Davenport, PIT: 167 total yards and two touchdowns. Dallas 20, Carolina 13 The Dallas Cowboys avoided their first losing streak of the season with a 20-13 victory over the hapless Carolina Panthers on Saturday night. Tony Romo, playing with an injured thumb, went 28-for-42 with 257 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Marion Barber balanced the Cowboys? attack, rushing for 110 yards and a score. The win may prove costly to the Cowboys, though, who have locked up the NFC?s top seed as Terrell Owens suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second quarter of the team?s victory. It appears as though T.O. will be able to play when Dallas begins their playoff push in two weeks. Steve Smith led the Panthers with 137 receiving yards and a touchdown. Fantasy Star: Steve Smith, CAR: 137 receiving yards and one touchdown. Philadelphia 38, New Orleans 23 The Philadelphia Eagles played spoiler, severely hurting the New Orleans Saints? playoff hopes with a 38-23 victory at the Superdome. In the process, Donovan McNabb went 24-for-35 with 263 yards and three touchdowns, embarrassing Drew Brees, who was 30-for-45 with 289 yards and an interception. Brian Westbrook ran for 100 yards, and McNabb added 37 yards on the ground, as well. Aaron Stecker rushed 13 times for 49 yards and reached the end zone twice. The Eagles? playoff hopes ended last week, but McNabb may be playing for his future in Philadelphia. Minnesota?s loss to the Redskins on Sunday night kept the Saints in the playoff picture. Fantasy Star: Donovan McNabb, PHI: 263 passing yards and three touchdowns. Jacksonville 49, Oakland 11 The Jaguars dismantled the Raiders on their way to locking up the AFC?s number one Wild Card spot. Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and David Garrard and Quinn Gray tossed two touchdowns apiece in the victory. JaMarcus Russell played extensively for the Raiders but struggled mightily. Russell went 7-for-23 with 83 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Dominic Rhodes rushed 27 times for 115 yards, almost double what he had accumulated thus far in 2007. The Jaguars will face either the Pittsburgh Steelers or San Diego Chargers in the first-round of the playoffs. Fantasy Star: Fred Taylor, JAX: 111 rushing yards and one touchdown. Cincinnati 19, Cleveland 14 Looking to secure a playoff berth with a win this weekend the Cleveland Browns stumbled against the Cincinnati Bengals, leaving their playoff fate up in the air. Kenny Watson led the Bengals with 130 rushing yards and a touchdown as Carson Palmer went 11-for-21 with 115 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Derek Anderson struggled, going 29-for-48 with 251 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite their loss, the Browns still have a shot at making the playoffs but will need to win and cross their fingers for Tennessee Titans? loss. Fantasy Star: Kenny Watson, CIN: 130 rushing yards and one touchdown. Detroit 25, Kansas City 20 The Lions may no longer be in the playoff picture, but they avoided embarrassment on Sunday, ensuring that they won?t finish the season with eight consecutive losses after beating the Chiefs 25-20. Detroit, who started the season 6-2, had lost six straight games before meeting Kansas City this weekend. T.J. Duckett rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in the win offsetting the continued struggles of Jon Kitna, who was 9-for-16 with 115 passing yards and an interception. Damon Huard, who replaced Brodie Croyle after an injury while making a tackle on an interception return, went 24-for-36 with 305 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy Star: Tony Gonzalez, KC: 137 receiving yards. Chicago 35, Green Bay 7 The Green Bay Packers lost their bid to become the NFC?s top overall seed after losing to the Chicago Bears 35-7 on Sunday. Adrian Peterson led the Bears with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown, but the Chicago defense handled most of the scoring. Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown, and Corey Graham returned a punt seven yards for another score. Two of Green Bay?s three losses this season have come at the hands of their division rival. Brett Favre struggled in the loss, going 17-for-32 with 153 yards and two interceptions. Ryan Grant notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season, cementing his status of the Packers? running back of choice. Fantasy Star: Chicago DEF: One sack, two interceptions and two touchdowns. N.Y. Giants 38, Buffalo 21 The New York Giants might be struggling, but their win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday clinched the NFC?s top Wild Card spot. Eli Manning is still stuck in a slump, going 7-for-15 with 111 yards and two interceptions, but the Giants? running game picked up the pieces. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Trent Edwards went 9-for-26 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss. New York?s defense dominated after a rough first quarter, notching three sacks, interceptions and fumbles at Ralph Wilson Stadium. If things remain as is in the NFC playoff bracket, the Giants would battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the NFC playoffs. Fantasy Star: Brandon Jacobs, NYG: 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Indianapolis 38, Houston 15 Looking to tune up their offense before the postseason, the Indianapolis Colts ran roughshod over the Houston Texans after falling behind 7-0. Peyton Manning went 28-for-35 with 311 yards and three touchdowns against Houston, and Joseph Addai added 26 yards and a score on just six carries. Sage Rosenfels was 22-for-36 with 233 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark combined for 203 receiving yards and three touchdowns at the RCA Dome as Clark broke a pair of Colts? tight end receiving records. Fantasy Star: Reggie Wayne, IND: 143 receiving yards and a touchdown. San Francisco 21, Tampa Bay 19 San Francisco won their second-straight game for the first time since the opening two weeks of the season, as Shaun Hill led the 49ers over the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill was 11-for-24 with 123 yards and three touchdowns, with the 49ers? defense giving Hill and the offense good field position on several occasions. Frank Gore tallied 132 total yards and a touchdown against the Bucs, who have fallen behind the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC?s third seed. Jeff Garcia and Josh McCown, who took over for Garcia midway through the game, combined for 381 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Fantasy Star: Jerramy Stevens, TB: 73 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Arizona 30, Atlanta 27 Neither team had much to play for, but the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons fought hard for their pride on Sunday. Kurt Warner led the Cardinals to an overtime victory over the Falcons with 361 yards and three touchdown passes. Chris Redman played well for the Falcons, going 28-for-42 with 315 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Edgerrin James was the game?s leading rusher, with 76 yards, as both teams struggled on the ground. Warner hooked with Anquan Boldin 13 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while Roddy White connected with Redman 12 times for 141 receiving yards. Neil Rackers kicked the game-winning field goal on the Cardinals? opening overtime drive. Fantasy Star: Anquan Boldin, ARI: 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee 10, N.Y. Jets 6 The Tennessee Titans kept their playoffs hopes alive with a hard-fought victory over the feisty New York Jets. LenDale White rushed for 103 yards to lead Tennessee, and Chris Brown punched in a four-yard score to give the Titans all the offense they needed. Chad Pennington played well for New York, notching 264 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against the very tough Titans? defense. Tennessee now controls their own fate. A win over Indianapolis in the season finale would secure the AFC?s final playoff spot and give them their first winning record since 2003. Fantasy Star: Jericho Cotchery, NYJ: 152 receiving yards and one touchdown. Seattle 27, Baltimore 6 The Seattle Seahawks overtook the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC?s third seed after disposing of the Baltimore Ravens 27-6 this weekend. Matt Hasselbeck went 18-for-27 with 199 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Troy Smith, last year?s Heisman trophy winner, made his first professional start against Seattle. He was 16-for-33 with 199 yards and a score, a 79-yard strike to Derrick Mason. Baltimore lost Willis McGahee a few minutes into the game with a rib injury; it?s unlikely that he?ll play this coming weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fantasy Star: Derrick Mason, BAL: 98 receiving yards and one touchdown. New England 28, Miami 7 The New England Patriots are one win away from a perfect season, after rolling over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Tom Brady went 18-for-33 with 215 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Dolphins. He?ll need two touchdown passes in the season finale against the New York Giants to surpass Peyton Manning for the single-season touchdown record (49). Laurence Maroney enjoyed his best performance of the season, rushing for 156 yards and one touchdown. Cleo Lemon kept his mistakes to a minimum but wasn?t very accurate. He finished the day 18-for-41 with 171 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy Star: Randy Moss, NE: 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Washington 32, Minnesota 21 This game had playoff implications written all over it. The Redskins' 32-21 win over the Vikings allowed them to leapfrog Minnesota for the NFC?s final Wild Card berth with one week left in the regular season. Todd Collins went 22-for-29 with 254 yards and two touchdowns. Clinton Portis added 76 yards and a score on the ground. Tarvaris Jackson contributed 220 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions and added 44 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. Washington now controls their playoff destiny. A win against the Cowboys this weekend would send the Redskins to the postseason. In order to make the playoffs, the Vikings need to win and hope for a Redskins? loss. Fantasy Star: Santana Moss, WSH: 71 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Pats First NFL Team To Go 15-0 In Regular Season
Records aren't important to the Patriots, not yet anyway. Not finishing the season at 16-0. Not becoming the highest scoring team in NFL history. And not Tom Brady and Randy Moss setting individual marks. All those are still within reach, but after becoming the first team to go 15-0 in the regular season with a 28-7 win over the Dolphins on Sunday, it will mean more if the Patriots have a higher number than the Giants on the scoreboard at the end of their game next Saturday night.
Brady Named AP's Male Athlete Of Year
New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was named the AP Male Athlete of the Year. Brady was both flattered at being selected The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, and determined to spread the honor around. "I play in a team sport," Brady said. "Everybody I play with is responsible for what each of us accomplishes as individuals and for what we all accomplish as a team." Brady received 51 votes from members of The AP, 18 more than runner-up Roger Federer, who won his fifth straight Wimbledon and fourth straight U.S. Open tennis tournament in 2007. They were followed by Tiger Woods, Manning, Barry Bonds and Josh Beckett. Lorena Ochoa, who won eight tournaments including the Women's British Open and became the first LPGA Tour player to win $4 million in a season, was the runaway choice as top female athlete for the second consecutive year.
Belichick: Mangini, Jets Never Asked To Tape
Patriots' Coach Bill Belichick said Friday the Jets never requested permission to use an extra video camera in last season's playoff game in Foxborough, directly contradicting Eric Mangini's explanation of the events. "I was never asked for permission nor was anyone in our video department asked for permission for a second end-zone camera," Belichick told NBCSports.com. Evidently, someone isn't telling the truth. Mangini, responding to published reports Wednesday that said a Jets' cameraman was stopped from taping, said the team received approval from the Patriots to shoot from both end zones. The Patriots never filed a complaint with the NFL about last January's incident, and the league isn't investigating the matter. Spokesman Greg Aiello said this week there are "no restrictions on shooting from both end-zone positions as long as the opportunity is provided to both teams." Mangini said the Jets haven't requested a second end-zone camera for tomorrow's game in New England because he "didn't think it would be granted."
Will Sunday's Snow, Sleet, And Rain Slow Down The Patriots?
"If you look at (the weather), it could be more of a pound-it game," Jets safety Kerry Rhodes told the New York Daily News.
Patriots Remain Perfect
Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, shattering Steelers' safety Anthony Smith's guarantee of a victory, as New England crushed Pittsburgh 34-13 on Sunday.
MNF: Patriots Stay Perfect
The Patriots pulled off its greatest escape of the season, scoring with 44 seconds left to beat the Ravens 27-24 on Monday night.