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Tom Brady’s AFC Championship Resume

Tom Brady didn't toss a single TD on Sunday, but still managed to lead New England past Baltimore, 23-20! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By Matt Noonan 

The New England Patriots escaped Sunday’s dramatic AFC Championship contest with a 23-20 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

However, quarterback Tom Brady didn’t exactly have his best game in a Patriots uniform, which is why Noontime Sports decided to go back in time, and analyze his past conference championship performances, as well as see if there was any parallels from Sunday’s tilt.

January 27, 2002 – New England at Pittsburgh: Against the Steelers, Brady completed 12 of 18 passes for 115 yards, but didn’t manage to toss a single strike to the end zone. Brady sustained an injury midway through the first half, which allowed former starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe to lead the Patriots to a 24-17 victory.

January 18, 2004 – Indianapolis at New England: The New England Patriots defense flexed their muscles by recording four interceptions and four sacks on quarterback Peyton Manning, who only tossed one touchdown. Brady finished the game 22 of 37 for 237 yards and one touchdown. He also tossed one interception, and rushed for one yard on five carries.

January 23, 2005 – New England at Pittsburgh: Brady registered 207 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 60-yard pass to Deion Branch that sparked New England’s offense and defense to eventually defeat Pittsburgh for the second time in three years, 41-27.

January 21, 2007 – New England at Indianapolis: Despite leading the Colts, 21-6 at halftime, Manning and his teammates staged an epic comeback to capture the AFC crown, which ended the Patriots quest toward a fourth Super Bowl title. Brady tossed one touchdown and one interception, as well as was sacked once, while Manning finished the game with one touchdown, one interception, and 349 yards through the air.

January 20, 2008 – San Diego at New England: Against the Chargers, Brady struggled. The New England gunslinger completed 22 of 33 passes for 209 yards, as well as finished the game with two touchdowns and three interceptions. San Diego also recorded two sacks, but only mustered 12 points, thanks to kicker Nate Kaeding, who was 4-for-4.

January 22, 2012 – Baltimore at New England: Similar to the 2001 AFC Championship game, Brady didn’t record a single touchdown, but managed to cough up the ball twice, as he was picked off by cornerbacksJimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. However, the Patriots signal caller did finish the game with 239 yards through the air, and 22 completions.

Overall, Brady is 5-1 in conference championships, and 3-1 in the Super Bowl clashes.

Recapping the Cowboys-Patriots Season Series

Dallas leads the series against New England, but the Patriots have won the last three meetings!

By Matt Noonan 

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots will meet on Sunday at Gillette Stadium and certainly, I think many NFL fans are excited for this particular matchup.

Both teams have met 10 times during the regular season, yet despite Dallas’s seven wins, New England has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 73-33.

Here’s a recap of the past ten meetings between these two squads, enjoy.

Dallas 44 – New England 21 (Oct. 24, 1971): Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach completed 13-of-21 passes for 197 yards, and tossed two touchdowns, as well as rushed for one score, as Dallas prevailed and earned their fourth win of the season.

Dallas 34 – New England 31 (Nov. 16, 1975): Trailing Dallas 17-10 at halftime, the Patriots rallied to outscore the Cowboys, 21-17 during the final two quarters, but couldn’t muster their fourth victory of the year. Quarterback Jim Plunkett finished the game with three touchdowns, two interceptions, while Roger Staubach tossed three touchdowns – two to Drew Pearson and one to Golden Richards.

Dallas 17 – New England 10 (Dec. 3, 1978): Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach connected with Billy Joe DuPree during the final quarter, which secured Dallas’s third win against New England.

Dallas 35 – New England 21 (Sept. 21, 1981): Cowboys place-kicker Rafael Septien kicked three fourth quarter field goals, which helped Dallas earn their third victory of the ’81 season.

Dallas 20 – New England 17 (Nov. 22, 1984): The Patriots outscored the Cowboys, 14-3 during the final quarter, but couldn’t stop Rafael Septien, who kicked the game winning field goal.

Dallas 23 – New England 17 (Nov. 15, 1987):  Cowboys running back Herschel Walker scored the game winning touchdown in overtime, and ended the Patriots fourth quarter rally. Danny White recorded one touchdown pass and two interceptions, while Steve Grogan and Tom Ramsey combined for one touchdown, one interception, and 209 passing yards.

Dallas 12 – New England 6 (Dec. 15, 1996):  Both Drew Bledsoe and Troy Aikman combined for five interceptions, as well as watched their place kickers, Adam Vinatieri and Chris Boniol combine for six field goals.

New England 13 – Dallas 6 (Dec. 15, 1999): Terry Allen rushed for 53 yards on 18 carries, as well as one touchdown, which gave the Patriots their first win against Dallas.

New England 12 – Dallas 0 (Nov. 16, 2003): Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals, while Antowain Smith rushed for the only touchdown, as head coach Bill Belichick spoiled Bill Parcell’s Foxborough homecoming at Gillette Stadium.

New England 48 – Dallas 27 (Oct. 14, 2007):  Quarterback Tom Brady connected with Donte Stallworth, Wes Welker,Randy Moss and Kyle Brady for five touchdown passes, as the Patriots embarrassed the Cowboys in Texas and on national television.

Drew Bledsoe Is Officially A Patriots Hall of Famer

It's official - Bledsoe is now a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been an exciting past few days for the former New England Patriots quarterback, Drew Bledsoe who was recently enshrined in the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bledsoe was greeted by hundreds of fans that came to celebrate his nine-year career with the team, as well as the special moment too.

Yet, what do we remember most about Bledsoe? When we think of his name, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Well for starters, here’s a few talking points to jumpstart this conversation.

— Bledsoe is a guy that all Patriots fans will never forget. He was a tall, lengthy quarterback that made die-hards cringe. He often overthrew receivers, but when he was “on fire,” he was magical. Yet, he didn’t have the magic or power that Doug Flutie did.

— He butted heads with former head coach Bill Parcells, but somehow managed to lead the ’96 Patriots to the Super Bowl, which they lost. He was also a member of the AFC Pro-Bowl team that season, and led the league with 373 passes completed.

— He started in 123-of-124 games with the Patriots, as well as tossed 166 touchdowns and 138 interceptions. He also completed 2,544 passes for 29,657 yards.

— Bledsoe was the first pick in the ’93 NFL Draft and was selected to four Pro-Bowls too.

— In his nine seasons with the team, Bledsoe led the Patriots to three playoff appearances, as well as one AFC Championship game. Although, while he didn’t win a ring under center, he finally snagged one in ’01 when New England upset St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI, (thanks, Tom Brady).

— One of his finest games came against the Minnesota Vikings in ’94, where he helped the Patriots rally to beat the “Purple People Eaters,” 26-20 in overtime. On that particular day, Bledsoe completed 45-of-70 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns.

So, what do you have to say, fans? Was Bledsoe a valuable member of the Patriots?

Absolutely!

He may have not been Brett Favre, John Elway, Steve Young or Troy Aikman, but he was a solid quarterback that loved the game of football. In fact, I think it’s also fair to state that he was one of the main reasons the Patriots became a contender. Bledsoe will always be considered a valuable component of the Patriots modern day success, as well as their franchise, but in the end, he’ll always be remembered for his gutsy performances and efforts.

Bledsoe may not be headed to Canton, Ohio anytime soon, but that doesn’t matter because as of today, he’ll always be remembered as of the great Patriots players who sported the red, white and blue.

Drew Bledsoe Highlights from WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Morning Show

Drew Bledsoe joined WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on Friday to discuss his career!

By Matt Noonan 

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk about his career. Bledsoe will be honored on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, as one of the newest members of the Patriots Hall of Fame, along with center Jon Morris. Here are some highlights from the discussion.

* Bledsoe expressed his sincere enjoyment of being a member of the Patriots organization. He didn’t state anything negative, but admitted there were some teams that struggled compared to others, yet one of the finest moments he recalled was a game against the Minnesota Vikings in ’94. Against the “Purple People Eaters,” Bledsoe completed 45-of-70 passes for 426 yards, which helped the Patriots pull out an emotional overtime win.

* He’s certainly pleased about the recent success of the Patriots, as well as his former co-worker, Tom Brady. Although, Bledsoe admitted that he would have loved to have his job back in ’01, but again, he’s happy that his former team remains competitive and continues to be one of the marquee squads to watch every year.

* When asked about his current life in Oregon, Bledsoe commented by saying, he keeps busy doing a variety of things, such as working out, skiing, and spending time with his family. He’s currently involved in the wine business that he, as well as his childhood friend Chris Figgins launched in ’08.

* Throughout his career, Bledsoe sported the number 11 on his chest, which is now worn by wide receiver Julian Edelman. The former quarterback chuckled when asked about Edelman wearing his number, but stated, he’s holding up the legacy.  

* When asked about Tedy Bruschi’s comments toward Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocino, Bledsoe commented by saying, “When you’re in it, your part of that thing – you don’t sit back and watch it.” Also, he stated Ochocinco shouldn’t be a fan, but instead, a football player.

* Finally, the conversation concluded with the former signal caller expressing his love for the late Myra Kraft, who past away this summer after her long battle with cancer. He said, “That woman was truly a unique person in the world.”

Rubin: Reflections on 9/11

Sports and Life returned with passion and joy after 9/11 occurred.

By Dan Rubin 

I used to think it meant everything to live and die with my teams. At the ripe old age of 15, five days before I turned 16 and prepared to get a learner’s permit to drive, I walked into Malden Catholic High School thinking about soccer and football games. I hated St. John’s Prep, as if they were the New York Yankees. I was thinking about how Drew Bledsoe could lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl.

Then, in ten minutes time, it all changed.

Brother Robert Green, CFX made an announcement that planes had hit the World Trade Center, which forced us into an early morning prayer for the victims. I remember sitting in Mr. Kaufman’s homeroom as a high school junior, and I remember the empty feeling.  Suddenly, sports didn’t matter.

Of course, sports reentered my life with the same passion as before, but the passion is different, more tempered. I used to lose sleep, even at 15, when the Bruins and Patriots failed. Now, I appreciate just being able to watch a hockey game or football game, and I appreciate the ability to sit back and enjoy them for what they are.

One day changed my opinion and outlook. I learned to appreciate hard work, sacrifice, and that my neighbor, a St. John’s Prep alumnus in the Marine Corps was more of a hero than Byron Dafoe. I also learned that life is too short to say, “I can’t.” I learned to appreciate all the feelings including the first time I fell and cracked my rear end on the ice, which was when I learned to skate.

My life took a simpler, more positive outlook. Every day is a gift. Just being able to sit back and enjoy a football game, cover a baseball game, or broadcast a hockey game is better than anything I ever imagined on September 10, 2001.

So, my world changed as everyone else’s did. And while that doesn’t change the fact that millions of people have suffered as a result of that tragedy, it’s a silver lining that somewhere; somehow, some good just might have come out of it.

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