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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win, Medical Staff Fail

Tom Brady, J.J. Watt (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

1. Patriots:


* Two weeks off and the first play of the game that they pulled out of their hat was a run into the middle of 1,200 pounds by 150-pound Danny Woodhead (hurt)
* Not Brady’s best game (missed a lot of open receivers in the first half)
* Four drives of three plays and out
* Three times – Brady caught Houston disorganized and ran the ball to the left side for positive results
* Patriots are missing Julian Edelman’s speed and edge
* Brandon Lloyd catching and falling again
* After Vereen’s second touchdown, Brady ran right to Hoomanawani to salute his proper route which ran off the defenders


* Great effort McCourty running down Danieal Manning on the kick off return and saving 4 points
* Crazy Superman tackle by Rob Ninkovich on the Arian Foster run after the swing pass from the end zone
* Ninkovich had a Bruschi like interception


* The early kickoff return by Houston reminded me of Ray Rice’s early run in 2009/10
* Amazing TD catch by Posey
* Manning had 216 return yards
* JJ Watt – no pass’s deflected – but had no problem wagging his finger at Ridley despite the loss


* Gronk out for the rest of the playoffs – when is the Patriot medical staff going to make a proper decision? Kevin Faulk too early last year / Aaron Hernandez too early with the ankle and then out again / they let Talib play with one hip in Jacksonville
* On the Foster touchdown – one ref signaled down on the one – the other touchdown
* Bob Kraft shown with one minute left in second quarter and again in the fourth
* Zolton Mesko’s best game: Five punts, 52.8 yard average (he out-punted Houston punter’s average by 16.2 yards)
* Bad call on the fumble, which was ruled forward progress
* At the end of the first half – Tavan Wilson shouldn’t have tackled Daniels and let the clock run out

2. Around the NFL:

* Great football all weekend
* In the four games – 276 points were scored
* Officials were terrible in the Denver / Ravens game
* Ed Reed was invisible
* Zach Miller 142 yards from tight end position
* What an advantage the Patriots will have next weekend with Josh McDaniels vs. the unimaginable and boring Jim Caldwell
* No quarterback should be sliding in the playoffs
* Is it possible to tackle from letters up and not have helmets hit?
* Both Ridley and Jaquezz Rodgers used their helmets to spear defensive players
* Prior to the Raven’s winning kick, the Baltimore kicker practiced a kick during a timeout – Champ Bailey should have stopped the attempt
* Huey Lewis and the News did a nice job with the National Anthem in San Francisco
* Previous college coaches Carroll and Harbaugh foster chippy teams
* Insane that Atlanta tried an onside kick after taking the late lead against Seattle (supposed to squib)
* Seattle cornerback Sherman will be a ten time All-Pro if he can keep his mouth shut

3. Manning-Brady:

And some people say that Manning is better than Brady – silly:

* Manning postseason record 9-11 (0-3 last three) / 32 TD to 21 INT = 1.52 / 88.4% QB Rating / One Super Bowl
* Brady postseason record 17-6 / 41 TD to 20 INT = 2.05 / 90.5 QB rating / Three Super Bowls

4. Denver Bronco Postseason QB records since 2000:

Tim Tebow 1-1 (.500)
Jake Plummer 1-3 (.250)
Gus Ferrotte – 0-1 (.000)
Peyton Manning – 0-1 (.000)

5. Age of Boston’s greats when they retired:

Bobby Orr – 30
Cam Neely – 30
John Hannah – 34
Bob Cousy – 34 (and then 41)
Bill Russell – 34
Larry Bird -35
Kevin McHale – 35
John Havlicek – 37
Ted Williams – 41
Yaz – 43

6. Celtics over the last 75 games:

With Avery Bradley – 25-10
Without Bradley – 19-21

7. The Krushelnyski’s:

Michael Krushelnyski’s son Alexander is starring for Colorado College with 23 points in 24 games – wonder if he has long reach?

9. Golden Globes:

* Tina Fey said to Ben Affleck – “Ben did two movies in Boston and then did his next in Tehran because they are nicer to out of towners”
* Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. at the same table
* Bill Clinton was nervous introducing the movie Lincoln
* Big night for Ben Affleck out from the shadow of Matt Damon and bad movie choices

10. Randomocity:

* The professor on the State Farm Insurance commercials plays a foul mouthed skipper in the movie Contraband
* US Marshalls should pull warrants on anyone at a football game holding a D or a picket fence
* Oprah has a massive responsibility to make sure she keeps Lance Armstrong’s feet to the fire in their interview for the good of every high school kid thinking about taking steroids

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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7 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win, Medical Staff Fail”

  1. This was also a really nice rendition of the national anthem:

    FYI, it’s Jacquizz Rodgers, not Jaquezz

    REPLY – MPC – Good help on spelling but its no fun if you can’t find typos in Top Ten

    Posted by Alan | January 14, 2013, 7:33 am
  2. Both Harbaugh’s do a lot of jawing at the refs during the course of a game.

    Very few sightings of both Patrick Chung and Deion Branch.

    Tony C. was done at 30 and Ernie D. at 27.

    REPLY – MPC – I loved Ernie D’s game – his best being Havlicek’s best with the Celtics / I like Jim Haubaugh but will hate him coaching against the local team

    Posted by Pinch | January 14, 2013, 8:17 am
  3. The Pats miss Julian Edelman?! Really? Did he make one big play in the passing game this year? If he did I missed it.

    Richard Sherman probably makes the 10 pro bowls no matter what he says. Russell Wilson will make a few of them as well.

    REPLY – MPC – I just see Sherman being mouthy with a cop or someone with a bigger gun / Edelman could stretch the field and they miss him on special teams big time – now no Gronk, Edleman and Woodhead?

    Posted by TimU | January 14, 2013, 10:13 am
  4. Scary when you think that it was not Brady’ best game, that they left points on the field, and STILL scored. 41.

    Having said that, I didn’t like the bend don’t break defense the last eight minutes of the game.

    REPLY – MPC – To look up and see that a field goal and touchdown would tie that game was unnerving

    Posted by Jamie | January 14, 2013, 10:23 am
  5. I’m with you…Camp Bailey should have blocked that practice kick Kevin Garnett style…I love when KG does that, it makes a lot of sense and it makes me laugh every time.

    REPLY – MPC – Exactly KG – I should have used that

    Posted by PeteL | January 14, 2013, 11:28 am
  6. The actor you refer to in the State Farm commercials is J.K. Simmons. He’s a great & versatile character actor. Among his other many credits:

    He played a scary/evil white supremacist(Schillinger)in HBO’s “Oz”. – He played the newspaper editor in the Toby Maguire “Spider-Man” movies. –
    He played Ellen Page’s father in “Juno”.

    Here’s some commercial trivia for you. The actor (Richard Easton), who plays Ben Franklin in the Free Mason commercials, is the actor who played the character (Jackson Parkhurst)that Jimmy & Richard scalped in Season-2 of “Boardwalk Empire”.

    REPLY – MPC – Good Stuff – I’m surprised that wholesome safe insurance company might associate with a guy who plays parts like that

    Posted by Bob T. | January 14, 2013, 4:24 pm
  7. Tom Brady in the playoffs against Baltimore:

    1W and 1L

    2009 QB Rating 49.1, 54.8% Completion, INT 3

    2011 QB Rating 57.5, 61.1% Completion, INT 2

    REPLY – MPC – Thats not good

    Posted by NoBama | January 14, 2013, 5:07 pm

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