Bob Leverone- APNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS- New England's only Monday night game of the 2013 season ended on a contentious note in the 4th quarter as the Patriots ended up losing on what turned out to be the final play of the game.
With Carolina re-taking the lead with less than a minute to go on a 25 yard TD pass from Cam Newton to WR Ted Ginn Jr, New England started out on their own 20 with 59 seconds left. The Patriots managed to move the ball down as far as the Panthers 18 yard line thanks to a 23 yard completion to Gronkowski on 4th and 10 and a Carolina penalty. As time expired, Carolina safety Robert Lester picked off Brady in the end zone and the game was seemingly over before a flag was thrown. Initially it appeared as though the Patriots would get one untimed down since the game couldn't end on a defensive penalty, but after the officials conferred the flag was picked up and it was announced that the game was over.
Tom Brady went 29-40 with 296 yards with 1 TD and an interception while Carolina QB Cam Newton went 19-28 with 209 passing yards, 61 rushing yards and 3 TDs on Monday. Both teams now sport identical 7-3 records, with Carolina in 2nd place behind New Orleans.
Carolina goes on to win by the final of 24-20 on the disputed call (then non-call) on New England's only Monday night game. However, there's more prime-time football on the horizon for New England as they will host the 9-1 Denver Broncos at Foxborough on Sunday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET and the game will be televised on NBC.
ELSEWHERE IN THE NFL- Speaking of the Denver Broncos, this will be their second consecutive Sunday Night Football matchup. Last week featured a matchup against Kansas City where the Broncos handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season, winning at Mile High by a 27-17 final [no word on whether or not the remaining '72 Dolphins were still up to pop the cork- NANESB!]. Although both teams now sport an identical 9-1 record, the Broncos hold the advantage in the AFC West thanks to the tie-breaker going to the team with the best intradivisional record [Denver's only loss so far came from outside the AFC West when they played against the Indianapolis Colts- NANESB!].
There are several storylines heading into Sunday's game, particularly with Wes Welker returning to Gillette stadium as a Bronco for the first time and the buzz and anticipation that goes into any Peyton Manning/Tom Brady matchup.
Michael Dwyer- APBOSTON COLLEGE- The Boston College Eagles had their final home game of the 2013 season at Chestnut Hill on Saturday and finished it on a high note.
For starters, RB Andre Williams single-game rushing record set during week 11 against New Mexico State lasted exactly one week when he rushed for 336 yards against the North Carolina State Wolfpack- including three TDs.
The Eagles jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first thanks to a Nate Freese FG and Williams' first TD on the day before the Wolfpack got on the board with a Rashard Smith TD reception to close within three points early in the second before BC freshman Myles Willis rushed 19 yards for a touchdown to put BC up 17-7 at the half.
The Eagles would go on to romp in the second half, including Andre Williams TD runs of 65 and 34 yards respectively as the Eagles would go on to steamroll the Wolfpack by a 38-21. The win gives the Eagles a 6-4 record, including a 3-3 record within the ACC. The two remaining games for Boston College are on the road against Maryland on Saturday and Syracuse on Nov 30th at the Carrier Dome.
Kickoff for Saturday's game against the Terrapins is scheduled for 3:30 PM ET- the game will be streamed on ESPN3 and can be heard on XM satellite radio on channel 190.