Like Bob Lobel told us over and over last night, I’m just glad I’m not a Miami fan. Starting with the game pieces, Nick Cafardo provides the story in the Globe noting that that genius caps have been put away. Tom Curran rues the grinch that stole the playoffs. Alan Greenberg notes that yesterday was as much a Miami collapse as it was a Patriots comeback. Michael Felger gets a lot of reaction from the players after they realized that the Jets were going to knock them out of the playoffs. Mike Lowe notes that the magic was back, but a good win ended up spoiled. Onto the columnists, Genius Ron Borges looks at how the Patriots got the idea of using Kevin Faulk the way they did from watching the Raiders. (In seriousness, Borges had perhaps his best column in years yesterday. A few cheap shots at management and Belichick, but was actually telling people to cheer for the team instead of booing them.) Kevin Mannix says too little too late and looks ahead for this team. Jeff Jacobs looks at how different three 9-7 teams can be. Jim Donaldson says that Pats went out like champions. Bob Ryan tells Tom Brady to go and get some well deserved rest. Steve Buckley writes about all the Patriots fans in Giant Stadium yesterday. Kevin Paul Dupont surveys the scene inside the players tent during the Jets/Packers game. Lenny Megliola, one of the few media members who on-air gave the Patriots a chance yesterday, laments that the win was nice, but not enough to salvage their year.
Karen Guregian writes about Mr dependable, Adam Vinatieri. Rich Thompson tries to allow Dave Wannestedt to explain himself and his curious moves at the end of the game. Michael Smith writes that the comeback provides a little comfort in the big picture. Shalise Manza Young notes that Ricky Williams only had 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Jim Greenidge also notes that Williams ran out of room in the second half. Paul Kenyon looks at the impressive performance of Tom Brady, playing in obvious pain. Ed Gray says the fourth quarter defense revived memories of last year. John Powers notes that this type of last season loss is nothing new to the Dolphins. Michael Parente looks at the huge role Kevin Faulk had, as does Alan Greenberg, Steve Solloway and Howard Bryant. I’m wondering if Faulk could be a late bloomer, sort of the way Troy Brown has been. Dan Ventura looks at the Patriots frustration in the position they put themselves in. Steve Buckley gets a few Terry Glenn thoughts on having Patriots fans root for him again. Why didn’t Buckley ask him how he felt about getting the Pats an extra draft pick yesterday? Mark Murphy looks at a relieved Matt Light, who was able to contain Jason Taylor finally. (With help) Dan Pires asserts that Belichick should’ve brought out the Super Bowl trophy right at the beginning of the season. Kevin Paul Dupont has another look at Vinatieri. Parente adds that Vinatieri gives the Patriots hope for the future, knowing they’re in great shape in close games. Manza Young records the Dolphins’ harsh words about their own performance. Ian Clark chronicles the words and actions that sparked the Patriots to action yesterday. Tim Weisberg looks at the two heroes of the day. Bill Griffith looks at the TV coverage from yesterday. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Anthony Pleasant using biblical references to fire up the Pats. Felger also notes the Pleasant speech in his notebook, and also looks at some gamesmanship involving the temperature controls in the locker rooms. Curran’s notebook is about Faulk and also about Matt Light finally stepping up against Jason Taylor.
Bob Hohler has a detailed look at the Red Sox signing of Ramiro Mendoza. Tony Massarotti has a smaller article on the subject. Sean McAdam also weighs in on Mendoza. David Heuschkel notes that the grass might be kept longer at Fenway next year, now with three sinkerball pitchers on the staff. Gordon Edes looks at the comments he and Shaughnessy discussed with Lobel on “Sports Final” last night.
NESN has Bruins/Devils at 7:00. ABC has 49ers/Rams on Monday Night Football at 9:00.