Game Notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14


Game Notes: Patriots 42, Texans 14

Here are some game notes from tonight's Patriots win over the Texans, 42-14, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff:

Brady has 10th season with at least 10 wins as a starting QB
Brady has no helped lead the Patriots to a 10-win season 10 times in his career to tie Brett Favre for second place all-time, behind Peyton Manning (12). Brady accomplished the feat in 2001, 2003-07, and 2009-12.

Ninkovich matches career high with 6.5 sacks
Rob Ninkovich split a 4-yard sack with Trevor Scott in the first quarter to give him a team-leading 6.5 sacks on the year. It matches his career high of 6.5 that he had in 2011.

Newly acquired WR Donte' Stallworth scores on a 63-yard touchdown
Newly acquired WR Donte' Stallworth caught a 63-yard touchdown pass form Tom Brady in the third quarter. It is his longest reception since he caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Dallas on Oct. 14, 2007. The touchdown was Stallworth's first in a Patriots uniform since October 21, 2007.

December to remember
The Patriots have no won 13 consecutive regular-season December games, a streak that began with a win over the Carolina Panthers on December 13, 2009. The Patriots are now tied with Dallas (13) for the second longest streak in December. San Diego holds the record, posting 18 consecutive regular-season wins in December from 2006-2009.

Welker extends streak to 107 consecutive games with at least one reception
Wes Welker extended his streak to 107 straight regular season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins. He has a streak of 90 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has caught at least one pass in each of his 97 games with the Patriots, including seven postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with Miami. He is one of 39 NFL players to have a streak of at least 100 games with a reception.

Brady on pace for 30 touchdownsagain
Tom Brady has 29 touchdown passes and just four interceptions this season. If he reaches 30 touchdowns in 2012 it would be his third straight season with 30 touchdowns after finishing with 39 in 2011 and 36 in 2010. It will be his fourth season overall with 30 touchdowns (50 in 2007, 36 in 2010 and 39 in 2011). He can become the fourth QB in NFL history to have 30 or more touchdown passes in at least four seasons and the third QB in NFL history with three of more straight seasons with 30 or more touchdowns.

Ridley scores in his sixth straight game
Stevan Ridley had a rushing touchdown in his sixth straight game with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Patriots record for most consecutive games scoring is seven by Curtis Martin in 1996.

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity


Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”