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Game info: Patriots vs. Jaguars

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Game info: Patriots vs. Jaguars

GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 8-1

LAST MEETING: Patriots 35, Jaguars 7 at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 27, 2009

The Patriots are the first franchise in NFL history to score 500 or more points in four seasons (2007: 589; 2010: 518; 2011: 513, and 2012: 506). St. Louis is the only other team to have done it three times (1999: 526; 2000: 540, and 2001: 503). The Patriots join the 1999-2001 Rams as the only teams to have scored 500 or more points in three straight years. Bill Belichick is the first head coach in NFL history to lead a team to three straight 500-point seasons.

The Patriots will finish the 2012 season averaging at least 30 points per game, joining the 1999-2001 Rams, the 1949-51 Rams, and the 1941-43 Bears as the only teams to average at least 30 PPG in three straight years. Bill Belichick is the first head coach in NFL history to lead a team to three straight years of at least 30 PPG. Even if the Patriots do not score in their final two games, they will finish the year averaging more than 30 points per game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
With one touchdown pass against the Jaguars, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 47 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and tie Johnny Unitas for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Drew Brees (54) is in first place.

Brady (3,752) needs 36 completions to move past Vinny Testaverde (3,787) into eighth place on the NFLs all-time completion list.

Brady (44,255) needs 358 passing yards to move past Drew Bledsoe (45,077) into eighth place on the NFLs all-time passing list.

Stephen Gostkowski (7-of-10 from 50 or more yards) needs one more 50-yard field goal to tie Adam Vinatieri (8-of-17) for most 50-yard field goals in Patriots history. Gostkowski has two 50-yarders so far in 2012 and can become the first Patriots player with three 50-yard field goals in a single season.

With 10 tackles, Jerod Mayo will have his 11th 10-plus tackle game of the season. He had his 10th 10-tackle game vs. San Francisco to match the career-high 10 10-tackle games he had in 2010.

Rob Ninkovich has a team-leading five forced fumbles, tying Mike Vrabel (2007) for the most forced fumbles for a Patriots player within the last 20 years.

Wes Welker (17) needs one more 10-plus catch game to break a tie with Jerry Rice for the most 10-catch games in NFL history.

Welker (95) needs 5 receptions to become the first playerin NFL history with five 100-catch seasons.

The Patriots defense has forced a turnover in 25 straight games, dating back to 2011 and including the first 14 games of 2012. The last NFL team to have at least one takeaway in all 16 regular-season games was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots have scored 23 rushing touchdowns in 2012 and need one more to match the 24 they had in 1976 for the second-highest total in team history. The 1978 team had 30 rushing TDs.

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

0:41 - Tom Curran and Albert Breer discuss some of the big takeaways from the Patriots win over the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

4:49 - Jalen Ramsey told the fans in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be going to the Super Bowl. Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith talk about if they have a problem with what Ramsey said and if the Patriots would be using his quote as bulletin board material.

9:25 - Curran, Breer, and Giles discuss Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels likely not returning with the Patriots as Patricia seems to be headed towards the Lions while McDaniels goes to the Colts.

14:06 - Michael Hurley joins BST to preview the Jaguars/Patriots matchup and discuss the Patriots schedule and road to the Super Bowl. 

No hesitation from Chara in scoring after scary incident in Montreal

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No hesitation from Chara in scoring after scary incident in Montreal

BOSTON – Less than 48 hours after one of his legendarily hard slap shots put a Montreal Canadiens forward in the hospital after striking him in the head, Zdeno Chara didn’t hesitate when given the chance to wind up and blast away on Monday afternoon.

It was the 40-year-old Chara that rocketed a slapper past Kari Lehtonen at the end of the second period, and in doing so energized the Bruins while getting them on the scoreboard. The Chara goal helped earn the Black and Gold a point in overtime before eventually falling to the Dallas Stars by a 3-2 score at TD Garden on Monday afternoon.

The Bruins captain had been texting with the felled Montreal winger on Monday, and was fully aware that Phillip Danault was out of the hospital and doing well aside from understandable concussion symptoms after a puck to the head. Perhaps that eased Chara’s mind just a little when it came time to lean into another wind-up slapper on Monday, but it was also certainly aided by the lack of brave bodies willing to front one of his heavy, hard point blasts.

“I obviously spoke to Phillip a number of times. I talked to him right after the game and wanted to make sure he was okay, and he texted me back that he’s doing fine. He’s been released [from the hospital] and that’s very positive, good news,” said Chara. “It’s obviously very unfortunate that it’s something that happens quite often, but it’s something you never want to see with somebody getting hit and hurt. I’m very happy he’s going to recover fully and hopefully he’s back on the ice and playing hockey [soon] like we all do.”

Was there any hesitation to Chara winding up and stepping into a 100-mph slap shot so quickly after the ugly incident in Montreal?

“It’s something that doesn’t happen very often where you have that clean [shooting] path to the net where you can settle the puck, take a look and take a full slapper,” said Chara. “Usually teams play so well structurally that there’s already somebody fronting it, and you’ve got to get it through him with bodies in front. It does happen, but it’s nice that you have that time to put everything on it.”

That’s exactly what the 6-foot-9 defenseman did in sparking the Bruins to come back from a 2-0 deficit and push for the overtime point while extending their point streak to a season-best 13 games and counting.

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