The ridiculous field conditions on Hoth Sunday could prove costly to Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, beyond the losing of another game.
Via Mike Wells of ESPN.com, Vinatieri’s two misses in the snowdrifts of Buffalo last week could end up costing the veteran kicker a $500,000 incentive in his contract.
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The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and-t-shirt hoopla will have to wait.
A loss or a tie for the Bills on Sunday afternoon would've allowed the Patriots to extend their record for division championships, but Buffalo got an overtime win against the Colts, delaying the inevitable.
Oddly enough several former Patriots factored into the outcome as the Bills beat the Colts, 13-7, during a snow storm in Orchard Park.
Jacoby Brissett attempted 22 passes and completed just 11 in the blizzard-like conditions for 69 yards and a touchdown. Adam Vinatieri made a 43-yard extra point in the fourth quarter to help send the game to overtime -- conjuring up memories of his 2001 postseason -- but missed a field goal from the same distance as time expired in regulation that would have won it. Kenny Moore, an undrafted rookie who spent training camp with the Patriots, was in coverage on a long completion that got the Bills into Colts territory. Soon thereafter LeSean McCoy dashed for the game-winning touchdown.
The Patriots can clinch the division with a win Monday night against the Dolphins.
Tom Brady’s reaction to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s five-year, $200 million contract extension?
“That’s a lot of money and obviously NFL business is going well," Brady said in his Westwood One radio interview before Thursday Night Football. "He can pick up a lot of checks now.”
Goodell, of course, fought the protracted the NFL's legal battle with Brady over Deflategate and handed down the suspension that kept the Patriots quarterback out of the first four games last season.
“Maybe he’ll take me out to dinner sometime," Brady joked.
Brady also weighed in, ever so gently, on Rob Gronkowski’s one-game suspension for his late hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White and White’s subsequent criticism of the suspension and Gronk’s actions.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, certainly he is," Brady said of White. "Rob said his piece after the game and I will let him speak for himself. I have been part of football a very long time and it is a very emotional game, it is a very intense, physical game and Rob got called for a penalty. He is dealing with the ramifications for it and we’re pretty much moved on at this point.”