New England Patriots defeat Arizona Cardinals, 47-7

FOXBOROUGH - 'Tis the season for giving, and the Arizona Cardinals gave the Patriots exactly what they needed yesterday, a gift-wrapped win at wintry Gillette Stadium.

But the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins are still playing the role of Gridiron Grinches who are trying to steal the Patriots' place in the postseason.

Luckily, the Patriots got a little more holiday cheer from an unlikely source, the New York Jets. While the Patriots razed Arizona, 47-7, yesterday...

FOXBOROUGH - This was one tackle Junior Seau could have done without.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the veteran Patriots linebacker was tackled by a male fan who brought Seau to the ground. Team spokesman Stacey James confirmed that the fan was removed from Gillette Stadium and arrested by the Foxborough police.

The police refused to provide details of the arrest or an identity of the fan.

"It was definitely a shock," said Seau. "It was probably one of my mos...

It was a nice frolic in the snow, and there's no doubt they'll go to Orchard Park next week and destroy the Bills.

The Patriots annihilated the Arizona Cardinals by a not-as-close-as-the-score-indicated 47-7 score yesterday, and now they're going to be 11-5, and 11-5 has gotten every team but the 1985 Broncos into the tournament. And no 11-5 team has missed postseason play since the league went to the current 12-team format in 1990.

But this time 11-5 may not be enou...

FOXBOROUGH - Patriots fans surely will take it, but the NFL can't be pleased at what unfolded yesterday at Gillette Stadium.

Commissioner Roger Goodell often talks about the importance of the shield, meaning that he wants the NFL logo to stand for something special, but the Arizona Cardinals lifted their leg on it in a 47-7 loss to the Patriots. They played like dogs.

By the end of the third quarter, the Patriots had totaled 470 net yards. The Cardinals had 45.