A quick programming note: tonight at 9:30 p.m. the NFL Network will replay Sunday’s game between the Pats and Bills, preceded at 8:00 by the Saints – Falcons game. On Wednesday they will air ”A Football Life” – Ray Lewis at 8:00 p.m., which if it is anything like most anything else in the Football Life series should be interesting and worth watching.


Sunday’s game against the Bills drew a 59 household share in the Boston market, which means that on average 59 percent of all televisions in use in the Boston market during the game were tuned in to the Patriots. The game received a household television rating (i.e., percentage of all potential viewers) of 32.12. This marks the first time in franchise history that the team has received ratings of 30 or more in every game throughout the first nine games of a season, and continued a streak that has seen the Pats record household ratings of at least 30 for 24 consecutive games.


Yet there are some that continue to declare that the Red Sox are more popular than the Patriots in New England? Based on what?


Due to the better than expected success of the Colts this season, this week’s game has been moved to 4:25 p.m. ET in order to make it available to a larger audience. That is very welcome news for out of town Pats fans; last week’s game was broadcast by just one station nationwide that does not carry every Pats game or every Bills game. This week’s game will get extensive coverage throughout Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. However it is not going to be the number one game on CBS; a majority of the country will receive the Broncos – Chargers game.


A total of 76 stations will broadcast the Pats game, while 130 will get the Peyton Manning Show; San Francisco will get neither because the Raiders are playing at home at the same time. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will be the announcers for the Pats – Colts game. edit: CBS has changed the broadcasting teams, and Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be announcing the Pats game. Don’t be surprised if a lot of the CBS affiliates that are scheduled to air the Broncos game switch to the Pats game during the week, since Nantz and Simms are CBS’ top broadcast team.


Below is a list of the stations that will be broadcasting the Pats game against the Colts:


CT — WFSB, Hartford
DC — WUSA, Washington
FL — WINK, Fort Myers
FL — WGFL, Gainesville
FL — WTEV, Jacksonville
FL — WFOR, Miami
FL — WKMG, Orlando
FL — WECP, Panama City
FL — WCTV, Tallahassee
FL — WTSP, Tampa
FL — WPEC, West Palm Beach
GA — WSWG, Albany
GA — WRDW, Augusta
HI — KGMB, Honolulu
IA — KGAN, Cedar Rapids
IA — KCCI, Des Moines
IL — WCIA, Champaign
IL — WBBM, Chicago
IL — WMBD, Peoria
IN — WEVV, Evansville
IN — WANE, Fort Wayne
IN — WISH, Indianapolis
IN — WLFI, Lafayette
IN — WSBT, South Bend
IN — WTHI, Terre Haute
KY — WNKY, Bowling Green
KY — WYMT, Hazard
KY — WKYT, Lexington
KY — WLKY, Louisville
MA — WBZ, Boston
MA — WSHM, Springfield
MD — WJZ, Baltimore
MD — WBOC, Salisbury
ME — WABI, Bangor
ME — WGME, Portland
ME — WAGM, Presque Isle
MI — WWMT, Kalamazoo
MO — KFVS, Cape Girardeau
MO — KMOV, St. Louis
NC — WBTV, Charlotte
NC — WRAL, Raleigh
NC — WILM, Wilmington
NY — WRGB, Albany
NY — WBNG, Binghamton
NY — WIVB, Buffalo
NY — WENY, Elmira
NY — WCBS, New York
NY — WROC, Rochester
NY — WTVH, Syracuse
NY — WWNY, Watertown
OH — WKRC, Cincinnati
OH — WOIO, Cleveland
OH — WBNS, Columbus
OH — WHIO, Dayton
OH — WOHL, Lima
OH — WTOL, Toledo
OH — WKBN, Youngstown
PA — WTAJ, Altoona
PA — WSEE, Erie
PA — WHP, Harrisburg
PA — KYW, Philadelphia
PA — KDKA, Pittsburgh
PA — WYOU, Scranton
RI — WPRI, Providence
TN — WJHL, Tri-Cities
VA — WCAV, Charlottesville
VA — WSVF, Harrisonburg
VA — WTKR, Norfolk
VA — WTVR, Richmond
VA — WDBJ, Roanoke
VT — WCAX, Burlington
WV — WVNS, Beckley
WV — WOWK, Huntington
WV — WIYE, Parkersburg
WV — WDTV, Weston
WV — WTRF, Wheeling


Most of the country will get the Cleveland at Dallas for the early CBS game, though the Jets-Rams game will be broadcast in the New England area. On Fox most of the country will get an early game between Green Bay and Detroit.






This Day In Patriots History


November 13, 1966:
Boston Patriots 27, Houston Oilers 21 at Fenway Park

Gino Cappelletti had 118 yards receiving, scored two touchdowns, and kicked three field goals to lead the Pats to a win, improving their record to 5-3-1.

The Patriots opened up scoring on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Babe Parilli to Jim Whalen. Cappelletti’s first field goal sandwiched between two Houston touchdowns gave the Oilers a 14-10 lead, and then Parilli hit Gino on a 63-yard bomb to regain the lead. Cappelletti connected on a 44-yard field goal to give the Pats a 20-14 halftime lead, and then scored again on a 33-yard pass from Parilli in the 3rd quarter. Jim Nance ran for 104 yards, Whalen had 90 yards on five receptions, and Parilli finished with 242 yards passing, three touchdowns and no interceptions.


November 13, 1977:
Miami Dolphins 17, New England Patriots 5 at the Orange Bowl

In a defensive masterpiece Miami broke open a 7-0 game in the 4th quarter on a touchdown pass from Bob Griese to Nat Moore. The Dolphins took an intentional safety in order to avoid a potential block late in the game for the odd point total. The loss dropped the pats two games behind the Dolphins, critically impacting their playoff chances.


November 13, 1983:
New England Patriots 17, Miami Dolphins 6 at Sullivan Stadium

The Pats ran over the Dolphins, rushing for 224 yards while the defense limited Miami to just 207 yards of total offense. The win ended a four-game winning streak by the Dolphins and pulled the Patriots within one game of first-place Miami in the AFC East.

Mosi Tatupu rushed for 95 yards, Tony Collins ran for 82 and a touchdown, and Steve Grogan ran for another TD for the Pats. The New England defense was stellar, holding Miami to only two field goals while limiting Dan Marino to one of his worst days as a pro: 14-37 passing for just 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.


November 13, 1988:
New England Patriots 14, New York Jets 13 at the Meadowlands

John Stephens‘ 4th quarter 3-yard touchdown proved to be the game winner as the Pats held on for the win; the victory moved the Pats ahead of the Jets and Dolphins, into second place in the AFC East behind Buffalo. Stephens finished with 87 yards rushing and Stanley Morgan scored on a 19-yard pass from Doug Flutie for the Patriots.


November 13, 1994:
New England Patriots 26, Minnesota Vikings 20 in OT at Foxboro

Drew Bledsoe set NFL records for the most completions and most passes thrown in a game, as the Pats stunned Minnesota, coming back from a 20-0 deficit to win in overtime.

After falling behind 20-0 and out-gained 286 yards to 89 the Pats abandoned the run and went to a no-huddle offense, with Bledsoe completing 37 of 53 passes for 354 yards in the second half against one of the NFL’s best teams, ending the Vikings’ four-game winning streak. In overtime Bledsoe completed all six of his passes, including the game-winning 14 yarder to FB Kevin Turner. Bledsoe earlier threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to RB Leroy Thompson and 31 yards to WR Ray Crittenden, and Matt Bahr kicked his second field goal of the game to send it to overtime.

With less than three minutes to play the Pats were down 20-10 when Thompson scored his TD; the Pats’d defense forced a three and out and Bledsoe moved the ball from the New England 39 into Minnesota territory for the game-tying 23-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to play.

Bledsoe finished the game 45-70 for 426 yards. Three players had at least ten receptions: WR Michael Timpson (10 catches for 113 yards); Thompson (11 for 74 yards); and TE Ben Coates (10 catches for 74 yards).

The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Pats and was the start of what turned out to be a seven-game winning streak, which propelled the Pats into an improbable spot in the playoffs.


November 13, 2005:
New England Patriots 23, Miami Dolphins 16 at Dolphin Stadium

Newly acquired Heath Evans, signed two weeks prior after being cut by Miami, ran for 84 yards while the Pats defense was strong in the red zone, stopping an opponent from scoring once they got inside the 20 for the first time on the season. Evans got the call with Corey Dillon, Kevin Faulk and Patrick Pass all injured, and did well picking up blitzed and blocking on screen passes as well.

The banged-up Patriots were also without Tom Ashworth, Matt Light, Daniel Graham and David Givens for this game, and center Dan Koppen left in the third quarter with an injury. The Pats were down by one when Tom Brady connected with Ben Watson for a 17-yard touchdown with only 2:16 left to play for the game winning score; for Brady it was his 21st 4th-quarter comeback win.

On the final play of the third quarter Brady hit Watson for 16-yard score to put the pats up 12-7. After the teams exchanged field goals Miami took the lead on a Gus Frerotte pass to Chris Chambers with 2:59 remaining. The pats only needed two plays to regain the lead though: Brady connected with Tim Dwight for a 59-yard pass, and then hit Watson for the game winner.

Miami moved the ball down to the pats five-yard line with 58 seconds left. Frerotte threw two incomplete passes into the end zone, then a completion to Ronnie Brown in the flat lost five yards. On fourth down Frerotte’s pass went incomplete; Chambers (who had three other drops) got his fingers on it but could not hold on.

Defensively rookie Ellis Hobbs an interception, a fumble recovery, and seven tackles while Roosevelt Colvin had a critical forced fumble when Miami was driving into Pats territory for what would have been a 14-0 lead.

Deion Branch finished with five receptions for 82 yards for the Pats, and Dwight finished with 70 yards on three catches.


November 13, 2008:
New York Jets 34, New England Patriots 31 in OT at Gillette Stadium

The Pats never got the ball in overtime as the Jets took over first sole possession of first place for the first time since 2001 on Jay Feely‘s 34-yard field goal.

The Jets had blown a 24-6 first half lead when the Pats came back on three Matt Cassel touchdowns: 19 yards to Jabar Gaffney, 10 yards to Ben Watson, and then 16 yards to Randy Moss with one second remaining in regulation.

Cassel finished the game with 400 yards passing and another 62 on the ground, Wes Welker had 7 receptions for 108 yards, Watson had 8 catches for 88 yards, and Gaffney had 7 for 86 yards.






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November 13, 1985:
The number one song was Sleeping Bag by ZZ Top







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