Still in the holiday mode…so abbreviated links for this morning…watch for more BSMW classic this week…

I guess the reports of the demise of the Patriots were greatly exaggerated. Before the game yesterday it was hard to find a media person, Boston, NY or national, who thought New England had a chance in the game, let alone actually win it. But as this team has done so many times in the last few years, they went out and proved everyone wrong. On to the game stories. Scott A BensonMichael FelgerNick CafardoTom E CurranAlan GreenburgMichael Parente. It wasn’t just the Patriots as a team that bounced back, Tom Brady had a great game yesterday following his disaster in the fourth quarter last Monday night. Bob Ryan looks at the play of Brady. Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots bouncing back as ture champions do.

Kevin Mannix looks at the patchwork secondary of the Patriots again getting the job done. Ian M Clark looks at the Patriots showing what they’re made of. Jim Donaldson has a good look at Don Davis, who has been playing out of position at a totally new position, and getting the job done. Ron Borges looks at the struggles of Jets QB Chad Pennington.

Cafardo’s notebook says the Patriots and Adam Vinatieri are closing in on a contract extension. Felger’s notebook looks at the injury to Richard Seymour. He reports that “Afterward, Seymour walked to and from the shower gingerly, although under his own power with no braces, wraps or crutches.” Curran’s notebook looks at the play of the secondary. Parente’s notebook looks at Corey Dillon setting the Patriots single season rushing record yesterday, passing the record held by Curtis Martin.

Just curious…if the Patriots rest their starters this Sunday against the 49ers, will Kevin Mannix be making references to consumer fraud?

Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett look at the Celtics falling to Tim Duncan and the Spurs for the 14th time in a row. Springer’s notebook and Bulpett’s notebook both look at the Celtics time off not really doing them any good last night.

ABC has Eagles/Rams at 9:00.