Sunday, January 16, 2011
Hello from Foxborough: Let's get it on
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- All's quiet in Gillette Stadium for the moment.
The sun is out, but shadows are covering the field. Some players are going through warm-ups in the sweatsuits. The gates are open, but only a handful of fans are in their seats. It's the calm before the storm.
The New York Jets and New England Patriots finally will get around to debating on the scoreboard at 4:30 p.m.
"I believe in trash talk, but I believe in talking once you get on the field," ESPN analyst Cris Carter said on "Sunday NFL Countdown."
There are all sorts of ways to enhance your viewing pleasure for Sunday's playoff showdown.
In addition to updates, videos and other assorted bric-a-brac here on the AFC East blog, ESPNNewYork.com and ESPNBoston.com each has several writers on scene for updates and analysis.
Depending on your rooting interests, you can log into the Jets Center at ESPNNewYork.com or the Patriots Center at ESPNBoston.com for added flavor.
You also can join in our "Countdown Live" chat, which will run throughout the game with commentary from Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson, KC Joyner (aka the Football Scientist), ESPN Stats & Information researchers, ESPN regional reporters Rich Cimini, Jane McManus, Mike Reiss, Mike Rodak and me.
I'll return shortly with inactives for the game, but here's The Weather Channel's report: Conditions as I type this are 31 degrees with winds gusting between 15 and 26 mph. The temperature is expected to drop to about 22 degrees by the end of the game with a 10 percent chance of snow.