Ben Volin | On FOOTBALL

Tom Brady: The politically correct miracle man

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fires an 18 yard pass that was caught by WR Brandin Cooks and gave New England a first and ten at the Texans 44 yard line during the game winning drive. The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Brady, silent on protests, let his game do the talking in spearheading another great comeback.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-13130.jpg If Trump’s goal was to divide the NFL and its players, he failed . . . bigly

He united players and owners in solidarity about the state of their league. If only he could do that in the political arena.

Ben Volin

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Davis17.jpg This rally ranks near the top of Tom Brady’s greatest comebacks

The Patriots were stuck in neutral on offense, but Brady pulled out a 36-33 win over the Texans.

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Patriots wide reciever Brandin Cooks sails across the goal line as he stayed in bounds to make a great catch to haul in the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a pass from quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured). The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

PATRIOTS 36, TEXANS 33

Observations from Patriots’ come-from-behind win vs. Texans

Tom Brady hit Brandin Cooks on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 ticks left.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Davis26-kDwB--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg In his third game as a Patriot, Brandin Cooks thrived

The receiver had just enough time and space to haul in “a perfect throw” on the game-winning TD.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after hitting the game-tying three-run double off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Red Sox 5, Reds 4

Red Sox whittle magic number to clinch AL East to 3

Mookie Betts smacked a double in the eighth inning to tie the game, then scored the winning run on an infield hit.

red sox notebook

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John Farrell said team values the diversity of its players’ backgrounds.

Nick Cafardo | on baseball

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He’s up against the second-guessing that runs rampant among Red Sox followers.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 New England Patriots players took a knee during the National Anthem before their game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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In their first form of public protest, some Patriots kneel while Tom Brady and others lock arms

More than a dozen Patriots players either kneeled or locked arms during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Texans.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and Tom Brady (12) Phillip Dorsett (13) Matthew Slater, second from right, and David Harris (45) stand during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Tom Brady on anthem protests: ‘Love is the greatest thing we have’

“I just think there’s just a great love for my teammates,” he said of locking arms with his teammates during the national anthem.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/de78ed44e03948a8ab5a1bcd20568c96-de78ed44e03948a8ab5a1bcd20568c96-0.jpg Pregame segments on anthem protests passionate, pointed

Every pregame studio time dedicated a significant amount of time to discussing President Trump’s comments about protesting the national anthem.

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Some fans, including the woman at right, were booing the Patriots players who took a knee during the national anthem before the game. The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

Fans at Gillette Stadium reacted to players’ protest

The reaction was mixed to some players kneeling during the national anthem.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 New England Patriots players took a knee during the National Anthem before their game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Local football fans divided on question of games as venues for political protests

As controversies continued to swirl around the NFL on Sunday afternoon, football fans in Boston expressed strong opinions.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853069464.jpg Protests reverberate around NFL in wake of President Trump’s comments

Player protests were widespread in the NFL’s early games.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement after President Trump said NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be fired.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 Patriots Brandin Cooks made a 42-yards touchdown in the third quarter. The England Patriots host the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

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CHAD FINN

The day that Brandin Cooks became a true Patriot

Here are 36 thoughts from the Patriots’ win over the Texans.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/LEE_patshou12_spts.jpg Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola were fit and formidable

The two Patriots, recovering from injuries, said Friday that they would play and they made an impact on offense.

Foxbrough MA 9/24/17 New England Patriots Tom Brady back to pass against the Houston Texans during second quarter actin at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

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PATRIOTS 36, TEXANS 33

In a back-and-forth battle, Tom Brady and the Patriots have the final say

Brady threw for five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 23 seconds left.

NFL ROUNDUP

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853164918.jpg Tyrod Taylor, defense sparks Bills’ upset of Broncos

Buffalo’s QB threw a pair of TD passes as the Bills knocked off Denver despite another off day by LeSean McCoy.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Kyrie Irving #11 and Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics look on during their introduction as the newest members of Boston Celtics at TD Garden on September 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

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Here’s what to keep an eye on during Celtics camp

The Celtics will have media day Monday, then hold the first three days of camp at Salve Regina University.

Sports Log

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Wade, who has made 12 NBA All-Star Games, gave back approximately $8 million

NASCAR: ISM Connect 300

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853183702.jpg Kyle Busch conquers New Hampshire Motor Speedway

It was the last fall race in Loudon as NASCAR move the race to Las Vegas next season

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Bruins notebook

Anton Khudobin waiting his turn

Bruins want their No. 2 goaltender to log at least 20 games this season

PGA Tour Championship

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853162354.jpg Xander Schauffele wins PGA finale; Justin Thomas takes top prize

It was the first time since 2009 that the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup were won by different players.

baseball roundup

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853235476.jpg Diamondbacks clinch top NL wild card

J.D. Martinez hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth to give Arizona the win over Miami.

NASCAR notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/853144332.jpg Smoke from crash has dizzying results for Kurt Busch

Former champion is second-to-last among playoff drivers.

College football notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/045fbd41c007426e8e8d8ecbf8f64f66-045fbd41c007426e8e8d8ecbf8f64f66-0.jpg UConn stumbles in conference opener vs. East Carolina

Pirates snap seven-game losing streak as UConn misses 35-yard tying field goal

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Tucker Barnhart #16 of the Cincinnati Reds reaches out for the ball as Eduardo Rodriguez #52 of the Boston Red Sox lays down a bunt during the second inning at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Barnhart threw Rodriquez out at first base for the third out of the inning. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Eduardo Rodriguez emerges at the perfect time

Rodriguez, Porcello, and Fister are now postseason options behind Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/852491176.jpg Bronson Arroyo ready for different type of rocking chair

Retiring pitcher looks back on 2004 Red Sox during curtain call