I hate to say it ... but, I told you so.

Were you one of those fans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday who decided to pack it in and rush home to watch game-two of the American League Championship series because you thought there was no way the Patriots would come back against the Saints? If you answered yes to the aforementioned question, shame on you.

You can't say I didn't warn you. Tom Brady and the Patriots have been known for their masterful comebacks. Sunday's win over previously undefeated New Orleans was no different.

Seventeen seconds. That's all that was left on the clock as Tom Brady hooked up with rookie wide-receiver Kenbrell Thompkins in the back corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

While I was without cable for the best game of the year, I did have the treat of tuning into the epic game on the radio for Bob Socci and Scott Zolak's call. Zolak about came through the radio when Brady found Thompkins. I usually don't like when commentators sound like homers, but in this instance, it was necessary.

Too bad, Brady and company were celebrating with just a handful of fans. Those fans probably casually tuned in the game on their radios and exclaimed an expletive that I don't dare rewrite.

If you remember the topic of last week's column, "Stay in your seat, you're in for a treat," the entire message was to stay for the game's conclusion.


Leading up to Sunday's game with New Orleans, fans and radio hosts alike were writing off Brady saying that he was at the end of his career. Well, like many times before, Brady silenced his critics with unbridled emphasis.

In his post-game press conference, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick showed his often hidden sense of humor. "Sorry if you had to rewrite some of those stories in the end."

After Sunday's performance, the curators at the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in Canton are already marking out where they are going to place Brady's exhibit. But on Sunday Oct. 13, 2013, Brady put those Hall-of-Fame plans on hold.

How about the Patriots' defense, which forced the Saints to punt on four-of-five first half possessions. Not too mention star corner-back Aqib Talib who went down with a hip injury in the third quarter. As the old adage goes, the defense bent, but it did not break.

As Boston sports fans were still giddy with emotion after the Patriots' fourth-quarter comeback, the Red Sox were trailing 5-1 in the eighth-inning of game-two of the American League Championship Series.

As many flicked their radios and TVs off before David "Big Papi" Ortiz belted a grand-slam off Tigers' reliever Joaquin Benoit, the drama was not over.

Baseball is a game of theater. Much like a play, fans are forced to wait on that next exciting moment as the suspense builds. Drama and irony were key components of the equation Sunday night.

Red Sox catcher Jared Saltalamacchia belted a single past Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias to plate the game winning run in Jonny Gomes. Iglesias, who was traded earlier this season, now was the goat.

The Red Sox, according to MLB.com, are the first-team in league history to be no-hit for the first five innings of back-to-back games.

So if you turned off your TV or radio early because you had work in the morning, shame on you.

There's a coffee maker in the corner for a reason, and stay away from the water cooler; someone might ask you about last night's game.

While you are wide-awake, the masses are groggy-eyed. Production can slip for one day. After all, the Red Sox and Patriots both had games for the ages.

Boston Strong? I think so.