Morning sports update: Martellus Bennett shed no tears over the Packers’ struggles

Also: Inside a wild Celtics play, J.C. Jackson, and the latest highlight from "the closer."

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Martellus Bennett walks off the field after a 41-16 Patriots win over the Broncos on November 12, 2017. –Justin Edmonds / Getty Images

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The Patriots defeated the Vikings at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 24-10. Tom Brady, averaging over 50 rushing yards a season for 19 years, crossed the 1,000-yard threshold.

The Bruins head to Florida to play the Panthers on Tuesday (7 p.m.) while the Celtics host the Knicks on Thursday (8 p.m.)

Martellus Bennett was unmoved by the Packers’ struggles: Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett had an eventful parting of ways from the Packers a year ago after signing in Green Bay as a free agent. And the now retired tight end – who helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LI – had a striking reaction to the Packers losing in an upset to the Cardinals on Sunday:

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After the game, Green Bay fired coach Mike McCarthy. Bennett, who continued to tweet his Sunday football thoughts, had a different reaction to the Patriots’ win (using stronger language).

More from Boston.com:

An inside look at a truly crazy play from the Celtics: The Celtics pulled off an incredible play involving one-touch passes and an accurate Marcus Smart over-the-head toss. It culminated with a Jayson Tatum dunk. Here’s what the Celtics had to say about it. [The Boston Globe]

Tom Brady made sure he advanced back to the line of scrimmage on his kneel-down at the end of the game on Sunday, preserving his career rushing yards total at 1,000. It produced an interesting statistic:

J.C. Jackson was ready for his moment: Undrafted rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson played a career high 54 snaps on Sunday, and played an important role in helping to neutralize a talented group of Vikings receivers. His teammates were equally impressed with the 23-year-old. [NESN]

Daily highlight: Duron Harmon, known as “the closer” for his habitual late-game interceptions, did it again on Sunday:

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