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Easily one of the funniest commercials, for some reason.
Week Eleven for the New England Patriots was another great Monday Night Football game!
What started as a rocky game for the Patriots eventually turned into another great night for New England against the Kansas City Chiefs. Being Brady’s first game against the Chiefs since his 2008 season-ending injury. Coincidentally, Cassel’s first start came due to Brady’s injury in the 2008 season-opener against the Chiefs. And tonight was Tyler Palko’s first start, against the Patriots. Due to Cassel’s season-ending injury just last week.
But that aside, the game really comes down to the following sentence;
34 unanswered points!
Even though the Patriots have started over 40 different defensive players this season, 15 of those being undrafted, the defense showed its potential! New England’s Defense is not only inexperience, but unknown to even offensive Patriot players! Yet, tonight’s game was a defensive win as much as it was a special teams win and obviously, an offensive win. A.K.A. the ‘Patriot Way’. In which everyone was the reason for the win. Not individuals, but a team!
New England’s Defense had three interceptions (two of those belonging to Kyle Arrington. Making him the NFL leader in interceptions!), three sacks, stopped crucial plays, but also had major problems that still need improvement. Yet tonight, the Patriot Defense showed that week after week they are resilient, determined, and excited to constantly improve! This may be the worse ranked defense in the NFL, but the players do not let that stop them.
Now, the reason I didn’t automatically jumped into talking about the offense is simply because we all know what they did. They played like the New England Patriots! Shocker, right?! Brady was off to a late start. Wasn’t productive. Got sacked three times as well. Incomplete passes. And fumbled. But the tide of the game automatically changed when Brady threw the 52 yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski! Instantly reminding you that Tom Brady is, of course, Tom Brady! With that TD reception also becoming Gronkowski’s longest in his career. And later on making another touchdown! Surpassing Mike Ditka as the fastest Tight End to make 20 touchdowns in only 26 games. Ditka, 31 games. As well as becoming the Patriot player with the most touchdowns in only two seasons. Beating Randy Moss, Troy Brown, Benjamin Watson, and Deion Branch. And finally giving Tom Brady at least 25 touchdowns in one season for the seventh time in his career. In which Brady tied Marino for another record becoming third most in NFL history. Three records broken in one touchdown.
But let’s not forget the amazing performance by Julian Edelman! A wide receiver who seemed to have played almost every position! Blocking on defense and having a 72 yard punt-return for a touchdown! Which sums up the game, the Patriot Way is what makes this team win! Now having a two game lead for first place in the AFC East and being third in the AFC, the Patriots go to Philly next week to play the Eagles. A very tough game ahead. But with the performance shown tonight, New England is still revealing to the NFL that it will be a playoff team! And of course, aiming to be a Super Bowl team.
Week Ten for the New England Patriots was in enemy territory against their divisional rivals, the New York Jets!
An exciting game, due to many reasons! New England had been on a two week losing streak, which is a shock to say when talking about the Patriots. New York, on the other hand, had been playing great. Coming in with a three game winning streak. Playing at home, in which the Patriots haven’t beaten the Jets yet since Mark Sanchez took the roll of starting quarterback. And to top it off, the game would give the winner the title of first place in the AFC East.
What seemed to be a very, very difficult game for the Pats turned out to be a gentle, calm, and well-played game. Starting with an amazing offensive performance, which that isn’t a shock to say. Rob Gronkowski having another monster game, with two touchdowns. Tom Brady playing another great game. Completing 26 passes out of 39 attempts for 329 yards and three touchdowns, with a passer rating of 118.4. The shock of this would easily have to be Brady’s longest pass of the game. For 54 yards. Not that impressive, if it were to Welker or Branch, but it was to Ochocinco! Showing that the two are finally starting to have some sort of rhythm.
(And let’s add the fact that Brady broke a few more records. Brady and Belichick surpass Marino and Shula for most wins as starting quarterback/head coach pair in NFL history with 117 wins. Brady also ties Joe Montana for 40 games with over +300 yards. Becoming eighth in NFL history. And finally becoming the second player in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in only ten games. Joining Drew Brees, who just joined as well earlier this season.)
And surprisingly, New England’s defense had a pretty good, if not, great game! Even though they had a ton of injuries on their secondary. Basically being forced to play a game with players most of the country had never heard of. They refuse to give the Jets offense an easy time with anything. Andre Carter sacking Sanchez four times, two being back to back! Rob Ninkovich picking off Sanchez twice, one for a touchdown return! A fumble on a punt. New England was playing smooth.
The game at first seemed to be a Jets game, even if the Patriots were the ones winning with only two field goals. But the momentum of the game belonged to the Jets. You can just feel it when you’re watching players on the field. Who seems more comfortable, who seems more refreshed, excited to play. But with a Sanchez mistake, calling a timeout with around 1:20 to go before the half, he left Brady plenty of time to work with. Which Brady proved to make great use of, throwing for a Gronkowski touchdown. Extending the lead to make it 13-9, and going into the locker room with the momentum. From there, the game was wrapped.
See, that’s the thing with the Patriots. You don’t make mistakes with them. They, I guarantee you, will always exploit it. From turnovers, to penalties, momentum changes. They use everything and anything they can. And they make it a success. In all, New England played an amazing game. They redeemed themselves from the last two weeks. It’s impossible for New England to have a three game losing streak. (Which by the way, hasn’t occurred since 2002. And since 2002, they’ve only had three two game losing streaks.) New England doesn’t lose on purpose. They don’t shoot themselves in the foot because of lack of motivation. Every team loses from time to time. But not like New England. They don’t make it a business to kept a streak that isn’t fun to hold. And today they proved that they were down, but always rise back up. Stronger than before.
With the Patriots now, statistically, having the easiest schedule left, I don’t think New England plans on losing anytime soon. If not for the rest of the season. This is a team that wants to show the NFL that it is still a juggernaut, a force to be feared and respected, a Super Bowl team.
The win that got away for both Ryan Brothers.
Week Six in Foxborough, Massachusetts was host to another team with a Ryan Brother. Rob Ryan, Defense Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, and the twin brother of Rex Ryan, the Jets Head Couch. Who New England had defeated just the week before. But onto the match-up itself, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New England Patriots! A game many had been anticipating for weeks now! Many wondered if Dallas would imploded on itself, as they had been doing in previous weeks. Or would they redeemed themselves? Others wondered if New England would win 20 consecutive games at home. As well as break the record for most consecutive wins of 30 points or more. The game we had been waiting for had started off interesting.
One word can sum up the first quarter. Which was turnover, turnover, turnover, turnover. A pair of turnovers for each team. All four in impressive manner. The first, an interception for Dallas Cowboys Q.B., Tony Romo. Next, an interception for New England Patriots Q.B., Tom Brady. (Which I, as I’m sure most New England fans would agree, am still not used to seeing Brady throw interceptions.) Next, a fumble by New England Patriots Returner, Matthew Slater in a kickoff. And finally, a fumble by Cowboys R.B., Tashard Choice. The First quarter was held to a total of only six points from both teams. A field goal each. Both defenses played fair and respectable. But with New England showing improvement these last few weeks and the Cowboys having Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator, it wasn’t a surprise either way.
The first touchdown of the game came at around seven minutes into the second quarter by New England. With a combination of amazing receptions (and yards after the catch) by Aaron Hernandez. Ending with a touchdown reception by, of course, Wes Welker. At first, officials ruled the ball just shy of one yard of the end zone. But after a Belichick challenge, which he RARELY loses, the play was overruled. Giving the Patriots a 13 point lead against the Cowboys. But Dallas responded right back with their own combination of rushes and an amazing juke by Dez Bryant. As well as a smart move by Dallas to kill the clock all the way down to 33 seconds. You don’t leave Tom Brady any time. He’ll find a way to extend it, exploit a tired defense, and execute another possible touchdown. In between all this, I had left to get a drink, taking only ten seconds at the most, and returned to Jason Witten celebrating a touchdown. The first half ended with the Cowboys obviously having the momentum.
New England’s first possession in the second half had started poorly, going three and out. Forced to punt. But the New England Defense wasn’t ready to have Romo believe his offense would have an easy time. Vince Wilfork sent that very message by nearly getting his third interception this season, deflecting one of Romo’s passes, and almost catching it himself. Now, third and long, New England needed to stop Dallas’ offense there. But the Cowboys converted the third down. The next following plays included mistakes and long receptions. The Patriots gave the Cowboys an easy five yards, by being penalized for having twelve men on the field. (Very Un-Patriotlike.) And Romo was clearly having the better start in the second half. Dallas seemed to respond from their ending touchdown of the first half with a possible beginning touchdown of the second half. But with a Romo sack by Andre Carter at the goal line, New England prevented a touchdown. Forcing Dallas to end a great drive with just a field goal. But now, the game was tied with 5:50 left in the third. Almost a full ten minute drive! I had never noticed how well the Cowboys knew how to kill the clock. The following Patriots possession was no better. Being forced to punt after a couple of plays. But Dallas shot itself in the foot with a Running into the Kicker penalty. Anthony Spencer running into Zoltan Mesko. 5 yard penalty, first down, New England’s ball once more. A lucky break. But Dallas kept redeeming themselves. Just two plays after the punt flag, Aaron Hernandez was stripped of the football. Dallas recovered the fumble. New England’s first fumble loss, all season long. And just as the second quarter ended, the third did as well, with Dallas still having the momentum. And it hurt the Patriots, as they entered the final quarter.
Usually, these posts consist of nothing but Patriot plays. But today, New England wasn’t the one who wanted the win more, it was clear. And points weren’t the talk of the game, it was individual plays. New England wasn’t doing much compared to Dallas. Sure, they had great plays. But they were overlooked by now three turnovers. Plays that ended in dropped balls and loss of yards in a rush attempts. But Dallas seemed to have kept getting penalized at the perfect time for the Patriots! Already being charged 77 yards for 10 penalties. Compared to New England’s 35 yards for 5 penalties. And New England took to mimicking the Cowboys’ strategy, KILL THE CLOCK! They needed a lengthy touchdown drive! More importantly, the need simply a touchdown. But if they did both successfully, Dallas would regret killing the time away as fast as did. The game had passed by so fast! Already a little over ten minutes left! But I love games like that! They keep you alert, awake, any play can be the game changer! As I had experienced earlier with the Witten Touchdown.
But then, New England, 3rd & 9, 10:36 to go, and Brady completed to Deion Branch! First down! The following play, another amazing Brady throw to Rob Gronkowski, his seventh reception of the game! 13-13, still a tied game, Brady looked for a receiver, threw, only to be intercepted by Sean Lee… His second in the game. New England’s fourth turnover… With 5:13 left, Dallas took the lead with a field goal. 16-13.
But Tom Brady was ready to come back for his 32nd fourth quarter game-winning drive! Brady’s last home loss was back in November 12, 2006. And he wasn’t ready to loss a streak, instead of creating a new one. By then, it was obvious that the Patriots weren’t going to beat the 14 consecutive wins of 30 points or more set by 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams. Now, New England was just looking for the win. 27 seconds left, New England had used their last timeout after a beautiful completion of a Gronkowski reception, a Brady QB sneak, and a Woodhead reception, New England was only four yards away from winning the game! Brady, looked to pass, Welker not open, neither Gronkowski… And then, TOUCHDOWN, AARON HERNANDEZ!! Another amazing game winning drive by Tom “Terrific” Brady!! But still 22 seconds were left on the clock. And by rule, the game wasn’t over until you saw double zeros. Romo took a last chance, threw a Hail Mary, only to be caught by Patrick Chung out of bounds! Game over! The Patriots came back after a short trail and won!
5-1, and with a bye next week, New England will be more than ready when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, two weeks from tonight! The Patriots pulled off a win last year against the Steelers. And with Pittsburgh having an overall record of 1-7 against Tom Brady, I have a feeling another win will be added to the Patriots for the record! Just one closer to another Super Bowl Win!
LET’S GO NEW ENGLAND!!!
Week Two rolled by at Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Home of the New England Patriots!
And ended with another win against the San Diego Chargers!
Brady throwing for 423 yards. Joining a unique group of quarterbacks to have consecutive back to back +400 yard games. And making it seem more than easy.
Dan Fouts (1982): 444 + 435 = 879
Dan Marino (1984): 470 + 404 = 874
Phil Simms (1985): 432 + 513 = 945
Billy Volek (2004): 426 + 492 = 918
Matt Cassel (2008): 400 + 415 = 815
Cam Newton (2011): 422 + 432 = 854
Tom Brady (2011): 517 + 423 = 940
Surprisingly, Cam Newton, rookie QB for the Carolina Panthers has join the group as well. But that’s another story. Now, back to Brady. Not only has he joined the +400 club, but he’s the leader of combined yards. Which many are saying, with Buffalo being the Pats next opponent, he might become the first quarterback to have triple back to back +400 yard games.
The Patriots proved today that making mistakes and giving up turnovers will hurt. Very, very badly! From Wilfork’s first interception in his NFL career (which he almost ran all the way. Giving us a flash back from last season, when Dan Connolly almost returned a kick return from the Packers, back in week 15) to the Charger Offense being denied a crucial 4th down at the goal line, which could easily been a field goal. Rivers was sacked twice, causing a fumble. As well as one from SD RB Tolbert. Now, I must say, Rivers played a great game! But he couldn’t find the rhyme that he desperately needed with his receivers. Brady was a complete other story. Throwing three touchdowns and going 31 for 40 with a passer rating of 135.7.
New England showed once more that they win games as a team. Not individuals who make plays. All contribute. The offense, defense, and special teams. The type of team that usually wins super bowls!
AMAZING way for Tom (Truly) “Terrific” Brady & the New England Patriots to start the season!!!!
Brady threw for 517 yards, 4 touchdowns! With one interception… But it was his first in over 300 completions!
Wes Welker, 2 touchdowns! One, a 99 yard-er! ;)
Brady throwing to eight different receivers!
Patriot Defense dominated Miami on the goal line.
Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth made an incredible impact!
And the defense ended the game with a Henne interception!
The Patriots all played!
Miami on the other hand was basically a Henne/Bush/Marshall game. :p
Can anyone say Patriots Super Bowl Win?