Turns out the most Crucial pass in Gillette Stadium on Sunday night did not occur at the arm of tom Brady or Even Aaron Rodgers.
The much expected, infrequent confrontation between the 12 – Brady and Rodgers – surely did not lack of drama that matched the hype. But it was Edelman’s 37 yard pass to James White off a flea flicker with a draw tied early in the fourth quarter that sent the Patriots on their way to a 31-17 victory against the Packers.
The razzle dazzle link – Brady threw a long lateral to Edelman, who discovered his first target streaking down the left side of the other side of the area – gave New England a big jolt of momentum and set up White’s 1 yard scoring plunge two plays later.
It had been New England’s 6th consecutive victory and 10th in a row at home. But even with Brady going for 294 yards and TD, it was barely regular As the Patriots sought imaginative steps – like phoning a flea flicker pass for former college quarterback – to account for the lack of injured tight end Rob Gronkowski and rookie running back Sony Michel.
Edelman had 136 total yards, including his pass. Whites had 103 feet of scrimmage. Cordarrelle Patterson led the team in racing, finishing with 61 yards on the ground along with a score.
Three other things we remember:
- Cordarrelle Patterson is a good match for Bill Belichick’s resourcefulness.
No Gronkowski. No Michel. And for a short time, a hobbling White. However no catastrophe. The Patriots just found something different for their flexible returner receiver to do. After White went to the sideline with an obvious leg injury late in the second quarter, Patterson lined up at the I formation and ripped off runs of 10 and 17 metres on back-to rear plays.
Patterson had spot duty in the backfield through the season, but his extensive work – and – first hurrying TD – arrived on Sunday night. He’s also scored TD this season as a receiver and on a kickoff return.
- The Packers have another celebrity target on the horizon.
Rookie Marquez Valdes Scantling put up his second 100 yard game in 3 outings with 3 receptions for 101 yards. A 5th round pick from South Florida, he was pressed into debt early this season because of a rash of injuries from the receiving corps. However with his production and big plays, including 51-year-old courtyard catch on Sunday night, he’s poised to earn much more snaps. Brady tops Peyton. The Patriots icon did not have a classic game. Brady set a National Football League record for most total yards, regular season and postseason combined, topping a bookmark owned by Peyton Manning. With 17 yard completion to Phillip Dorsett at the 4th quarter, Brady raised his total to 79, 990 yards.