The New England Patriots entered tonight’s game at Gillette having lost their last two playoff games at home. It was clear from the first drive of the game that the Denver Broncos would not be adding a third loss for New England here tonight. The Patriots made it look easy with a 45-10 win over the Broncos. (more)
Down by a field goal with 2:31 left in regulation, Patriots QB Tom Brady stepped up to complete eight of nine passes for 78 yards, eventually finding TE Aaron Hernandez in the end zone to give New England their fifth win of the season Sunday at Gillette Stadium. (more)
According to Yahoo Sports‘ Michael Silver, Tom Brady is out for the season with a torn ACL. While the Pats have yet to confirm this, Brady will have an MRI today to assess the scope of the injury. In his absence, backup QB Matt Cassel and the Patriots defense stepped up.
Cassel completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and is projected to start his first football game since high school next Sunday. The New England running back corps combined for 126 yards, including 51 from Laurence Maroney, and 53 and a TD from Sammy Morris.
Morris, whose 2007 season was over after a sternum-clavicle injury in week 6, knows what it is like to miss significant playing time.
“I was standing right there,” said Morris in an interview with the Boston Globe‘s Bob Ryan, “and I couldn’t help him up. It’s a tough feeling, but it’s part of the game.”
The Patriots defense looked energized with the infusion of young talent to go with the veteran defenders. Rookie Jerod Mayo registered 6 tackles and seemed like he was involved in every defensive play. With the Chiefs down 7 on the NE 5 yard line, the Pats defense held on to break up 3 Damon Huard passes and stuff a Larry Johnson run for no gain to end it.
Former Tampa Bay QBs Chris Simms and Tim Rattay will be working out with the Patriots today, who are likely shopping for a veteran to back up Cassel. While the situation looks dire, the last time the Patriots lost a starting QB, their untested backup (Brady in 2001) worked out pretty well.
The Patriots will travel to Jersey to play the Jets at 4:15pm next Sunday, September 14th.
Tom Brady has yet to play in a pre-season game for the New England Patriots this year. The result says it all. At 0-3 in the pre-season the Patriots don’t want to miss Brady for one down of regular season play. That might be why Patriots coach Bill Belichick has kept Brady out of the action so far, even though Brady says he’s ready to play. Brady has been recovering from an undisclosed injury to his right foot but has been practicing with the team.
The Patriots have one more pre-season game before their home opener on 9/7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll play the Giants in a Super Bowl rematch on 8/28. It’s possible that Brady could see some snaps in this game. We’ll have to wait and see.
Patriots tickets are available for all 2008 games.
The New England Patriots got their first bit of good news this off season when they announced a three year $27 million deal with WR Randy Moss. The Patriots had already parted ways with Donte Stallworth and Asante Samuel. Losing Randy Moss would have been viewed as a major blow to the Patriots. Moss who stated his desire to stay in New England all year had this to say on his website, “I want to take time out to thank all of the fans for their support and for wishing me well in my return to New England,” Moss wrote. “I’m ready to get back. We have some unfinished business to take care of.”
Moss could have signed in Philadelphia for more money but chose to stick with Tom Brady and the Patriots for another run at the Super Bowl.
After 2 games where the Patriots looked beatable, Brady and company were able to shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, beating them 34-13. Know one was more upset or embarrassed then the Steelers’ Anthony Smith. Smith had virtually guaranteed a Steelers victory in the days leading up to the game but it was Smith who was burned by Brady on two scoring drives. (more)
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