Vs Chargers: Part II.
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and 10, the Chargers, after Slater and Brandon King bring the returner
down short of the 20. They lined up in a Weak Formation. The Pats matched
up in a 4-2 with Richards in the box. They ran play action. Rivers had a
ton of time. He threw to the corner. Bademosi tracked that ball like a WR,
and was about to bring it in when Allen tackled him smartly for an
Offensive pass interference call.
and 17, the Chargers lined up in a Bunched-up Singleback. The Pats matched
up in 2-4 Nickel, with a Chung in the box. They ran Gordon on a Dive. He
weaved forward for nine, until Roberts and Van Noy brought him down with
help from McCourty.
and 8, the Chargers lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-3 Nickel. They ran. Marsh doesn't set the edge, and the RB got
outside. McCourty and Van Noy finally knocked him off his feet.
and 2, the Chargers lined up in a Bunched-up Wildcat. Bademosi paid a
little attention to Rivers outside this time. The Pats matched up in a
3-3 Nickel with three DBs in the box. They ran Oliver off tackle.
Roberts bolted from the Mike, and grabbed his foot and twisted to slow him
allowed Chung and Harmon to cut him off from the magic yellow line.
"For us it's the same. It always comes down to 3rd down,"
McCourty said. "I don't think they had any trips in the red area but
third down in the red area is huge for us when we talk about points. You
win the game if you don't give up points. We played well on third down and
got them off the field and got our offense back on the field. Usually for
us on the season when we've played well on third down we've been able to
keep points off the board." Great play by Roberts, Chung, and Harmon
to force the punt.
Pats drove down field, and crossed midfield nicely, but were forced to
punt. "Special teams played great, no question about it,"
Amendola said. "The kickoff team played great, and they gave us good
field position for the most part. I felt like we could still play better.
We're all happy we got the win, and we have some time off now, but we'll
just be going back to work." They set up at their own 35.
unleashed an incredible punt that went 55-yards in the air. "I'd say
like special teams is a good example right there. We have several of our
offensive and defensive players involved in the kicking game, some that
aren't but some that are," BB said. "Dion as an example on the
kickoff return. Marsh, Guy on the field goal blocks the last two weeks,
Amendola returning kicks, McCourty, Chung, those guys. It's their offense
or their defense and the special teams that they play an important role on
those situations, as well.
say that's another good example of it, just everybody doing what they're
needing to do, whatever it takes. Hogan last week gave us some plays in
those areas. Guys just stepping up and doing whatever it is it takes then
to be successful and putting the time and work in." Special teams was
the biggest difference between the two teams in this game.
fumbled it at his own 10. "It was a great punt by Ryan, number one.
He gave us a great ball, a tough ball to handle. It was loose. Benjamin
ran it into the end zone, so by rule once you run it in you've got to run
it out," BB said. "It wasn't the momentum of the ball that took
it in there. Once he reversed his field, which Benjamin does a good job of
that. He's an excellent field returner whether he reverses field, or
whether they run a field return. So cutting off the field and not letting
him get back all the way over to the other side was key.
looked like Jonathan Jones and Brandon, I think it was Jon Jones cut it
off between the two of them. He's a very, obviously, a very good punt
returner, a very explosive guy. We saw that in Cleveland. We saw it last
week in the Denver game, but it was a great punt. Anytime you have a great
punt those are a lot easier to cover than the ones that are hard to cover.
Ryan gave us a good ball, good team execution, good tackles." But he
scooped it up and tried to wide angle it back around to the middle of the
ran into the Endzone and saw Jonathan Jones charging, but he didn't see
King stumbling and diving into his feet a foot inside the endzone. Then
Jones hit him high to knocked him straight back for the Safety. "It
was good coverage," Jones said. "The whole unit was down there.
We were able to rally around him [Benjamin]. He ran back into the end
zone, we were able to rally around him and make the play in the end
zone." That was a great special team play by Allen, King, and Jones.
Chargers lined up to free kick the ball back to the Pats, looking
completely shocked. "Our special teams units covered well, returned
well, had a blocked field goal," BB said. "We made our share of
plays in that phase of the game. That was really helpful. Again, those
guys worked really hard. Joe [Judge] and Bubba [Ray Ventrone] do a great
job and those players put a lot into it. No one guy can cover kicks
against Benjamin. Nobody can block everybody for the returns. You've got
to have it all. Everybody doing their job in those situations and I
thought we had some well-executed plays there." Amendola returned it
almost to midfield.
Pats lined up in a Singleback looking to put the nail in the coffin. Brady
ran play action to Burkhead, turned back to the defense, and dumped the
ball off to Burkhead. "That just kind of happened. We've got backs
that can do multiple things," Burkhead said. "Tom did a great
job checking it down to us when we were open. Whether that was in the zone
or man coverage, we were just doing our best to get open. It ended up kind
of being that type of game." He was able to cross midfield for the
and 10, the Pats lined up in an I. Burkhead motioned out of it. Brady
threw to Cooks short in the flat. He turned up field into three DBs for a
beating. 2nd and 1, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran the ol'
flee flicker. Cooks was double teamed down the middle, and the Free Safety
flicked it away. 3rd and 1, three-TE Singleback. They Ran Gillislee on a
dive. He doesn't reach the LOS.
Pats go for it on 4th and 1. They lined up in a two TE I. They ran
Gillislee on a Smash and Develin destroyed the Mike. "They did a
great job. They do a great job every week, and they set the tempo for the
game," Burkhead said about the O-line. "When we get going in the
run game, and Tom's able to hang back there, and throw some passes. That
really gives us some momentum going forward." Gillislee cut inside
the block for an easy First and more.
and 10 at the 28, 3-Wide Weak Shotgun. They ran Burkhead again. He has
trouble in the backfield, but used his good feet to get back to the line.
"Just being patient. You never know when your opportunity or your
number is going to be called, so you sit there, wait for it and you keep
your mind in the game," Burkhead said. "It's a team game, so I'm
still doing whatever I can, whether that's on special teams or looking out
from the sideline, if I see something, letting a guy know what I see. So,
just whenever that opportunity comes, being ready for it."
and 9. Pats in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady got pressure, and grabbed as
he threw it to Burkhead underneath. He ran for the First. 1st and 10 from
the 14, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. They are running the
clock out of the 1st Half. They ran Burkhead on a Smash for a few.
and 8, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Singleback. Brady threw short to
Cooks over the middle, and he got concussed for 7. 3rd and 2 at the 7, the
Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady can't find anyone. So he
did a little dance, made a little love, and threw the ball away tonight.
Gostkowski hit the FG. "It picked up here and there, it was kind of
gusty," Gostkowski said about the wind. "It wasn't terribly bad,
but you got to be able to deal with it a little better." Pats-12.
Chargers were forced to punt at midfield after the Pats D stuffed them. So
the Pats got the ball back at the 2-minute warning at the 9. Brady just
took them methodically down field to kick the field goal, and put the Pats
up 15 at half time. Brady is just so clutch that a drive as brilliant as
that seemed a little disappointing because they didn't get a touchdown.
Chargers looked absolutely shell shocked at the calm, clutch, and
controlled drive that made the Chargers look like buffoons. "We're
going to need to play well on all three phases, absolutely. I think good
football teams play well in all three," Brady said. "You know,
our special teams has been really solid. Defensively, they're working hard
to improve. Offensively, it hasn't been horrible. It just hasn't been up
to what we're capable of doing. I think we come in every week and we say,
'We missed this opportunity, we missed this opportunity.' It's not one
play, it's not one player, it's just all of us collectively trying harder,
doing better and making the plays happen when we need to make it happen.
Hopefully, our best games are still ahead of us. You know, that's what our
goal is." Gostkowski hit a 36-yard FG.
brilliant throw to James white to get them in field goal range set up the
infamous double half time score that BB loves so much, and he set up by
deferring the kickoff to start the game. If the Pats score to start the
3rd, this game is over.
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