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Gets a Lead.
Cards won the toss and took the ball. So the Cards offense came out first.
1st and 10, they lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, with that odd Bunch on
the Blindside. The Pats matched up in their basic 3-4, with Chung up in
the Box like a Sam. Collin showed blitz. He hopped right through the hole
between the ORG and OC. But David Johnson cut to the right, and he
couldn't touch him. He slammed into the line, but big Alan Branch was
there, and wiped him out from the side.
and 8, the Cards lined up in a twins-right Weak shotgun, with two TEs. The
Pats didn't look happy as they matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with Chung up as
the Sam again to give it a 4-3 look. The Cards O-Line was solid. Sheard
and Branch got a great push on the strongside. But the Cards doubled them
with the OC when they stunted. Carson had time and threw to Gresham just
past the marker. McCourty had good coverage but the ball was low and away.
and 10, the Cards lined up in a 3-Wide I shotgun (with the RB behind
Palmer). The Pats matched up in a 3-4 looking 3-3 nickel. The Pats sent
five, and Long dropped out of the rush. Palmer had time, and threw a
miscommunication pass to Floyd on his right, which didn't even bounce to
and 10, The Cards come out in their 2-TE Weak shotgun again. The Pats
match up in their 3-4 looking 3-3 nickel. They tried to run off tackle to
the strongside. But Logan Ryan did a great job setting the edge. David
(Johnson) really wanted to go outside, but he was forced inside, right
into the shoulder pads of Jabaal Sheard. That was great run defense.
and 12, the Cards lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. "Same thing
for us," Bruce Arians said. "We were 50% on third down, just
wasn't good enough. We got ourselves behind the chains a couple of times.
I thought we had a couple really good spurts where we'd start in such long
field positions." The Pats match up in a 2-3 Dime with all five guys
on the LOS, and Chung in at the Will eyeing the TE.
got a great rush past the ORT. He clubbed his way past him, but just
slapped himself past the QB. Carson was looking deep. Hightower faked a
drop, and when the OC turned his head, he blitzed right past him. Palmer
had to check down as Hightower was screaming at him like a runaway train.
Palmer threw the ball, and Hightower crashed into him like
a runaway train at the end of the line.
made a great throw. He hit Fitzgerald crossing the box. "The
GOAT," DJ Humphries said. "That's the GOAT right there. He's
going to always show up, every time. That's Mr. Consistent for sure."
Ryan leaped on him and dragged him down short to force the punt. Amendola
returned it to the 25.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. They ran a play action
to the left, where the whole O-line flowed to the left like it was a
sweep, and the QB and a couple WRs went to the right. Garoppolo got turned
a little, and threw a wild pass at Hogan that was uncatchable. But in his
defense he went 24 of 32 from this point on.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Singleback with Bennett standing up.
They sent Edelman in motion to the right. Garoppolo handed it to him on a
Jet-sweep. Edelman mage the OLB miss with an impossible jump cut, but
Golden had blown up the play.
and 10, and this was money time for Jimmy-G. "I would say, going back
to the preparation," Jimmy said about his success on 3rd downs.
"The coaches did a great job giving us the game plan going into it on
third down. Breaking it down for us, simplifying it. It makes it a lot
easier on us when you have good coaches like that." He was money on
3rd downs all game.
Pats lined up in a Trips-right 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Garoppolo threw a
beautiful pass to Edelman on a 7-yard Out. He hit him in stride so that he
could turn up field and dive for the 1st. He had lined up in the Slot, and
toasted Buchanan like a pop tart.
and 10, and the Pats lined up in a 2-TE I. This is pretty much a run only
formation. They ran Blount in a smash. Golden filled the hole. Develin
smashed into him, and gave Blount a lane outside. Blount bounced outside
with his nifty feet, and leaped for a cloud of dust. But Karras was called
for a Hold.
was the worst call of the game. Gunter jumped off the snap and karate
chopped Thuney in the neck. Then he jammed his hand up into Thuney's
facemask, for the second straight penalty on Gunter. Then he tripped over
the back foot of Cannon, who had run past him to block Buchanan. So they
call a Hold on the rookie?
and 19, the Pats lined up in a Trips-R Weak shotgun, with Bennett at the
end of the line on the Strongside. Garoppolo ran play action, and looked
up to see Edelman wide open right in front of him. From the RB's gut to
Edelman's gut, he threw that so quickly that it made Brady jealous. That
was as quick a release as I have ever seen. Edelman caught it, and broke a
tackle. He spun out of the hit and stumbled forward for a first.
and 10 near midfield, the Pats lined up in a tight 4-Wide Weak shotgun.
Bennett headed to the left and cracked back on Mr. Jones. Blount went in
the opposite direction. He slashed down for a few, inside a nice Cannon
and 8, Empty. Bennett stayed in to block to help Fleming. He took Mr.
Jones out of the rush by himself. Edelman ran the same Out pattern that
got him the first 1st down. He got shoved out of bounds just short of the
marker, and smashed into the poor ball boy and wiped him out.
and 10. the Pats lined up in a 2-TE I. Thuney pulled to the right. Develin
headed to the right, and caught Buchanan trying to sneak under him. Cannon
knocked Corey Peters into Andrews' hands, and went to the second level to
hit Minter, but he got there a little late. Minter was able to take down
and 4, the Pats lined up in an I-formation. Bennett went in motion to the
right. They acted like they were going to run. The whole offense blocked
for the run, except Garoppolo and Hogan.
was man to man coverage, press coverage on the outside," Hogan said.
"I knew that the safety was in the middle of the field so there was a
good chance it would come to me. I just made sure to run the route and get
3-step dropped, and lofted a beautiful pass to Hogan. "That was the
play call," Hogan said. He was streaking down the sideline like Will
Ferrell, for a spectacularly easy looking TD.
don't know how they did it, but the Pats scored first. "Just having
confidence in your teammates," Garoppolo said. "When they have
confidence in you, you [have] confidence in them, it’s easy to stay
poised out there. You’re in the huddle, you’re all looking at each
other and it’s a good feeling. The play with Chris, he had a great
release and it makes it an easy throw for me." I though with the
travel, loss of continuity, and the injuries on offense the Pats would get
was shocked when they went up 7-Zip. "You want to start fast in each
game, you want to start fast in each season and take it a week at a
time," Amendola said. "First week we got one win and obviously
we are excited." I think Arizona was shocked as well.
really changed everything in this game. "He’s
a confident guy," Chris Long said about his Jimmy-G's fast start.
"He’s got quiet confidence. Everybody on this team is confident in
him. We knew that if we stuck to our game plan we were going to have a
chance to win it in the end, and he made some really gutsy plays to help
us win." I thought the Pats would have to scratch and crawl
themselves out of a big hole to get back in this game. But instead they
took control of this game from the start, and forced the Cards to try and
scratch and crawl themselves out of the big pit. Pats-7. Card-Zip.
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