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and 10, 3-Wide Pistol. Pats in 4-2 Nickel. The Pats matched up in a 4-2.Houston ran play action. Osweiler hit Fuller on a little screen,
but Flowers, Brown, and Ryan were there to take him down for less than
and 8, Houston lined up in a 3-Wide Strong Shotgun. The Pats matched up in
a 3-4 Nickel with Chung at ILB. Flowers got pressure and forced the quick
throw, but Mumphery caught it. Ryan dragged him down short to end the 1st.
and 1, Osweiler looked like he was going to run it, but Branch got in front
of him. So he tried to dump it to Fuller, but Ryan was all over him and
stuffed him out of bound short to force the punt. Not only did Ryan stuff
Fuller, but as Fuller was dragging outside along the line of scrimmage, he
shoved him in the back, and Fuller bounced two yards behind the LOS. So he
caught the ball two yards short of the First. Then Ryan knocked him out of
bounds. That was great smart defensive football. Understanding the
situation and knowing what to do to not give up the First.
Flowers was the best player on the field in the 1st quarter, Ryan was the
best player in the 1st Half. "Logan's done a good job for us all
year. He did a great job for us last night," BB said. "It was a
big matchup on Hopkins and then inside in the nickel position, where
Hopkins aligned a lot. Not always. He ended up on him in there, too. But
really, that's what football is about, is to continue to work hard and get
has done a great job. He's worked had. He's very conscientious, He takes
coaching well, try's to do what he's instructed to do and when you
identify something that he's doing wrong he tries to correct it and
improve on it. I think that player is improving over the course of the
year. That's the way it should be, and every player has an opportunity to
do that. He's done a great job of taking advantage of those
and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. Brady threw it high and
outside to Floyd, he dived forward and the ball bounced off his hands, and
turned into a pop-up. Buoye got underneath it and held on. He tried to
return it but Bennett knocked him down
and 10 at the 27, Houston Empty. The Pats matched up with a 2-3 Dime with
all 5 guys on the LOS. Osweiler threw it quick, which is never good.
Osweiler hit Fuller high, and Butler hit him low.
and 3 at the 20, Houston lined up in a Strong formation. The Pats matched
up in a 3-4 with four guys on the line. They ran Miller up the gut.
Roberts met him at the line. But Miller carried the arm tackle for the
McCourty, and Ninkovich finally helped to get him down. "He was
definitely a focus in the game," Branch said about Miller. "He
had a decent game and definitely broke out for a couple of runs. He's a
shifty quick guy so he definitely exposed a couple of gaps. I think we did
a pretty good job getting to the sideline looking over our mistakes and
trying to make sure we didn't let it happen again." He always seems
to play well against the Pats.
and 10 at the 16, Houston lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats
matched up in a 3-4 with McCourty in at ILB. But picked up Fiedorowicz as
he went down the Seam. Osweiler threw it to Fiedorowicz in the endzone.
However, McCourty caught it in front of Fiedorowicz with elite coverage.
Fiedorowicz had to rip it out of McCourty's hands. Then the refs called
holding. To force the field goal. Pats-14. Houston-6.
and 10, and Lewis fumbled it. And the Offense has now made every mistake
they can possible make to lose this game. "It's playoff football.
It's a team game. It's not always going to be how you picture it,"
Ryan said. "This game felt a little bit like the Baltimore game with
all of the turnovers. We were able to respond. I think that we've been
there before and we didn't panic. We made them kick a lot of field goals
and we knew field goals weren't going to beat us. I think we did a good
job responding when we could." If not for the defense it could have
been a disaster here.
cannot expect to beat the Steelers if they turn the ball over. "It's
tough when you're in the playoffs and you turn the ball over against a
good football team," Edelman said. "We weren't on the field that
long in the first half; I think we ran like 20 plays so it's tough. We
made plays when we had to, but if we want to keep winning and move on we
can't play like that. We're going to have to have a really good week of
preparation this upcoming week and learn from the stuff we didn't do well.
We're going to have to build off the things we did decent and focus on
trying to take care of the ball." The Steelers have a QB who will
take advantage of the field position garnered from turnovers.
and 10, Houston lined up in a Bunched up Strong shotgun. The Pats ended up
in a 4-2 Nickel with five guys on the line. Houston ran. The big Branch
shed the OC and swung outside and right into Miller. Brown also slammed
into the RB, and knocked him back.
and 8, Houston lined up in a Singleback. They put twin-TEs on the right
like it was a run. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel.They ran a double play action. First to the RB, and then the WR
faked a reverse. This froze the linebackers and safeties. Fiedorowicz snuck down the seam and broke outside, no one covered him. He caught the
was the first mental mistake by the defense in this game. "Our
defense played an amazing game today," White said. "I don't know
how many, but like three or four turnovers. They had our back throughout
the whole game, even holding [Houston] to field goals, and gave the
offense the ball in the red area. They did a great job, and we just need
to play better come next week." The Defense really had bailed the
Offense out, right up this point. Pats-14.
and 10, the Pats offense lined up with the team in full self destruction
mode. Pats lined up in a Strong Formation. They slammed Blount into the
line. 2nd and 8. Pats in a Singleback. Brady dropped and hit Bennett
dragging over the middle short. 3rd and 5, Winged shotgun, and Brady got
sacked to force the punt.
Offense had been strangely self destructive in the 1st Half, right up to
this point. "We know
we can't play like that moving forward, with all the penalties and
turnovers," White said. "Because like you said, every team is
good, they're going to capitalize on those opportunities, so we really
need to cut those out. During the game, [we need to] keep being
level-headed and keep moving forward. We can't keep thinking about the
turnovers, because then it's only going to go downhill from there. You've
just got to keep moving forward and just continue to get better throughout
the game." They cannot have turnovers against Pitt, because the
Steelers have a QB who can take advantage of it.
and 10, Houston lined up in a 2-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up in a
4-2. Chung snuck up to the line. Osweiler threw a grounder to Miller. That
was one of the worst throws I have ever seen. Osweiler was simply not
consistent enough to take advantage of all the Pats miscues in the 1st
Half. The Steelers will not be affected by a cold New England night. They
are not a Dome team. They are a North East team as well.
and 10, Houston lined up in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-4
with Chung in at ILB. They gave it to Miller. He powered through the line.
He was finally brought down by Sheard and Roberts.
and 5, Empty. The Pats crowded the line with six guys. They send five and Van
Noy hit Osweiler as he threw. Ryan got a hand on the low ball just before
it hit the dirt. He was awesome in coverage and the run game in the 1st
O needs to wake the F up. "It was good to win this game and be able
to move on. You've got to give these guys a lot of credit, that we didn't
play particularly well, but we hung in there," BB said. "We
ended up making enough plays to win. You've got to give Billy and the
Texans a lot of credit. They played well. They did a great job
defensively. They knocked the ball off of us. We fumbled, they intercepted
us, we had too many balls out and we're lucky we didn't lose more than we
did. But in the end we were able to take the ball away and play good in
the red-area defensively. That was helpful, and able to come away with
more points." They were hanging on by a thread here.
and 10, Pats lined up Empty. Brady threw it into the dirt near Lewis. 2nd
and 10, Pats in 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady had time. He threw deep to
Lewis. He leaped up and grabbed the ball thrown behind him, but Mercilus
slapped it out.
and 10, Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Brady stepped up and
threw it deep to Hogan. Hogan, spun back to the inside and grabbed the
falling egg, like a stork just dripped it 40-yards down field. He fell
down inside the Forty for four more yards.
was a great play by Hogan. He made an outstanding reaction to the ball in
the air. "People that are good in that area like Logan or Danny or
Julian that play that spot, a lot of it is physical characteristics,"
BB said. "A lot of it is the feel and instinct and quick reaction,
recognition to all of the things that are happening in there and there are
a lot and they happen a lot faster than they do out on the perimeter. I'm
not saying it's easier or harder or better or worse. It's just
different." He had to spin to the other side of the DB covering him
to catch the ball. It was not just thrown on the wrong shoulder, it was
thrown on the wrong side of the DB.
and 10 at the 37, Singleback. They ran play action, and Brady threw to the
wrong shoulder for the third straight time. Bennett couldn't drag it in.
2nd and 10, Pats lined up in a Singleback. They ran Lewis on a Smash. He
collided with Cannon's Butt, and then was able to scamper for a few more.
3rd and 6, Pats Empty. Mercilus sacked Brady right off the snap. He spun
right past Andrews. Allen punted it out of bunds at the Four.
and 10, Houston lined up in a Singleback Pats matched up in a Bruschi, and
I must say it has been a while since we have seen a decent 5-4. They ran
Miller for a cloud of dust. Brown, Roberts, and Ninkovich took him down.
and 7, Houston lined up in a Singleback. Pats matched up in a 3-4. They
ran Miller again. Flowers, Brown, and Ninkovich took him down.
and 3, Houston in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Pats matched up in a 3-3
Nickel. With five guys on the line. They sent three. Osweiler tried to
smash it into a crowd, but Ninkovich leaped over and knocked the ball
is forced to punt, and a flag flies for a block in the back. "I don't
think anyone was in a panic mode or anything," Branch said. "We
know what type of team we are and we know what we're capable of. We just
went out there and executed the plan." The Pats Offense has to stop
and 10, Pats lined up in a I. Lewis cut back for very little. "Dion
did well," Bennett said. "He's an explosive back and you see him out there for kickoff
returns, catching the ball, there's a lot of stuff he can do. He's very
dynamic and he's played well throughout the season. He's worked his way
back from injury and you just love to see guys have success." He cut
back away from his blockers, and was swarmed over.
and 9, Pats in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Clowney Swam right over Andrews
and slammed into Brady as he threw. He was lucky to get it anywhere near
Dion, but unfortunately it was at his feet. Clowney went right up the
and 9. Brady waved Edelman deep over and over. "Jules Edelman did a
great job. He always does," Brady said. "He's a huge playmaker
for us and his ability to create separation, and make plays down the
field. He did a bunch of that tonight. So he did a great job." Brady
finally flung it to Edelman past midfield at the Houston 20. He fell
forward to the 18. That was an incredible play.
may have saved this game throwing deep in the 1st Half. "Playoff football is
playoff football. Everyone wants to talk about playoff experience, but
it's a new year and you can never really prepare for it," Edelman
said. "Once you get out there it's definitely a different speed: guys
are playing hard, there's nothing to lose. No game is guaranteed. It's
full-throttle, so that's kind of what you expect going into these kinds of
games." He went full throttle on that play, that's for sure.
played the short zone on the Pats, and forced Brady to go deep. "We
were able to hold the ball a little bit and get the ball down the field,
let our guys kind of get into the defense. They were kind of covering some
of those shorter zones, and we did have some chances," Brady said.
"We had more chances to take advantage of some of the ones down the
field that we didn't come up with, too. So it was just one of those nights
where we really never got into a rhythm on offense. But we'll learn from
it and try to be better next week." Those uncharacteristic long
throws may have saved the game.
decided to rush three guys more than we've seen before. "Well they
were dropping everyone," Edelman said. "So you know anytime
they're rushing three the plays are going to go longer, you're going to
have the ability to make a play downfield. We were able to make a couple,
but we missed a couple too." This was something that we haven't seen
a lot of from opponents.
tried to take Brady off his game, but he made the throws. "Give the
Texans credit. They did a good job," BB said. "Defensively they
gave us a lot of problems. We had six 1st-downs in the first half. We
threw up a couple of prayers and came down with them, made a couple of
good catches with Chris [Hogan] and Julian. We just didn't have any
consistency at all offensively, couldn't run it or throw it very
well." I would be shocked if the Steelers don't steal some of that
and 10, Pats lined up in a convoluted Singleback. They ran Dion up the
gut. The line got some nice push right in the middle. But Clowney flew
around the left edge unblocked, and dived inside to grab Lewis.
was as great as he was troubling, with a schizophrenic mix of TDs and
turnovers."He's one of
our guys. He's a key guy on this team," McCourty said. "In
college he played in the Big East [Pitt]. Man. they make us tough. He did
a great job. I think just working all offseason, giving himself a chance
to, when called on, be ready to go. And he's a veteran player now. He
understands what it takes to play in these games. I think as a teammate
you're just happy to see him out there and looking good and creating big
plays for us." They need the dynamic from him this week, without the
and 8, Pats lined up in a stacked up Singleback. They ran a Toss to Lewis.
Solder got outside and lead Dion. He curved inside that block, and got
close to the 1st down.
and 2, Pats in a Strong Formation. Brady ran a tiny bit of a playaction,
and quickly turned back to Hogan running a quick Out. He turned out at the
Three. He tried to turn into the Endzone, but Buoye dragged him out of
bounds so he couldn't score.
and 10 at the 2 and half, Pats Empty. Dion motioned into a tight 4-Wide
Weak shotgun. Brady had too much time. He looked like Aaron Rogers hopping
in the pocket. He finally took off and almost scored. But Clowney grabbed
him at the One.
and goal from the One, Pats lined up in a Goal line I. They ran play
action. Develin was open sneaking out to the Flat. He looked like he had
time. Brady threw instantly to Develin, and he turned instantly to the
endzone. But the DB following Bennett left him and crashed into Develin at
the goal line. He didn't get conclusively in.
and goal from the half-foot line. Blount got hit, and bounced outside. Then
he got hit by two guys, and fought forward. He actually tripped over
Bennett, who had driven a defender into the turf, more than he was
are forced to kick the field goal. Pats-17.
take the three points and will receive the ball to start the 3rd. "It
was good to be able to get the last opportunity there. We drove it down.
We got the ball to the one-inch line but couldn't get it in," BB
said. "I might've thought about going for it on fourth-down. But when
we lost yards there on third-down, the ball was on about the one
one-and-a-half, whatever it was. Instead of on the one-inch line. Then I
didn't really think very much about going for it at that point. It's good
to get the three points." The field goal ended the game.
were set to receive the ball to start the 2nd Half. "We had the ball
to start the second half because we deferred to start the game," BB
said. "But it would've been nice to get seven. We had a couple of
good chances. We just didn't get it done. Again, like a lot of things
tonight, if we don't improve in those situations the next time we play
then it'll probably be the last time we play. We've got to take advantage
of our opportunities. We've got to coach and execute better. Hopefully
we'll be able to get that done this week." No Dome team is coming
into Foxboro at night, in January, and beating the Pats in the 2nd Half,
period. Game-Set-Match Patriots.
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