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Pats receive to start the 2nd half looking for the infamous BB double
Halftime score. Pats come out Trips-right Weak-shotgun. Brady swings it
out to White on a bit of a WR screen. Stork gets outside and chops a
defender, which turns into a pick of two other defenders. White makes a
great move, behind Storks block to make the other two defenders crash into
each other. He runs up field for 20 more yards, and almost gets to
and 10 at the 48, Pats in a Singleback. They give the ball underneath to
Bolden. He gets hit after a yard, as Fleming lost his grip on the
One-Armed Bandit's shirt. But he can't bring him down. Bolden keeps his
feet moving, and runs for five more yards.
was another incredible run by Bolden. "Brandon has got a real
good skillset," BB said. "He has been a valuable guy for us on
all four downs, so whether it's carrying the ball, making tough yards,
playing as a sub back and playing in the kicking game, he's shown a lot of
versatility and given us a lot of quality plays in all those situations. I
think his skillset is really, really good. He's got good quickness. He's
got the ability to break tackles in space with his playing strength but he
also has quickness to make guys miss out there, too. He's got good run
vision, sees the holes and sees where there is space. The play that he
made at the end of the game last week in Houston was a really good cut,
good play on his part. I don't think we had the play blocked for the kind
of yards he made on that play. He got six or seven yards with his vision
and getting the ball into space on the cut back and probably made another
four or five yards just with his running strength and balance to knock
over a couple tacklers and pick up the first down. Probably a little over
half that yardage came on his vision, his run instinct and then a few
extra yards came on his physical running style and balance. I think that
run is a good indication of all those things being a part of his playing
style and effectiveness."
They are going to need Bolden to be incredible the rest of the season.
and 10 again, Pats in a 4-Wide Weak-shotgun. They are killing the Texans
with motion. "Usually when you put a player in motion it's to
either gain an advantage somehow on the defense, or it's to force the
defense to communicate and adjust after they've already made their call
and you've come out of the huddle and lined up," BB said. "I'd
say it would fall into one of those two categories. Sometimes you do it
just to force the defense to deal with something, change of strength or a
tight split or a wide split that goes from one to the other, where the
tight end aligns, which we know is important when teams are setting their
front, their linebacker locations and trying get ready to set up their gap
control. If you're trying to gain an advantage, that's one thing. If
you're trying to in general force the defense to communicate and be ready
to play one thing when you're actually going to snap the ball and do
something else, then there's some subtle advantage to that that's hard to
measure, but you know from experience that it's taking place and it puts
more stress on your opponent."
LaFell motions across the field. Brady snaps the ball quickly, and LaFell
runs behind him. Brady play fakes the ball to Bolden going the other way
with the O-line. Then turns and fires to LaFell still going in motion to
the Blindside. He catches it turns up field. He lowers his shoulder and
powers through Joseph for a First, and all the way down to the 38. We are
going to need more of that from LaFell.
and 10, Pats in a Singleback. They run play action to Bolden again, this
time to the other side. But Houston doesn't really bite. Brady has Clowney
in his face as he throws, and doinks a grounder to Amendola. He does a
nice job scooping it off the turf to make it look like a catch. He fooled
me. But the ball clearly doinked off the turf. 2nd and 10, Pat go 4-Wide
Weak-shotgun. Brady has time. White didn't chip. Instead, he skips out of
the backfield like a schoolgirl trying to catch butterflies. Brady hits
him in the flat. He tries to make a big play heading sideways, but loses
yards and gets caught. 3rd and 8, Winged Shotgun. And the One-Armed Bandit
jumps off side and tries to blame it on Cannon. 3rd and 3, Pats in a
Winged Shotgun. Brady pump fakes, gets hit, and then jumps up and throws
an impossibly pass between the hands of the Hal. They had Bolden in on the
left, and White on the right. White flew out to the flat, and turn up
field with some flash. Hal saw him and gave chase. They meet at the ball,
but White leaps up and takes the ball out of the air, between Hal's hands,
and pulls it down for an improbable 1st down.
refs have to check it as the other BB throws his red flag, but I don't see
how you can overturn that. "I think we've kind of talked about
that a little bit through the years of the whole process and the
challenges and so forth, and to me there are certain plays that are
probably going to get challenged pretty much regardless just based on the
importance of the play, what happened on the play and kind of how
important the play is to the game at that particular point in time,"
BB said about reviewing this play. "At times we've run up to the line
and run a quick play and then it's second-and-10, and that's not really
the answer. And a lot of times if they're going to challenge a play,
they're going to challenge it anyways if it's an important enough play. In
that case, first of all, I think Bill would have challenged both those
plays regardless. They were both very close plays and when we saw them up
on the screen I think our feeling was that they were close enough that
they looked like they were catches. I don't know how you felt looking at
the play, as soon as you saw it you knew was going to be overturned. If
that's the way you saw it, maybe the right thing to do would have been to
hurry up and run a play, but if you don't feel that way about the play
then I don't know why you would want to rush up there and do it. Even
after looking at the play, both of them are really, really close. If you
know how it's going to turn out then it's always easy to make the
decision. If you don't know how it's going to turn out then you just go on
what you see, but just running up there and snapping the ball and running
a bad play, I don't know if that's the answer."
His heel never touched out of bounds. You could even see the crease in the
turf from the side of his shoe that ended well before the sideline. That's
BS to force the field goal. Pats-20. Houston-3. Unexplainable Refs
crowd the line with all six guys in a 3-3 Nickel, with two guys in the
backfield with Hoyer. Polk is able to run through a Collins tackle. The
tight end lined up in front of Polk got just enough of a block on Collins
so he couldn't hold on. So Polk had another nice gain. Mayo and Ryan
finally bring him down. 2nd and 1, Pats in a 3-4, Hoyer has time. Butler
is beaten deep by Washington. But Butler catches up and knocks the ball
out. But the refs call an off the ball foul on Ryan. Which is a shame,
because that was great coverage by Butler.
and 10, Pats in a 4-3. They go deep again to Hopkins, but the ball is
badly thrown. Ryan has a better shot on the ball than Hopkins. 2nd and 10,
Pats crowd the line again in a 3-3 Nickel. Hoyer makes a great throw to
Griffin going down the numbers. He has to reach out to grab it, looses his
balance, and the ground knocks it out. 3rd and 10, Pats in a 4-1 Dime.
They get a great rush. Brown gets close, and Ninkovich hits Hoyer as he
throws. He throws to Griffin again. This time Collins makes another great
play in coverage. "It's good to have Jamie back out on the field and
trying to do everything he could to be in the right position and certainly
we haven't had him out there in a little while so there's going to be a
getting back into the swing of the things," Patricia said.
"Jamie is a constant professional. He comes in and works hard every
day and tries to get himself prepared to play whether he is on the field
or not. At this point in his career he understands that and we have a lot
of guys, whether you are active or inactive for whatever reason, you just
get yourself ready to go and mentally prepare every week like you are. He
does a great job of that. He's a student of the game. I know he is ready
to go when he gets out there." Collins forces the punt, and Martin
fumbles the punt.
it was a terrible play that shook the world. After losing game two
straight games where they were up 14-points, and the first loss started
with a fumbled punt, it just made me sick to my stomach. But the offense
was not as wounded as it was in the Denver game. And most importantly, the
defense was not as wounded as it was in the Philly game.
defense was killing the Houston offense. "I am real proud of
our team this week," BB said. "It was a tough week. I thought we
competed hard all week, in terms of preparation, on the practice field, we
practiced in pads and worked on a lot of fundamental things and those guys
had a great attitude about it. We played a solid game here tonight in all
three phases. I thought we got some good plays out of each group. We
competed for 60 minutes and did what we needed to do. It was good and I
look forward to getting back and getting on to Tennessee next week. It was
good to come down here and come out with a win this week. They are a good
football team, they have a lot of good players and they play hard, so it's
good to come down here and win. I felt that we had a lot of guys step up
here though and that's what we need for our team, everybody needs to
contribute." So the damage
was not as bad. It was only a three-point turnover. Though it felt like it
was going to be a ton worse at the time.
gets the ball at the 22-yard line. Houston has the ball in field goal
position after the Pats defense had shut them down for a while. Pats line
up in a 3-3 Nickel. Hoyer throws underneath to Hopkins. He fumbles the
ball and the refs step in to call it a drop. Then they say it is a
reception and not a drop. How in the hell is that a reception and not a
fumble. That is BS. 2nd and 3, and the Pats defense looks a little
flustered from that call. They don't quite form into a 3-4 before the ball
is snapped. Pats crowd the line as Grimes lines up at QB. Branch breaks
free and takes him down for another great play by him. Ninkovich got in on
the tackle as well. 3rd and 4, Houston goes in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun.
Pats stay in a 3-4. They really are not showing
a lot of respect for Hoyer. Hoyer throws fade to Washington. Butler
slaps the ball out on great coverage again, and a great play on
Washington's arm and the ball after Washington touched the ball. It seems
he hit his arm and ball three times to cause it to be 4th down. Houston
goes for it. Hoyer is swarmed over by the rush, but just squeaks out a
pass. Leonard Johnson makes a big play, knocking the ball out of
Washington's hands a yard over the marker to force the field goal.
Pats-20. Houston-6. Unexplainable Refs Calls-2.
come out in a Big Ugly Singleback. They run a simple Smash. Houston sees
it all the way. Four guys are there to meet Bolden. 2nd and 11, Empty.
Brady hits Amendola in the Box again. He slips down for seven. 3rd and 3,
Empty. Brady throws it low to White. He gets down, but it bounces out of
White's hands to force the punt.
still nervous as Houston comes out in a 3-Wide Singleback. But this is the
Pats defense's game. They line up in a 3-3 Nickel. They give it to Polk.
Hicks has to retreat and grabs him from behind. Chung flies in to finish
him off. This is the series we lost McCourty. 2nd down, Pats in a 2-4
Nickel. They give it to Polk, but Sheard slashes around the outside and
dives inside to hit him. Sheard can't hold on, but Brown and Collins are
there to help him down. 3rd and 3, Houston goes Empty. Pats bring three.
Somehow Griffin gets open over the middle. He catches it this time, and
Chung slams him down to the turf. This was the play that knocked Chung
and 10, Houston comes out in a Singleback. Brown and Ninkovich make the
tackle on the 41. 2nd and 8, Pats in a 3-4 Hoyer gets hit as he throws by
Hicks. The ball pops out. Brown recovers it, but that is not a fumble. 3rd
and 8, Houston in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. Pats in a 3-3 Nickel. Sheard
has a great blast off. He turns the corner without slowing, and slams into
Hoyer and slaps the ball out. It flips, hops, and jumps 23-yards backwards
to force the punt. That was a great play by Sheard, but it was also the
play where Easley got hurt.
come out is a Weak-shotgun. They run a Draw, but the One-Armed Bandit is
there. "[Watt] looked pretty active to me," BB said.
"They move him around quite a bit, get him in some off-the-line
positions, playing some outside linebacker, moved Mercilus down inside, so
they flip him from side to side. He was everywhere. They put him in a lot
of different spots, and some of that probably standing up so he probably
didn't have to block as much with his hands. He has great quickness and he
does a good job of ripping across the guys face and next time taking step
like he's coming up across and is quick enough to come behind. I thought
we had a couple big play runs that really looked like they were going to
gain some yards and then Watt made one and (Jadeveon) Clowney made another
one just coming off the backside. We had him blocked too, it wasn't like
they were free off the back side there. They used their quickness to get
around the back side and still long enough and quick enough to make the
play. He's tough, he's tough." He
twists Bolden down for a TFL. Vollmer missed the snap count.
and 11, Pats in a Strong-shotgun. Brady has time and hits Amendola over
the middle. Amendola runs the wrong way for a little bit. But he realizes
it just in time. He turns up field and dives forward for seven. 3rd and 3,
Strong shotgun. Brady has time until Clowney leaps over the block of
Vollmer and Shaq to force the punt.
come out in a 4-4, and Sheard shoots into the backfield and pounds Polk
down. Mayo comes in late to help out. But it was Sheard who thunder
cracked him to the ground and then grabbed his foot. 2nd and 11, Hoyer
hits Grimes. Mayo and Chung take him down instantly. 3rd and 6, Pats in a
4-0 Ninkovich breaks free and slams into Hoyer, and smashes him into the
huge dive of Hicks. Hoyer is shaken up as he goes to the sideline. That
was some brutal defense put on poor Brian. The punt is terrible. Amendola
flies up the field and fair catches it on the run at the 35-yard line.
comes out in a Singleback. Bolden bowling balls his way for a pure power
1st down run. Holy cow that was an impressive run. "Well, we
tried to stick with it, make them play it," BB said about after LG
went down. "We had our moments. There were times when we were able to
punch out some plays and some important plays. The touchdown run on
third-and-two – that was a big play for us. We had a third-down
conversion on Bolden's sweep there on a third-and-four, third-and-five –
that was another big third-down conversion. So there were some plays like
that were kind of timely plays. Houston is a tough team to run against.
They've got a lot of very disruptive players. Vince is a big guy in the
middle, obviously, but between [Jadeveon] Clowney and Watt on both edges
plus Mercilus, they're really athletic and explosive and powerful out
there, so it's a tough matchup. The got us from behind a couple times when
we had decent blocking, actually good blocking on a couple plays, and they
just got us from behind. I'm not sure there are too many other players in
the league that could have made the plays that Watt or Clowney made on a
couple of those running plays. You've got to give them some credit."
Bolden was hit, and stopped dead. He spun out of the three guys that hit
him, and then slammed into a few more and dragged them past the marker.
and 10 Pats in a Singleback, and Brady throws it outside to LaFell to end
the 3rd quarter. 2nd and 7, at Midfield. They give it Brady, but Clowney
breaks free again, and shoestring tackles him. 3rd and 7, Weak-shotgun.
Brady gets swarmed over by three rushers to force the punt.
comes out in a Weak-shotgun. Pats match up in a 4-2 Nickel. Sheard burst
up field and sacks Hoyer. The ball bounces out and super rookie Brown
pounces on it. Kaaaaaaa-boom! Sheard was awesome in this game, and he was spectacular on
this play. He Swam over the ORT Newton, to get his inside Shoulder. Then
he Ripped himself free. He ran right to Hoyer, and grabbed his right arm
as he tossed him to the ground.
and goal Patriots from the Seven. 3-Wide Weak-shotgun. Brady hits
Amendola, who tries to spin back inside, but he legs just can't handle it.
2nd and goal from the Three. Pats in a Singleback. They run Bolden up the
middle, but there is nothing there. Cushing blitzed up the middle and
lassoed Bolden's legs. 3rd and goal from the Two. Pats in a 4-Wide
Weak-shotgun. They run a Draw to White, and he slams in behind Shaq and
Cannon for a great TD. Game-Set-Match.
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