Recap: Patriots win a thriller over the Saints

Kenbrell Thompkins with the game winning catch Photo by: Keith Nordstrom

Kenbrell Thompkins with the game winning catch
Photo by: Keith Nordstrom

The New England Patriots won in exciting style over the New Orleans Saints, handing the Saints their first loss of the season.

Tom Brady keeps showing why is the best to play in the NFL right now and the best to ever do it, he does more with less than any QB in the NFL.

A lot of non Patriot fans were tweeting throughout the game about how Brady is throwing touchdowns to guys they never even heard of. And it is true, he is throwing to rookies, undrafted rookies, and people they just plucked out of nowhere that fans have never even heard of. And, somehow, Brady has this team 5 -1 with a huge win over the Saints.

The Patriots were missing Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Shane Vereen, and Rob Gronkowski in this game but in the end it didn’t matter for the Patriots. On the game winning drive Tom Brady was missing Danny Amendola who was hurt in the previous quarter by a blow to the head.

To start the game, the Patriots went up the field for a field goal on their opening drive, while the Saints went 3 & out with theirs. But, the Saints would score a TD to take the 7 – 3 lead at the end of the 1st.

The Patriots would answer with a Stevan Ridley score, and Ridley would have another rushing touchdown before half to make it 17 – 7.

After a Saints field goal, they would march it up the field on New England by running it down their throats, all the way to a rushing a touchdown to tie the game up.

New England would get a field goal to go up by 3, 20 – 17.

Kyle Arrington would pick off a Brees pass in the 4th and with good field position the Patriots could have ended it but the Pats ran it 5 straight times and went for the field goal to up by 6.

The Saints would convert on a 3rd and 20 with 3:35 left to play for a 34 yard touchdown score to take the lead, 24 – 23.

Patriots wide receivers would drop 3 straight passes from Tom Brady and he was frustrated at this point, and New England had to punt.

The Saints would run the ball on the first and second down, then threw incomplete on 3rd down, settling for a field goal to make the game 27 – 23.

With 2:24 left to play Tom Brady tried to force a pass to the only guy on the field he trusted, Julian Edelman, and it was picked off and the Saints had it again, and half the stadium emptied.

The Saints would run it down to the 2 minute warning and then punt the football back to New England, who had 1:13 seconds to work, with no timeouts.

Brady would hit Julian Edelman for a 23 yard gain, then he hit Austin Collie for 15 yards then Dobson for a quick 6 yards gain, and Dobson would get out of bounds, stopping the clock.

Brady threw 2 incompletions, setting up a 4th and 4, with 24 seconds left when Brady found Collie for 9 yards and a first down. The Patriots spiked the ball with 10 seconds left.

Brady threw a beautiful 17 yard strike to the back of the endzone to Kenbrell Thompkins for the touchdown with 5 seconds left.

With that I’ll simply say, the legend of Tom Brady continues to grow, and New England is now 5 – 1.

The Final score was 27 – 30 in favor of the Patriots.

One note though was Brady was sacked 4.5 times in this game continuing the frustration he has with his linemen.

Top Performers:

Tom Brady: 24/43  269 yards  1 touchdown  1 interception

Stevan Ridley:  20 attempts rushing  96 yards  2 touchdowns

Kenbrell Thompkins: 3  45 yards  1 touchdown

Stephen Gostkowski:  3/3 Field Goals Made  Longest 54 yards

Aqib Talib held Jimmy Graham without a catch while in the game

Injury News from this game, hopefully none are serious:

Danny Amendola was knocked out by a helmet to helmet hit. Suffered concussion.

Aqib Talib hurt his hip, news should be later today with how bad it is.

Jerod Mayo hurt his shoulder and left stadium in an arm sling.


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