New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Bulter power the Pats past the Eagles

Jimmy Garoppolo under center. (Photo From Patriots.com)

Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
(Photo From Patriots.com)

The Patriots defeated the Eagles in a shootout, 42-35 last night at Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady started the game and was slicing through the defense until newly signed tight end, Steve Maneri ran a bad route and did not turn around quick enough, and Brady’s pass was picked off by Cary Williams and returned for a touchdown. The Eagles were up 7-0 for a hot minute.

Next drive, Brady went up the field with ease, and capped off the drive with a beautiful back shoulder throw to Kenbrell Thompkins. Edelman, Amendola were Brady’s go to guys, and Thompkins looked good.

Tom Brady finished the night 8 of 10 for 81 yards and one touchdown. Also, he had an interception.

It’s fun being out there,” Brady said. “Sitting on the sideline like last week isn’t nearly as fun, so getting out there and getting a chance to play a little bit was great. It was a great experience for me, fun to be out there with my teammates, so I enjoyed it.”

Jimmy Garoppolo saw time with the starters and was the 2nd string QB for New England and saw a quarter and a half of play.

He was sharp, he’s winning the backup competition with ease. He started things off moving the Pats up the field and going through reads before hitting two easy check downs to FB/TE James Devlin. The second was for a 15 yard touchdown. Devlin was pretty good at tight end.

The next series, Garoppolo hit Brandon LaFell on a beautiful deep pass up the sideline for a big gain, and then threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone for Brandon LaFell. Behind Garoppolo, the Pats took a 21-7 lead.

Garoppolo finished 6 of 12 for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

“I felt good going into this game, had a good week of practice,” Garoppolo said. “Going against another team always brings out the competitive spirit in everyone.”

Garoppolo also said he had no idea he’d be the second QB in until right before he went in.

Ryan Mallett entered the game in the 2nd half, and scored quickly after a turnover by the Eagles. He ran in for a 6 yard touchdown and later on he would hit Brian Tyms for a 17 yard touchdown.

Mallett was 7 of 11 for 92 yards and a touchdown.

“If you get to play in the game, that’s all that matters,” Mallett said. “I just want to go out there and try to get better as a player, and I felt I did tonight. I’ve just got to keep building on it.”

Brian Tyms had another impressive night, and when he scored, he did the ole Randy Moss celebration. Moss is a guy Tyms model his game after.

Brandon LaFell looks like he could really be a red zone threat for Tom Brady. His hands looked great last night.

Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen looked great, but James White has yet to live up to practice hype.

Malcolm Butler was the best defensive player last night. He earned first team reps and balled out.

On the Eagles very first play, Foles hit his WR and Butler quickly hit the receiver with Hightower and the ball popped out and was recovered by Tommy Kelly.

On the second series, the secondary caused Foles to hold onto the ball for too long and Foles was sacked by Ninkovich. 

Eagles tried to throw Butler’s way, but most of the time, Butler won the battles. He’s having a great preseason.

The Patriots weakest position is strong safety. Kyle Arrington had reps there along with Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon. All struggled, and none could cover the middle of the field. Like last year.

Overall, the starting defense looked good. They looked solid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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