New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

The Empire Has Not Fallen! The Patriots dismantle the Bengals

Rob Gronkowski does a little dance before the "Gronk Spike" takes place after a touchdown. (Photo From Patriots.com)

Rob Gronkowski does a little dance before the “Gronk Spike” takes place after a touchdown.
(Photo From Patriots.com)

The Patriots proved tonight on prime time television that they are not washed up, nor is there QB by beating the previously unbeaten Cincinatti Bengals, 43-17.

Let’s start with the fans at tonight’s game and how terrific they were. They were loud, crazy, and very supportive of the Patriots and Tom Brady. They chanted Brady’s name throughout the game to support their QB who took a beating from other fans and media members this week on his play. He was excellent tonight.

The Patriots came out on fire and started off hot. They were fired up and had something to prove especially Tom Brady. The Pats took the opening kick off up the field with passes from Brady to Brandon LaFell and tight end Tim Wright, who had a big day. Brady even ran a couple of times on the drive. Stevan Ridley capped off the drive with a 1 yard touchdown and the Pats were up 7-0.

Brady and the Pats would score again on their 2nd series after the Bengals missed a field goal on their first drive.

Brady found Tim Wright for a touchdown and the Pats were up 14 – 0.

The Pats cooled off a bit on offense in the 2nd, adding two field goals before the half making it, 20 – 3. Stephen Gostowksi would add 3 more field goals in the second half, making his career high total, 5 field goals made.

Early in the 3rd, the Bengals would score a touchdown on a pass from Dalton to Sanu to cut into the Pats lead 20-10.

Brady would quickly lead the Pats back up the field where he connected with Gronk on a 16 yard touchdown to put the Pats up 27-10.

Right after that, Brandon Tate, former Pats WR, would fumble the kickoff and Kyle Arrington would scoop it up and score the touchdown. The route was on, 34-10.

The rest of the scoring for the Patriots would be done by their field goal kicker Stephen Gostowski.

Brady would join the 50,000 yards passing club! He’s the 6th QB to do that! Congrats Tommy! 

The running backs were big tonight too. Stevan Ridley had a touchdown and went over 100 yards rushing and Vereen was great too.

The biggest difference tonight was the offensive line. The Pats started Connolly, Wendell, Vollmer, Solder, and rookie Stork. The veteran line with one rookie seemed to make a big difference. Brady was protected the entire night, only allowing some pressure here and there. That allowed Brady to be relaxed and look for the open guy all night.

On defense the Pats were great. They didn’t get much pressure on Andy Dalton but that didn’t seem to matter as they shut down the Bengals run and passing game.

Darrelle Revis was allowed to shadow A.J. Green and won the battle tonight. With a little over a minute to play in the first half, A.J. Green caught a pass against Revis, who caught back up to the wide out and knocked the ball out for a fumble that Jamie Collins would recover. Collins tried to run with it, but fumbled into Dennard’s hands. That led to a Pats field goal right before the half.

Revis did get injured late and went off the field and the Bengals threw at Ryan, who replaced Revis, and Green caught the touchdown pass. Later in the game on 3rd down, the Pats would finally get pressure on Andy Dalton and Chris Jones would come up with the sack. That was the first sack allowed by the Bengals this season.

Kyle Arrington would also force a fumble by WR Sanzenbacher after the game was already in hand.

The Bengals went 0-7 on 3rd down tonight.

Injuries did happen though. Amendola went down with a head injury, but passed the concussion test, although the Pats didn’t use him much after that. Devin McCourty also had an injury midway through the game and did not return. I have no idea how serious that injury is, although I know it’s not season ending. Revis went down with an injury but returned to finish the game.

The Pats did get called for, I think 12 or more penalties for over 100 yards. It was a bit much at some parts, the flags became annoying, but that’s something the Patriots will need to work on moving forward, especially on defense.

The Pats also need to work on red zone offense a lot more points were left on the field tonight.

But, the Pats answered the bell, and they won big over a very talented undefeated Bengals team.

QB Tom Brady: 23/35  292 yards  2 touchdowns    4 carries for 13 yards.

RB Stevan Ridley: 27 rushes  113 yards  1 touchdown

RB Shane Vereen: 9 rushes  90 yards 

TE Rob Gronkowski: 6 receptions  100 yards  1 touchdown

TE Tim Wright: 5 receptions  85 yards   1 touchdown

WR Julian Edelman: 5 receptions  35 yards 

Kicker Stephen Gostowski: 5/5 FG Made  Longest from 48 yards.

CB Kyle Arrington: 1 FF, 1 FR, and 1 touchdown 

CB Darrelle Revis: Shut down AJ Green and 1 FF. 

Offensive MVP: QB Tom Brady

Defensive MVP: CB Darrelle Revis

Overall Game MVP: CB Darrelle Revis 

 

 

 

 


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