Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brady’

Moment of Resiliency: Tom Brady, Kenbrell Thompkins, and the Last-Second Touchdown over Saints

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The final two minutes of Sunday’s game saw the Patriots fight back to defeat the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

A 10-point halftime lead, as well as four starters, departed from the New England Patriots’ Week 6 battle against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. And with 2:24 remaining, the Patriots found themselves with the football, down 27-23, searching for the energy that had been vacuumed out of Gillette Stadium.

Yet at that juncture, all quarterback Tom Brady found was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis on a downfield interception. New Orleans took control once again, running the ball three times and expiring New England’s last timeout. Head coach Sean Payton and his Saints squad could not expire the contest, however, as a vital three-and-out by the defense sent the Patriots offense back onto the field with 1:13 left.

That was all it took. (more…)


3rd-and-19: Tom Brady’s Momentum-Swinging Pass to Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Falcons

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

A third-down conversion changed the tides in New England’s Week 4 victory over Atlanta. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Through three quarters of play on Sunday evening, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons found themselves in a 13-10 deadlock. But as the fourth and final frame opened up, the Patriots offense followed suit.

It had to.

After a pass to slot receiver Julian Edelman fell incomplete. After a Brandon Bolden rush netted a four-yard loss. And after a false start by right guard Dan Connolly backed the ball up another five yards, the Patriots’ climb to maintain a three-point lead had steepened. The Falcons defense had New England’s offensive attack on its heels for a 3rd-and-19 at the 12-yard line.

At that juncture, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels essentially had two choices: Play the field position with a run call to set up the punt, or play for possession with deep pass to the sticks.

The latter option was elected. (more…)


Catching Trust: Danny Amendola Answers Call on Patriots Game-Winning Drive Over Bills

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Danny Amendola displayed reliability on New England’s game-winning drive over the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots squeaked out a 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season opener Sunday afternoon. But for the better part of four quarters inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills offense looked like the more dependable one.

New England’s new-look attack was sent sputtering from three unsuccessful red-zone drives, multiple missed blocking assignments from the offensive line, fumbles from running back Stevan Ridley and quarterback Tom Brady, a bobbled catch-turned-interception from tight end Zach Sudfeld, and just four receptions on 14 targets from wideout Kenbrell Thompkins.

Yet down just one with 4:31 left in the final frame, the Patriots defense forced a three-and-out, which afforded Brady and Co. one last opportunity to win the game. And 48 yards later, a 35-yard field goal from kicker Stephen Gostkowski did just that.

New England’s 12-play final drive was more than a display of cohesion, though; it was a display of trust between Brady, tailback Shane Vereen and wide receiver Danny Amendola.

As the Patriots maneuvered through the Bills defense with only minutes remaining, Vereen totaled 31 yards on five touches, while Brady kneeled twice for a loss of three yards.

Although when the Patriots needed to move the sticks in the underneath, it was Amendola who was called upon.

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Patriots Roster Projection: Group of 53 Taking Shape

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

I think Chandler Jones is going to make the team. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Two down, two to go.

With two preseason games remaining, the Patriots roster is starting to take shape. Here is my latest stab at the 53-man roster come week one versus the Buffalo Bills.

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Timing and Trust: Patriots Wideout Kenbrell Thompkins Builds Connection in Preseason Opener

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Kenbrell Thompkins is establishing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. His performance versus the Eagles proved it. (Photo: NFL Preseason Live)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

On his second offensive drive against the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-team defense, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady converted seven of eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

No. 12 didn’t hold much back in the Aug. 9 preseason opener.

After handing the ball off six consecutive times on New England’s first drive, Brady distributed the ball to four different receivers on his second drive. He hit free-agent acquisition Danny Amendola for six yards. He hit rookie second-round pick Aaron Dobson for 23 yards. He capped it off by hitting third-year running back Shane Vereen for 13 yards.

Yet over the course of a seven-play sequence, Brady hit another target four times.

That target was Kenbrell Thompkins.

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Tale of the Tape: First-Team Glance at Patriots’ Preseason Victory over Eagles

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

New England’s first-teamers left their mark on the field, and in the tape. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images.)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Despite a late surge, the New England Patriots managed to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-22, in the preseason opener. Yet for all intents and purposes, the final score was insignificant.

How individual players and personnel units fared was what carried weight.

Now like all exhibition contests, the Aug. 9 tilt was less so about the end result than it was about the performances that led to the end result. Cohesion is a work in progress at this point for the Patriots. And with a 90-man roster, the first-team offense and defense garnered a limited workload during Week 1 of the preseason.

But they still did garner a workload.

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Open Thread: Patriots Training Camp

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Tom Brady Tim Tebow

Tom Brady’s play during practice in Philadelphia is keeping Tim Tebow firmly in the background of Patriots fan’s minds. (Photo: Wayne Jones)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

You’ve been to practice. You’ve read the reports.

Now is your time to lay it out there – let us know in the comments section who you’ve been impressed with and who has disappointed you so far.

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