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The Texans managed to reach midfield on their next drive, but after an illegal formation penalty moved them 5-yards back, linebacker Jamie Collins intercepted quarterback Brock Osweiler and returned it yards to the Texans The Texans defense clamped down, forced a punt and moved the ball on their next drive, but were forced to punt.
Late in the half, the Texans once again drove to midfield, but were once again forced to punt. The Patriots then ran out the clock and took a 10—0 lead to the locker room.
Six plays later, Blount scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 20—0 late in the third quarter. Running back Tyler Ervin returned the kick yards to the Texans The Texans drove yards to the Patriots yard line, but turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter, when Osweiler threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and Later, Danny Amendola returned a punt yards to the Patriots Two plays later, Blount burst through for a yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 27—0.
The Texans turned the ball over on downs two more times before running out the clock to end the game. In all, the Patriots forced three turnovers and allowed zero points.
With the win the Patriots improved to a record of 3—0. The Patriots stayed at home for a matchup against the Tyrod Taylor -led Bills.
On the first play of scrimmage, Brissett hit Edelman on a yard catch-and-run to the Bills 1, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty on former Buffalo Bills player, Chris Hogan.
Starting from their own 35, the Bills marched 65 yards in over 7 minutes, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to LeSean McCoy.
After forcing the Patriots to punt, the Bills drove 71 yards and Carpenter ended the drive with a yard field goal, extending the lead to The Patriots drove all the way to the Bills 18 on their ensuing possession, but Brissett was strip-sacked by Zach Brown with Preston Brown recovering for the Bills.
Starting at their own 9, the Bills drove to their own 42, but punted. The Patriots punted as well, and the Bills led at halftime.
After forcing the Bills to punt on the opening drive, the Patriots drove to the Bills 30, but Gostkowski missed a yard field goal. The Bills countered, reaching the Patriots 29, but then Carpenter missed a yard field goal.
After yet another Patriots punt, Ben Tate returned the punt 18 yards to the Bills The Bills reached the Patriots 26, and Carpenter nailed a yard field goal stretching the score to Midway through the fourth quarter, the Patriots drove all the way to the Bills 21, but turned the ball over on downs.
After a Bills punt, the Patriots reached the Bills 44, but the clock ran out. With the loss the Patriots fell to 3—1. This was the first shutout for the Patriots at home since , as well as their first shutout loss since After forcing the Browns to a quick three-and-out on their opening drive, Brady led the Patriots on an 8 play, yard drive, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Blount to take an early 7—0 lead.
The Browns countered on their next drive, marching 75 yards to score on an yard touchdown pass from rookie Cody Kessler to Andrew Hawkins.
Charlie Whitehurst took over for an injured Kessler on the next drive, but the Browns went nowhere and punted.
Three possessions later, the Patriots reached the Browns 32, but Gostkowski missed a yard field goal attempt wide right.
The Browns ran out the rest of the clock, and the Patriots held their lead going into halftime. Three possessions later, the Browns raced 80 yards in just 7 plays, with Whitehurst throwing a yard touchdown pass to Connor Hamlett , trimming the deficit to , but the two-point conversion attempt failed, keeping the deficit to three scores.
The Patriots answered right back, marching to the Browns 13, but had to settle for a yard field goal by Gostkowski, extending the lead to Terrelle Pryor took over for Whitehurst midway through their next possession, but the Browns turned the ball over on downs.
Both teams took turns running out the rest of the clock, and the Patriots went to The Patriots took the opening kickoff and marched 47 yards with in 8 plays with placekicker Stephen Gostkowski chalking up a yard field goal for an early lead.
The Patriots once again drove into Cincinnati territory on their next drive, but were forced to punt. The Bengals proceeded to march 89 yards in just under 9 minutes, but the Patriots defense made a goal-line stand to keep the Bengals scoreless.
On 3rd-and-8 from the Patriots 38, Andy Dalton connected with running back Giovani Bernard for a yard gain to the Patriots 6. On 1st-and-Goal, Bernard gained 5 yards to the Patriots 1.
On 2nd-and-Goal, Bernard was stuffed on for no gain. On 3rd-and-Goal, Dalton threw an incomplete pass bringing up 4th-and-Goal at the 1. The Patriots stuffed Bernard for no gain for a turnover on downs.
The Bengals raced 60 yards in just 7 plays, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dalton. The Patriots led at the halfway point. The Bengals took the opening possession of the 2nd half and rushed 80 yards in 9 plays, ending in Dalton throwing a five-yard touchdown pass to former Patriot, Brandon LaFell giving Cincinnati a lead.
Now trailing 14—12, the Patriots raced down the field on a yard drive, with Brady throwing for every yard, culminating in his 4-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski, putting the Patriots ahead 19—14 lead late in the third quarter.
After a Bengals three-and-out, the Patriots began to take over. Starting at their own 47, the Patriots went a lightning fast, 4 plays for yards with Brady finding White again on a 4-yard touchdown pass.
Gostkowski missed the PAT for a second game in a row, but the Patriots led 25— With a yard completion to Gronkowski on that drive, Brady completed his 5,th pass; the completion put Brady fourth in all-time quarterback completions  while Gronkowski also reached the 22nd game with at least receiving yards in his career, tying Jackie Smith for third all-time by a tight end.
The Bengals responded by driving yards to the Patriots 7, but could only settle for a yard field goal by Mike Nugent , making the deficit to one possession, early in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots countered again by slowly advancing yards in over 6 minutes with a yard Gostkowski field goal widening the lead to 28— The Patriots defense forced the Bengals to punt again on their next drive with Julian Edelman returning it 23 yards to midfield.
Two plays later the game was over. The Patriots improved to 5—1. In the game at Heinz Field , the Patriots faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers , who started their backup QB Landry Jones as their regular starter, Ben Roethlisberger , was out with a knee injury.
After a Steelers three-and-out, on the Patriots first offensive play, Brady hit Chris Hogan for a yard gain, but Hogan was stripped by Jarvis Jones , who recovered the ball at the Patriots The Steelers drove to the Patriots 16, but on 3rd-and-6, Landry Jones was intercepted in the end zone by Malcolm Butler on a pass intended for Antonio Brown.
Taking over at their own 20, the Patriots went on an yard marathon, taking 13 plays, with Brady finding James White on a yard touchdown pass.
The Steelers countered on their next drive. After a Patriot three-and-out, a bad punt by Ryan Allen gave the Steelers the ball at the Steelers Six plays later, Jones hit Heyward-Bey for a yard touchdown, but the play was nullified for a holding penalty on Chris Hubbard.
On the next play Jones threw an incompletion and Chris Boswell missed a yard field goal. The Patriots reached midfield on their next drive, but were forced to punt.
Allen pinned the Steelers at their own 6, but the Steelers challenged that the ball hit the end zone, and the ruling was reversed giving the Steelers the ball at the With the better field position, the Steelers drove 66 yards to the Patriots 14, and Boswell was good from 32 yards and the score was Patriots at halftime.
After a Patriots three-and-out, the Steelers drove to the Patriots 28 and Boswell made a yard field goal, trimming the score to just The Patriots countered, through, racing 75 yards in a mere 5 plays and Brady threw a yard laser to Gronkowski for a touchdown, increasing the lead to , but Gostkowski missed his second extra point of the season.
Justin Gilbert returned the ensuing kickoff 32 yards to the Steelers Aided by the pretty good field position, Pittsburgh responded by driving 42 yards to the Patriots 26, and Boswell kicked a yard field goal trimming the score to on the third play of the fourth quarter.
The Patriots countered again, racing 75 yards and Blount scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, increasing the lead to The Steelers were forced to punt on their next drive, but Edelman fumbled and the Steelers recovered at the Patriots The Steelers reached the 36, but Boswell missed a yard field goal, keeping the Patriots ahead Later in the fourth quarter, the Steelers drove to the Patriots 45, but turned the ball over on downs after Jones threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and Brady took a knee and the Patriots won the game.
With the win the Patriots improved to 6—1 and under Brady. In a rematch of their only loss so far this season, the Patriots faced the Buffalo Bills in a road game.
After taking the opening kick, the Bills raced 70 yards all the way to the Patriots 5, but the Patriots defense kept Buffalo out of the end zone, forcing them to kick a yard field goal.
The Patriots drained over half of the remainder of the first quarter, going 70 yards to score on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Amendola.
After a Bills three-and-out, the Patriots were given good field at the Bills An offensive pass interference penalty on Amendola moved the ball back to the Patriots 45, but a holding penalty on Robert Blanton of the Bills moved the ball to mid field.
A two-yard run by Blount and incomplete pass brought up a 3rd-and-8 from the Bills 48, and Brady hit Edelman with a yard bomb to the 1-yard line, but the gain was nullified on an ineligible man downfield penalty on Marcus Cannon moving the ball back to the Patriots Then Brady hit Hogan on a yard touchdown bomb, increasing the lead to Four possessions later, the Bills raced 59 yards in just 5 plays, scoring on a Mike Gillislee 3-yard touchdown rush.
After Amendola returned the ball 24 yards to the Patriots 21, the Patriots countered, using just four plays and Brady found Gronkowski on a yard touchdown, increasing the lead to The Bills raced 44 yards in 11 plays to the Patriots 31 on their ensuing possession, but Carpenter missed a yard field goal after it hit the upright.
Taking over at their own 39, a 6-yard pass to White, a yard pass to Amendola, and a 7-yard pass to Edelman led the Patriot to Bills 33 and Gostkowski kicked a yard field goal, giving the Patriots a lead at halftime.
Amendola kicked off the second half with fireworks, returning the kick 73 yards to the Bills Two plays later, Brady hit Edelman for a yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to The Patriots countered right back, engineering an play, yard drive with LeGarrette Blount chalking up a 1-yard touchdown run, increasing the lead to late in the third quarter.
Using Reggie Bush 35 yard kick return, the Bills drove 50 yards to the Patriots 10 in just 4 plays, but on the first play of the fourth quarter, a Taylor pass bounced off the fingertips of Charles Clay and the Bills turned the ball over on downs.
The Patriots put the game away on their next drive, marching yards in 13 plays, taking 7: The Bills drove 52 yards to the Patriots 32 on their next drive, but turned the ball over on downs when Robert Woods was tackled 1-yard short of the first down by Malcolm Butler.
After recovering the onside kick, the Patriots took a knee to win the game. Heading into their bye week,  the Patriots improved to 7—1, the best record in the league.
The Patriots marched 75 yards in 9 plays on their first drive of the game, with LeGarrette Blount scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run. The Seahawks reached the Patriots 8-yard line, but the Patriots red zone defense held them to a yard field goal by placekicker Steven Hauschka and the score was 7—3.
After a Patriots three-and-out, the Seahawks drove 66 yards in 10 plays, reaching the Patriots 13, but once again the Patriots kept them out of the end zone , and Hauschka kicked a yard field goal, trimming the deficit to 7—6.
On the second play of the Patriots next drive, Gronkowski seemed to fumble after being hit hard by safety Earl Thomas , but replay overturned it.
Two plays later, cornerback DeShawn Shead intercepted quarterback Tom Brady at the Seattle 22 and returned it 2 yards to the Seahawks Seattle countered as well, racing 58 yards in 8 plays, reaching the New England 5, but the Patriots red zone defense once more kept them out of the end zone, and Hauschka was good from 23 yards away, his fourth, retaking the lead for Seattle, 25— Kickoff returner Cyrus Jones fumbled the kick return, but safety Nate Ebner recovered, but two plays later, after a 5-yard gain, safety Kam Chancellor forced wide receiver Julian Edelman to fumble , with Richard Sherman returning the ball yards to the Patriots Eight plays later, Wilson capped off the yard drive with his touchdown pass to Baldwin, with a failed two point conversion, keeping the Patriots in the game 31— Facing a 3rd-and at their own 46, Brady hit Edelman on a yard bomb to the Seahawks After a 4-yard loss by Blount, Brady hit Gronkowski on a yard bomb to the Seahawks 2.
Very close to the end zone, Brady gained 1-yard on the sneak attempt. But on the very next play, Blount was stuffed for no gain, bringing up 3rd-and-Goal at the 1.
Brady tried to sneak again, but fumbled and recovered at the Seahawks 2. The Seahawks ran out the final seconds and won the game.
This would be the last loss of the Patriots season. The Seahawks improved to a record of 6—2—1. After a 49ers three-and-out, Amendola returned the punt 30 yards to the 49ers Six plays later, Brady hit Edelman on a 7-yard touchdown pass, but Gostkowski missed the extra point.
The 49ers drove all the way to the Patriots 6 on their next drive, but Hightower sacked Colin Kaepernick for a 9-yard loss on 3rd-down and they were forced to settle for a yard field goal by Phil Dawson.
Two possessions later, the 49ers raced 92 yards in just over four minutes, scoring on an yard touchdown catch by Vance McDonald , trimming the deficit to Three possessions later, Brady found Mitchell for a yard touchdown pass as Brady was falling down, capping off a yard drive, upping the lead to After a 49ers three-and-out, the Patriots kept pouring it on, driving all the way to the 49ers 20, and Gostkowski added a yard field goal, widening the lead to Amendola recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Patriots ran out the rest of the clock to end the game.
The Patriots improved to 8—2. Running back LeGarrette Blount had a big day as he rushed for a total of yards on 19 carries.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Jets marched 41 yards to the Patriots 33, finishing the drive with a yard field goal by Nick Folk. On the Patriots third possession of the game, Gronk came off to the sideline injured.
Later in the first quarter, the Jets marched 79 yards, converting a 3rd-and-9, with Ryan Fitzpatrick finding Brandon Marshall for a 1-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter, increasing the lead to The Patriots responded on their next drive, reaching the Jets 8, but after a 2-yard sack and an incompletion, Gostkowski kicked a yard field goal, trimming the deficit to On the second play of the Jets ensuing possession, Fitzpatrick connected with Robby Anderson for a yard gain, but Anderson was stripped by Malcolm Butler, who recovered at midfield.
The Patriots drove 50 yards, only facing one third-down, and scored on a 4-yard touchdown catch by Malcolm Mitchell. The Jets drove to the Patriots 36 on their next drive, but Folk missed a yard field goal attempt.
With great field position at their own 46, the Patriots drove 33 yards to the Jets 21, but Gostkowski missed a yarder, sending the game to halftime tied After a Jets three-and-out, the Patriots marched all the way to the Jets 11, but the Jets clamped down and forced a yard field goal by Gostkowski, giving the Patriots their first lead, After swapping punts, the Jets covered 73 yards, not facing a single third down, regaining the lead with Fitzpatrick throwing a yard pass to Quincy Enunwa with Down , the Patriots advanced to the Jets 22, but decided to kick a yard field goal, trimming the deficit to The Jets reached their own 27, but an intentional grounding penalty pushed them back, and they punted two plays later.
Starting at their own 17, Brady led a clutch, 9 play, yard drive. Facing a 4th-and-4 at the Jets 37, Brady completed three consecutive passes: A 3-yard run by Blount on 3rd-and-2 sealed the win for the Patriots.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 9—2 and clinched their 16th consecutive winning season. Tom Brady was making his st career start, tying John Elway for the 5th-most all-time.
The Patriots marched 80 yards right down the field on their opening possession, scoring on a yard burst by Blount. The next four possessions of the game were punts, but Butler intercepted Jared Goff on the last play of the first quarter and returned it 7 yards to the Rams It only took four plays from Brady to find Chris Hogan on a yard touchdown pass, increasing the Patriots lead to After the next three drives ended in punts, the Patriots marched 48 yards to the Rams 10, but as a sign of the Patriots soon-to-come red zone struggles, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal with 0: The Rams took a knee and the Patriots led at halftime.
The first two possessions of the second half were punts, but the Rams finally got on board late in the 3rd quarter.
After Pharoh Cooper returned a punt 6 yards to the Rams 45, the Rams drove to the Patriots yard line and Greg Zuerlein got the Rams on the scoreboard with a yard field goal.
The Patriots countered by driving to the Rams 30 with Gostkowski adding a yard field goal, increasing the lead to Kyle Van Noy intercepted Goff on the first play of the Rams next possession.
The Patriots only managed to reach the Rams 27, but Gostkowski added a yard field goal. Down , the Rams were still unable to move the ball and punted.
Once again the Patriots drove to the Rams 27 and another yard Gostkowski field goal increased the Patriots lead to Late in the game, Goff hit Kenny Britt for a yard gain to the Patriots 1-yard line.
Four plays later, they connected again on a 1-yard touchdown pass, trimming the score to , but only 1: The Patriots recovered the Rams onside kick attempt and ran out the clock to end the game.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 10—2, clinching their 14th consecutive win season. The defense dominated, holding the Rams to a paltry yards and just 10 points while forcing two turnovers.
Additionally, Tom Brady won his st career game, surpassing Peyton Manning for the most combined regular season and postseason victories by a quarterback in NFL history.
The defenses dominated the first three drives of the game, all ending in punts. Following that, the Patriots covering 74 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Blount, his 14th, which tied him with Curtis Martin who had 14 for the New England Patriots.
Aided by a yard completion to White, the Patriots raced 89 yards in just eight plays with Brady finding Mitchell on a 6-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to On the second plays of the Ravens next drive, McCourty intercepted Flacco at the Patriots 22 and returned it 40 yards to the Ravens 38, but official review ruled him down by contact at the Patriots Despite this, the Patriots reached the Ravens 1-yard line, but Eric Weddle intercepted Brady only his second interception of the season and returned it 14 yards to the Ravens Two possessions later, after Devin Hester returned a punt 12 yards to the Ravens 28, the Ravens reached the Patriots 28 and got on board with a yard Tucker field goal with 0: A 6-yard run by Blount on the drive game him 1, yards for the season.
However, the Ravens got back in the game with aide from the Patriots. Two plays later, Flacco connected with Darren Waller for a two-yard touchdown pass, trimming the deficit to Things got better for the Ravens with Matthew Slater fumbling the kick return and Shareece Wright recovering at the Patriots yard line.
Four plays later, Dixon caught a swing pass for an 8-yard touchdown, and all of a sudden the score was After three consecutive punts, the Ravens, aided by a yard catch by Breshad Perriman , reached the Patriots 12, but on 3rd-and-4 Flacco was sacked by Ninkovich for an 8-yard loss.
Tucker finished the drive with a yard field goal, trimming the deficit to with 6: On the first play of the Patriots next drive, Brady found Chris Hogan wide open for a yard touchdown, extending the Patriots lead to Yet, the Ravens were still in the game, driving to the Patriots yard line, Tucker hit a yard field goal, trimming the deficit to and giving the Ravens a chance.
On the Patriots next drive, the Ravens brought the game to a 4th-and-1 with 0: The Patriots posted their 10th all-time franchise victory against the Ravens.
Beginning at their own 24, the Patriots went were unable to get a first down causing them to punt. The Patriots began at the Denver Unfortunately for the Patriots, they were unable to get a first down and were forced to settle with a Stephen Gostkowski yard field goal for 3 points.
The Broncos began the ball on their own 25 on the next possession. They started off well with a yard run by Justin Forsett.
However, they were unable to get a first down. On the Patriots next drive, they began at their own On the beginning of the first play, an illegal formation was called on the Patriots forcing them to move back 5-yards.
Once again, they went three and out unable to acquire a first down. The Patriots punted and the Broncos began at their own They traveled yards in 8 plays and 2: The next Patriots drive would once again end in a punt but this time traveling 31 yards on 6 plays.
The Broncos received the punt at their own 7. This was the first play of the second quarter. They first play of the drive ending in a Tom Brady fumble in which Patriot offensive lineman Joe Thuney recovered.
The next 2 drives of both teams ended in punts. The Broncos received the ball once more and ended the first half with a run play.
The Broncos began with first possession in the beginning of the second half. On their first drive, they went three and out having to punt. Similarly, the Patriots also went three and out.
They went 11 plays for 61 yards in 5: The next 5 incoming drives all ended in punts. The next few points would come in another Gostkowski field goal at yards.
The next 2 drives would end in downs. McCourty stripped Jordan Norwood with a few seconds left to seal the win.
Despite just sixteen completions for yards Brady defeated the Broncos for only the third time at Denver and seventh time in his career  With the win, the Patriots improved to , and they clinched a first round bye for the playoffs and the AFC East title for the eighth straight season.
The Patriots dominated the game from start to finish as they blew out the Jets 41—3 to move to a 13—2 record.
The game began with a coin toss in which the Pats won and elected to kick. The Patriots wasted no time, needing just 8 plays to score on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Bennett, extending the lead to 10—0.
After both teams punted on their next possession, Khiry Robinson lost a fumble while being tackled by Elandon Roberts and Butler recovered for the Patriots.
The Jets finally moved the ball on their ensuing possession, but Nick Folk missed a yard field goal wide right. The pass was just out of the reach of linebacker David Harris , who was covering him.
After the first two drives of the second half ended in punts, the Patriots marched 63 yards in 13, lasting nearly 8 minutes to further their lead to 34—0 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Blount.
With Garoppolo replacing Brady, the Patriots continued rolling 8 plays later with another 1-yard touchdown run by Blount early in the fourth quarter.
With that touchdown his 17th of the season the lead increased to 41—0. After a Patriots punt, the Jets once again drove into Patriots territory, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Patriots proceeded to run out the clock to end the game. The Patriots improved to , and their defense shut down Fitzpatrick,  who had had a career day against the Patriots just four weeks earlier.
The Patriots forced four turnovers from the Jets, including three interceptions; one being made by Eric Rowe and another two which were made by Malcolm Butler, who also recovered a fumble.
Furthermore, head coach Bill Belichick recorded his th regular season victory with the Patriots; he became the fifth coach in NFL history to accomplish this feat with a single franchise.
The Patriots took the opening kickoff right down the field, marching 75 yards in 13 plays, taking seven-and-a-half minutes off the clock, to score on a two-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Bennett.
After a Dolphins three-and-out, starting at the Dolphins 45, the Patriots needed just five plays to score on a yard touchdown pass from Brady to Michael Floyd , who managed to get into the end zone while fighting through 4 defenders for his first touchdown as a Patriot.
Once again, the Dolphins offense remained lifeless and they punted. The Patriots scored again, driving from their own 10 all the way to the Dolphins 8, but the Miami defense stiffened, and the Patriots settled for a yard field goal by Gostkowski, increasing the Patriots lead to with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.
Develin returned the ensuing squib kick 15 yards to the Patriots 43 with 0: The Patriots drove to the Dolphins 34, but Gostkowski missed the yard field goal attempt wide-right, keeping the score at half time.
The Dolphins struck again, taking the opening possession 75 yards in 12 plays, with Moore bombing a yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills , trimming the deficit to just The Patriots countered, facing a 3rd-and-7 from the Patriots 23, Brady connected with Edelman on a quick-screen, aided by a huge block by Floyd, yards for a touchdown, widening the lead to Neither team scored for the remainder of the quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins drove all the way to the Patriots 9, but on 2nd-and-goal Damien Williams was stripped by McCourty with Shea McClellin returning it 69 yards to the Dolphins Six plays later, Blount scored on a 1-yard run with a successful two point conversion to give the Patriots a lead.
Neither team did anything for the remainder of the game and the Patriots won. With this win, the Patriots clinch home field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs.
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Belichick installierte sowohl in der Offense als auch in der Defense jeweils seine eigene Spielphilosophie: Die Patriots hatten in diesem Jahr vier statt der normalen drei Quarterbacks im Kader, da Belichick den an Position gedrafteten Tom Brady als vierten Quarterback aufbaute.
Die Saison startete schlecht, als der damalige Trainer der Quarterbacks an einem Kreislaufstillstand verstarb und Quarterback Drew Bledsoe im zweiten Spiel eine schwere innere Blutung erlitt.
Er musste durch Tom Brady ersetzt werden, der sich in der Preseason als Ersatzquarterback durchgesetzt hatte. Im dichten Schneefall wurde Brady beim Stand von Louis Rams brachen die Patriots bewusst mit der Tradition, dass beim Einlauf alle Spieler einzeln genannt wurden.
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