Patriots vs. Packers - First Quarter Recap

Ian Logue
December 19, 2010 at 10:11pm ET

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It’s been an interesting start to Sunday night’s game against the Packers at Gillette Stadium.  They caught New England off guard after they started off the game electing to defer to start the game, and instead they tried an onside kick and recovered the football.  Backup QB  Matt Flynn started the game in place of Aaron Rodgers, and after the play he led them on an 11-play 40-yard drive, lasting 6:15 which ended with a field goal to give Green Bay a 3-0 lead.  He’s the first backup QB to start for the Packers since 1992. 

New England answered on their first possession, with Rob Gronkowski and Deion Branch coming up with a couple of big catches which helped set up a 33-yard touchdown run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis to put them up 7-3.  It was the longest run of Green-Ellis’ career, and is the 2nd longest run allowed by the Packers this year.

Some things worth noting: Devin McCourty did start the game, while Fred Taylor was listed among the inactives.  Other players out were Taylor Price, Thomas Clayton, Rich Ohrnberger, Mark LeVoir, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace & Mike Wright.

The Patriots did suffer an injury in the first quarter, with DE Brandon Deaderick leaving the game with a shoulder injury. He’s currently listed as “questionable” to return.

Through one quarter Tom Brady is 4-of-8 for 55-yards, and has had some pressure put on him, including one sack.