By: Ian Logue
Some highlights from the final quarter:
The Patriots had an early scare, with Kyle Arrington suffering an arm injury early in the quarter after making a tackle. He left the field after the play, but appeared to be O.K. and was later seen back on the field. That’s obviously good news considering the number of injuries they’re dealing with in the defensive backfield.
Matt Light was injured in the fourth quarter and was reportedly getting X-Rays after the game after suffering what is believed to be an ankle injury. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
Philip Adams then ended Kansas City’s next drive, which was a 10-play 69 yard drive that took them all the way down to the Patriots 13-yard line. On the play Adams picked off Tyler Palko in the endzone, which was another dagger to the Chiefs offense and Palko’s third interception of the night.
Wes Welker finally got his first reception of the night late in the final quarter of play, which came at about the 6:00 mark. That extended his streak to 88 straight games with a reception. It went for 6 yards. The only downside was that it came at the expense of Matt Light, who had Tamba Hali roll up on his right ankle. Light was seen on the sideline being attended to by trainers.
The good news was that to start that drive, Marcus Cannon got his first snaps of the season. Cannon’s obviously an amazing story after beating cancer and working his way onto the field. Shane Vereen also saw action, spelling BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who finished the night with 20 carries for 81 yards.
Vereen put the exclamation point on the game with his first career NFL touchdown, taking it in from 4 yards out with a minute to go to put them up 34-3, which would be the final score.
Some final numbers:
– Tom Brady: 15-of-27 for 234 yards, 2 TD’s 0 INT (QB Rating 109.2)
– Tyler Palko: 25-of-38 for 236 yards, 0 TD’s, 3 INT’s (QB Rating 49.9)
– BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 20 carries, 81 yards
– Shane Vereen: 8 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD
– Rob Gronkowski: 4 catches, 96 yards, 2 TD’s
– Aaron Hernandez: 4 catches, 44 yards