New England got the ball to start the third quarter, with Ryan Wendell remaining in at Center while Dan Connolly is still out with a groin injury.
Kyle Arrington made a big interception during the third quarter. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
The drive started with a screen pass to BenJarvus Green-Ellis that was good for 25-yards. Â From there the Patriots drove down the field, with the drive ending with a 19 yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. Â On the play Gronkowski was hit at the goal line and flipped in the air, but held his arm out over the pylon and the play counted. Â He was slow to get up, but still did his trademark spike after the play. Â That put New England up 17-3 with 10:22 left in the third quarter.
Julian Edelman then essentially provided the knockout blow after the Patriots defense forced a three and out, returning the punt 72 yards for the touchdown to put the Patriots up 24-3 with 9:24 to go in the quarter. Â It was Edelman’s second punt return for a touchdown of his career.
Kyle Arrington then killed Kansas City’s next drive, picking off Tyler Palko on a pass intended for Jonathan Baldwin. Â On the play the ball went off Baldwin’s hands and Arrington alertly snatched it out of the air.
New England then drove 50 yards on 8 plays, and finished with a 19-yard field goal to put them up 27-3 to close out the third quarter.
- At the end of the quarter, Tom Brady is 13-of-23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis has carried 16 times for 73 yards thus far (4.6avg).
- Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
- Wes Welker has yet to be targeted, and has been held without a catch through three quarters.