Some observations and highlights from the first quarter:
Devin McCourty returhed to action on Sunday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
New England got back Devin McCourty on Sunday, who had been out while recovering from a separated shoulder. ¬†He made a tackle on the Patriots first defensive series, registering a tackle on Colts receiver Pierre Garcon before Indianapolis eventually punted away the football thanks to a big 3rd down sack by Vince Wilfork.
The Patriots had a tough start in their first offensive series, with Kevin Faulk appearing to fumble away the ball on their sixth offensive snap of the game. ¬†However, replays showed that Faulk was already down before the ball came out, and New England retained possession.
From there New England went on to kick a 39-yard field goal, capping an 8 play 34-yard drive to give them a 3-0 lead with 9:30 to go in the first quarter.
On the second drive, the Colts managed to put together a 79 yard drive on 15 plays. ¬†Fans got to see newly added defensive back Nate Jones make a tackle, along with Matthew Slater getting some work at the safety spot.
The quarter ended with Indianapolis sitting at the Patriot 6 yard line, threatening to erase New England’s 3-0 lead.
– The Patriots finished the first quarter without scoring a touchdown for the sixth time in the last seven games. ¬†Their only touchdown during that span came last week during their win over Philadelphia.
– So far through one quarter Tom Brady is 2-of-3 passing for 22 yards and was sacked on their opening drive.
– BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn’t register a carry on their first possession, with Kevin Faulk carrying twice for a total of 5 yards.
– Wes Welker (1 catch 15 yards) and Aaron Hernandez (1 catch for 7 yards) are the only two players with a reception so far.
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