Opening KO: Maroney takes the ball at -1 yd deep.
-- The Wedge was Wendell and Baker
-- Faulk was the other KR who took up-man/lead blocker in Slater's place.
-- Buffalo let their outside contain man get too far inside where Aiken was blocking him leaving a nice big juicy opening around the left side of the field for Maroney. LoMo just blasted off at an angle and scooted across midfield while punishing the PK.
1st and 10 Buf 49: 3-wide, 2 R, TE up 2x2 on L
-- Buf 4-2 Nickel.
-- Pass off play action, Buffalo not biting on the fake.
-- Five step drop, Brady threw a dump-off at 3.5 Mississippi and was hit from behind by RDE Spencer Johnson after the release.
-- Taylor chipped Chris Kelsy, but Kaczur already had him stoned.
-- Neal and Koppen doubled the more explosive Kyle Williams, leaving Mankins to handle big John Stroud.
-- Baker had trouble releasing through the LOS and actually bumped Moss as he was drifting down the LOS from L slot (I don't think that affected the timing much).
-- Moss dropped the dump-off pass, incomplete - Posluszney was on top of him, but Moss had the wheels to beat him, FS Brian Scott was about 12 yds deep trying to shadow Moss. There was a crisscross/rub under the LBs.
2nd and 10: Moss R, 2 TE L, I form.
-- Buf 4-3, S/RCB 2x2 outside the OLBs
-- Watson motions to 1x1 RT, CB trailing.
-- Outside zone R, Buf stretched it out but got no penetration, Posluszney dragged down Taylor as he crossed the LOS. 3 yds.
3rd and 8: 3-wide L, TE R, shotgun.
-- 4-2 Nickel, Man.
-- Moss motion L-R, Buf fakes a slot CB blitz, Brady shifts Faulk to L
-- Brady threw on 3 Mississippi to Faulk underneath (Posluszney) 3 in. shy of the first down.
4th and 1: I form (Morris FB), Maroney, 3 TE 2-R, Light-L, Vollmer LT
-- Buf 4-3, 10 men in the box.
-- Monkeys and footballs, sheesh.
-- SS beat Light to outside, instead of leaving him to FB, he chased and didn't seal the edge.
-- RDE Schobel beat Vollmer outside, if Light had doubled him he'd have sealed the edge, Morris would have kicked out Whitner, and Maroney would have beaten the interior pursuit for the 1st. First game brainfart for Light, Vollmer met NFL speed/power, Maroney met white jerseys. Over on downs.
13:33 1st Qtr
1st and 10 Buf 40: Buf 2-wide, 2 TE L
-- NE 3-4, CBs soft
-- 3-step drop, Thomas read it and jumped into the throwing lane to bat down the ball.
-- Warren drove the RG into Edwards and while being tackled by the G (after the ball was dead) grabbed a piece of Edwards jersey to pull him down with them.
-- Starters: Warren - Wilfork - Green; Thomas - Mayo - Guyton - Banta-Cain; Wilhite - Bodden; Sanders - Meriweather.
2nd and 10: Buf 2-wide, 2 TE L
-- NE 6-1 (OLB up, but on the LOS outside the DL), CBs soft. TBC - Warren - Wilfork - Green; Thomas - Mayo - Guyton; DBs same.
-- Buf audibles; run L, Guyton doubled, but he held up the TEs, Meriweather shot the gap and was taken inside by the WR to spring the RB, Bodden came up and made the tackle. 3 yds
-- It was an outside zone, but Guyton occupying both TEs kept things tight so the RB had to take it outside with no creases developing inside (closed by Green & Wilfork).
3rd and 7: Buf 3-wide, 2 R, TE L shotgun
-- NE 4-2 Nickel, Mayo and Thomas showing blitz, press-Man, Cover-2. Burgess/TBC DE, Warren/Wilfork DT, Springs NB moves Wilhite inside.
-- 4-man rush, Thomas man on TE, Mayo man on RB
-- Reed (slot) had the first down trailed by Wilhite with Meriweather over top supplying a big hit. Reed did not like the hit stick, but he held on.
-- Penalty, illegal formation Buf -5 yds.
3rd and 12: Buf 3-wide, 2 L, TE R, shotgun
-- NE 4-2 Nickel, press-Man, Cover-2. Same players.
-- 3-man rush (Burgess forced Edwards to step up).
-- TBC trailed RB coming underneath, dropped pass prevented 1st down, incomplete.
-- Adalius and Mayo dropped about 15 yds deep undercutting Buffalo receivers, only the dump-off was open.
4th and 12: Punt. 55 yds.
-- Welker from the NE 7, downed at the 17 10 yds.
-- Bodden as solo blocker and Springs/Chung double-team kept the Buffalo Gunners away from the action, the second wave made the tackle.
12:14 1st Qtr.
1st and 10 NE 17: 3-wide, 2 R, TE L, shotgun
-- 4-2 Nickel, press-man on Moss.
-- Outside zone R, Maroney took the cutback lane as Kyle Williams beat Mankins outside, Light sealed Mitchell inside, and Baker sealed Schobel backside.
-- Maroney with a nice stiff arm on FS Brian Scott, Moss' man came off the block to make the tackle as LoMo crossed the line to gain. 11 yds.
-- Jaws called it a draw, but it looked like outside zone blocking on a shotgun handoff.
1st and 10: NE 2-wide, shotgun, TE R, 2 RB-T form
-- Buf 4-2 Nickel, CBs soft.
-- Morris motioned wide R for 3-wide, 2 R
-- Another crisscross/rub underneath using Watson and Maroney, the Buf LBs sat on it and Maroney only got 2 yds as he was quickly wrapped up by Posluszney.
2nd and 8: False start - Koppen, I'm not even sure the formation was set? - 5yds.
2nd and 13: NE 4-wide, shotgun - Maroney motions wide R for 5-wide.
-- Buf: 4-2 Nickel, man-free
-- Yet another crisscross/rub underneath this time using Baker and Welker. Welker just dropped it. Nice job by the OL picking up the DL stunt on the L-side.
3rd and 13: NE 3-wide, 2 R, TE R
-- Buf: 4-2 Nickel, DBs soft.
-- Baker stayed in to block and handled Maybin at LDE all by himself with Kaczur shadowing. Light rode Schobel past Brady.
-- Brady threw on 3.5 Mississippi off a play action fake and 7-step drop to Moss on a comeback to the left sideline. 20 yds.
1st and 10 NE 45: NE 2-wide R, 2 TE L, shotgun, Maroney motions L for 3-wide.
-- Buf: 4-3, CBs soft.
-- Brady overthrew Maroney.
-- Penalty - defensive holding against the TE, +5 yds, automatic 1st down.
1st and 10 midfield: NE Moss L, 3-TE R, Vollmer to LT, Light TE
-- Buf: 6-1, 9 in the box.
-- Man blocking, Maroney started right and cutback to a wide lane left for 8 yds.
2nd and 2 Buf 42: NE 3-wide, 2 R, 2 RB-T form, Maroney motions to L slot.
-- Buf: 4-2 Nickel, FS in the box, Posluszney showing blitz, press-Man-Free.
-- Buf blitzed the NB from the R slot and ran a twist stunt with the LDE/LDT which Neal failed to pick up.
-- Light got Schobel's hands down with a cut block, but Brady went R trying to touch pass the ball over the leaping NB and just off Faulk's finger tips. Incomplete.
3rd and 2: NE 2-wide, Moss R, Welker Slot-L, 2 TE L, Watson started motion inside just before the snap.
-- Buf: 4-3 over, 3-Safety, SS in the box, CB soft over Moss.
-- Buf slanted in on the weak side trying to penetrate and pull down Maroney from behind. Kaczur chipped the DE and left him for Neal who took him where he wanted to go. Kac went out and clobbered the SS. Koppen and Mankins Combo-ed the NT, Mankins released and blocked the MLB. Light blocked the 3-tech, Baker stood up the RDE. Welker went upfield and blocked the FS. Watson came across the formation and kicked out the WLB, and Maroney followed Kaczur into the secondary off Neal and Watson's blocks. The only people not blocking were Brady and Moss - and Moss just didn't get inside the LCB to be able to screen him. Be-a-yutiful blocking. 10 yds.
1st and 10 Buf 32: Damned camera angle!
NE Bunched trio R 2 TE-Moss, there must have been a WR L.
-- Buf: Looks like a 3-3 Nickel (LDE is standing up like a LB over the bunch).
-- Neal was a maniac! Plus great blocks by Watson, Baker, and Moss. Watson and Moss Combo-ed the LDE, then Watson released to block the SS. Baker "whammed" inside to pancake the RLB. Neal pushed the LDT out for Kaczur, released, then pancaked the LLB, then headed upfield and decked the FS.
-- The bad part was Taylor bounced off Neal's back before he headed out for the FS and that redirected him into the LDT fighting to get off Kac's block. If he'd been a step more patient he'd have followed Neal out to pay dirt. 5 yds.
2nd and 5 Buf 27: NE 4-wide, 3 R, shotgun.
-- Buf: 4-2 Nickel, press-man on Moss.
-- Welker motions to a bunch duo L for a WR screen. Well read by NB Reggie Corner who wrapped him up in the backfield and held him to a 1 yd gain.
3rd and 4: NE bunch trio R, TE L, shotgun.
-- Buf: 4-2 Nickel
-- Draw to Faulk. It looks like RDT Kyle Williams may have held Mankins up when he tried to release of the combo block, Mankins was falling as if he had been pulling and was "let go" so he didn't get a clean hit on the RLB and the LLB joined them to form a big plug in Faulk's hole. 2 yds.
4th and 2 Buf 24: FG 41 yds, missed wide right.