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4/5/2007 Note: Don't mind this thread, just getting some stuff from 2005 online.
Kickoff: Johnson 29 yd. return from the NE 12 to the NE 41
Bethel brings it up the middle, breaks a few tackles while bursting into the 2nd layer of kick coverage before getting wrapped up by a few Bills.
Offensive Series #1 Punt
Time: 15:00 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 3 plays, -7 yards, time of possession was 1:42
1st and 10 NE 41
Result: Run, Dillon, left tackle, -1 yd.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens wide left, Brown right slot, Branch wide right, Fauria TE down off LT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs 5 yards off the line, CBs 5-10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Fauria gets a nice block on a DE, pushing him inside towards the C and away from the play Ashworth gets a block on the LB on the far side of the field from the play Mankins drives a DT towards the other side of the field Hochstein struggles with a DT at first, with back bent backwards, but regains control and pushes the DT to the ground away from the run Neal pulls behind Mankinsand picks up a LB coming in, getting the LB away just in time as Corey comes up from behind Gorin is actually initially beat off the edge by the DE, but once the run is spotted, the DE comes back and tries to follow the play, where Gorinquickly stops him, although the DE eventually broke free and ran over to the tackle Givens trots in stride with Clements towards the run, where Givensinitiates the block but slightly over pursues, allowing Clements to push Givens’ back down from behind and break free. However, the linebacker that Nealcovered squirmed around a bit and forced Corey to make a spin move outside, bumping into Givensin the process and giving Clements more opportunity to break free. Clements would make the lead tackle on Dillonon the edge with both safeties and the DE who broke free from Gorinjust steps behind.
Analysis: The blocking by Givens and in part Neal were the downfall of this play, with Givens overpursuing and having to turn back towards Clements quickly. Since Givens had to plant a foot to turn around, his head went down in an effort to quickly get back to Clements, and Clements was able to just push Givens a tad as Dillon made his spin move straight into Givens. Neal’s block was shaky as well on the LB, who wasn’t able to tackle Dillon but did push around Neal on the ground, initiating Dillon’s spin move. With 4 uncovered tacklers coming at him, Dillon obviously had no chance to break away and let Clements take him down for the loss of 1. The Givens and Neal mishaps were difficult to describe – sorry if I confused you!
2nd and 11 NE 40
Result: Pass, SACKED, Brady by Schobel, -1 yd.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens wide left, Fauria right slot, Branch wide right, Watson TE down off LT, Dillon lone RB offset right behind RT.
Defense: 4-3, 2 LBs show blitz but back off just before the snap, all 3 CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth slides and rides a DE outside, but a DT gets ahead of Mankins, with the DT pushingAshworthfrom the side. From there, Ashworthhas been pushed downfield and out of place, and Schobel takes the chance to wrap up a scrambling Brady from behind. Ashworthmight have had a slim chance, but that was terminated as soon as he tripped over Mankinsand the DT on the ground Mankins plays a DT inside too much off the snap and is beaten outside, where he chases the DT, who is now pushing Ashworthwho is already engaged in a block. Just as the DT is making the small push with outstretched arms, Mankinscomes from behind and levels the DT to the ground Hochstein initially slides behind Mankinsbut will quickly break off and turn back right where he is in the right place in the right time to pick up the other DT from Neal, who is trying to break free with a spin move. Hochsteinwill for the most part sustain this block ahead of Brady’s scramble, although the DT was already heading there as containment Neal has a pretty good backside block on a DT, and controls a spin move, for the most part, before Hochsteintakes over Gorin will ride the other DE outside but Dilloncomes out and hits this DE from the side, disrupting Gorin’s block and causing Gorinto be off-balance for a moment. The DE will hit a wobbly Gorinjust once before pressuring Brady from the side and causing the scramble where Schobel quickly wraps up Brady from the other side.
Coverage: Dillon comes up and hits the DE on Gorinquickly before wrapping around behind the line in a route Watson runs what looks to be a flag pattern towards the near sideline Givens runs up the near sideline Fauria and Branch don’t cut inside, within 5 yards (camera view).
Analysis: Mankins looked altogether too aggressive on this play, panicking when his man broke free and started to hit Ashworth, almost causing a spout of anger where Mankins just leveled the rusher. This allowed Schobel to break free, although he made a sack on an already scrambling Brady. This was due to the fact that Dillon for whatever reason, turned the corner by giving Gorin’s man a little shove, totally disrupting what was a good block by Gorin, and allowing the DE to break off and pressure Brady into the scramble. Not good line play at all, especially from a mere 4-man rush.
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Result: Pass, Davis, Incomplete, 25 yard out.
Offense: Shotgun 3 WR, Givens slot left, Branch and Davis slot right stacked, Fauria TE standing left wing, Dillon RB to left of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, DL in DE-DT-DE-DT formation, OLB over left wing showing blitz, SS over left tackle at line showing blitz, LB runs in on the snap over right wing in a blitz, coverage 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Fauria was looking to block either the OLB or SS who were showing blitz, but as neither did, Fauriastood idle on the edge and gave the stunting DT (actually a DE playing as a DT) to Dillon, who was to Faurialeft in the backfield Ashworth helps jam the DE in towards the other side of the line before breaking off and following that stunting DT, and Ashworthhits him right next to Brady, to Bradyís left, possibly leveling the DT and possibly, but not definitely forcing a hasty throw from Brady Mankins helps jam the defensive line over towards the Gorin/Nealend Hochstein tries to get a shoulder on a delayed blitzer who came in behind the LB right wing blitzer, but did this in vein, although it was a very incidental occurrence, with basically a huge mass of blockers and rushers to Bradyís right, with no real 1v1 blocking Neal holds a DE fairly well but will get pushed around by the said mass of blockers and rushers Gorin will pick up the blitzing LB on the edge and push him into said blitz containment mass Dillon slides behind the line and picks up the stunting DT that Fauriadidnít bother to pick up. Dillonwill lower his shoulder into the rusher but will get absolutely manhandled, with the DT just pushing Dillonaside with ease. Ashworthwould pick up this free DT at the last possible second before a sack.
Coverage: Givens takes a 20 yard cut inside but the TV view doesnít allow for really any view of coverage from behind, although it was clear Givens had no coverage in front of him on the cut inside Branch takes a 10 yard hook along the sidelines and has a single coverage man right on his back Davistakes a 25 yard out breaking towards the far sideline and gets a perfect Brady strike right to his chest, but on a perfectly timed play by his coverman, Terrence McGee, an arm wrapped around and forcefully knocked the ball away from Davisí chest at the perfect moment to send it bouncing away.
Analysis: On the blocking, there was great blitz containment on the right side of the line, basically just jamming as many rushers into each other to force commotion and allow Brady time to throw. However, Fauria wasnít quick enough to slide and pick up a stunting rusher, and Dillon was unusually manhandled. Fortunately, Ashworth saw the play in his peripheral vision and got that free man away from Brady, allowing time for a perfect pass by Brady. Looking at the coverage, it looks like there were 4 defensive backs plus a linebacker in coverage, with the safety Vincent playing deep right behind Davisí route, Milloy on Givens (possibly), a DB (possibly) on Branch, and the lone LB (probably) floating around behind the line. It looks like Brady could have lead Givens with a pass, but Davis was also in single coverage with a 10 yard longer route. But what it boils down to was a great defensive play made by McGee, with Davis and Brady unable to do anything about it.
4th and 12 NE 39
Result: PENALTY on NE-J.Miller, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at NE 39 - No Play
Offense: Punt formation
Notes: Izzo, as the special teams captain, was behind the line barking out signals and had just settled back into place as the time expired. An unexpected return formation from Buffalo could have possibly been the cause. 4th and 17 NE 34
Result: Punt, Miller, to the Buf 25, Parrish gets the punt right at the sideline and is tripped up by Stone very quickly before Izzo finishes him off, 41 yd. punt,2 yd. return.
Time: 13:18 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 3 plays, 0 yards, time of possession was 1:10
1st and 10 Buf 27
Result: Run, McGahee, left guard, 0 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, one left, one right, 2 TE, one down off LT, one down left wing.
Defense: 3-4, McGinest and Colvin showing blitz, 2 CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: Warrenwill rush the edge and seeing the run to the other side of the line will work his way towards the center of the field, but the RT wonít let him get there. Warren will eventually break free, but after the tackle is made Wilfork doesnít get much penetration on the C off the snap, but will slide off the block as McGahee gets the initial hit, where Wilfork will help push around the tackle pile to ensure there is no gain on the play Seymour is double teamed off the snap by the LT and the inside TE, but holds his ground with a surfboard/surfer position before pushing one of his blockers into McGahee coming into the line, where Seymour breaks off and finishes dragging McGahee down McGinest wonít blitz and will slide behind the line where heís blocked by the RG coming out Ė wonít factor in play. Vrabel slides behind Bruschi and will be engaged by the LG who keeps Vrabel at bay for a moment, but Vrabel will shed the block and check to make sure McGahee is down Bruschi stutters behind the line for a moment watching for blocks before coming towards the run, where he has to spin to elude the C, who is struggling to contain Wilfork. Bruschi will then help push the McGahee and his blockers towards Seymour for the tackle Colvin will get pushed slightly downfield with a strong block from the outside TE Stone comes up and is blocked by the LWR just next to the tackle Hobbs is free and waits behind the play incase McGahee breaks loose.
Analysis: This play demonstrated pure dominance on Seymourís part, just an immovable object at the line that translated into the tackle. The shedding of blocks by Wilfork and Bruschi helped out.
2nd and 10 Buf 27
Result: Pass, Parrish, Incomplete, 10 yard out.
Offense: Shotgun 5 WR, 2 left, McGahee in left slot, 3 right, TE in right slot, WR (Parrish) on right wing.
Defense: 3-4, Seymour playing yards outside of the LT, McGinest on the TE in the right slot, Colvin on McGahee in the left slot, Bruschi shading towards the side with the
3 WR, Vrabel playing almost as a safety, 10 yards off the line straight over center.
Blocking: Warren stunts behind Wilfork but hits the LG, so Warren turns back and follows Losman scrambling away from Seymour about 10 yards downfield (from the scramble) Wilfork is double teamed by the RG and C before breaking off to follow Losmanís scramble about 10 yards downfield of it Seymourbursts off the edge and gets wide enough of the LT so the LT is no longer in between Seymour and the QB. Unfortunately for Sey, the LT gets just enough push for that Seymour is too far behind Losman, buying time for a scramble. This added time allows Losman to throw the ball instead of being sacked, although Seymour slams the young QB to the ground just after the throw.
Coverage: McGinest jostles with the TE in the right slot at the line before releasing him to the deep coverage Colvin jostles McGahee in the left slot at the line before McGahee breaks free and takes a short hook pattern, where Colvin knocks McGahee around some more as Losman scrambles Bruschi hits Parrish on the hinge of the out route, but will release him to McGinest, who releases Parrish to Samuel, a chain of releases following Losmanís scramble Samuel bumps around the wide right receiver Evans at the line before floating around watching Losmanís scramble. Samuel will come up and smashes Parrish to the ground just barely out of bounds, a play which could have possibly been unnecessary roughness Hobbs stays with his man down the far sideline Vrabel keeps watch on Losman behind a hole that could have been exploited by Losman on a sneak because of Seymourís rush. But it was Seymourís rush that kept Losman from exploiting the hole, as he ran towards the heavily covered side of the field.
Analysis: Another great play by Seymour here. The offensive didnít display too much wit pitting a lone offensive lineman on Seymour in a wide-open, blindside edge. Excellent zone coverage on the side of the field where Losman was forced to throw.
3rd and 10 Buf 27
Result: Pass, Reed, Incomplete, 15 yard out.
Offense: Shotgun 4 WR, 2 left, 2 right, Shaud Williams RB to left of Losman in the shotgun.
Defense: 3-3-5 nickel, McGinest and Green at DE, Seymour at NT, Vrabel showing blitz right wing, Colvin showing blitz over center, Bruschi set for coverage over left slot receiver, all coverage, including 5th DB Sanders 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Vrabel gets a great burst off the right edge and faces minimal, half-hearted resistance from the pulling RG before chasing down Losman and tripping him up on the far hash marks. Losman will regain his footing and face more resistance before throwing McGinest stunts around Green but gets caught up in the Seymour/Colvin rush and is picked up by the LG and LT Seymour tries the C outside towards the near sideline but is pushed away from the play as Vrabel is chasing Losman out of the pocket Colvin initially is engaged by the LG but breaks off just as McGinest stunts into the LG, freeing Colvin to follow the scramble and pressure Losman into making the poor throw, before slamming Losman to the turf after the throw Green stunts the LT inside and is freed when McGinest makes his stunt. Green is free in the Buffalo backfield but Vrabel has already flushed Losman out Bruschi is engaged by the RB on the edge but spins off the block on the scramble and helps Colvin pressure Losman into the poor throw.
Coverage: Sanders is playing behind the linebackers and follows the scramble, pressuring Losman alongside Bruschi and Colvin forcing the poor throw Wilson and Poteat are playing in 15 yard zones in the middle of the field, and pick up crossing patterns from the wide left receiver and the right slot receiver Hobbs follows Reedís out tightly towards the sideline and thereís no need to make any play as the forced poor throw sails wide Ďní high of the receiver into the bench area.
Analysis: Great example on mixing up of fronts by the Pats, with McGinest freeing Green and Colvin, Seymour taking up space, and Vrabel facing light single blocking to get to Losman and flush him out. Bruschi breaks off his block, and is accompanied by the quick Sanders and freed Colvin to force Losman to throw a wide and high pass to Reed, who was tightly covered by Hobbs. Even with Poteat and Sanders and Hobbs in there, itís clear this Patriots defense can still function, and at a high level.
4th and 10 Buf 27
Result: Punt, Moorman, to the NE 22, Dwight evades one tackler before slipping on the wet turf, 51 yd. punt, 14 yd. return.
Note: Throughout the game, the Pats would play Dwight as the deep punt returner and Brown as the short, just in case the snowy weather were to knock down any punts to the short man, Brown. This would happen once or twice in the game.
Time: 12:08 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 3 plays, 1 yard, time of possession was 1:30
1st and 10 NE 36
Result: Pass, Dillon, screen right, 5 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens wide left, Branch wide right, Watson right slot (came in motion from left wing), Fauria TE down off RT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LB over Watson in the slot, CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth attempts the chop on the DE playing wide, but it will fall short and the DE just has to scoot out of the way and has to free path to Brady, but the screen pass into the flats didnít give the DE time to get to Brady, but Mankins had noticed and knocked the DE behind Brady just after the throw Mankins lightly gives a DT to Hochstein before noticing the free DE on the edge and running back to hit him behind Brady and after the throw Hochstein handles a DT pretty well, despite looking to lose control for a moment or two Nealís man, the other DT, is able to break outside of Neal and push him into the backfield, but Bradyís throw comes quick enough for this is not a factor Gorin tries to chop the other DE on the edge but the DE keeps solid footing the whole time. Although, the screen pass comes straight over this DEís head, and the DE is too far away to make a play since he had to evade Gorinís chop. The DE will chase the play but is unable to make a tackle Watson comes out and is seen driving his LB coverage man to the ground wide of Dillonís run-after-catch Fauria comes out and follows the SS Milloy downfield from the play Givens and Branch are downfield from the play, Givens on the other side of the field as well
Analysis: Dillonís release into the flats and subsequent screen pass was probably scripted, as opposed to forced by pressure or good coverage. Watson made a good block on one LB, but for some reason, Fauria was assigned (probably) to block Milloy downfield of the play, instead of the two free LBs. One, Fletcher, would follow the play and make the tackle on Dillon along the sidelines after the 5 yard run-after-catch, and another, Crowell, wouldnít be far behind, along with DE Kelsay, who followed the play from behind after an unsuccessful chop block by Gorin. The play wasnít perfect, but 5 yards isnít too bad.
2nd and 5 NE 41
Result: Run, Dillon, right tackle, -4 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens wide left, Brown left slot, Branch wide right, Watson TE down off LT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, 2 LBs shaded weak side and somewhat showing blitz, Milloy in the box strong side over Watson, all 3 CBs playing at the ďyellowĒ first down line.
Blocking: Watson tries to drive the DE inside and downfield, but overpursues and has to turn around and try to block the DE from behind heading towards the play, but the tackle is being made before even the DE can get over there Ashworth drives a DT inside and downfield Mankins comes out and drives the LB on the strong side (away from the run) downfield Hochstein gets the other DT off the snap but is pushed to the ground, although the DT is still at the line of scrimmage and away from the play Neal canít contain the other LB blitzing straight at him and blows the block, with the LB wrapping up Dillon behind the line. Neal wasnít square to the line and was angled as to provide an opening for the blitzer to push Neal aside like a Saloon door Gorin canít contain the DE on the edge long enough, and just as the LB blitzer breaks free, the DE does as well, with the duo converging on Dillon deep in the backfield
Analysis: Great blocks by Watson, Ashworth, and Mankins were negated by a single poor play by Neal. All it took was the blitzing LB to blaze right through with minimal resistance, and a supplementary rusher from the edge to ensure the tackle for a loss.
3rd and 9 NE 37
Result: Pass, Watson, Incomplete, 10 yard post.
Offense: Shotgun 3 WR, Given wide left, Brown left slot, Branch wide right, Watson TE left wing standing, Faulk RB to right of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, DL with 3 DEís but in a regular formation, LB showing blitz over right wing, Milloy in box showing blitz over left guard, CB pressure coverage over Branch but CBs over Givens and Brown 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth slides outside with the DE and picks him up just to the left of Brady, with Ashworth holding the block tight Mankins comes inside and follows a DT from behind as the DT tries to break into the backfield, but with a fairly quick throw only a hand in the air by the DT can be mustered running into traffic Hochstein is pushed into the backfield by a DT (actually a DE) but recovers and holds his ground from there far away from Brady Neal is faced with a stunting rusher and loses ground, getting pushed right into Bradyís face just before the throw Gorin rides a blitzing LB wide of Brady Faulk comes up and picks up another blitzing LB without losing ground
Coverage: Watson gets a step on Milloy going downfield on the post, but the throw comes in too short and too low, allowing Milloy to take advantage of his position and break up the pass Givens takes an in route at about 10 yards Brown takes an out route at about 5 yards Branch goes deep beyond Watson
Analysis: While there was a lot of bodies and arms flailing just in front of Brady, there was no imminent pressure that really forced this poor throw. If Brady had put more under it to take advantage of Watsonís position beyond Milloy, Troy Vincent was floating between Watsonís and Branchís routes and it would have been a risky pass requiring the threading of a needle. Good coverage though, on the Billsí part.
4th and 9 NE 37
Result: Punt, Miller, to the Buf 32, the shanked punt comes underneath the return man and is downed by Izzo, 31 yd. punt, 0 yd. return.
Time: 10:38 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 4 plays, 46 yards, time of possession was 1:32
1st and 10 Buf 27
Result: Pass, Evans, sideline fly, 58 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, one wide left, one right slot (Evans, came in motion from left slot), 2 TE, one down off LT one down off RT, lone RB.
Defense: 3-4, CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: LG pulls right Warren is double teamed by a TE and RT and doesnít get any penetration until the throw Wilfork is double teamed by the RG and C and doesnít get any penetration Seymour is double teamed by the LT and a TE and canít get any penetration on Losman, who has already rolled out to the other side of the field McGinest has no blocker as the TE goes inside, but the LG pulls and is waiting for McGinest, who rather elects to slide back inside as the pass is thrown Bruschi tries to spin through the line but canít in time
Coverage: Colvin drops back into a short zone Vrabel takes off running deep down the middle of the field in a zone Hobbs and Wilson follow the other WR tight in a post pattern across the middle Samuel stays with Evans most of the way up the sideline with a lot of hand-jostling, but Evans will break loose with a quick burst right as the perfectly thrown loft pass comes in Stone doesnít come over to the play until just before Evans catches it, where Stone makes the tackle from behind
Analysis: This is one of the minimal times where Losman can hurt you. Without any pressure and only 2 receivers, both going deep, a loft pass with speedy receivers can be deadly. Evans showed that last little burst and Samuel just couldnít catch up to it. Great pass, great WR speed = not too much a corner playing 1v1 man basically the entire time can do.
1st and 10 NE 10
Result: PENALTY on BUF-M.Gandy, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at NE 10 - No Play.
1st and 15 NE 15
Result: Run, McGahee, left tackle-to-right guard counter, -2 yds.
Offense: 2 WR left, TE down off RT, FB weak side.
Defense: 3-4, Colvin showing blitz, CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: McGinest is blocked off the edge initially by the TE before breaking off as the run countered to the right side, where McGinest grabbed hold of McGaheeís shoulder pad but tripped over Wilfork on the ground and lost grip, although McGahee would be wrapped up a moment later Warren scorches the RT outside and gets behind the run, but on the counter-action right, Warren is left out of position away from the play Wilfork beats the RG outside as the run comes to the right, and Wilfork dives for McGaheeís feet but canít wrap him up in the backfield Seymour is double teamed off the snap by the LG and LT, but the LT will release and Seymour breaks loose of the LG on the counter-action right, and will follow the play and help on the tackle for a loss Colvin gives a shoulder to the FB but will be blocked after that Bruschi bobs around behind the line and doesnít allow the disoriented C to block him as Bruschi follows the run and helps out a little with the tackle Vrabel is pushed downfield by the LT Samuel beats the slot WR Aiken inside but is dragged from behind by the jersey and then pushed to the ground long after McGahee was down, on two pretty blatant uncalled penalties Stone flies in on the counter-action and trips up McGahee after McGinest and before Seymour makes the finishing blow
Analysis: McGahee first had to evade Warren in the backfield which allowed a once-open hole on the left side to close and forced McGahee to pull it back right, where blocks failed and the tackle was made. Borderline incidental was what I believe are two uncalled penalties on #89 WR Aiken, who got beat by Samuel on the left edge and committed what looked to be a holding penalty and then an unnecessary roughness, late hit penalty. Samuel was trailing just behind McGahee as well before the hold.
2nd and 17 NE 17
Result: Pass, Aiken, Incomplete, 10 yard post, overthrown.
Offense: 3 WR, 2 left, 1 right slot, TE down off RT, lone RB.
Defense: 3-3-5 nickel, McGinest-Seymour-Green line, Vrabel right wing showing blitz, Colvin left wing showing blitz, Poteat press coverage on the left slot WR, Hobbs and Samuel 10 yards off the line, Sanders and Wilson safeties.
Blocking: Vrabel slides outside and waits for McGinest to form a hole by riding the RT outside. Vrabel will go through the hole, but Poteat is already on top of Losman by that time McGinest rides the RT outside before the RT releases and McGinest is picked up by McGahee on the edge Seymour jostles and gets penetration on the RG before the throw Green is double teamed by the LG and LT, the LT turning inside to follow Colvin on a stunt behind Green and then blocking Green, oblivious to Poteat coming in free off the edge Colvin stunts behind Green but is picked up by the C Bruschi comes in to watch McGahee but comes back when the ball is thrown Poteat comes flying in off the edge uncovered and slams Losman to the ground, forcing an overthrown loft that would have earned the Bills 3 points if the rules were different.
Coverage: Samuel lightly follows behind the right slot receiver cutting across the middle Hobbs follows in stride with Aiken into the endzone, and feet get tangled at the goal line, resulting in an Aiken slowdown and Hobbs staggering forward to regain balance, although the throw was far, far beyond either Wilson picks up the slot receiver in a flag pattern to the pylon Sanders picks up the TE coming out in a go pattern.
Analysis: A nicely drawn up play by the Pats here, with Colvin distracting the LT into Green, freeing Poteat for the blitz. McGahee was in blitz protection on the other side of the line, watching the young RT Peterís back against the seasoned vet Willie. Because of this as well, Poteat was able to come in without facing resistance by McGahee. If the ball wasnít overthrown due to the pressure, the tangle of feet at the goal line would have probably yielded an incomplete pass anyways.
Result: PENALTY on BUF-C.Villarrial, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at NE 17 - No Play.
3rd and 22 NE 22
Result: Pass, INTERCEPTED by Samuel, intended to Aiken, TOUCHBACK.
Offense: 2 WR, one left slot, one left wing (Evans, coming in motion from right slot), TE down off RT, FB strong side.
Defense: 3-4, Colvin showing blitz, Stone in the box off right wing showing blitz, Wilson on the fringes of the box next to Vrabel watching WR Evans in motion, Samuel 10 yards off the line, Hobbs deeper, behind Samuel.
Blocking: McGinest stunts behind Warren but canít get any penetration before the pass Warren forces through the RT inside, getting penetration and a hand in Losmanís face on the throw Wilfork is double teamed by the RG and C but pushes them both back towards Losman before breaking off on the pass Seymour beats the LG outside but is picked up by the LT wide of Losman, the LT breaking off a block on Colvin Colvin is blocked by the LT but when the LT releases to pick up Seymour, Colvin gets his arms up but canít tip the pass Bruschi stutters in watching his assignment, the FB before the pass is thrown and Bruschi breaks off Stone blitzes off the edge and is picked up by McGahee, but Stone sheds the block in a second but is unable to get a hand on the pass being thrown away from Stone
Coverage: Vrabel drops back into a zone Wilson breaks off into a deep zone in the middle of the field Samuel doesnít bother with the short out by Evans and instead drops back into the endzone on the throw forced in haste due to pressure. Losman throws the floater to Aiken breaking free from Hobbs in the endzone towards the left corner, but Samuel is waiting for the ball to come down straight into his arms, with Aiken unable to catch up to the pass Hobbs follows Aiken into the endzone but is trailing the whole way, only saved by the lofted ball and Samuelís position
Analysis: There was some heavy pressure, but none imminent on Losman. The ball would be lofted towards the corner of the endzone, as Aiken had multiple steps on Hobbs and was breaking for that area, but Samuel was sitting in a zone, possibly unnoticed by Losman. Thrown too wide for Aiken, Samuel wouldnít have to battle Aiken for the ball, but instead just wait as a practical punt returner. Aiken caught up after the catch and knocked Samuel out of bounds for the touchback.
Time: 9:06 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 8 plays, 80 yards, time of possession was 3:33
1st and 10 NE 20
Result: Pass, Watson, 10 yard hook, 11 yds.
Offense: Shotgun 5 WR, Dillon wide left, Branch left slot, Watson right wing, Givens right slot, Fauria wide right.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, Schobel standing up over LT, LB Fletcher 5 yards off Watson, Crowell 10 yards off Branch, CBs 10-15 yards off the line, except for the DB on Givens, who is just a few yards off the line.
Blocking: One DT drops back into a short zone Ashworth rides the DE Schobel outside Mankins helps Hochstein double team a DT, but the trio gets awful close to Brady Hochstein helps Mankins double team a DT, but the trio gets awful close to Brady Neal has no man to block due to the zone by the DT, and will slide back to help Gorin as needed Gorin rides the other DE behind Brady and doesnít need the help of Neal.
Coverage: Dillon does some type of sideline route, with no noticeable cut in Branch is heading downfield, covered lightly by LB Crowell before the pass Givens goes deep Fauria does a short hook without any coverage Watson does a 10 yard hook just beneath LB Fletcher and will catch the ball, turn, and dive forward during the tackle for the first down.
Analysis: Nothing complex here, just Brady right on target to Watson on the hook with a nice little effort for the first down.
1st and 10 NE 31
Result: Run, Dillon, left guard, 4 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Davis and Givens stack left wing, Branch wide right, Fauria in motion to behind LT, standing, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, CB over Davis pressure coverage, other 2 CBs 5 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth will drive a DT inside away from the play before the play moves left and Ashworth is trampled to the ground Mankins works off the driving of the DT inside and sustains a pretty nice block away from the play on that DT Hochstein gets a good block off the snap on the other DT, but will lose it as the run moves left and will have to chase down that DT, although it is a few yards downfield of the tackle Neal pulls left and drives a LB that moved into the hole out of it, although Neal turns too wide and falls to his face Gorin starts off with a nice block on the DE before he loses it, although this is on the other side of the field from the play and the DE is unable to get over Givens holds the left side of the hole by blocking his man, the CB playing wide Davis sustains a great block on the NB and drives the NB far out of the hole Fauria will drive the DE out of the hole, into the lines before pushing him to the ground behind the play.
Analysis: Not a bad play here, as all the possible blocks were made, leaving a free Crowell and Milloy to make the tackle. A larger hole and more sustained blocks would have gotten this play into the 7-10 yard range, however.
2nd and 6 NE 35
Result: Pass, Watson, 10 yard out, 10 yds.
Offense: Shotgun 5 WR, Branch wide left, Faulk left slot, Watson right wing, Givens right slot, Brown wide right.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, DL in DT-DE-DE-DT formation (personnel-wise), LBs shading towards the side with 3 WR, LB over Watson showing blitz, Milloy creeping in the weak side of the box, CBs playing 5+ yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth will knock a DE (actually a DT) inside before picking up a stunting DT (actually a DE) on the edge and riding him behind Brady during the throw Mankins wonít really have a man and will float behind Hochstein Hochstein drops back before picking up a DE (DT) who Ashworth released Neal will get pushed into the backfield by a DE (actually a DT), but will hold his ground long enough for the pass Gorin initially tries to help Neal with that DE (actually a DT) but once a DT (actually a DE) stunts around the line and comes in to Gorinís right, Gorin will have to pick him up, leaving a blitzing LB free to come in and hit Brady just after the throw
Coverage: Faulk does a short hook and is picked up from behind by Milloy Watson takes the LB Crowell inside a tad before breaking outside and catch a pass in stride, turning the corner and just getting tripped up at the feet enough by Crowell to come down Brown takes a sideline hook route, with a CB fairly tight Givens and Branch go deep
Analysis: The Patriots did a nice job of picking up a Bills attack where Mankins was left without a man when the right side of the line was overloaded and the edges attacked, one of those attacks being semi-successful with the LB hitting Brady after the throw. Watson exploited the LB with a quick outside move, and a pass in stride from an undeterred Tom Brady, facing a free blitzer in his face. Nice play all around to keep the drive rolling.
1st and 10 NE 45
Result: Pass, Watson, Incomplete, 5 yard drag into the left flat.
Offense: 2 WR, Davis slot left, Branch slot right, Fauria TE down off RT, Watson TE standing left wing, Cloud lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, Posey left wing showing blitz, Fletcher runs up to line on the snap showing blitz, CBs 5+ yards off the line.
Blocking: DE over Fauria will drop into a zone Ashworth will pickup the blitzing LB Posey on the edge and ride him dangerously close to Brady, with Posey almost getting a hand on the ball Mankins struggles a bit with the DE, but holds his ground long enough Hochstein double teams a DT with Neal Neal double teams a DT with Hochstein Gorin holds the edge against a stunting DT Cloud comes up and chops the blitzing LB Fletcher to the ground between Ashworth and Mankins.
Coverage: Fauria will have no man to block so he releases into the flats Branch takes a deep post pattern Watson will take a 5 yard drag into the flats, with Milloy trailing by a step from 2 oíclock. The ball is thrown high and wide, but Watson takes a short leap and has two hands on the ball near his chest, but the ball manages to scoot through.
Analysis: Facing a 5-man rush, the offensive line did a nice job holding steady. Ashworth did come dangerously close to Brady, and thus Brady was forced to make a noticeablely hasty throw (even though somewhat unneeded). Some of the blame has to go to Watson too, as this was by all means a catchable ball. Watson didnít look comfortable jumping and was more concerned about landing safely near the sidelines than catching it.
Note: CBS spent too much time on a close-up of London Fletcher, and the pre-snap formations were lost.
Result: Pass, Branch, 20 yard seam, 22 yds.
Offense: Shotgun 4 WR, Branch left slot, Givens left wing (in motion from behind Branch), Brown and Watson stack right wing, Dillon RB to left of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, DE-DE-DT-DE formation, with Adams as the DT, CBs 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth follows a spin move from the DE, a spin move that causes the DE to slip to the ground in front of Ashworth Mankins holds a DT (actually a DE) tight at first, but the DT (actually a DE) is able to start powering into the backfield as the ball is thrown Hochstein and Neal double team the DT Adams without any penetration Gorin rides a DE outside without any penetration Dillon sticks around with Brady but there is no blitz to pickup.
Coverage: Givens does a short cut across the middle, underneath the LBs Brown does a short cut across the middle, underneath the LBs Watson takes it downfield and has a CB trailing tight and a safety up ahead Branch has a CB sticking tight behind him and a NB floating to his side, as well as a safety in front, but Branch still manages to weave his way through, and grabs the bullet pass out of the air and in he blink of an eye pulls it down to his chest, where heís wrapped up by the CB on him.
Analysis: Branch and Brady were the simple keys to this play, with Brady providing the bullet pass and Branch the skills to weave through coverage and snatch it out of the air. Excellent pocket protection secured the possibility for this showing of talent.
1st and 10 Buf 33
Result: Pass, Brown, 15 yard out, 16 yds.
Offense: Shotgun 4 WR, Brown left slot, Watson left wing, Givens right wing, Branch right slot, Dillon RB to right of Brady in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, both LBs come up to line showing blitz but back off on the snap, SS walks into box over Watson but comes back out, other CBs 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth rides a DE outside and doesnít allow for the cut-back Mankins holds a pretty good block on a DT in front of Brady Hochstein slides behind Mankins, who needs no help, then Ashworth, who needs no help, with Hochstein just looking on from there Neal rides a DT outside and doesnít allow for penetration Gorin rides a DE outside and doesnít allow for penetration Dillon will come out of blitz protection and sit underneath wide open.
Coverage: Watson shakes Ďní bakes Milloy, who releases Watson to Vincent deep. Milloy will break off but wonít get to a wide open Brown in time Brown will take a hook/out route along the sideline and will sit wide open for a moment while the pass is in the air, with CB Clements 10 yards downfield and running in, SS Milloy breaking off Watson and 10 yards away, and LB Crowell 15 yards away in a zone. Brown makes a the textbook stomach catch and backsteps out of bounds Branch and Givens occupy 2 CBs and a LB on the other side of the field with one out and one deep route.
Analysis: Usually, when a team rushes 4 men and there is all the time in the world for a quarterback, you donít expect there to be receivers open with defenders 10 yards away. This happened here, and the dependable vet Brown made the openfield catch for yet another first down. The offensive line allowed for zero penetration, and other receivers ate up DBs to free Brown.
1st and 10 Buf 17
Result: Pass, Watson, 10 yard out, 14 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, Branch wide left, Givens right slot (in motion from left slot), Fauria TE down off RT, Watson FB strong side, Dillon RB.
Defense: 4-3, LB over Fauria, Milloy comes sprinting in on the snap showing blitz, CBs 10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Ashworth taps the DE inside before noticing Milloy and breaking off. Ashworth will dive at Milloyís feet and just hit him enough to send Milloy off-balance for a moment, and buying Brady the time to fire it to Watson. Ashworth would be on the ground because of this, though Mankins lightly taps around a DE who canít get around Mankind Hochstein rides a DT outside and releases him to Neal, who will push the DT to the ground, as Neal releases his own DT, who Hochstein picks up as the throw is being made Neal rides a DT outside before he releases that DT to Hochstein and picks up Hochsteinís DT, whom Neal pushes to the ground Gorin rides a DE outside and behind Brady Dillon steps up in blitz protection, but with no immanent blitzers, will release underneath.
Coverage: Branch takes it deep to the endzone Fauria takes a short drag towards the sidelines, doing some slight jostling with the OLB Givens takes a wheel pattern behind Watson into the endzone Watson comes out from the FB position and through the lines, picking up a LB cover man in the process, but taking the quick out route, catching a perfectly thrown pass, and turning the corner for an extra 3 or 4 yards.
Analysis: Facing a 4-man rush and one blitzing safety, 4 Pats receivers had 1v1 coverage along with a short and deep middle of the field zone. 3 of the 4 patterns, the 3 on the right side of the field, took out routes towards the sidelines, away from the 2 zones. 2 of these were LB vs. TE matchups, 1v1. Brady picked the ideal matchup, a 4.4 40 Watson against a LB, and exploited it. Great protection allowed for this. This is Brady at his finest.
1st and Goal Buf 3
Result: Scramble, Brady, left guard, 3 yds., TOUCHDOWN.
Offense: 2 WR, Givens left slot, Branch wide right, Fauria TE standing left wing (in motion from right wing), Watson FB strong side, Dillon RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs shaded strong side, CBs playing on the endzone line, safeties just behind LBs.
Blocking: Fauria chips a DE before stuttering in front of an OLB and taking a hook route underneath the OLB Ashworth will block the DE until the DE bites on the play action and then goes into a short zone. Ashworth is near no blockers on the scramble Mankins double teams a DT with Watson Watson helps Mankins with a DT before releasing into the endzone in a route just as Brady is scrambling. Watson wonít have time to make blocks on the scramble Hochstein and Neal double team a DT off the snap but semi-release him on the scramble, but donít allow the DT to get near Brady Gorin shadows every move of a DE on the edge.
Coverage: Dillon receives the play action left, and will draw the DE out, but the DE doesnít follow Dillon into the endzone, and Dillon is waving his arms wide open as Brady starts to scramble Branch fakes his man around in the endzone and has a step or two on a corner route just as Brady begins to scramble Givens will hook into the endzone but is covered by literally 5 DBs.
Analysis: The scramble on this play seemed a tad premature, as if Brady had waited another second or so he would have seen Dillon or Branch open. However, Brady saw a DE get position on Gorin for just a moment (Gorin would quickly recover), causing Brady to made a quick desperation step-up. From there, Brady saw the hole and just decided to go for it. Schobel, who followed Dillonís block and who Ashworth was unable to reach to block after that, as Schobel was in a short zone, was the one who slid in from the side and injured Bradyís shin.
Time: 5:33 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 3 plays, 5 yards, time of possession was 1:46
Kickoff: McGee 21 yd. return from the Buf 18 to the Buf 39
McGee catches a bounce in front of his feet and takes it left, gets tripped up by Banta-Cain and spun down by Stone.
1st and 10 Buf 39
Result: Run, McGahee, up the middle, 3 yds.
Offense: 2 WR, one left, one right, 1 TE down off LT, 1 TE down off RT, McGahee lone RB.
Defense: 3-4, OLBs tight on TEs, CBs a few yards off the line.
Blocking: McGinest is kept away from the play by a TE Warren locks with the RT but quickly breaks off and pounces on McGahee as the run goes through the line Wilfork doesnít give any ground to the C and is pushed to the ground from the side as Warren makes the tackle on McGahee just as McGahee crosses the line of scrimmage Seymour is pushed back by the LT initially but breaks off and secures McGahee on the ground Colvin is kept away from the play by a TE Bruschi smashes into the RG, who pushes Bruschi aside before Bruschi trips on Warrenís leg and is pushed to the ground from behind by the RG Vrabel canít get any penetration on the LG coming out before thereís commotion with an incoming WR, and Vrabel breaks off and dives on top of the Warren/McGahee tackle pile Stone comes flying in and is pushed from behind by a WR onto the tackle pile Samuel dropped back into a zone before coming in on the run.
Analysis: Warren easily broke off an inexperienced RT with brute strength and stopped the run which had no clear holes due to Wilforkís immobility, Vrabelís clogging block, and the securing of the edges by McGinest and Colvin. Warren got on McGahee at the line of scrimmage or just after, but the momentum/dive from McGahee through the line racked up the 2-3 yards.
2nd and 7 Buf 42
Result: Run, McGahee, right guard, 2 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, 2 left, 1 right, TE down off RT, McGahee lone RB.
Defense: 3-4, Stone in the box over the TE, Samuel 3 yards off the line, Hobbs 5-10 yards off the line.
Blocking: McGinest beats the TE on the edge and turns him around, but wonít be able to catch up to the run from behind Warren is initially double teamed by the RT and RG, but when the RT comes out to block Bruschi to the right of the run, Warren breaks off the RGís block and falls on top of McGahee trying to advance with Colvin making the tackle Wilfork slides with the play and pushes the LG on top of Warren on the tackle pile Seymour is wide of the play but drags the LT inside towards the play Colvin busts off the edge uncovered and wraps up McGahee by the waist right at the line and is dragged forward but into Warrenís containment Bruschi is knocked out of the hole by the RT but spins off the block and falls on top of the tackle pile Vrabel tosses the oncoming LG straight to the ground with astonishing ease but by then, McGahee has already been wrapped up and Vrabel doesnít factor in Stone drops back off the snap but dives on top of Warren on the tackle pile Samuel drops back but trots on in as the tackle is made Wilson screams in but doesnít make it in time to do anything.
Analysis: Colvin wasnít assigned to the uncovered slot receiver and probably had blitz all the way, coming in uncovered off the edge and stopping the play just as it was getting started. Containment on the tackle was also provided by quite a few Pats who really seemed to out-muscle the Bills all around.
3rd and 5 Buf 44
Result: Pass, Incomplete, thrown away.
Offense: Shotgun 4 WR, 2 left, 2 right, Williams RB to right of Losman in shotgun.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, McGinest-Green-Seymour-Colvin line, Bruschi and Vrabel 5 yards behind it, Samuel and Hobbs play at the first down line, Poteat plays 2 or 3 yards off over the left slot receiver, right slot receiver has no immediate coverage.
Blocking: McGinest rides the RT wide but doubles back on the scramble and dives on top of Losman from behind with Seymour just after throw Green jostles around with the RG at the line before using the RB coming through the lines into a route as a momentary distraction for the RG (with a slight push from Green), allowing Green to get into the backfield and force Losman to scramble right. Green canít follow the scramble as the RG recovers and prevents a double back from Green Seymour is double teamed by the C and LG, and is smart by not fully engaging, allowing Seymour to be free enough when Losman scrambles to chase without already pre-engaged in a block. Seymour will force a rushed, on-the-run throw from Losman and then will slam the young QB into the ground with the help of McGinest just after the throw Colvin tries to spin into the LT to no avail, and will follow the scramble but wonít catch up in time.
Coverage: Vrabel drops into a zone to the left side of the field Bruschi drops into a zone to the right side of the field Sanders is on Aikenís 10 yard hook route in which Losman had some semblance of intent to on his throw away, although Sanders probably wouldnít have been able to defend the pass if it was thrown more accurately Samuel is tight in the same fashion on a 15 yard out route behind Aikenís.
Analysis: The Patriots dropped 7 back on 5 recievers (counting the RB, who really didnít come through the line until Losmanís scramble, where he was more of a blocker on Bruschi than a route-runner) and the added time gained from the 7-man coverage gave Jarvis Green & company more than enough time to harass Losman into a poor throw. Great penetration on Jarvisí part as well.
4th and 5 Buf 44
Result: Punt, Moorman, to the NE 14, out of bounds, 42 yd. punt, 0 yd. return.
Time: 3:47 remaining in the first quarter
Statistics: 9 plays, 39 yards, time of possession was 5:52
1st and 10 NE 14
Result: Pass, Givens, 5 yard out, 5 yds.
Offense: 4 WR, Givens left slot, Fauria left wing, Watson right wing, Branch right slot, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, LBs shaded towards left/Fauria/Branch side, LB coverage over Fauria 3 yards off, CBs 10 yards off slot WRs.
Blocking: Ashworth jams a DT inside and holds tight Mankins comes out and gives a little block on the DE stunting behind the DTs Hochstein holds a DT fairly steady with some help from Neal Neal will tap a DT inside to Hochstein before breaking back out to check the stunting DE from other side of the line, who wasnít a threat Gorin will chop a DE and prevent penetration for the duration of the quick pass, and what would have been probably double that Dillon will come up and try to chop the blitzing OLB Posey, but completely misses, albeit it was moreso directed to slowing the blitz, and that it did
Coverage: Givens takes the 5 yard drag underneath the corner and outside the linebackers, and will catch the throw from Brady thrown high and wide. Givens will be tackled quickly. Fauria stutters into a LB and will turn in a 5 yard hook, covered tightly from behind Watson takes a short hook and is open as the other LB took a delayed blitz, but a safety was running up to cover Branch takes a 5 yard out underneath the soft CB coverage
Analysis: Just a quick pass here underneath soft coverage to set up an ideal 2nd and 5. Great protection, nice blitz slowup.
2nd and 5 NE 19
Result: Run, Dillon, up the middle, 8 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens motion wide left to left wing by snap, Brown right slot, Branch wide right, Fauria TE down off LT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-2-5 nickel, Milloy walks to line before snap over Fauria, CBs 6-10 yards off the line.
Blocking: Givens holds the far edge from the play nicely, not allowing Milloy to break off and pursue the play from behind either Fauria and Ashworth double team a DE, not allowing for the pursuit either, even as Ashworth breaks off to, in vein, block upfield Mankins drops his head too low and allows a DT to spin him around as Mankins dives forward to the ground, and the DT will break off and will follow the play from behind, although only helps secure Dillon on the tackle Hochstein will chip Nealís DT before coming out and bulldozing the right LB forward and out of Dillonís way, but the tackle is made behind the block Neal holds a DT pretty tight but loses control and looks weaker, allowing the DT to slide into the hole and get a dive/slight hit on Dillon just before the tackle Gorin holds a DE tight at first but is maybe weary of being called for holding and doesnít sustain the block. The DE will face no resistance breaking off downfield and making the final blow on Dillon as Clements was dragging him down Brown and Branch wonít engage in any blocks, but keep tight with their men (CB and NB) in front of Dillonís run.
Analysis: The left side blocking was superb, taking care of, for the most part, a safety, an end and a tackle. However, the other tackle was able to overpower Neal and get the first little knock on Dillon, who stumbled into a Clements sliding behind the play who was supposed to be one of the 2 unblocked Dillon had to evade/smash through. Dillon would be finished by the DE Gorin was unable to sustain a driving, downfield block on. Dillon probably would have just lowered a shoulder to Clements (or something to that effect) if he had not been slowed by Nealís man. The end result is pretty good though, an 8 yard run and a first down. As with many other runs, it could have been much longer if it wasnít for a missed block or two.
1st and 10 NE 27
Result: Pass, Dillon, underneath, desperation shovel under pressure, 2 yds.
Offense: 3 WR, Givens wide left, Fauria right slot, Branch wide right, Watson TE down off LT, Dillon lone RB.
Defense: 4-3, OLB Posey tight over Watson, LB 5 yards off over Fauria, CB over Givens 5 yards off, CB over Branch 10 yards off.
Blocking: Ashworth prevents penetration on spin moves from a DE initially, but when other pressure forces Brady to slide/get push towards Ashworth, the DE spins and is able to help wrap Brady Mankins holds his DT man nicely before Hochstein helps out and the duo pushes the DT back downfield Hochstein helps Neal push his DT man to the ground before Hochstein breaks off and helps push Mankinsí DT man downfield during the short throw Neal gets his DT man to one knee before the DT gets back up and Neal pushes him downfield during the throw Gorin rides a DE outside but canít cover the cut-back, and the DE will get to Brady with a Gorin push from behind, with the DE knocking Brady to the ground during the short shovel
Coverage: Watson takes a deep flag route with a LB jostling him along the way Givens takes a 5 yard hook and bounces off his man but is unable to get any separation that warranted a throw his way Fauria takes a 5 yard hook underneath his OLB coverage, but also draws the MLB his way for a moment Branch takes a 10 yard post or hook with CB and S coverage Dillon releases underneath and bobs around behind the line before Brady tosses the short shovel while getting hit, with Dillon catching it before heís quickly wrapped up by the MLB
Analysis: Brady saw Fauria hook underneath a LB and outside another LB before he faced pressure, but decided not to throw it before turning back left and getting hit from behind. Gorin held his man for almost 3 seconds, which isnít entirely bad, but there was tight coverage with only a 4-man rush. Brady couldnít get off a decent throw in time before Gorinís block blew, and the fact that Fauria drew the MLB away from Dillonís underneath emergency route was the only thing that saved this from being either a sack or tuckesque incompletion. The pass was left-handed, and Brady seemed to wiggle his right hand fingers around coming up from the hit, along with the limp from the touchdown scramble.