First quarter notes
Posted on September 7, 2008
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- The first quarter ended on a high note for the Patriots, as Matt Cassel found Randy Moss for a 51-yard completion down the far sidelines, getting New England out of the shadow of its own goal. Cassel took over for Tom Brady with 1:36 left in the first half when he went down with what the Patriots are calling a leg injury (they add that his return is questionable). For what it’s worth, Brady walked off under his own power, clearly limping, but went down the steps leading to the New England locker room. He has not been seen on the sidelines since he left.
- Before Brady left, the Patriots offense was getting it done mostly through the air — he was 7-for-11 before leaving with the injury. In the first quarter, Randy Moss caught all three balls thrown to him (despite his fumble), and went over 100 yards before the end of the quarter. One surprise has been the sight of wide receiver Kelley Washington. Washington, who made his bones as a special teamer last season, has had precious few opportunities at wide receiver, but had several snaps at WR in the first quarter.
- The Patriots were able to catch a few breaks early, most notably a penalty on a New England punt where Brandon Flowers ran into Patriots’ punter Chris Hanson. They were able to regain the ball, but were eventually forced to punt it back to the Chiefs.