Upon Further Review: Packers at Patriots


His 37-yard completion to running back James White on a trick play was the play that helped send the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, November 4, in Foxboro. We still have a lot of things to correct, but just really happy to be 7-2.

Brady - widely regarded as one of the greatest National Football League players in history - was up against 34-year-old Rodgers, who is a Green Bay career man and won the Super Bowl in 2010.

But just because the Pats have been cruising doesn't mean they cover a sizable spread against a Rodgers-led team that almost knocked off the unbeaten Rams in Los Angeles last week.

Even in defeat, though, Rodgers impressed the Pats' Belichick. "He's been the gold standard at quarterback for two decades".

With the game tied at 17, the Packers were on the move but defensive lineman Lawrence Guy stripped the ball from running back Aaron Jones with cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovering at the 24.

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The Patriots used a pass from receiver Julian Edelman to running back James White to set up the go-ahead touchdown, forced the Packers to punt, then added an insurance touchdown.

Vrabel, of course, was more than just a linebacker in New England. Brady was 22/35 for 294 yards and one touchdown. They had 42 offensive plays in the first half, yet only 10 points and a touchdown deficit. He was elusive in the pocket and extended plays with his feet, keeping the Patriots' secondary off balance long enough to create space downfield or some big gains. Jimmy Graham had four catches for 55 yards and one touchdown. Brady was not pressured on any fourth-quarter dropbacks and completed all six of his passes. But the final quarter of Sunday's absorbing showdown, which featured New England's precise efficiency and Green Bay's untidy gaffes, made that feel like wishful thinking. Patriots DT Lawrence Guy knocked the ball loose, and Stephon Gilmore recovered it in what was becoming a odd defensive showdown all of a sudden.

In the fourth quarter, Brady had a flawless quarterback rating, as he was 6-for-6 passing with 104 yards and a touchdown. That's not something we ever say about the Patriots with Brady, though that says more about the two organizations than the quarterbacks.

When the Patriots travel to Tennessee this week, they'll face off against one of Belichick's first and most successful examples of utilizing a player in an unusual way in New England. Clayborn and Flowers combined for a sack and a bevy of pressures, and Adam Butler had a few rushes on Rodgers, as well.

On just the third play of the ensuing drive Brady found Gordon over the middle.