05 Nov 2018, 11:20 IST
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers spent the week telling anybody who requested that the opposite man was the higher quarterback.
Within the second matchup between the long run Corridor of Famers, it was the one with 5 Tremendous Bowl rings who walked off the sector with the victory.
Brady threw for 294 yards and a landing, and James White ran for 2 scores to steer the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Sunday evening.
It was the sixth straight victory for the Patriots (7-2).
“We made some performs within the fourth quarter once we wanted to,” Brady stated. “Anytime you beat a very good soccer staff it feels good. So, 7-2 is an extended methods from 1-2 the place we had been.”
Rodgers accomplished 24 of 43 passes and two touchdowns however didn’t rally his staff after tying the sport within the third quarter. Rodgers gained the primary matchup with Brady at Lambeau Area in 2014.
“For those who play lengthy sufficient, and you’ve got the sustained greatness that Tom has had, there’s going to be lots of data,” Rodgers stated. “He is been the gold commonplace at quarterback for twenty years.”
It was 17-all late within the third quarter when Aaron Jones fumbled for Inexperienced Bay (3-4-1).
New England receiver Julian Edelman hit White on a 37-yard catch-and-run to arrange White’s second rating, a 1-yard run. On the Patriots subsequent possession, Brady related with Josh Gordon for a 55-yard TD.
Gordon caught 5 passes for 130 yards, the 12th 100-yard receiving recreation of his profession.
With tight finish Rob Gronkowski out with a again and ankle damage and main rusher Sony Michel out for the second straight week with a knee concern, Brady and the Patriots needed to get inventive.
They once more turned to receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to assist carry the load within the backfield.
Patterson was efficient for the second straight week, dashing 11 occasions for 61 yards and a landing .
“A lot of our staff is guys being in roles that possibly they did not join,” Brady stated. “However they’re requested to do it. … Lots of guys down and also you’re quick at sure spots. Clearly, we have now lots of belief in him that when he is bought the ball in his palms good issues are gonna occur.”
He labored in tandem with White to maintain the Packers protection guessing. White took benefit and located area to show quick completions into first downs.
New England additionally capitalized on a pair of lengthy flea-flicker passes to arrange scores.
Rodgers was on track within the first half. He was elusive within the pocket and prolonged performs along with his ft, retaining the Patriots’ secondary off stability lengthy sufficient to create area downfield or some large positive aspects.
The longest was a 51-yard go to Marquez Valdes-Scantling within the third quarter that helped arrange Rodgers’ 15-yard TD go to Jimmy Graham that tied the sport at 17. However the pocket bought smaller within the second half because the Patriots protection sped him up, hitting him six occasions and sacking him as soon as.
Brady accomplished 16 of his first 22 passes however had six straight incompletions within the third quarter.
There wasn’t a turnover within the recreation till Inexperienced Bay’s Jones was stripped by Lawrence Man early within the fourth quarter. The fumble was recovered by Stephon Gilmore on the Patriots’ 24.
New England shortly capitalized, utilizing 4 straight completions by Brady and a 37-yard go from Julian Edelman to get to the Packers’ 2. White scored from a yard out two performs later to place the Patriots again in entrance 24-17.
“It was clearly an enormous play within the recreation,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy stated. “That was a turning level.”
The Patriots’ protection tightened on Inexperienced Bay’s subsequent drive. It culminated on third down when Adrian Clayborn and Trey Flowers dropped Rodgers for a 9-yard sack and forcing a punt.
It proved pricey.
On simply the third play of the following drive Brady discovered Gordon over the center. Packers cornerback Tramon Williams had a shot at a sort out, however whiffed, springing Gordon for his 55-yard landing .
Packers security Jermaine Whitehead was ejected within the second quarter.
Whitehead was buying and selling shoves with Patriots middle David Andrews when second 12 months defensive again from Auburn spun round and slapped Andrews within the face.
He was referred to as for pointless roughness and tossed. Whitehead was the alternative for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was traded to the Washington Redskins final week.
Packers: WR Geronimo Allison was inactive for the Packers with a groin damage. He was a key contributor within the passing recreation earlier than lacking two weeks with a hamstring concern. … Beginning RT Bryan Buluga left the sport within the first half with a knee damage and didn’t return. … CB Kevin King left the sport with a hamstring damage and didn’t return. … S Kentrell Brice left within the third quarter with a knee damage.
Patriots: Gordon stated he dislocated his finger early within the recreation whereas catching a go however performed by the ache. “It was similar to a freak accident. Nothing too loopy,” Gordon stated. “It dislocated. So I popped it again into place a few occasions.”
The Boston Crimson Sox continued their World Sequence championship celebration with a pregame, on-field look .
Crew proprietor John Henry, supervisor Alex Cora and several other gamers together with World Sequence MVP Steve Pearce, J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt stood atop a duck boat internet hosting their championship trophy as they had been pushed onto the sector earlier than kickoff.
Cora greeted Patriots staff proprietor Robert Kraft and others, and in addition took a selfie with Brady .
Packers: Go to Miami subsequent week.
Patriots: At Tennessee subsequent week.
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