|12.27.09 at 3:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — A two-yard touchdown run from Jacksonville’s David Garrard after an extended scramble makes it 35-7 with 12:41 left in the game. It put the capper on a five-play, 70-yard drive that took 2:13.
|12.27.09 at 3:08 pm ET|
FOXBORO — A 17-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss makes it 35-0 with 14:54 left in the fourth quarter.
|12.27.09 at 2:27 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots hold a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime here at Gillette Stadium. Here are a few quick notes:
•Jacksonville has struggled in all three phases of the game, while the Patriots have had one error — a Laurence Maroney fumble on the Jags’ one-yard line — mar an otherwise impressive effort. Barring a second-half collapse, it appears New England is well on its way to a win and completing a perfect regular-season record at home.
•It was a good start for New England defensive backs. They started strong with a pair of stops in short-yardage situations that forced the Jags to turn the ball over on downs. First, on a third and 1, Brandon Meriweather had an excellent open-field takedown of Jacksonville wide receiver Mike Thomas on an end around attempt. Then, on a fourth and 1, James Sanders was able to crush Maurice Jones-Drew shy of the first down marker, forcing the Jags to turn the ball over. The two later combined on a first-quarter interception of Garrard, when the Jacksonville quarterback floated a pass for tight end Marcedes Lewis over the middle. Lewis went up to get the pass and got absolutely LIT UP by the Sanders. Meriweather came away with pick, and ran it all the way back to the Jacksonville 27-yard line, setting up New England’s second touchdown of the down.
•After starting the game at running back, Maroney was part of an impressive New England drive to open the game. However, Maroney fumbled the ball at Jacksonville’s one-yard line, and was quickly yanked. I did not see him on the field for the rest of the first half — the bulk of the carries the rest of the way went to Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk.
•After stalling out on the first series, Tom Brady and the Patriots engineered four blazing-fast, efficient touchdown drives — none of which took longer than 3:03. Three of the four touchdowns came in the red zone, with Brady finding Moss twice and one coming on a one-yard run from Morris. (The other touchdown came on a 26-yard scoring strike from Brady to Chris Baker.) The Maroney fumble aside, it was a very good first half for the New England offense.
•Stat standouts: Brady finished the first half 14-for-16 for 150 and three touchdowns, while Morris had six rushes for 83 yards and a touchdown, and Wes Welker had eight catches for 93 yards. On the other side of the ball, David Garrard was 10-for-13 for 84 yards, while Maurice Jones-Drew had 13 carries for 53 yards.
|12.27.09 at 2:18 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady hit Randy Moss on a six-yard pass over the middle to make it 28-0 with 45 seconds left in the first half. Seven plays, 67 yards and it took 2:06. For Moss, today now marks the 35th career game with two or more touchdown receptions, the second-most of all-time.
|12.27.09 at 2:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Sammy Morris bowls over from the one to make it 21-0 with 5:04 left in the first half. It put the wraps on a six-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 3:03, and was highlighted by a 55-yard run by Morris, which tied a career-long run from scrimmage for the running back.
|12.27.09 at 1:42 pm ET|
FOXBORO — A Tom Brady to Chris Baker touchdown pass of 26 yards makes it 14-0 with 14:54 left in the first quarter. It was a two-play 27-yard drive that took six seconds.
|12.27.09 at 1:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady hit Randy Moss on a two-yard touchdown pass that makes it 7-0 with 2:48 left in the first quarter. It put the capper on a four-play, 35-yard drive that consumed 1:59, and came on the heels of two nice defensive plays by Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders that forced Jacksonville to turn the ball over on downs.
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