Great, fun game. Lots of calls, mostly good, and Pats D makes the play they had to have! 6-3! Bring on the Colts!
Back from the bye. We’re down Aaron today, his ankle’s still not ready. Bolden’s gone for four weeks for using some undisclosed PED. Which likely means he had a cough drop in his mouth when he was called for his urine test. But, that means we should see more Vereen. Chung is also still out.
We have Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts in the booth today. Nice observation by Fouts, the Pats went 5-3 over the first half last year and ended up in the Super Bowl. Bill Levy is the ref.
Bills D1: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Fitz for 6 on a scramble after a great playfake
2nd and 4: Jackson for 5
1st and 10: Jackson for 2
2nd and 8: Fitz to Johnson, 7
3rd and 1: False Start, Smith
3rd and 6: Fitz to Jackson, 13. Negated by holding on Glenn
3rd and 16: False Start, Irvik
3rd and 21: Jackson for 9
4th and 12: Punt
Pats D1: Start at the 27
1st and 10: Ridley for 4
2nd and 6: Ball tipped by Dareus, Scott drops a pick off the tip
3rd and 6: Brady to Welker, 6
1st and 10: Ridley for 9
2nd and 1: Ridley for 3
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 11
1st and 10: Brady to Branch, 5
2nd and 5: Brady to Welker, dropped! Would have been a TD!
3rd and 5: Brady to Branch, 5
1st and 10: Ridley for 3
2nd and 7: Ridley for -1. He tried to break out and got stopped.
3rd and 8: Brady to Branch, McKelvin nearly picks it off Branch’s hands, and Deion rips it out to make it incomplete.
4th and 8: 43 yard Fg is good.
Glad we got points, but we dodged two bullets there.
Bills D2: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Spiller for 3
2nd and 7: Fitz sacked and fumbles! Pats Ball. It was a screen that never developed. Vice with the sack, Cunningham with the recovery!
Pats D2: Start at the Bills 13
1st and 10: Ridley for 5
2nd and 8: Brady to Gronk, incomplete. PI on Wilson, but I agree with Fouts that it is a bad call.
1st and goal: Ridley for -2
2nd and goal: Brady to Lloyd, incomplete. PI on Gilmor. This one I agree with.
1st and goal: Ridley for 1, TD! 10-0.
Bills D3: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Jackson for 8, negated by holding on Wood. Fouts calls it the 4th penalty on the Bills. It’s the sixth. Nice way to pay attention.
1st and 20: Fitz throws incomplete, I think it should have been grounding.
2nd and 20: Fitz to Smith, 5
3rd and 15: Fitz to Jackson, 15. Nice screen play. Thank you, CBS, for starting the play with a close up of Vince’s butt *sarcasm*
1st and 10: Spiller for 7
2nd and 3: Jackson for 4
1st and 10: Fitz to Jones, 22
End of the first. ICK! Our cheerleaders are wearing like brown WW2 USO outfits. Nice gesture but cheerleaders should not wear ugly clothes. Just saying.
1st and 10: Jackson for -1. After the play, we’re called for facemask.
1st and 10: Fitz to Jackson, 4
2nd and 6: Spiller for 4
3rd and 2: Spiller for 2, negated by holding on Hairston.
3rd and 12: Fitz sacked by Ninkovitch, -3
4th and 15: 41 yard FG is good. 10-3.
Pats D3: Start at the 17.
1st and 10: Brady to Branch, incomplete
2nd and 10: Brady to Welker, 19
1st and 10: Brady to Gronk, 24
1st and 10: Brady to Welker after 2 pumps, 7
2nd and 3: Vereen for -4, he was jacked up by Sercey
3rd and 7: Brady to Woodhead, 15
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 7. We missed the snap here.
2nd and 3: Woodhead for 15, TD! 17-3 Pats.
I’ve realized that Dan Fouts would be a better commentator if he didn’t talk. Think he’d try that?
Bills D4: Start at the 20.
1st and 10: Fitz to Spiller on a screen, 2
2nd and 8: Spiller for 12 on a sweet delay draw. Nicely designed play.
1st and 10: Fitz to Chandler, 23. No, Fouts, Chandler is not like Gronk.
1st and 10: Fitz to Chandler, 17
1st and 10: Timeout Bills
1st and 10: Spiller for 13
1st and 10: Jackson for 13, TD. Great run. We should have had him a couple times, but he wanted it more. 17-10
Pats D4: Start at the 18. Devin’s returning, but not aggressively enough.
1st and 10: Brady to 47. Overthrow.
2nd and 10: Brady to Ridley, incomplete.
3rd and 10: Brady to Edelman, incomplete. PI on Byrd on Gronk. It should have been a 5 yard illegal contact, not a 17 yard PI. First down in either case. No, Fouts, it was not the first penalty on the Bills D, it was the third. All PIs. Pay attention.
1st and 10: Ridley for 1
2nd and 9: Brady to Vereen for 11 plus a 15 yard facemask on Gilmour
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd in the endzone. PI on Gilmour for pushing Lloyd down. No, Fouts, it was the third time, not the second, PI in the endzone was called on the Bills.
1st and goal: Ridley for -1
2nd and goal: Brady to Gronk, 2, TD! 24-10
Bills D5: Start at the 20.
1st and 10: Jackson for 0
2nd and 10: Fitz to Stevie, 13. Stevie broke a tackle nicely.
1st and 10: Jackson for 2
2nd and 8: Fitz to Jones, dropped
3rd and 8: Fitz to Chandler, 14
1st and 10: Fitz to Jackson, 9
2nd and 1: Fitz scrambles for 4, and a correct personal foul added at the end on Dennard.
1st and 10: Fitz to Stevie, incomplete
2nd and 10: Fitz to Jones, 18. Time out called by the Bills.
1st and goal: Fitz to Stevie, incomplete. Denard pushed him out before he could land
2nd and goal: Fitz to Chandler, TD. He was wide open. Someone blew coverage, possibly Hightower. 24-17
Pats D5: Start at the 20. :31 in the half. I’d kneel.
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, dropped
2nd and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 6.
Ian and Dan think the energy is gone since there was no noise over those last two plays. No, idiots, there were 30 seconds till halftime. People were heading to get food, use the bathroom, etc. Seriously think before you talk.
Stats which may interest only me: Career Playoff Record: P. Manning 9-11, T. Tebow 1-1; Career Overtime Playoff Record: P.Manning 0-3, T. Tebow 1-0; Career Bronco Playoff Record: P. Manning 0-1; T. Tebow 1-1.