Monday Night! Houston!
It's a big game, though bigger for them. If we win, we're the #2 seed, and one behind them with three to go. If we lose, we're the 4 seed, as the Ravens have the tiebreaker. We have it over Denver, but they'd have one less loss. With Edleman out for the year, we signed Donte Stallworth. I wonder why we didn't bring Branch back. Obviously Tirico and Gruden are the booth. Bolden is back from Adderall suspension, Mankins and Chandler Jones are also back from injury. Terry McCauley is the ref.
10 minutes after scheduled game start and no kick off yet. Two bad music scenes, some innance patter fron Chucky, and a commercial break though.
Texans D1: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Foster, 12. Nice run. Negated by illegal formation, offense. Brown was lined up wrong.
1st and 15: Foster, 15. Another nice run.
1st and 10: Pats take timeout. Ok, not a good start. Five commercials, and a Tirico direct TV plug for a 30 second timeout. It's a little excessive ESPN. We find out we called time to avoid
12 men on D. So, we never should have gone to commerical at all.
1st and 10: Foster, -1
2nd and 11: Foster, 5
3rd and 6: Schaub to Jean, inc. Arrington defended the pass.
4th and 6: Punt
Pats D1: Start at the 44 after a sweet Welker punt return.
1st and 10: Ridley, 4. We almost miss the play since we're coming back from commerical
2nd and 6: Ridley, 13
1st and 10: Ridley, 4. He pushed the pile at least 2 yards.
2nd and 6:Brady to Hernandez, incomplete
3rd and 6: Brady to Slater, overthrow. Defensive Holding, Harris on Welker
1st and 10: Brady to Welker, 25
1st and goal: Ridley fumbles, Hernandez recovers, -3. Manning forced the fumble.
2nd and goal: Brady to Hernandez, 7, TD! Great plays Aaron! 7-0 Pats!
Texans D2: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Schaub to Jonhson, 8
2nd and 2: Schaub to Forsett, 15
1st and 10: Schaub to Daniels, 13
1st and 10: Schaub sacked by Scott and Ninkovitch, -4
2nd and 14: Foster, 2
3rd and 12: Schaub to Jean, 24. Declined offsides on Pats
1st and 10: Foster, 2
2nd and 8: Devin intetrcepts Schaub in the Endzone!
Pats D2: Start at the 18
1st and 10: Brady incomplete, under pressure.
2nd and 10: Ridley blown up by Watt and others,0
3rd and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 13
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 18
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 14
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 37, TD! 14-0 Pats
Texans D3: Start at the 25. Nice return.
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 16
1st and 10: Foster, -3. Hightower with the play.
2nd and 13: Foster, 1
3rd and 12: Schaub Fumbles! Houston recovers at the 19, but the'll need to punt. Vince forces it.
4th and lots: Punt
Pats D3: Start at the 29. Great special teams play by the Texans.
End of the 1st
1st and 10: Woodhead, 5. We miss the start of the play
2nd and 5: Ridley, -3. Quinn makes the play.
3rd and 8: Brady to Hernandez, 10
1st and 10: Ridley, 2
2nd and 8: Brady to Hernandez, -2. Great plays by the Texans. Watt and Quinn make them.
3rd and 10: Brady deep to Welker, incomplete. DPI called on Manning, I agree with Chucky that it's a bad call.
1st and 10: Brady to Welker, 15.
1st and 10: Brady to Welker, 11
1st and goal: Brady to Hernandez, 4, TD! 21-0.
This drive was kept alive by the bad call, but, at the same time, Manning can't bump Welker and risk the flag.
Texans D4: Start at the 20.
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster, 6
2nd and 4: Foster, 0
3rd and 4: Schaub pass knocked down by Vince!
4th and 4: Punt!
Pats D4: Start at the 33.
1st and 10: Ridley, 2
2nd and 8: Brady to Hernandez, 6
3rd and 2: Brady to Lloyd, incomplete. James applied pressure.
4th and 2: Punt.
Texans D5: Start at the 11.
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 25
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster, dropped
2nd and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 9
3rd and 1: Foster, 6
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster, 3
2nd and 7: Foster, 9. Really good run.
1st and 10: Schuab pass batted by Jones, incomplete
2nd and 10: Forsett, -2. Vince and Mayo with the play.
3rd and 12: Schaub to Jean, 7. Texans take timeout to get set for a 4th down attempt.
4th and 5: Schaub to Walter, incomplete!
Pats D5: Start at the 33
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, just a little high.
2nd and 10: Vereen, 4. We missed this snap. This is inexcusible in December. We've had 3 missed, or close to missed, snaps. Serious lack of professionism by ESPN.
3rd and 6: Brady to Lloyd, 10. Negated by OPI on Aaron. Good call.
3rd and 16: Brady to Woodhead, incomplte. Bad throw by Brady.
4th and 16: Punt.
We blew an opportunity there.
Texans D6: Start at the 34, after an ugly Mesko punt.
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster on the Ray Rice screen, 21
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster, incomplete
2nd and 10: Pats timeout, 2:38 in the half. We have 1 left.
2nd and 10: Foster, 0
3rd and 10: Offsides on Scott.
3rd and 5: Schaub to Johnson, great pass breakup, and almost a pick by Talib. Talib hurt, Pats lose timeout #3.
4th and 5: Schaub to Walter, overthrown!
Pats D6: Start at the 38
1st and 10: Vereen, 1
2nd and 9: Brady to Lloyd, 6
3rd and 3: Brady to Hernandez, Quinn defends the pass nicely.
4th and 3: Punt
Texans D7: Start at the 20. Texans have 2 timeouts and 41 seconds.
1st and 10: Schaub to Daniels, 11.
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, Dennard breaks the pass up
2nd and 10: Schaub to Jean, way too high, incomplete.
3rd and 10: Foster, 9.
A good first half, but the Houston D is playing better in the second half. Our last 3 drives were 3 and out, and I don't think we've had 3 3 and outs in a game all season. We need at least 2 more TDs, and we need a couple real drives, especially if Talib is out the rest of the way.
"I never thought one of these could feel as good as the first one, but this one does. If you are a true Patriot fan you know exactly what I mean." Robert Kraft, Owner, New England Patriots, Super Bowl 49 postgame speech.