New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Video and Analysis
This one was a lot closer than expected.
The New England Patriots came in as huge favorites against the Washington Redskins. After a strong defensive start, the Patriots defense reverted back to their normal selves allowing over 300 passing yards and 150 rushing yards.
Tom Brady got off to a rough start as he went in to halftime with a completion percentage under 50%. He picked it up in the second half and finished going 22 for 37 for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski continues his dominance with six receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also captures the single season record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end. "Gronk" continues to prove that he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL already.
Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu continues to rumble with 27 carries for 127 yards. This is Helu's third straight game with 100 yards rushing. He is proving to be one of the few bright spots on an otherwise poor Redskins' team.
Even though it was a close one, a win is a win. The Patriots once again put on display their greatest strength and their greatest flaw. Something needs to be done about that secondary if the Patriots plan on having any kind of postseason success.
Final Score: Patriots 34, Redskins 27
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Brady lines up in victory formation and takes the knee.
It was a close one right down to the finish, but the Patriots come out on top.
Patriots 34, Redskins 27.
Rex Grossman throws to Santana Moss which gets in his hands, but the ball is tipped out and lands right in to the hands of Jerod Mayo.
Normally, we would jump all over Grossman for the turnover in the big situation, but this one certainly was not his fault. It was just a nice play by the Patriots defense.
They are reviewing whether or not Mayo controlled the ball the whole way through the catch.
If it is upheld, this one is over.
Grossman completes a pass to Santana Moss for a touchdown, but it is called back due to offensive pass interference.
Redskins are pushed back to the 15-yard line.
We reach the two minute warning and the Redskins are inside New England's ten.
The Patriots have been successful this season in this part of the field. They haven't done well at all today against the Redskins.
They'll need to come up big here or it will be on Tom Brady's shoulders to win the game.
Huge play down field to Jabar Gaffney for 23 yards.
Gaffney was wide open just sitting in the Patriots' zone defense. That gives him six receptions for 92 yards and touchdown today.
The Patriots have to start doing something different with this secondary. Washington's receivers are just running to a spot and sitting down. Grossman just has to put it on the numbers and its a completion.
If they don't, this lead won't last long.
Patriots' offensive coordinator and Tom Brady are seen getting in to a heated argument on the sidelines. Most likely due to the frustration of not being able to finish like they should have.
Meanwhile the Redskins are driving as Evan Royster continues to improve his stat sheet with a run that gets them across midfield.
A fantastic interception in the back of the end zone by Josh Wilson.
This comes after another dropped touchdown, this time by Wes Welker. Tom Brady could have six touchdowns today if they had been able to capitalize on all of the scoring chances they had.
The Redskins change the momentum of the game with that turnover and will start at their own 20-yard line looking to tie this one up.
Another completion to Aaron Hernandez for 14 yards. Danny Woodhead picks up a first down of his own as he turns the corner getting down to Washington's six yard line.
The Patriots will look to make it a two score game with under seven minutes to play.
Aaron Hernandez picks up his fifth reception of the day and he has 70 yards total.
Hernandez has been overshadowed by Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position, but he is putting together a strong season himself. You can't say enough about how much these two guys have done for the Patriots offense.
Devin McCourty is responsible for another incompletion on third down to force another Redskins punt.
Not sure why he is dancing around so much considering he is responsible for most of the Redskins points today.
Patriots will take over on Washington's 49-yard line.
Rex Grossman has a big play taken away by a holding call.
Rookie offensive tackle Hurt is nailed with the call. He is replacing Jamaal Brown who was hurt during warm ups.
It is clear that missing their two starting offensive tackles is hurting the Skins protection.
New England chips their way down field, but after two failed runs its fourth down.
Zoltan Mesko makes another appearance and punts the ball in to the end zone. Grossman and the Redskins will take over at their own 20.
Tom Brady and company finish up the third quarter with a completion to Wes Welker.
This is a great opportunity for the Patriots to extend their lead. They can't rely on their defense to make consistent stops for the rest of the game. It'll be crucial to get down the field and make this a two score game.
Lets see if they can keep their rhythm from last drive going.
As the third quarter is running down Devin McCourty does a great job of tipping a pass away from Donte Stallworth. It was his first really nice defensive play of the game.
Grossman throws an ugly pass out of bounds and the Redskins are forced to punt.
The Redskins pick up right where they left off on their last drive.
They are having a lot of success in the run game as they now have 127 rushing yards as a team. Of course Roy Helu is leading the way, but Evan Royster put together a great run on this drive.
Grossman avoids the pass rush and finds Royster for the first down.
Touchdown Wes Welker!
Tom Brady does another great job of avoiding the pass rush and completes a pass to a wide open Wes Welker over the middle.
Welker makes it in to the end zone relatively untouched and puts the Pats back on top. That is Brady's third passing touchdown on the day.
Patriots 34, Redskins 27.
New England starts off their drive with a short completion to Aaron Hernandez and then a run to Kevin Faulk.
Brady follows it up with his classic QB sneak on third and one to pick up the first down. He may be the best in the league at that.
Brady avoids the pass rush and hits Aaron Hernandez for a 29 yard pass.
They are picking up momentum now.
Another wide open receiver in the end zone and Grossman slings it in there to tie this one up. The Patriots secondary is just brutal today even in the red zone where they have found some success this year.
With 6:58 left in the third quarter the extra point is good.
Patriots 27, Redskins 27.
A short screen to Evan Royster goes nowhere, but Vince Wilfork diving on Royster when he had fallen on his own earns him an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Roy Helu follows that up with a 13-yard run to New England's five yard line and gives him a 100 yards rushing on the day.
Roy Helu bobbles the ball in the back field, but is able to pick it up for a loss of two yards. Rex Grossman completes a short pass to Santana Moss for the first down.
The Patriots have got to be able to make those stops on third down.
The Redskins come out hot again with a big pass play to Jabar Gaffney followed by a nice run by Roy Helu.
Patriots' safety James Ihedigbo was injured during the play.
Tom Brady floats one over the defenders head in to the waiting hands of Rob Gronkowski. Gronk shakes off linebacker Ryan Kerrigan with easy and rumbles for a touchdown.
Gronkowski is going to be a scary threat for defenses for a long, long time.
The extra point is good and the Patriots take the lead.
Patriots 27, Redskins 20.
Wes Welker finally get involved for the first time today.
He has three receptions on this drive after being shut down for almost the entire first half. The Redskins are trying the defensive formula of taking Welker out of the game and putting pressure on Brady.
Its working so far.
DeAngelo Hall gets tagged for a holding call. He decides to pick up the flag and throw it himself.
That earns him another flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Not a smart play especially when the Redskins defense has been playing so well.
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