video: Patriots Hold On to Beat Tampa Bay 19-14

Friday, October 06, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Chris Hogan caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season PHOTO: Patriots
The New England Patriots edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 on Thursday night in Tampa. 

The win ties Tom Brady with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for most regular season wins by a starting quarterback. 

“Wish we could have scored more points, but the defense really held their own. We battled, couldn’t get enough done to ultimately get the ball in the end zone, but glad we won,” said Brady in his post game press conference.

The Patriots are now 3-2 on the season, while Tampa drops to 2-2.

Patriots Grind Out Win

Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, Brady hit Chris Hogan for a five-yard touchdown pass to give New England a 10-7 lead following the extra point by Stephen Gostkowski. The touchdown catch was Hogan's fifth of the season. 

The Patriots would extend the lead to 16-7 after a Gostkowski 23 yard field goal with 40 seconds left in the first half.

The Bucs had opportunities to cut into the Patriots lead in the form of field goals, however kicker NIck Folk missed three field goals costing Tampa nine points. 

"I took points off the board, we should have won the game 20-19. This one is on me," Folk said after the game. 

Tampa cut the Patriots lead to just two points when Jameis Winston found Cameron Brate to make it 16-14 with 2:09 left to play in the game.

On the Patriots ensuing possession, the Patriots ran three plays before Gostkowski kicked a 48-yard field goal to extend the Patriots lead to 19-14.

The Buccaneers had one final possession, but a Winston pass into the end zone to win the game fell incomplete.

"Certainly there are things in all three phases of the game that we can do better and need to do better, but it was good to come down here and get a win," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in his post game press conference. 

Brady completed 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also had a fumble in the game. 

He is now 5-0 all-time against the Buccaneers. 

Quarterback Hits Continue to Pile Up 

Brady has been sacked 16 times this season
The Patriots won the game, but the hits to Brady continue to pile up. 

Brady was sacked three times in the game, giving him 16 sacks on the season. He was hit seven times in the game and now has been hit 34 times on the season. 

That is tied for second-most in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. 

"it's just football, I'll be there next Sunday," Brady said after the game. 

Only the Arizona Cardinals have given up more qb hits (43) than the Patriots and Browns. 

Next Up 

The Patriots now have ten days off before returning to action on Sunday, October 15 when they visit the New York Jets. 

Game time is set for 1 p.m. 

  • 10.

     Free Agency/Salary Cap Era Dominance 

    Since the beginning of the free agency and salary cap era in 1993, no coach and team has been more well-known for shrewd moves to stay under the salary cap and bringing in free agents to supplement the talent on his team, and win at the same time, as the New England Patriots. 

    In 2001, coach Belichick brought in free agents David Patten, Larry Izzo, Mike Vrabel, Antowain Smith, Bryan Cox and Roman Phifer. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl. 

    Belichick continued to bring in major free agents for the Patriots’ other Super Bowl runs. Whether it was Roosevelt Colvin and Rodney Harrison in 2003 or trading for Corey Dillon in 2004. 

    Belichick has also not been afraid to let star players walk. This includes allowing Ty Law to leave in 2005, Willie McGinest and Adam Vinatieri to leave and trading Deion Branch in 2006 or letting Asante Samuel leave in 2008.

    Belichick has also not been afraid to pull the trigger on major trades just prior to the season starting. Trading players like Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour and Logan Mankins less than a month before the start of those respective seasons. 

    Despite all of these moves, the Patriots have continued to win year in and year out. 

     
  • 9.

    12 Straight Seasons of atLeast 10 Wins or More

    The New England Patriots have had at least 10 wins in a season for 12 straight seasons. The last time the Patriots didn't have at least 10 wins in a season was in 2002 when they went 9-7 the year after winning a Super Bowl. 

    In this stretch, New England has won 16 games once, 12 games four times, 14 games three times, 13 and 11 games once and ten games two times. 

     
  • 8.

    As the game changes, Patriots still win. 

    When the Patriots started this incredible run in 2001, the game was much different then it is today. 

    The running game was still emphasized and defense's were allowed to be much more physical then they are in the game today. 

    Today's game features rules that are structured to help the offense score more points and teams, including the Patriots, have had to change the way they play defense and the way they hit, due to the emphasis on concussion prevention. 

    Through all the rule changes that the league has undergone, the Patriots have still won, year in and year out. 

     
  • 5.

    14 Consecutive Winning Seasons

    In Bill Belichick's first season in New England, 2000, the Patriots went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Since then, the Patriots have not had a losing season, not even a .500 season, 14 straight winning seasons. 

    Looking at all the seasons, one of the most impressive seasons still remains the 2008 season. Tom Brady got hurt in the first game and was out for the season and Matt Cassell stepped in to replace him. 

    The Patriots went 11-5 that year but missed the playoffs due to a tie breaker that they lost. 

    That particular season has to be one of Bill Belichicks greatest jobs in his time here. Nobody saw the Patriots going 11-5 that season after Brady went down. 

     
  • 7.

    9 Conference Championship Appearances 

    In the Brady/ Belichick era, the Patriots have been to nine AFC Championship games and have won six of them. 

    New England is currently in a stretch in which they have gone to four straight championship games, three of which were held at Gillette Stadium. 

    To put this in perspective, Peyton Manning has lost in the first round nine times in his career and the New York Jets have only ever been to four Conference Championship games in franchise history since the AFL - NFL merger. 

    To be a final four team in nine of 14 seasons is pretty impressive for the New England Patriots, or for that matter, any other team. 

     
  • 6.

    12 Division Titles- 6 Straight

    The New England Patriots have now won 12 AFC East titles in 14 years and are currently in the middle of a stretch in which they have won six straight. 

    With the rest of the AFC East still a disaster, one has to believe that the Pats will be adding a few more titles before the Belichick-Brady era is over. 

     
  • 4.

    6 Conference Championships

    The Patriots have been the best team in the AFC six times in the 14 year run of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. 

    Of the six games the Patriots won, they were favored in four of them and four of the six games were played at Gillette Stadium. 

    The six conference Championship wins are as follows:

    • 2001- At Pittsburgh - Pats win 24-17
    • 2003- vs Colts - Pats Win 24-14 
    • 2004- At Pittsburgh - Pats Win 41-27
    • 2007- vs San Diego - Pats Win 21-12
    • 2011- vs Baltimore - Pats Win 23-20
    • 2015- vs Colts - Pats Win 45-7 

    Photo courtesy of Au Kirk, Flickr

     
  • 3.

    4 Rings- 6 Appearances

    In the Patriots six appearences in the Super Bowl, they have come out of it with four championships, including a stretch of three in four years. 

    The Patriots Super Bowl Wins are as follows: 

    • 2001 vs St. Louis Rams - Pats Win 20-17 
    • 2003 vs Carolina - Pats Win 32-29
    • 2004 vs Philidelphia - Pats Win 24-21
    • 2015 vs Seattle - Pats Win 28-24

     

     

     
  • 2.

    Tom Brady- Greatest QB Ever?

    Tom Brady now has four Super Bowl rings in his career tying his boyhood idol Joe Montana and is 4-2 in the Super Bowl with three Super Bowl MVP's. 

    Brady is the all-time leader in playoff passing yards with over 7,000 yards through the air and is the all -time leader in playoff wins with 21. Brady is 21-8 in the playoffs all-time. 

    Brady also has the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history with 13 (Montana had 11)  and has the most touchdown passes in playoff history with 53. 

    Brady is in the top five in career passing yards with over 53,000 and has a good chance to be in the top three by the time his career is over. 

    Tom Brady has 45 career game winning drives, which is tied for fourth all-time, and Brady is also fourth with 35 come from behind wins, 9 of which came in the playoffs. 

    The New England Patriots are the greatest team of all-time because they have the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. 

     
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