By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In the battle of goats, the New England Patriots defeated Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Patriots won 31=17 over the Packers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The Patriots improved to 7-2 on the season. The team has won five games at home.
New England has now won six straight games.
The Packers fell to 3-4-1 on the season. All four of their losses have come on the road.
Green Bay has lost back-to-back games.
Tom Brady now has a win against Aaron Rodgers. The Packers legend won their last meeting on Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as Green Bay won 26-21.
The all-time series between the teams are now 6-6. However, New England holds a 6-5 advantage in the regular season. Green Bay won the only playoff meeting on January 26th, 1997 in Super Bowl XXXI with a 35-21 score.
Brady — Patriots quarterback — went 22 of 35 for 294 yards. He also had a touchdown.
Cordarrelle Patterson had 11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown. James White had 12 carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns. Julian Edelman had two carries for 28 yards.
“He’s done an incredible job and so much of our team is guys being in roles that maybe they didn’t sign up for that particular role, but they’re asked to do it because [of] injuries and attrition,” Brady said of Patterson. “We’ve been at this for nine games plus four preseason games — 13 — plus two weeks of camp — 15 weeks.
“A lot of guys go down and you’re short at certain spots. Obviously, we have a lot of trust in him that when he’s got the ball in his hands, good things are going to happen. So, it ended up being a great game for him.”
Josh Gordon had five receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. White had six receptions for 72 yards, while Edelman had six receptions for 71 yards. Philip Dorsett had three receptions for 30 yards.
Rodgers — Packers quarterback — went 24 of 43 for 259 yards. He also had two touchdowns.
Aaron Jones had 14 carries for 76 yards. Jamaal Williams had seven carries for 34 yards.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had three receptions for 101 yards. Jimmy Graham also had four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Davante Adams had six receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.
“I mean he made two great catches back-to-back plays,” Rodgers said of Valdes-Scantling. “An adjustment on the third-and-1 to take it down the sidelines and when the ball left my hand, I thought it was not a great throw and he came down with it, both feet in-bounds, fantastic, moving to the number two spot on the left side. And he made a fingertip catch in tight coverage the next play.
“So those are plays that you love and you know, he dropped one early. But I told him at halftime, ‘I’m going to come back to you.’ And sure enough, on that first drive, they brought empty pressure, we picked it up and hit him for a big play that kind of got us back in the game, went on to score a touchdown. But again, to your point, the frustrating thing is that it’s like great drive, sputter, spin our wheels, great drive, three-and-out. No consistency.”
New England scored 14 points in the second-half. White scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Brady also hit Gordon for a 55-yard touchdown reception.
Green Bay scored 7 points in the second-half. Rodgers hit Graham for a 15-yard touchdown reception.
The Patriots led 17-10 at halftime. White scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown. Patterson also scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown.
Stephen Gostkowski also made a 28-yard field goal.
Packers’ Rodgers hit Adams for a two-yard touchdown reception. Mason Crosby also made a 29-yard field goal.
“We need to,” Rodgers said after being asked if he and Adams have to play off the charts to be successful. “We expect to. Davante’s a tough cover and I expect to play great every week. We’ve got to keep finding ways to get him the ball and got to keep moving him around.
“We did a good job at night at moving him around outside, number two, number three. But I’ve got to keep looking his way.”