Did you give up? Did you shut off your TV? Go to bed?
Well you missed it.
Before I get to my recap, a few observations. First off, a seven o’clock start is awesome. Baseball starts their games at seven on the east coast, so should football. Having the game over at 10:15 opposed to midnight was great. Especially for those of us that wake up at 5:30AM.
Finally, the Pat Patriot throw backs are awesome but you get the sense after last night that they still have a losing stigma to them. I loved seeing them all in the throw backs but I was seriously waiting for them to pull a Mighty Ducks and switch back to the flying Elvis at halftime.
Now the game itself. I’ll start by saying that Matt Light should tenure his resignation this morning. Every play yesterday had Aaron Schobel looking like a world beater. With the exception of the plays that Belichick benched Light and brought in Sebastian Vollmer the 6’8″ 315 pound rookie monster out of Houston. He just pushed Schobel out of the way like it was his job. Wait, that is his job? Would someone tell Matt Light the job requirements. He sucked huge donkey cock last night.
I’ll skip right to the fourth quarter on the recap. That’s when the Bills drove down the field and the Patriots stopped them. Then they were flagged with the biggest piece of shit bullshit fucking assclown roughing the passer call (the biggest since the Wilfork call in the endzone which would have given the Pats a safety. Fucking horseshit). That of course gave the Bills a fresh set of downs and a fifteen yard gain. They proceeded to score and make it a 24-13 game.
Figuring that was enough football for me in Methuen, I ran out to my car and turned on the radio. I then got to listen to one of the best comebacks in recent memory. The Pats went no huddle on their ensuing possession and marched down the field. The drive was capped with a bullet from Brady to Watson. To hear this on the radio gave it no justice. They talked about the threading of the needle, but seeing the replay I think Peyton Manning is the only quarterback in the league besides Brady who makes that accurate a throw. And credit to Watson for not having stone hands and making the great catch.
A shade over two minutes left on the clock and the Patriots with all three time outs. The Bills expected onside kick but the radio guys (is there anyone better than Gil and Gino?) said with the timeouts the Pats would kick it long and leave it up to their defense to stop the Bills.
Then a miracle.
As Leodis McKelvin was returning the kick, Meriweather stopped him, Pierre Woods stripped the ball and the kicker Stephen Gostkowski made the recovery. It was McKelvin’s second fumble on a kick off return, the first recovered by the Pats. The one turnover the Patriots needed. Sure enough Brady to Watson again on another beautiful pass and the Pats have a 25-24 lead. But another failed two point conversion kept you on the edge of your seat. While driving that’s pretty hard.
Needless to say the Pats defense, that played well given this was their first game together as a unit, stopped the Bills attempt to get into field goal range and the Pats held on for the win. Like the headline reads, from the jaws of defeat the Pats snatched victory.
How does this bode for the rest of the season? We’ll get into that tomorrow. For now let’s savor the victory and the 1-0 Patriots.