Tom Brady heats up, giving Patriots 13-7 halftime lead

AP

Tom Brady ended the half leading the Patriots on scoring drives of 75 and 22 yards, giving them a 13-7 halftime lead.

Brady went 10-for-10 for 100 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter after a rough start. His 5-yard pass to Chris Hogan with 3:42 remaining until halftime gave back the lead to the Patriots.

The Patriots drove to the Tampa Bay 5 but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with 40 seconds left in the half.

New England held the Bucs to 123 total yards as Jameis Winston went 8-of-16 for 71 yards. But the Patriots had back-to-back penalties before the end of the half that gave Tampa Bay an untimed field-goal try.

Deatrich Wise Jr. and Cassius Marsh both had late hits on Winston, giving the Bucs 30 yards in penalty yardage and a chance at a 56-yard field goal. But Nick Folk‘s kick was wide right.

The teams got into before the late hits, with officials separating several players, including DeSean Jackson.

11 responses to “Tom Brady heats up, giving Patriots 13-7 halftime lead

  1. I was under the impression the front of the end zone is just like every other part of the field. Your feet would have to be down to actually have it ruled a catch no matter where the ball was.

    It was ruled a TD but Hogan never had possession in the end zone?

  2. Just rewatched the Hogan TD. His feet do not come down until he is out of the end zone and back to the 1 yard line. How do you have possession in the end zone without getting any feet down?

  3. war27 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    Just rewatched the Hogan TD. His feet do not come down until he is out of the end zone and back to the 1 yard line. How do you have possession in the end zone without getting any feet down?
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    It is no different than any other forward progress play. How long have you been watching football?

  4. Just rewatched the Hogan TD. His feet do not come down until he is out of the end zone and back to the 1 yard line. How do you have possession in the end zone without getting any feet down?

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    I absolutely agree. If a catch along the side line can be prevented by shoving the player out of bounds after he secures the ball but before his feet come down, then the Hogan catch should not be a touchdown using the same logic.

    I get the forward progress argument, but it seems inconsistent to me to count forward progress when the catch technically has not been completed until the feet touch.

  5. matman13 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I get the forward progress argument, but it seems inconsistent to me to count forward progress when the catch technically has not been completed until the feet touch.
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    Your QB throws you a pass that you go up high for at your 3, I get hold of you before your feet touch the ground and our momentum carries us into the end zone. Did I just score a safety? Of course not, the ball is spotted at the 3.

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