Patriots’ fake punt keeps drive alive, leads to touchdown

AP

The Patriots went three-and-almost-out on their first drive, gaining only 2 yards on their first three plays. The Patriots lined up in punt formation, but from their own 27, on fourth-and-eight, Nate Ebner took the direct snap and ran around right end for 14 yards.

Four plays later, Rex Burkhead was in the end zone from 2 yards out.

The Patriots lead 7-0 with 11:39 remaining in the first quarter after that opening eight-play, 75-yard drive.

Tom Brady went 2-for-4 for 41 yards. Phillip Dorsett caught one pass for 39 yards.

The only bad news for the Patriots is that Ebner injured his knee on the fake. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain as he left for the locker room. New England has ruled him out.

12 responses to “Patriots’ fake punt keeps drive alive, leads to touchdown

  1. And the injury train grows. Ebner is OUT and it looked AWFULLY bad he was holding his ankle/knee. It’s going to be tough winning without his special teams play.

    I’m sure he is hurting but excited after yesterday in the big out house:) O-H!!!!!!

  2. The defense and special teams are clicking at the right time for the Patriots. I don’t see how they don’t go 17-2.

  3. wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    Fake punts should be illegal
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    Unless your dollyfins succeed at one, then they would be genius. Poor lil chipwibby you are in for a long day.

  4. “What was Gase thinking electing to kickoff?”

    He was thinking the Pats elect to kickoff so they can engineer scoring at the end of the half and then get the ball to start the 2nd half and often score again. That gives a 2 score swing in the Pats favor that most teams simply can’t over come. They have been the best in the league at doing so for years.

  5. “Fake punts should be illegal”

    Oh yes by all means lets outlaw a play that’s been in the game since there has been football just because the Pats executed one perfectly and you hate the Pats.

    SMH the whole board is laughing at you.

  6. brady showed his age on that fumble.

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    idiots come in all shapes and sizes. Yeah Tommy was under center it was his fault. It was TEDDY KARRAS who is starting at center in place of David Andrews who is injured. He botched the snap not Tom.

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    “What was Gase thinking electing to kickoff?”

    He was thinking the Pats elect to kickoff so they can engineer scoring at the end of the half and then get the ball to start the 2nd half and often score again.
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    Which should have no bearing on avoiding his team being down before the offense ever takes the field

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