Brady Bitches, Gronk Cheap Shots, and Pats Win

Monday, December 04, 2017
GoLocalProv Sports Team

Rob Gronkowski's dirty hit
Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels engaged in a heated screaming match on the sideline, tight end Rob Gronkowski landed a cheap shot on Buffalo corner back Tre' Davious White and the New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-3 on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.

The Patriots have now won eight straight games and 14 straight on the road dating back to last season. 

New England improves to 10-2 on the season and in first place in the AFC. 

Patriots Pull Away in 2nd Half 

After a first half full of field goals, the Patriots opened the second half with a 9-3 lead and the ball.

The Patriots opened the half with a ten play, 70-yard drive capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by Burkhead to give the Patriots a 16-3 lead following a Stephen Gostkowski extra point.

Burkhead scored his second touchdown of the game later in the quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run to put the Patriots up 23-3 following a Gostkowski extra point.

Burkhead finished the game with 12 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Dion Lewis led all running backs with 15 carries for 92 yards.

Gronkowski Could Face Discipline from League

Late in the fourth quarter with the game in hand, Brady threw a pass to Rob Gronkowski that was picked off by Buffalo's Tre'Davious White. 

With White on the ground, Gronkowski threw himself at White, appearing to injure him with a late hit. 

Gronkowski was called for a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, but was not ejected from the game. 

First Half of Field Goals

The Patriots opened the game with field goals at the end of the first quarter and midway through the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead.

The field goal in the first quarter came after a 14 play, 59-yard drive giving the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

The field goal followed an incomplete pass from Brady to Brandin Cooks on third and 11. Following the play, As Brady walks off the field onto the sideline, McDaniels says “he was wide open.” Brady then proceeds to scream at McDaniels for several seconds before walking away.

Gostkowski’s second field goal came in the second quarter and capped off a seven play, 56-yard drive to put New England up 6-0 in the game.

The Bills got a field goal of their own with three minutes left in the half when kicker Stephen Hauschka converted a 49-yard field goal to cut the Patriots lead to 6-3.

Just before the half, the Patriots would get a 39-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to take a 9-3 lead into the break.

Next Up 

The Patriots return to action on Monday, December 11 when they visit the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. 

Game time is set for 8:30 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 At Least 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, The 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. 

  • 7.

    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, they've had 14 straight winning 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 5.

    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. 

  • 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 tieing his boyhood idle Joe Montana and is 4-2 in the Super Bowl and has 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  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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