Box Score Bank: Carroll's Last Stand


Box Score Bank: Carroll's Last Stand

On Sunday in Seattle, the Patriots will face off with Pete Carroll for the first time since he was fired by the Krafts. So let's Box Score Bank-it back to Carroll's last game as HC of the NWP.

January 2, 2000

"Smooth" by Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) was the No. 1 song in America. The Green Mile was atop the box office. The night before Tom Brady had played the last game of his college career, leading Michigan to a 35-34 OT victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl.

And down at old Foxboro Stadium, the Pats were sending their coach out in style with a beat down of the Baltimore Ravens.

FINAL SCORE: Patriots 20, Ravens 3

The Pats offense on this afternoon was about as bland as Carroll's coaching tenure. They scored on two field goals (one of the 25-yard variety) and a one-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe to Mighty Mike Bartrum.

Bledsoe threw for 108 yards; Terry Allen was the leading rusher with 26 yards.

However, as we'll all be reminded on Sunday, Pete Carroll knows how to coach himself some defense, and he had the Pats 'D' rolling against the Ravens.

They picked up seven sacks on Tony Banks and Hall of Famer Stoney Case, including two each by Henry Thomas and Ted Johnson. Lawyer Milloy had a sack AND an interception one of two for the Pats. And the highlight of the day came in the fourth quarter, when Chad Eaton picked up a fumbled and rambled 23 yards for the game-sealing score.

With the win, the Pats finished with a record of 8-8.

A fitting end to a mediocre era.

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Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip


Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on its own feel, its own flavor and - eventually - its own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”

Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out


Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City. Andrews, who hasn’t all practice all week with an illness, is one of four Pats listed as out on the injury report released Friday.


Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who didn’t play last week against the Broncos is also out, along with wide receiver Chris Hogan and special teams captain Matthew Slater. Offensive linemen Ted Karras and Joe Thuney each took reps at center so one of them will likely start in Andrews’ absence. LaAdrian Waddle filled in for Cannon and performed well last week vs. Denver. 

Here’s the full injury report for the Patriots and Raiders: