New England Patriots rookie Chase Winovich has scored his first career touchdown.
Patriots running back Brandon Bolden broke through the New York Giants offensive line near the end of the first quarter and blocked a punt, sending the ball high in the air. Winovich caught the ball and ran it into the end zone for the game's first score.
Winovich's touchdown was a much-needed breakthrough for the Patriots after their offense struggled to get anything going offensively in the first quarter.
New England's other blocked punt on the season came in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, and special teams ace Matthew Slater returned that one for a touchdown as well.
Special teams has been a real strength for the Patriots in 2019.
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Now that Tom Brady has been gone for three weeks, he figured it was time to say goodbye Monday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback posted a tribute video to the New England Patriots on Instagram, thanking the fans and players for 20 years of memories.
If Brady's former teammates are salty about the QB joining the Bucs in free agency, they certainly didn't show it publicly. A host of current and former Patriots players paid their respects to Brady in the Instagram comment section.
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Here's a brief rundown:
- Quarterback Jarrett Stidham: "TB!"
- Retired tight end Ben Watson: "Love you bro. As crazy as it was, I’m grateful for last year. Salute"
- Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu: 🐐🙏🏾 (Goat emoji; prayer emoji)
- Current Raiders offensive tackleTrent Brown: "Love ya 12"
- Offensive guard Joe Thuney: "The absolute greatest!"
Sounds like Brady's former teammates still respect the six-time Super Bowl champion.
In addition to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (goat emoji) and (randomly) Spanish soccer star Xabi Alonso (three clapping emojis), one of Brady's new teammates also chimed in: Bucs linebacker Devin White.
"Let’s keep it going," White wrote.
It's a bit strange to see Brady's former and current teammates crossing paths after he spent two decades with one team. But there will be a lot to get used to as the 42-year-old embraces his new "challenge."
The New England Patriots have won a lot of games over the course of the past two decades. Under Bill Belichick, they've been as well-coached as they come and they simply do a lot of the little things right.
With that said, one of the big reasons that they've avoided losing? Typically, if a team wins the game by double digits, it's going to be the Patriots.
According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have been far and away the league's best in games decided by 10+ points since 2001.
That's wildly impressive. Officially, they've won 83 percent of their games that are decided by double figures. To further contextualize how crazy this stat is, the team with the second-most double-digit wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has 104, a full 38 less than the Patriots.
That's absolutely mind-blowing.
Some will argue that part of the Patriots' success in this area is related to playing in the AFC East; the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets rank in the bottom 11 in this category. But even still, the Patriots' consistency in this category is remarkable, and it's just another feather in the cap of Belichick from his two decades in charge of this team.
It will be interesting to see if Belichick can replicate this success without Tom Brady at the helm. Their performance in such affairs will surely be something to watch as they start a new quarterback -- perhaps Jarrett Stidham -- permanently for the first time since Brady took over as the starter back in 2001.