Patriots vs. Saints: Live updates

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Tom Brady orchestrated an 8-play, 70-yard drive with less than two minutes remaining in the game, capping it off with a game-winning 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins as the Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints, 30-27. 

Brady found Thompkins in the end zone with five seconds left in the game. 

It was a quick turnaround for the Patriots after Brady had thrown an interception with 2:16 left.

Saints receiver Kenny Stills caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots behind before they kicked it into gear in the final minutes.  

The Patriots are now 5-1 on the season. 

Brady finished 25 of 43 for 269 yards. He was 5 of 8 for 70 yards and a touchdown on the game-winning drive. 

Running back Stevan Ridley, in his return from knee injury, ran for 96 yards on 20 carries. 

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski made field goals of 23, 54, and 35 yards. 

Saints running back Khiry Robinson ran in 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter and teammate Garrett Hartley kicked a 28-yard field goal.

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley punched in two touchdown runs, a 4-yarder and 1-yarder,  in the second quarter.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees hit Travaris Cadet for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:03:06 PM
    Hello there. I'm here at Gillette Stadium and ready to get this party started.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:03:52 PM
    We're waiting on inactives, which should actually tell us quite a bit for today's game, including the availability of center Ryan Wendell who suffered a concussion against the Bengals. He was limited in practice all week.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:05:43 PM

    It's 60 degrees in Foxborough and the temperatures are expected to drop only slightly. According to Weather.com, there is no chance of rain despite the clouds. We should see more sun soon.

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:06:49 PM
    Projected starting lineups:
    Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.

    Patriots offense: WR Julian Edelman, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, WR Danny Amendola, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

    Patriots defense: DT Joe Vellano, DT Chris Jones, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Steve Gregory.

    Saints offense: WR Marques Colston, LT Charles Brown, LG Ben Grubbs, C Brian de la Puente, RG Jahri Evans, RT Zach Strief, TE Jimmy Graham, WR Lance Moore, QB Drew Brees, FB Jed Collins, RB Pierre Thomas.

    Saints defense: DE Akiem Hicks, NT Brodrick Bunkley, DE Cameron Jordan, OLB Junior Galette, ILB David Hawthorne, ILB Curtis Lofton, Parys Haralson, LCB Jabari Greer, S Kenny Vaccaro, S Malcolm Jenkins, RCB Keenan Lewis.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:07:34 PM
    TV/Radio: FOX (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak) and Sports USA (Larry Kahn, Ross Tucker, Troy West).
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:09:05 PM
    Here's what you should be looking for in today's game:

    1. Does Stevan Ridley give the Patriots a boost? – The third-year running back is listed as questionable for today's game. He missed last week's game against the Bengals with a knee injury. It just so happens that the Patriots had a season-low 82 yards rushing in his absence, brought on by both a lack of production at his position and a viable passing attack. We know Ridley can help. But will the Patriots consistently go to him?

    2. Improvement upon improvement – We're now a month away from the debacle that was the New York Jets game, in which Patriots receivers were so far off their marks with Tom Brady that the veteran quarterback's frustrations were quite visible. In the weeks following, we've seen the Patriots' new receivers – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, and even Danny Amendola – prove to be much more on the same page, but quite far off from consistent. They've had issues with drops (Amendola had three last week) and running the right routes. So now, against a formidable defense and the class of the NFC, would be a good time to show that they have demonstrably improved.

    3. Accuracy under pressure – This year, unlike so many others, Tom Brady is having a hard time completing passes under pressure. Part of it is his fresh group of receivers. But another part has been his own accuracy. When he's not under pressure, he's completed 61 percent of his throws, according to the statistics website ProFootballFocus.com. But when he is under pressure, that rate drops to 45.5 percent. When he's blitzed, he's completing 50 percent of his passes. Facing a Saints defense led by coordinator Rob Ryan, the Patriots are likely to see coverages that are meant to confuse and blitzes that are disguised. It is imperative for Brady to play well under pressure.

    4. Who is in, who is out? – We'll get official word 90 minutes before kickoff whether tight end Rob Gronkowski will play. He's still recovering from back and forearm surgeries. But we'll also see if center Ryan Wendell (concussion) will be available. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

    5. Will they hold the line? – The Patriots will be without defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who suffered a knee injury against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. He'll be replaced by Joe Vellano, Chris Jones, and Marcus Forston. It will be interesting to see how these interior linemen handle the Saints' running game, which is ranked 26th overall in the league (78.2 yards per game).

    6. Stopping Jimmy Graham – The Saints' tight end is 6-7 and provides a number of matchup problems across the field. Whether the Patriots put a linebacker, safety, or cornerback on Graham, he'll be hard to stop. He has 37 receptions on 51 targets for 593 yards and six touchdowns.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:10:29 PM

    Patriots players and coaches have noticed with Gronk not just that he's healthy, but his playing strength is back. That's led to questions.

    — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 13, 2013

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:11:09 PM

    My full report on Pats..RT...Sources: Gronk's absence creating tension http://t.co/AiOY7vlY7Q via @ESPNBoston

    — Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 13, 2013

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  • Interesting that Brees and Payton have been together since 2006 but today is their first game together at Gillette Stadium
  • Schefter on ESPN Sunday Countdown: "Rob Gronkowski has turned into the NFL version of Derrick Rose."
  • Notes: Explaining the Marquice Cole Roster Dance; London won't be calling the #Patriots ; and more b.globe.com/17vRVU9
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:19:38 PM
    In the latest "Getting to know" feature, the Globe's Shalise Manza Young gets up close with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. It turns out, if they made a movie of his life, it would be an action movie. And Talib would be both a good and bad guy. Read it here: www.boston.com
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:22:05 PM

    Text from Pats vet says @Edwerderespn story is dead on. Thinks bitterness over Gronk--vet's word--due to Gronk's off-season foibles.

    — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 13, 2013

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 6:54:08 PM
    Stevan Ridley is already on the field and warming up for the Patriots. Good sign for the running back after missing last week's game with a knee injury. Was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable for today's game.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:04:36 PM
    Patriots inactives: DL Tommy Kelly (knee) , WR Matthew Slater (wrist), OL Chris Barker, WR Josh Boyce, TE Rob Gronkowski (back / forearm), RB Leon Washington (ankle), S Tavon Wilson (hamstring).
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:05:07 PM
    The Patriots will have to do without Rob Gronkowski again after the recovering tight end was listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

    The all-pro tight end is still rehabbing from back and forearm surgeries

    Gronkowski joins DL Tommy Kelly (knee) , WR Matthew Slater (wrist), OL Chris Barker, WR Josh Boyce, RB Leon Washington (ankle) and S Tavon Wilson (hamstring) on the inactive list.

    Boyce and Barker are healthy scratches.

    Inactive for the Saints are WR Lance Moore, RB Mark Ingram, CB Rod Sweeting, S Roman Harper, T Zach Strief, DE Tyrunn Walker, and OLB Martez Wilson.
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  • Austin Collie is also active for the Pats after signing last week
  • a bit of a surprise to see Boyce inactive, but he's contributed very little to this point...Austin Collie is active
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:38:37 PM
    Wally, the Red Sox mascot, is in the building. Apparently he's here to promote the ALCS. The Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their series after the Patriots game. First pitch is 8:07 p.m. Plenty of time for both.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:39:10 PM
    Now Wally and Pat Patriot are messing around together with the Musket Men.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:44:16 PM
    I should point out that Ryan Wendell is active for today's game. He was listed as questionable on the injury report after being limited in practice all week. He had suffered a concussion against the Bengals.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:47:21 PM

    Spoke to Gronk's mom. She has an interesting take on what's gone on with the Pat's tight end. Check it out. http://t.co/c5C343gGbo

    — Karen Guregian (@kguregian) October 13, 2013

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 7:59:34 PM

    In case you're wondering, Stevan Ridley has a new haircut.

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:04:25 PM

    Jonathan Kraft says on #Patriots radio pregame show that he doesn't even know if Gronk is using Dr. Andrews for outside medical advice

    — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 13, 2013

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  • But Jonathan Kraft encourages Gronk to get outside medical advice, and said the team has no issues with Gronk taking things slowly
  • "No one here questions Rob’s desire or passion for the game," Jonathan Kraft said. "Rob’s gonna know when he can play."
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:14:17 PM
    Saints are on the field.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:16:34 PM

    It's 59 degrees 10 minutes before kickoff. Partly cloudy.

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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:16:48 PM
    The Patriots have taken the field.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:23:09 PM
    The Saints won the toss and have deferred. The Patriots will receive to start.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:24:35 PM
    LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden back deep.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:25:48 PM
    And we have kickoff.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:26:07 PM
    1st and 10 at the 23 ... 29 yard return by Blount.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:29:03 PM
    Brady converts on first third down with throw to Julian Edelman. So far, so good.
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  • Edelman put like 4 moves on Malcolm Jenkins before finally getting open. Looks like he bruised a thigh or knee on the hit
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:32:59 PM
    Tom Brady just high stepped to a first down. You don't see that every day.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:37:25 PM
    9:54 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Saints 0 -- The Patriots went 2 for 3 on third downs in their opening drive of the game, marching 60 yards on 14 plays before settling for a 35-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. Tom Brady took a 5-yard sack on third down at the Saints' 12-yard line. Brady had scrambled for a first down two plays prior, high stepping his way to 11 yards, and threw a 15-yard pass to Julian Edelman on another third down. There was nobody open on that final third down. Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson dropped a pass on the first play of the game.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:38:39 PM
    Aqib Talib matched up with Jimmy Graham. First Drew Brees pass to Graham broken up by Talib.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:41:44 PM
    9:15 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Saints 0 -- Aqib Talib broke up a pass intended for Jimmy Graham and Logan Ryan provided solid coverage against Nick Toon as the Patriots forced a three-and-out. On the punt return, Julian Edelman tried to toss the ball across the field to Talib, but was hit while he threw it. Talib managed to recover for a loss of 11 yards.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:44:09 PM
    7:42 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Saints 0 -- The Patriots go three and out on their second drive. They are now 2 for 4 on third downs.
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  • Certainly didn't look like Cole's hamstring was bothering him on that special teams tackle. Nice open-field play.
  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:47:05 PM
    Holding penalty on Saints' Charles Brown.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:53:38 PM
    Patriots take a timeout after the Saints have driven to the their 3-yard line.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:54:39 PM
    Drew Brees throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to Travaris Cadet.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 8:56:25 PM
    1:46 1st quarter: Saints 7, Patriots 3 -- The Saints drove 73 yards on nine plays before Drew Brees hit Travaris Cadet for a 3-yard touchdown. A nice screen pass from Brees to Pierre Thomas for 29 yards, a 25-yard pass to Ben Watson, and 9-yard third down conversion throw to Darren Sproles, who made Jamie Collins and Aqib Talib miss, set up the touchdown toss.
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