Patriots vs. Saints: Live updates

Patriots vs. Saints: Live updates

Zuri Berry has the latest updates the Patriots play the New Orleans Saints. Join a discussion hosted by Obnoxious Boston Fan by adding your comments in the box in the right-hand panel.

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, 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 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 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
  • 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:
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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 9:42:54 PM
    2:00 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Saints 7 -- The Saints managed to squeeze out two first downs with Drew Brees completing passes to Kenny Stills (16 yards) and Darren Sproles (14 yards). But the Saints couldn't convert on a 3rd and 5, with Sproles rushing for four yards. They elected to go for it on 4th and 1 and were flagged for false start, forcing them to punt at the Patriots' 38-yard line.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:52:26 PM
    END OF FIRST HALF: Patriots 17, Saints 7
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:53:21 PM
    Both the Patriots and the Saints are 3 of 7 on third down.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:53:54 PM
    Tom Brady is 16 of 22 for 163 yards. This is, without a doubt, his finest performance of the season.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:54:29 PM
    Stevan Ridley is an early candidate for player of the game. He has 11 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:55:21 PM
    Drew Brees is having a tough time finding his favorite targets Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. They're both catchless while Brees is 9 of 19 for 111 yards and a touchdown.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 9:56:01 PM
    Aqib Talib is doing a fantastic job against Jimmy Graham. Graham has no catches and Talib has two passes defensed.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:03:24 PM
    Aaron Dobson with 5 catches for 57 yards. Michael Hoomanawanui with 3 receptions for 53. Those are your leading receivers.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:04:21 PM
    The Saints have no first downs rushing the ball in six first downs overall.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:04:59 PM
    Second half underway.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:08:35 PM
    Saints call a timeout after driving down to the Patriots' 12-yard line in four plays. Pass plays of 14, 19, and 32 yards.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:12:44 PM
    11:31 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Saints 10 -- Garrett Hartley nailed a 28-yard field goal as the Saints pulled within a touchdown of the Patriots. Drew Brees missed an open Nick Toon for a touchdown. The Saints went 70 yards on eight plays before the field goal with Brees completing passes to Kenny Stills (14 yards), Darren Sproles (19 yards) and Ben Watson (32 yards).
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:17:40 PM
    10:26 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Saints 10 -- Tom Brady missed a Danny Amendola as he was streaking down the middle of the field on a 3rd and 13. The Patriots were forced into a long yardage situation after Aaron Dobson was called for offensive pass interference on a deep throw.
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  • #Patriots announce Connolly out for remainder of the game with head injury
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