Patriots vs. Saints: Live updates

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 10:45:48 PM
    Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered what appeared to be a concussion against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter of Sunday's game.

    After taking a handoff on a reverse, he shot up toward the sideline where he was met by Saints safety Rafael Bush. Bush appeared to collide helmet to helmet with Amendola. The fifth-year wide receiver remained on the ground for some time before being helped up.

    The Patriots announced he would not return to the game with a head injury.

    Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and offensive lineman Dan Connolly (head) have also been injured in the game. Talib's return is questionable but Connolly is out.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:51:29 PM
    Kyle Arrington intercepts Drew Brees.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:52:16 PM
    12:10 4th quarter: Patriots 20, Saints 17 -- Kyle Arrington's pick of Drew Brees gives the Patriots excellent field position. They're at the Saints' 20-yard line and can put this game out of reach.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:55:30 PM
    It would be a tragedy if the Patriots don't get in the end zone here.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 10:58:17 PM
    8:34 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Saints 17 -- Stephen Gostkowski made the chip shot, making the 23-yard field goal as the Patriots went up by six with a little more than eight minutes remaining. This was the best-case scenario for the Saints after giving up the interception at their own 20. They're still in a position to keep this game competitive.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:10:42 PM
    Jerod Mayo and Darren Sproles injured on the last play.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:11:16 PM
    Mayo gave Sproles a good pop and is still down. Without Mayo, this is an entirely different defense.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:11:45 PM
    Mayo walking off the field, helmet off.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:13:22 PM
    Drew Brees found Kenny Stills for a 34-yard touchdown with 3:29 left in the game.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:16:24 PM
    3:29 4th quarter: Saints 24, Patriots 23 -- With Alfonzo Dennard and Steve Gregory in coverage, Drew Brees was able to drop in a 34-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills on a 3rd and 20. The play was reviewed and confirmed. The Saints were spurred along by Khiry Robinson on the ground. He had two carries for 24 yards.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:21:01 PM
    2:46 4th quarter: Saints 24, Patriots 23 -- With the game on the line, the Patriots recorded two drops in four plays, turning the ball over on downs. Brandon Bolden and Aaron Dobson both had egregious drops.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:24:09 PM
    Jerod Mayo has a shoulder injury and his return is questionable. At this stage, probably not.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:24:57 PM
    Alfonzo Dennard breaks up a possible TD pass to Marques Colston. 2:29 left in the game.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:26:17 PM
    2:24 4th quarter: Saints 27, Patriots 23 -- Garrett Hartley added a 39-yard field goal as the Saints extended their lead to four points. The Patriots need a touchdown now to pull this out. They have one timeout left and the 2-minute warning.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:28:00 PM
    Tom Brady was intercepted by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis on the Patriots' first play of their last drive. That should do it.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:28:28 PM
    That pass was nowhere near its intended target.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:37:31 PM
    Brady to Thompkins for a 17-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the game. That's Brady magic.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/13/2013 11:39:47 PM
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  • Matt Pepin, Sports Editor 10/14/2013 12:05:21 AM

    The game-winning catch. (AP photo)

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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 12:42:20 AM

    Patriots CB Aqib Talib suffered a hip flexor injury during the game, source says. The severity is not yet known.

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 14, 2013

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  • New on @BostonDotCom : Patriots stock report—Vintage Tom Brady when it mattered most.
  • Brady was 5 of 8 for 70 yards on the game-winning drive.
  • Jimmy Graham was targeted six times and had no catches.
  • Just saw Amendola walk through the tunnel and out of the stadium with his hoodie on
  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 12:44:20 AM

    At this point, it doesn't seem like Aqib Talib's injury is serious. He'll probably know more tomorrow.

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 14, 2013

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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 12:44:49 AM

    Jimmy Graham held without a catch for first time since 10/31/2010--midway thru his rookie year.

    — Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) October 14, 2013

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  • #Patriots are now 31-4 in regular season games following a loss since start of 2003 season
  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 12:55:22 AM

    For all the fans that stayed till the end I personally thank you !!! Nice win !!

    — Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) October 13, 2013

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  • Bill Belichick passed Chuck Noll for 5th-most coaching wins all-time (210), and Brady tied Frank Tarkenton for 4th with 342 passing TDs
  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 1:16:57 AM

    That's why you play for 60 MINUTES!!! Feels good to be 5-1!!! #PatsNation

    — Logan Ryan (@RealLoganRyan) October 14, 2013

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  • Belichick's opening line to media: "Sorry if you had to rewrite some of those stories there at the end." He knows our job all too well
  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 2:03:14 AM

    Kenbrell Thompkins was 12 years old when Tom Brady registered his first comeback as an NFL quarterback (10/14/01 vs. SD).

    — Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) October 14, 2013

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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 2:04:41 AM
    For the 38th time in his career, Tom Brady led the Patriots on a game-winning drive, throwing a 17-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds left in the game to lift New England, 30-27, over the New Orleans Saints.

    The final drive, spanning 70 yards on 8 plays in 1:08, was vintage Brady. He completed 5 of 8 passes for all 70 yards, including the dagger to Thompkins, a lofty throw in the corner of the end zone over Saints cornerback Jabari Greer where only his receiver could get it.

    "We had everybody going to the end zone and he kind of snuck into the corner and I put it up there for him and he came down and made a great catch," Brady said. "There were a lot of great catches there at the end."

    Indeed there were.

    Brady hit wide receiver Austin Collie, signed just 10 days prior, for two receptions on the final drive for 24 yards. And Julian Edelman caught a 23-yard pass down the seam to get the drive going.

    "We just knew it was going to come down to the last minute," Thompkins said. "Until that clock said all zeros on it, we were going to fight until the finish. And that's what we did. We just went out there and fought to the finish."

    The Patriots had seemed down and out. Brady had thrown an interception with 2:16 remaining in the game following a Drew Brees 34-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.

    Had the Saints been able to get a first down after the Brady pick, they would've been able to run the clock out. But with a timeout and a 2-minute warning to look forward to, the Patriots defense forced a three-and-out -- the Saints' fifth of the game -- to give them the ball back with 1:13 remaining.

    "Sorry if you had to rewrite some of those stories there at the end," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "What a football game. I feel like that took about five years off my life."
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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 2:06:39 AM
    Tom Brady's final line: 25 of 43 for 269 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. He was sacked five times.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 2:28:40 AM
    The Patriots may have won the game, but they took losses at key positions across the field.

    Wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), linebacker Jerod Mayo (shoulder), and right guard Dan Connolly (head) all didn't finish Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

    Amendola took a vicious hit from Saints safety Rafael Bush that appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet collision in the third quarter. Mayo injured his shoulder while tackling Saints running back Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter.

    It was undetermined which plays Talib and Connolly were injured on.

    Unlike the team's defensive line, where they had to call up Marcus Forston from the practice squad because Tommy Kelly (knee) was unable to go, the Patriots are relatively deep at each of the affected positions. They've already managed to go three games without Amendola at wide receiver and they have seven other linebackers on the team's roster and four other cornerbacks. Connolly, who was in competition with Marcus Cannon in the preseason for the starter's position, was easily replaced. The numbers are in the Patriots' favor.

    Instead, their losses from the field -- for however long -- will be problematic because of the individual talent at each position. Talib is proving to be a shutdown corner (on Jimmy Graham Sunday, he held the tight end to no receptions on six targets with two passes defensed). Mayo leads the team in tackles. Amendola can be a game-changing receiver. Connolly allows the team to have versatility in the run game. Each has a huge presence.

    The Patriots will have to supplement their dynamic play with unseasoned players, including Cannon, rookie linebacker Jamie Collins, and rookie cornerback Logan Ryan in addition to the team's young group of receivers.

    Some have already made an impact. Austin Collie, signed just 10 days ago, caught two passes for 24 yards, all on the Patriots' winning drive. And Collins, in for Mayo late, recorded two tackles and a fumble recovery.
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  • Zuri Berry 10/14/2013 3:18:55 AM
    OK, that should do it for me from Foxborough. 5 takeaways should in the Extra Points blog shortly.
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