Match Report: New England Patriots V Green Bay Packers


The Patriots were better against the run in the second half when Vince Wilfork was lined up over center. They forced the Packers' to put the ball in Flynn's hands who continued to have success with short and intermediate passes. The drive culminated in a great play by John Kuhn who turned a swing pass to the flat into a 6 yard touchdown when Rob Ninkovich slipped. Vince Wilfork's facemask penalty was a further indication of the Patriots' hurting themselves on defense that had led to the Kuhn touchdown.

The Patriots' offense took over again after being on the sidelines for a long time. The offense was lacking momentum and received no pity from the Packers who turned up the heat by blitzing on repeated downs. The Packers forced another quick three and out before Flynn drove his team down the field to score another field goal.

The Patriots responded with a field goal drive of their own before Brady reminded everyone of why he is the favorite for the MVP this season by throwing another touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez. It was one of the few drives in the game when the Patriots got good protection from their offensive line. The Packers could not get to Brady as he waited in the pocket for a long time allowing Hernandez to free himself from the attention of Sam Shields at the goal-line.

The Patriots were leading by 31-27 going into the final minutes of the game. It was a grandstand finish set up for the quarterback who was given no chance against the red hot favorites in their own stadium.

Flynn, who had tied a Packer rookie record by throwing 3 touchdowns in the game, led his team to the Patriots red-zone benefiting from another costly penalty by the Patriots that negated a Brandon Merriweather interception. Flynn couldn't calm himself before the final play of the game as time ran out. With 5 seconds left in the game, the ball was snapped at the Patriots 15 and before he could even let the ball go from his hand into the end-zone, Tully Banta Cain got the Patriots' 5th sack of the game and caused the second turnover to win the game for the playoff bound Patriots.

A scintillating game ended with the Home team continuing their streak of victories under Tom Brady while the Packers can only dream of what might have been had their team remained healthy throughout the season.

The Patriots(12-2) go into the final two games of the season with their playoff spot wrapped up while the Green Bay Packers(8-6) need the Chicago Bears to slip up if their season is to continue past the next two weeks.

Hot Routes

The Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers joined the Patriots by confirming their spots in the playoffs this week.

Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL History to reach 600 receptions in his career.

DeSean Jackson scored the only game-winning punt-return Touchdown as time expired in NFL History.

The Philadelphia Eagles scored 3 touchdowns in the final 8:17 to overcome an early 21 point deficit.

The Detroit Lions 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended the longest road losing streak in NFL history at 26 games.

Tim Tebow accounted for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first ever start for the Denver Broncos but could not prevent his team from being blown out by the Raiders.

Ray Rice had 233 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Ravens in a very close home victory against the New Orleans Saints.

Dan Connolly had the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history for the Patriots against the Packers.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady now share the exact same QB rating for their respective careers at 94.9.

Sam Bradford became the 3rd rookie in NFL history(Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan) to pass for 3'000 yards but could not prevent his team from losing at home to the Chiefs.

Tyjuan Hagler of the Colts became 1st linebacker with a kick return for a touchdown since 1975.