Notes & Quotes – Slow Start Doesn’t Stop Pats

From Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Nobody had found a way to slow down New England WR Wes Welker until the Chiefs showed up. Determined to not let Walker go crazy, the Chiefs were able to hold him to two catches for 22 yards in the game.

Overall, Tom Brady threw to him only three times in the entire game.

“We just weren’t out there executing the way we need to execute and play the way we need to play,” Welker said after the game. “We just kind of got in a little bit of a funk at the start. They had a good game plan for us and did a good job.

“We just had to roll with it and other people had to step up.”

And the Patriots had other receivers. With Welker and fellow WR Deion Branch held to a combined four catches for 41 yards, Brady looked for his tight ends and running backs and they produced 11 catches, including the two TD throws to TE Rob Gronkowski.

It was more than enough to overcome Chiefs.

“Give them credit,” Bill Belichick said of the Chiefs. “Things they did, they did better than we did. You’ve got to give them credit for that.”

Not too much credit though, as Belichick wasn’t ready to credit Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel all the attention for the early problems the Patriots offense had in protection Brady.

“I wouldn’t say it’s anything we haven’t seen before,” Belichick said. “They gave us a couple different looks and they gave us a couple strong-side blitzes with (Javier) Arenas and the linebacker on that side.”

The more he talked, Belichick grudgingly gave Crennel credit.

“Romeo does a good job of that; he does things that give you problems and he did that tonight,” he said.

SOME PATRIOTS NOTES OF IMPORTANCE

With the victory, Belichick moved past his mentor Bill Parcells on the NFL career coaching victory list. It was No. 184 for Belichick. Parcells finished his career winning 183 games. Next up for B.B. is Chuck Knox with 193 victories.

TE Rob Gronkowski’s two touchdown catches gives him 20 for his career, reaching that figure in just 26 games. No other tight end has reached 20 that quickly. The old record was held by Mike Ditka, who had 20 TD catches in his first 31 games.

Thanks to his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown, Julian Edelman is now the Patriots all-time career punt return leader with an average of 13.7 yards, better than the now No. 2 man, Matt Herron who averaged a dozen yards.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

So-so crowd at Gillette Stadium Monday night, and it wasn’t hard to see why given the way the game played out. Patriots Fan has become very spoiled over the years and while they made some noise, it wasn’t anything close to something that would bother the Chiefs. While they had some of those dumb mental penalties that drives coaches crazy, they were not called for a false start.

ZEBRA REPORT

Referee Clete Blakeman’s crew handled the game, the first time the Chiefs have seen them this year. They ended up walking off only eight penalties for 54 yards against both teams. That was well below their average coming into the game of 13.8 penalties and 114 yards per game. In 10 games this year, the home team is now 7-3 with Blakeman’s crew.

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

J. Brown Illegal block-punt return -10

2.

Offense Delay of game -5

3.

S. Breaston Illegal shift

-5

4.

C. Greenwood Illegal touch-kickoff

0

5.

J. O’Connell Illegal motion

Declined

6.

L. Pope Offensive holding -10

7.

D. Washington Defensive holding Declined

8.

Offense Delay of game -5

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

K Ryan Succop – It was a fairly good night for Succop, who hit his only FG attempt now giving him 12 straight. His onside kick was nearly perfect in execution and acting on his part. His only other kickoff was three yards deep in the end zone and returned to the 15-yard line.

P Dustin Colquitt – Not a very good day for Colquitt as his net punting average took a hit because of the 72-yard TD return by the Patriots. Colquitt kicked five times, for 46, 30, 30, 28 and 56 yards. It was the 56-yarder that was returned for the score. The middle three punts were all for field position and kept the Patriots inside their 20-yard line.

Returns – CB Javier Arenas had four punt returns of 12, 25, 12 and 26 yards. That’s a 17.8-yard average or better than his season average. He returned three kickoffs for just an 18-yard average, since they went 15, 14 and 25 yards. Jeremy Horne had a 24-yard kickoff return at the end of the game and Dexter McCluster had an 18-yard kickoff return to start the fourth quarter.

Coverage – Press box statistics gave kicking game tackles to LB Cameron Sheffield, WR Jeremy Horne and CB Jalil Brown.

MEDICAL MATTERS FILE

The only injury that will need updating from Monday night is LG Ryan Lilja. He left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return because of what the Chiefs aid was a head/heck injury. He was replaced by rookie Rod Hudson who played the entire last period, getting 20 plays of offensive action.

FS Kendrick Lewis left the game for two plays in the first half when he banged his already sore ankle while making a tackle. Reshard Langford took his place briefly, before Lewis got back in the action.

Earlier both DE Glenn Dorsey, LB Demorrio Williams and SS Jon McGraw were declared out and made inactive for the game because of their injuries. Dorsey came out more than three hours before the game and ran for trainer Dave Price. He had an obvious hitch in his get-along with his left knee. Williams is still reportedly dealing with a groin injury that cost him a second game and McGraw still has problems with neck/shoulder injury he suffered on October 31st.

PERSONNEL FILE

Sixth-round draft choice Jerrell Powe got his first NFL action after spending all season as a game-day inactive. Powe did not see much playing time, entering the game as part of the short-yardage and goal-line defense several times.

Powe becomes the 54th player to get on the field for action this season. There are now just three players on the 53-man active roster who have yet to see action this year – rookie DE Brandon Bair, rookie QB Ricky Stanzi and first-year OT Steve Maneri.

WR Jerheme Urban was active for the first time since the Detroit game on September 18. Inactive for only the second time this year was WR Keary Colbert. Stanzi was a game-day active for the first time this season.

As far as starting lineups, Justin Houston was back at OLB opposite Tamba Hali and Donald Washington opened and played the whole game at strong safety.

Inactive players for the Chiefs were LB Demorrio Williams, SS Jon McGraw, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Brandon Bair, WR Keary Colbert, OT Steve Maneri and TE Anthony Becht.

Inactive players for the Patriots were QB Ryan Mallett, S Patrick Chung, CB Devin McCourty, RB Kevin Faulk, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Jeff Tarpinian and LB Brandon Spikes.

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