Patriots vs. Packers – First Quarter Review

The opening quarter of the preseason is always is filled with anticipation after being away from the game for over six months.  Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took the field at Gillette Stadium about an hour ago to take on the Aaron Rodgers lead Green Bay Packers.  The first quarter opened with Chandler Jones putting pressure on Aaron Rodgers and forcing the Packers to a third and long.  An offside penalty negated a three and out allowing Rodgers to lead the Packers down the field.  Rodgers being the best in the game with the back shoulder fade hit a few clutch passes bringing the Packers into the red zone.  A great fourth down stop deep in Patriots territory led to a turnover on downs handing the ball over to the Patriots.  Brady led the offense onto the field with second and third string offensive linemen and skill players against the Packers defense with about nine minutes to go in the quarter.  The Patriots were three and out bringing the Packers offense back out onto the field in decent field position.  Green Bay came back onto the field and decided to go for it on fourth and short and was stuffed deep in their own territory.  In a surprising move, Brady came back onto the field for another drive hitting newcomer Brandon Gibson on a slant route to open the drive, but didn’t progress much from there.  The Green Bay offense policed by Rodgers came on for a third drive. Trey Flowers made a great move around the tackle to sack Rodgers but Green Bay converted on fourth down extending the drive.  Randall Cobb then made a great grab on a slant route bringing the Pack deep into Patriots territory.  The first quarter wound down with the Packers settling for a field goal due to great New England defense in the red zone.

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