Patriots Rally to Beat Redskins 26-17 in Preseason Game 1
Friday, August 10, 2018
“I thought we gave a good competitive effort in the second half, thought a lot of guys tried to play hard, certainly a lot of mistakes, a lot of things to work on but it was good to see, good to see us make some plays there in the second half,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in his post-game press conference.
Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski did not play in the game.
Patriots Rally in 2nd Half
Trailing 17-3 at the half, the Patriots got a one-yard touchdown run from Jeremy Hill to cut the Redskins’ lead to 17-10.
Hill finished the game with 11 carries for 51 yards and one touchdown.
They would trail by 17 points going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Patriots got two rushing touchdowns from undrafted free agent Ralph Webb to go up 26-18.
The first touchdown came with 9:05 left to play in the game when Webb ran it in from eight yards out, and then converted a two-point conversion to give New England an 18-17 lead. Their first lead of the game.
The Patriots would seal the game with 3:27 left to play when Webb would punch it in from one-yard out, and then convert another two-point conversion to put the Patriots up 26-17.
Webb finished the game with 14 carries for 46 yards.
Preseason Game 2
The Patriots next preseason game is set to take place on Thursday, August 16 when they host the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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Gisele Caroline Bündchen — According to press reports, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen tried to convince her husband to retire from football during this past offseason. After watching Gronk’s concussion in the AFC Championship and then Brandin Cook’s head injury in the Super Bowl, the pressure on Brady will only increase.
According to Sports Illustrated, Bündchen did it by trying to get Brady’s college teammate and friend Jay Feely to help her during a vacation this past spring.
Feely, a retired NFL kicker, told Sports Illustrated, “She was trying to get me to convince Tom to stop playing. She was dead serious.”
Feely says that he told Brady to "play as long as you can."
This news comes after Bündchen said in a May interview with CBS that Brady had suffered unreported concussions.
Dante Scarnecchia — The Patriots offensive line coach will be 70 years old on February 14. He retired once and was lured back by Bill Belichick. The two-years he was away, the Patriots offensive line was a mess and Brady took a beating. If he goes, Brady’s thought process on retiring may be impacted.
Emily Kelly — A New York Times opinion piece this past week titled, “I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind. He chose the sport, but he did not choose brain damage,” is a big impact story.
The piece was written by Emily Kelly. She wrote, “My husband, Rob Kelly, is a retired N.F.L. player. After five seasons as a safety beginning in the late 1990s, four with the New Orleans Saints and one with the New England Patriots, he sustained an injury to a nerve between his neck and shoulder during training camp that ended his career. By the time he retired in 2002 at 28, he had been playing tackle football for about two decades. Rob had no idea, however, that all those years of playing would have such serious consequences.
Kelly’s continued, “He went from being a devoted and loving father and husband to someone who felt like a ghost in our home. For a couple of months one winter he was so depressed and detached, he couldn’t muster up the energy to speak. My questions went unanswered until I simply stopped asking them. The silence was unnerving.”
Ever More Fragile Relationship Between Brady and Media — Call it the “WEEI pissant factor.” Despite Brady appearing on WEEI for years via a paid agreement, a WEEI host decided to call Tom Brady’s daughter an unflattering name. Brady was less than pleased.
For Brady, this year’s media relationship transformed from a decade-and-a-half love affair to a strained one.
Rob Gronkowski may retire. "I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."
It is harder to sleep soundly when you don't have your security blanket.
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