The Buffalo Bills took the New England Patriots to the brink on Sunday. But the Patriots, behind veteran quarterback Tom Brady were able to gut out a 23-21 victory on a game winning 35-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. With an offense that struggled at times, it was new receiver Danny Amendola who was clutch in the victory. As Boston.com reports on September 7, Amendola provided Brady with reliable target he needed to eventually win the game.
Amendola, who missed a couple of practices with a groin injury, left the game in the second quarter after re-aggravating the injury. It looked like a huge loss for the Patriots offense, but Amendola was able to play through the injury and returned to the game in the third quarter.
Amendola didn’t know if he would be able to return to the game but admitted that he fought though the pain. He finished the game with 10 catches for 104 yards included two key third down catches to keep the game-winning drive alive.
Danny Amendola isn’t Wes Welker, but he proved that, if healthy, he can put up similar numbers as Welker. He proved his toughness and also proved that he is a vital part of the Patriots offense at least until tight end Rob Gronkowski is able to return and until Brady can establish some chemistry with the team’s three rookie wide receivers.