The New England Patriots are a team decimated with injuries in key positions, including their top offensive player Rob Gronkowski who remains sidelined after forearm and back surgeries. Still, the Patriots find themselves sitting onto of the AFC East with a 5-1 victory after a thrilling come from behind victory over the previous undefeated New Orleans Saints. As the Associated Press reports on October 14 quarterback Tom Brady delivered a drive to not only save the day, but a drive that could perhaps revive the Patriots offense.
After going down 24-23, the Patriots offense stalled and gave the Saints back the ball leading to a field goal which put the Patriots further down 27-23. Still the Patriots had another shot when the defense was able to shut down the Saints and get the ball back. On the first play, Brady heaved the ball towards Julian Edelman leading to an interception, which, at the time, put a dagger in the Patriots hopes.
Again, the Patriots defense was able to hold the Saints and give Brady yet another chance with 1:13 left in the game. And this time Brady delivered as the team drove down the field, leading to a game-winning touchdown pass from Brady to rookie wide receiver Kembrell Thompkins with just 5 seconds left in the game.
It was Tom Brady’s 342nd career TD pass and may have instilled confidence in an offense still trying to get its act together.
After the game running back Stevan Ridley summed up the importance of a leader and a quarterback like Tom Brady.
“Tom is one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. What more can you ask out of your leader? He put the team on his back and went out there and made the plays we needed to make.”
It may just be what the Patriots needed to get their offense back into dominant mode. Of course, Rob Gronkowski can also help them get on that path.