August 09. 2018 11:20PM

Pats rally past Redskins in preseason opener


New England Patriots running back Ralph Webb dives for a two-point conversion against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter of Thursday's preseason game at Gillette Stadium. (Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots scored 23 unanswered points Thursday night in a 26-17 preseason win over the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium.

Starters Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski did not play.

New England trailed 17-3 in the third quarter when Jeremy Hill’s 1-yard run capped a 19-play, 84-yard drive that took 10 minutes, 16 seconds off the clock. That made the score 17-10.

In the fourth, the Pats put together another long drive — this one 16 plays, 90 yards — to make the score 18-17 after Ralph Webb’s 8-yard run and Webb’s two-point conversion, a pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer, who played most of the game.

The Pats recovered a Washington fumble on the ensuing possession and Webb scored again, this time from a yard out. Webb ran in the two-point conversion to make it 26-17.

Washington took a 7-0 lead on Brandon Marshall’s 25-yard touchdown catch from Colt McCoy. After a 52-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins, Maurice Harris caught a 3-yard scoring pass from McCoy to make in 17-0.

New England’s Stephen Gostkowski’s 52-yard field goal put the Pats on the board late in the first half.

The Pats host the Philadelphia Eagles next Thursday in preseason play.