Pats pile up points; so does Philly in preseason game won by New England
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) celebrate a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (Mark L. Baer, USA TODAY Sports)
New England is 1-1 in the preseason. Philadelphia, coached by Manchester, N.H., product Chip Kelly, is 0-2. The Pats’ next preseason game is Friday, Aug. 22 at home against Carolina.
Things didn’t start well for Tom Brady and the Patriots. After Brady and most of the first-team offense drive 50 yards in nine plays and knocked on the door of th end zone, Philadelphia’s Cary Williams intercepted a Brady pass intended for Steve Maneri, who never turned around to look for the ball. Williams ran 77 yards, nearly untouched, and have the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Brady connected with Kenbrell Thompkins om a 15-yard pass, capping a nine-play, 77-yard drive to even things early in the first. 7-7. 9:51
New England ran 18 plays before Philadelphia touched the ball, and things didn’t get any better for the Eagles as the first play from scrimmage, a pass from Nick Foles to Ifeanyi Momah, was knocked loose by Pats linebacker Donta Hightower. Tommy Kelly recovered the fumble. The Eagles had held ball eight seconds.
Garoppolo’s second drive, 13 plays for 75 yards, ended with a four-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell, to make it 21-7.
But Kelly’s Eagles came back. Arrelious Benn blocked a Ryan Allen punt with 6:04 to go in the second quarter and Philadelphia recovered at the New England 31. A four-play drive ended with a Foles 4-yard pass to Zach Ertz for the TD and a 21-14 Pats lead. Foles was 8-for-10 and 81 yards and a 1 TD
New England, however. came right back. Roy Finch scored from 10 yards out to cap a six- play, 80- yard drive and the Pats led 35-28. Sanchez was 11-for-12 for 117 yards, two TDs and an interception.