JWide receiver Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and the visiting New England Patriots scored 17 unanswered points to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 on Sunday.
The win clinched the 19th consecutive winning season for the Patriots (9-1), one behind the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time record of 20 from 1966-85.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was 26 of 47 for 216 yards.
Quarterback Carson Wentz was 20 of 40 for 214 yards and a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert but the Eagles dropped back to .500 at 5-5 and had their two-game winning streak snapped.
The Eagles went ahead 10-0 with 12:36 left in the second quarter following a 14-play, 95-yard drive that lasted 9:33. On the final play, Goedert caught what appeared to be a 5-yard touchdown pass from Wentz, though the play was ruled an interception as New England’s Jonathan Jones took the ball away. Officials reviewed the play and overturned the call on the field, extending Wentz’s streak to 13 straight games with a touchdown pass.
The 95-yard drive was the longest allowed by New England in the regular season in eight years.
Folk kicked field goals of 35, 22 and 39 yards for the Patriots’ nine first-half points. Brady was 11 of 25 in the first half, setting a dubious career high for most incompletions in the first half with 14.
Philadelphia starting right tackle Lane Johnson left with a concussion and was ruled out for the remainder of the game as the Eagles took a 10-9 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Patriots took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and marched 84 yards in 10 plays, capped by a trick play as Edelman received the lateral from Brady and tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Phillip Dorsett. James White converted the two-point conversion run for a 17-10 lead.
New England’s defense stiffened and forced the Eagles to go 0-for-7 on third down as it still held its seven-point lead with 8:30 to go.
The Eagles eventually took over with 4:07 remaining at their own 6-yard line. On fourth-and-10 from the Patriots’ 26, Wentz tossed a pass into the end zone but Nelson Agholor dropped what would have been a tough catch. Philadelphia did get the ball back one final time in the waning seconds but a final Hail Mary pass was knocked down as time expired.
Gronkowski teases announcement
Rob Gronkowski announced on social media that he has a “big announcement” forthcoming, but he gave no hint as to whether he’s coming out of retirement to play tight end for the New England Patriots.
“What’s up, Gronk Nation? I have a big announcement to make,” he started in a video posted to his Instagram story on Saturday night. “I can’t wait to drop it on all of you this coming Tuesday. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be wild, it’s gonna be a good time.”
He said he would post his announcement on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.
On Sunday morning, he followed that message with another on his Facebook page. He shared a 2016 video of quarterback Tom Brady blowing into a conch shell that was captioned, “New England Patriots RECEIVERS... ASSEMBLE!!!”
Gronkowski added his comment: “Tom Brady, do you think this thing still works?” Gronkowski announced his retirement in March after nine seasons with the Patriots.
who selected him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Reports emerged earlier this month that Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Gronkowski when he retired that the team would welcome him back for the end of the 2019 season and the postseason run. If the tight end returns, he must do so by Nov. 30 to be eligible to play this season.
The 30-year-old was a four-time first-team All-Pro and won three Super Bowls with New England. In 115 games (100 starts), he caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards with 79 touchdowns.
Despite his cryptic posts, Patriots fans shouldn’t be too excited about the prospect of seeing No. 87 back on the field. When Gronkowski teased previous announcements, he told his social media followers that he would be working with a CBD company and then as a Fox Sports analyst.