Aaron Hernandez got 2 receiving touchdowns and is the one player that the New England Patriots media failed to recognize. I didn’t fail to recognize his performance. That’s why Hernandez is on the front page of this game summary.
Both quarterbacks picked apart the secondary in this contest, but at the same time the quarterbacks struggled. Green Bay Packers quarterback had an impressive debut with the Packers going 24/37 251 passing yards 3 touchdowns and 1 pick that was returned for 6 points. Matt Flynn threw into coverage 5 times, and was pressured 8 times, and was sacked 5 times. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 15/24 163 passing yards 2 passing touchdowns and no picks. Tom Brady was pressured 5 times, sacked 3 times, and threw into coverage 6 different times during the game. To say either quarterback played a flawless game is a foolish statement, but the statistics would tell you each quarterback played well. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had 2 receiving touchdowns that helped New England win the game. The Green Bay Packers scored 24 of their 27 points in the first 3 quarters. New England was trailing 24 to 21 after 3 quarters and Green Bay took a 6 point lead with a field goal before the Patriots rallied with quarterback Tom Brady on offense and nose tackle Vince Wilfork on defense.
I know Matt Flynn played well, but he doesn’t deserve all the credit. One guy who deserves some appreciation is Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Tom Clement. Clement was the quarterbacks coach in Pittsburgh where he worked with Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox. Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was a former offensive coordinator and quarterback coach so there should be no surprise now why the Green Bay Packers have such success at developing young quarterbacks.
As for New England’s defense, New England Patriots middle linebacker Jerod Mayo had 16 total tackles with 10 solo tackles and 6 assisted tackles. Jerod Mayo continues to lead the NFL in tackles. Rookie cornerback Devin McCourty who is in the top 5 in interceptions did not record a pick, but had 10 total tackles 7 solo and 3 assisted tackles along with a sack. His presence in coverage this season has quarterbacks throwing away from him and that is probably why Kyrie Aarington returned Matt Flynn’s interception for 6 points. That and Matt Flynn’s decision making along with a route that James Jones hesitated to run while running a route led to an interception by Kyrie Aarington.
Thanks to New England’s win they can lock up homefield with a win against the Buffalo Bills or a New York Jets loss to the Chicago Bears. New England is 12-2 and is on the brink of locking up homefield advantage in the AFC. The New England Patriots are 8-0 with Tom Brady whenever they have a first round bye or better. So New England has to be the Super Bowl favorite with home field.