1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2012
Wembley Stadium, London, ENG
Sunday Blitz: Rams-Patriots Recap
LONDON -- The New England Patriots showed that old England is their domain as well.After the Patriots gave up an early 50-yard scoring play, Tom Brady responded by leading five straight touchdown drives Sunday, and New England (5-3) ran over the St. Louis Rams 45-7 in the NFL's annual regular-season game at Wembley Stadium."I hope they enjoyed the game today, all the fans," Brady said, "I know it got out of hand there, but that's how the Patriots like it. So it was a fun game for us."
Gronk Climbing the Charts
Only four players in the last 50 seasons have caught more touchdown passes in their first three seasons than Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had two more in Sunday's rout of the Rams. Here's a look:
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The Rams had originally agreed to return to London in 2013 and 2014 but pulled out of the deal. ... The NFL will stage two regular-season games in London in 2013 for the first time. ... The Patriots didn't punt until 2:36 left in the third quarter. ... Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola missed his third straight game with a right shoulder injury. ... Flamboyant London Mayor Boris Johnson addressed the crowd before the game, saying he was proud to welcome "this glorious descendant of rugby union football" to Wembley.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.2||5.7|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||6-7||0-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||12:25||Chris Givens 50 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick)||0||7|
|TD||07:50||Brandon Lloyd 19 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||7||7|
|TD||14:12||Shane Vereen 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||14||7|
|TD||06:26||Rob Gronkowski 7 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||21||7|
|TD||00:10||Stevan Ridley 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||28||7|
|TD||12:24||Brandon Lloyd 9 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||35||7|
|FG||06:55||Stephen Gostkowski 26 Yd||38||7|
|TD||11:20||Rob Gronkowski 14 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||45||7|
Tom Brady had a Total QBR of 98.4 in Sunday's win over the Rams, tied for his highest in a single game over the last 5 seasons.[+]
Tom Brady Highest Single-Game Total QBR - Last 5 Seasons
Stevan Ridley had 15 rushes for 127 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Ridley rushed for 99 yards before contact, his second-highest total in a game this season, and had three rushes of at least 20 yards. Ridley entered Sunday with a pair of 20-yard runs on his 135 rushes the season.[+]
Stevan Ridley Rushing, This Season
With tight end Aaron Hernandez missing Sunday's game against the Rams, the Patriots' offense used at least three wide receivers on 32 of Brady's 35 dropbacks (91.4 pct). That was the second-highest percentage of dropbacks the Patriots have used at least three wide receivers in a game since drafting Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The only game with a higher percentage was Week 3 of 2011, a 34-31 loss in Buffalo that Hernandez also missed.[+]
Tom Brady With 3+ WR Formations, This Season
Halfway through his third season, Rob Gronkowski has 34 touchdown receptions. Only four players in the last 50 seasons have more.[+]
From Elias: With a 50-yard receiving touchdown today, Chris Givens has five straight weeks with a 50+ yard reception (longest active streak in the NFL). The last player with a 50+ yard reception in five straight games was Pat Studstill for the Lions in 1966.
ESPN Stats & Information