1:00 PM ET, December 13, 2009
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Patriots rally after shaky first half to protect one-game lead in AFC East
• The Patriots racked up 185 yards on the ground, their second-highest total of the season, and avoided their first three-game losing streak since 2002.
• Wes Welker has three straight 100-reception seasons, joining Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, and Marvin Harrison as the only players to accomplish that feat in NFL history.
• New England improved to 7-0 at home this season, but is just 1-5 on the road.
• Welker now has 105 receptions on the season, the most receptions in a player's first 11 games of a season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Wes Welker has become a reception machine in New England. He went over 100 receptions for the third straight year Sunday and set a record.
The Patriots won their 15th straight home game against an NFC team. ... Carolina's DeAngelo Williams entered the game as the NFL's sixth-leading rusher and ran for 82 yards on 13 carries after missing the previous game with an ankle injury. ... Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork left the game twice with a foot injury.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||2:49||Steve Smith 41 Yard Pass From Matt Moore (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 48 yds, 0:42
|TD||1:11||Kevin Faulk 3 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:21
|TD||1:10||Benjamin Watson 5 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 96 yds, 7:20
|FG||12:19||John Kasay 36 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yds, 3:52
|FG||7:25||Stephen Gostkowski 48 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yds, 4:54
|FG||4:01||Stephen Gostkowski 47 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 13 yds, 1:57