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Patriots 7, Packers 3 (5:05): Aaron Rodgers and his offense marched 62 games in 14 yards, occupying 6:35 clock, but were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Mason Crosby for their first points in the game.
Rogers completed 6 of 9 passes for 39 yards in the race, which included a delay in the game penalty at Green Bay, which made the second and goal 9 in a second and a goal of 14. In the next game, cornerback Stephon Gilmore came up with a great breakout pass in the final zone, knocking down a well-played ball to Davante Adams. The Patriots' defense jammed Randall Cobb in third, forcing Green Bay to bring Crosby.
Deatrich Wise Jr. recorded two QB hits on the drive.
Patriots 7, Packers 0 (11:40): New England opened with a quick touchdown, covering 59 yards in 3 minutes and 20 seconds. An 8-yard touchdown run by James White ended. Tom Brady completed 5 of 6 passes for 39 yards and ran for 2 yards on the series, advancing closer to 1,000 yards for his career.
Of the 10 plays, White had six touches: 3 has 18 yards and 3 carries 26 yards. Phillip Dorsett had 2 sacks for 13 yards.
The Packers won the draw and opted to postpone it. The Patriots will receive the opening kickoff.
Red Sox Victory Tour Beats Gillette
The Sox World Champion went into the field through a duck boat before the kickoff.
Gronkowski, Michel inactive for Patriots
FOXBOROUGH (Reuters) – The Patriots have two powerful offensive weapons tonight, while Rob Gronkowski and running back Sony Michel have been ruled out with prolonged injuries.
Gronkowski has been in the injury report in recent weeks with ankle and back problems and lost his Bears victory two weeks ago but returned to Monday night's win over the Bills.
The concern that Gronkowski may not suit the Packers game first came on Wednesday when Gronkowski subjugated the media after the team's step by step and responded "alive" when asked how he was feeling.
He missed the team's full training on Thursday but returned to Friday's spring and grenade training.
The tight end, who has not scored a touchdown since week 1, said his confidence level was "good." . . because we are winning "before stopping his press conference.
Michel suffered a knee injury in that game of the Bears, but lacked only a few days of training. He was limited / questionable all week and told reporters on Friday he was feeling "very good", which led to speculation that he would return against the Packers.
Michel is the Patriots' main pitcher with 422 yards and his absence meant the team had only two healthy backs (James White and Kenjon Barner) for the second straight week. Against Bills, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was the best marksman in the club.
The other inactive New England players were tight end Jacob Hollister, strikers Shaq Mason, Brian Schwenke and Cole Croston and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby.
– Jim McBride
Linebacker Dont & Hightower is active after losing Monday's game at Buffalo, and offensive striker Marcus Cannon is active for the first time in three games after suffering a concussion.
For the Packers, quarterback Tim Boyle, punter Drew Kaser, cornerback Tony Brown, linebacker Korey Toomer, attackers Justin McCray and Alex Light, and winner Geronimo Allison were inactive.
Keys to victory
1. Spread Davante Adams away and away. As Bill Belichick said, "It's all a problem," when it comes to Adams. He fights for all the balls and is indescribable after the capture.
2. Clay Matthews must be a force – but not too strong (note the violent calls). He has excellent instincts and a high-revving engine.
3. Giant tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga must keep the Patriots away from Aaron Rodgers' face. The QB can not continue to receive the punishment that it has absorbed and will be effective.
1. Tom Brady & Co. should cash in on the red zone. This game can turn into a track encounter, and settling for the field goals, will not work against Aaron Rodgers.
2. Identifying and picking up multiple packages of Green Bay blitz is a must to give Brady time to read your readings and their recipients the time to break free.
3. It will take a championship effort to shake Rodgers. The pressure must come from everywhere to take your time and space. Play through the whistle, because this guy certainly does.
– Jim McBride
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