PLAY OF THE GAME
Situation: The Patriots trailed the Cardinals, 13-9, with 3:27 left in the third quarter when New England had a third and 6 at the Arizona 30-yard line.
What happened: The Cardinals blitzed a lot on third downs in their opening victory against the Seahawks, so Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels tried to catch them with a trick play. Running back Danny Woodhead (39) was supposed to throw back to Tom Brady (12), who was then either going to hit Brandon Lloyd (85) in the corner of the end zone, or Julian Edelman (11) dragging underneath. Two problems: Right guard Donald Thomas (64) was asked to execute a reach block (the defender is outside of him, but the lineman has to reach the defender and get even with him) on explosive tackle Darnell Dockett (90), and the Cardinals weren’t blitzing. So even if the throwback did work, the play might not have. Thomas couldn’t stop Dockett, and didn’t receive help from right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76). Dockett tackled Woodhead for a 9-yard loss.
ON HIS GAME
Chandler Jones, end
Two-game totals: one sack (should really be two; drew 9-yard hold vs. Cardinals), three hurries, 2.5 knockdowns, three hurries, 3.5 stuffs (two tackles for loss). Talk about instant impact.
OFF HIS GAME
Michael Hoomanawanui, tight end
Played 20 snaps and allowed a sack, 1.5 stuffed runs, and had another poor run block to even out his good one. Not good.
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