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Patriots Replay: Key plays from Patriots’ win over Jaguars

Here's our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots' game after reviewing the film.

Shredding the Jaguars

Tom Brady threw for 358 yards, two touchdowns and completed almost 79 percent of his passes. How did he do it?

The Jaguars played almost strictly zone defense, which is generally vulnerable down the middle of the field, as we see here on this pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Brady chewed up the Jaguars over the middle, completing 16 of 19 passes between the numbers plus drawing a 52-yard pass interference. He was only 8 of 16 on passes outside the numbers.

Those tricky Jaguars

The Jaguars were dying to try some trick plays on special teams, and the Patriots knew it.

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On the Jaguars' first kickoff, the Patriots keep seven men on the front line to defend the onside kick (one more than usual), and their most trusted player right in the middle — Matthew Slater.

And in the second half, they put Julian Edelman in the middle of the front line to defend the onside kick.

Defending the Jaguars

The Patriots took a page out of the Jaguars' playbook, playing a lot of Cover 3 zone to take away the deep pass, as we see here on the Jaguars' first pass attempt of the game.

Blocking up front

The Patriots got some great blocks up front against a Jaguars run defense that entered the game allowing 2.9 yards per carry. Here we see perfect blocks from Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, and Tre Jackson on Dion Lewis's 8-yard touchdown run.

Defensive snap counts
Player Steelers (73) Bills (72) Jaguars (57) Total (202) Percent
CB Malcolm Butler 68 72 57 197 97.5%
CB Logan Ryan 4 50 57 111 55.0%
FS Devin McCourty 73 72 50 195 96.5%
DE Jabaal Sheard 50 45 48 143 70.8%
LB Jamie Collins 73 72 47 192 95.0%
CB Justin Coleman 0 0 42 42 20.8%
LB Donta Hightower 61 69 41 171 84.7%
DE Rob Ninkovich 69 63 39 171 84.7%
DE Chandler Jones 71 62 33 166 82.2%
DT Dominique Easley 7 0 32 39 19.3%
SS Patrick Chung 49 61 30 140 69.3%
S Jordan Richards 0 0 30 30 14.9%
DT Sealver Siliga 22 44 23 89 44.1%
DT Malcom Brown 26 21 22 69 34.2%
S Duron Harmon 57 22 19 98 48.5%
DT Alan Branch 12 25 17 54 26.7%
LB Jerod Mayo 11 16 17 44 21.8%
LB Jonathan Freeny 0 2 13 15 7.4%
DE Geneo Grissom 32 10 7 49 24.3%
CB Tarell Brown 64 53 0 117 57.9%
CB Bradley Fletcher 49 19 0 68 33.7%
LB Rufus Johnson 0 13 0 13 6.4%
S Tavon Wilson 0 1 0 1 0.5%
S Nate Ebner 5 0 0 5 2.5%
Offensive snap counts
Player Steelers (61) Bills (86) Jaguars (81) Total (228) Percent
C David Andrews 61 86 81 228 100.0%
QB Tom Brady 61 86 79 226 99.1%
OT Nate Solder 57 78 70 205 89.9%
OT Sebastian Vollmer 52 49 63 164 71.9%
G Shaq Mason 36 57 61 154 67.5%
WR Julian Edelman 48 75 57 180 78.9%
G Josh Kline 54 86 54 194 85.1%
TE Rob Gronkowski 61 81 54 196 86.0%
WR Danny Amendola 34 36 54 124 54.4%
G Tre Jackson 36 27 46 109 47.8%
WR Aaron Dobson 30 70 44 144 63.2%
OT Marcus Cannon 13 50 40 103 45.2%
WR Keshawn Martin 0 0 36 36 15.8%
RB Dion Lewis 46 73 35 154 67.5%
TE Scott Chandler 25 43 32 100 43.9%
TE Mike Williams 18 21 32 71 31.1%
RB LeGarrette Blount 0 7 31 38 16.7%
RB James White 1 0 17 18 7.9%
WR Matthew Slater 0 4 2 6 2.6%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 0 0 2 2 0.9%
RB Brandon Bolden 14 5 1 20 8.8%
TE Michael Hoomanawanui 12 10 0 22 9.6%
RB Travaris Cadet 0 3 0 3 1.3%
WR Chris Harper 12 0 0 12 5.3%

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