Friday, December 13, 2013
By MATTIAS KAREN The Associated Press
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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is congratulated by tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, after Ridley’s touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. The Patriots improved to 5-3 as they head into a bye week.
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New England tight end Rob Gronkowski scores against the Rams, before breaking into an end-zone dance he dubbed a “Palace Guard.
COMING UP NEXT ... AFTER THE BYE WEEK
WHO: Buffalo Bills (3-4) at New England Patriots (5-3)
WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov 11
WHERE: Gillette Stadium
St. Louis only had one other scoring opportunity in the first half, but botched the snap on a 52-yard field goal attempt.
Givens' touchdown gave him a reception of at least 50 yards for the fifth straight game, a rookie record, but he left temporarily with a toe injury and only managed two more catches after returning. Running back Steven Jackson was also largely shut down, finishing with 23 yards on seven carries. Bradford was 23 of 31 for 205 yards and added an interception in the fourth quarter before being replaced by backup Kellen Clemens near the end.
"It's embarrassing the way we played tonight," Bradford said. "Just embarrassing."
New England became the first team to win two games in London, having beaten Tampa Bay here in 2009. As expected, the Patriots also had the majority of crowd support from the 84,004 fans at Wembley, despite the Rams being the designated home team.
That, however, didn't stop backup quarterback Ryan Mallett from getting booed when taking a knee to run out the clock -- one of the few aspects of the American version of football the British crowd didn't seem to appreciate.
Belichick had no complaints about the atmosphere, though.
"The stadium was great," he said. "Playing on grass is always good. ... It's good to see the jerseys muddy, grass stains. Guys picking up dirt out of their facemasks, stuff like that. We don't see a lot of that back in the States."
NOTES: The NFL will stage two regular-season games in London in 2013 for the first time. ... 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.ONLINE CHAT
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Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd celebrates a touchdown reception in a 45-7 win over St. Louis at London’s Wembley Stadium.
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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens, left, scores the game’s first touchdown as he is tackled by New England cornerback Devin McCourty during the first half of Sunday’s game in London. The Patriots went on to win, 45-7 and enter their bye weeks with a 5-3 record.