October 14, 2013

Patriots Beat: Oh you fans of little faith, you really had to be there

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick congratulates quarterback Tom Brady on his winning touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 30-27.

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"We live for moments like that," he said, "to get your number called and have your quarterback put the trust in you and give you the opportunity to make the play."

Brady spoke highly of his rookie receiver, who has had his share of yips and drops thus far. He never hesitated to make the throw, which had to be precise.

"We were sending all the guys to the end zone," he said. "At that point you're just trying to pick a side. You look right, (I) came back left, I saw K made a move and slipped behind (Saints defensive back Jabari Greer) and just tried to put it back there where he could a play. So that was pretty sweet."

It was. And it invoked memories of other seasons, of other years when Brady had more weapons and won more games. The Patriots are now 5-1 with an offense that is still getting to know each other and a defense that continues to lose bodies.

Linemen Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly were already out. Cornerback Aqib Talib, who played Saints tight end Jimmy Graham straight up and held him without a catch, left with a hip injury in the third quarter and did not return. The Patriots led 17-10 when he went out.

Then linebacker Jerod Mayo, perhaps the heart of the defense, left with a shoulder injury late in the fourth.

That the team came back to win under those circumstances, when many fans had given up, is what makes this one extra special.

"It's huge," said Hoomanawanui. "Especially in the fashion we did it, the fight in everyone. Not giving up. Seeing the stands getting a little emptier

"I mean, when time gets down and people don't give you a shot? Everyone on the sideline, we were all ready to go. That's what we can do. Everyone has faith."

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