Pats' transition game leads to 20-7 halftime lead

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Pats' transition game leads to 20-7 halftime lead

By Art Martone
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- In basketball, they call it the transition game. It's when the team switches from defense to offense, and successful teams do it well.

The Patriots demonstrated that skill to perfection in the second quarter Sunday.

First:

The New England defense completed its second successful goal-line stand of the young season, as linebacker Jerod Mayo stopped Mike Tolbert at the 1-yard on a fourth-and-goal from the 1, preventing the Chargers from scoring and allowing New England to maintain its 10-7 lead.

The Pats then went on offense, and within two plays -- a 12-yard pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker, and a 30-yard completion from Brady to Chad Ochocinco -- were near midfield. From there,they marched implacably downfield until Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a 10-yard touchdown pass that put the Pats in front, 17-7.

And then:

The Chargers had driven to the New England 29 in the final minute of the half, but Vince Wilfork deflected and intercepted a Philip Rivers pass -- his first career interception - and rumbled 28 yards into San Diego territory. A block-in-the-back penalty pushed the ball back to San Diego 47, but Brady hit two quick passes to Deion Branch, of 11 and 7 yards, that moved the Pats to the 29 with one second left. Stephen Gostkowski then drilled a 47-yard field goal as time expired, giving New England a 20-7 lead.

Brady completed 20 of 23 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the half.

New England had broken a 7-7 tie on a 23-yard Gostkowski field early in the second quarter to move ahead, 10-7. The Pats had a first-and-goal of their own, at the San Diego 4, but were unable to punch it in.

The teams had traded long scoring drives in the first quarter.

A 14-yard Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez touchdown pass with 6:16 to play in the period capped a 12-play, 92-yard drive that gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead. But San Diego tied it on its next possession, with a pair of acrobatic third-down catches by Malcom Floyd -- one for 23 yards over the middle of the field that put the ball on the New England 40, and the other a 36-yarder down the sideline that moved San Diego to the Pats' 10 -- set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Ryan Mathews, finishing off an 80-yard march.

Art Martone can be reached at amartone@comcastsportsnet.com.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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