Postgame notes: Onside kick leads to win for 1st time

Postgame notes: Onside kick leads to win for 1st time
December 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Postgame notes from New England's 27-26 win over the Browns, courtesy of the Patriots' P.R. department:


According to the research of author Bob Hyldburg, and as published in his book Total Patriots, today’s game marks the first time the Patriots have recovered an onside kick and then converted the ensuing possession into a game-winning score. All but one of the Patriots’ onside kick recoveries prior to today’s occurred in a loss. Prior to today, the only other time the Patriots recovered an onside kick in a victory was on September 27, 1964, when Jim Lee Hunt recovered a Gino Cappelletti onside kick near the end of the first half. Cappelletti missed an ensuing field goal attempt with the Patriots holding a 13-10 second-quarter lead in a game they eventually won 26-10. In today’s game, the Kyle Arrington recovered an onside kick with 1:01 left in the game, setting up a two-play, 40-yard drive that ended in Danny Amendola’s 1-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady with 31 seconds left that gave the Patriots a 27-26 lead. 


New England has won at least 10 regular-season games for 11 consecutive seasons, joining San Francisco (16) as the only teams to accomplish the feat.


Shane Vereen had 12 receptions for 153 yards, setting single-game franchise records for most receptions and most receiving yards by a running back. Vereen’s 153 receiving yards topped the 53-year-old franchise running back record of 124 receiving yards, achieved by Dick Christy against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 4, 1960. Vereen’s 12 receptions topped the previous Patriots running back record of 11 receptions, achieved three times, most recently by Kevin Faulk on Sept. 3, 2000 against Tampa Bay.


Brady’s 2-point conversion pass to WR Julian Edelman was the team’s first successful 2-point play since converting two in the 2011 season when Danny Woodhead had a 2-point rushing play on Jan. 1, 2012 vs. Buffalo and 2-point rush on Sept. 18, 2011 vs. San Diego. The Brady-to-Edelman play was the first successful 2-point pass play since WR Randy Moss caught a 2-point play on Nov. 8, 2009 vs. Miami.


Brady threw for 418 yards for his 58th NFL game with 300 or more yards passing and his fifth of the 2013 season. It was Brady’s third straight 300-yard game and his fourth in the last five weeks. His 300-yard game total ranks third among active NFL quarterbacks, behind NFL leader Peyton Manning (82) and Drew Brees (75). The Patriots are 48-10 when Brady throws for 300 or more yards.


Tom Brady engineered his 41st career game-winning performance to lead the Patriots to a victory following a fourth-quarter deficit or tie. Brady has achieved the feat five times this season, and has turned the trick in three consecutive weeks. Brady’s five such performances in 2013 tie the most in a regular season in his career, joining the 2003 season. Brady had four regular-season game-winning performances in 2007 and 2005.