Welker has record-setting day in loss to Seahawks

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Welker has record-setting day in loss to Seahawks

Here's a collection of notes and interesting statistical tidbits compiled by Patriots Media Relations staff after New England's 24-23 loss to the Seahawks Sunday:

WELKER EXTENDS STREAK TO 100 CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH AT LEAST ONE RECEPTION
Wes Welker extended his streak to 100 straight regular season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins. He has a streak of 83 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has caught at least one pass in each of his 90 games with the Patriots, including seven postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with Miami. He is now one of 38 NFL players to have a streak of at least 100 games with one reception.

WELKER TIES JERRY RICE FOR THE MOST 10-CATCH, 100-YARD GAMES IN NFL HISTORY
Wes Welker (15) tied Jerry Rice (15) with his 15th NFL game with 10 receptions and 100-yards receiving for the most in NFL history. Welker entered the Seattle game tied with Andre Johnson (14) and Marvin Harrison (14) for second place. Welker finished with 10 receptions for 138 yards.

WELKER HAS FOURTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME TO TIE TEAM RECORD
Welker had his fourth straight 100-yard game to tie the team mark after finishing with 138 against Seattle. Randy Moss opened his Patriots career with four straight 100-yard games in 2007. The NFL record for most consecutive games with 100 yards or more receiving is 7 by Charley Hennighan (Houston) in 1961 and Michael Irvin (Dallas) in 1995.

PATRIOTS TOP RANKED OFFENSE CONNECTS AGAINST SEATTLES TOP RANKED DEFENSE
Seattle entered the game with the NFLs top ranked defense and was surrendering a league-low 258.6 yards per game and ranked second in points allowed (14.0) and fifth with 192.0 yards passing. The Patriots gained 475 yards in total offense, scored 23 points and gained 388 yards passing.

BRADY THROWS FOR SEASON HIGH OF 36 COMPLETIONS
Brady threw for 30 or more completions for the 18th time in his career. His 36 completions are tied for the second most of his career. He had 36 at Chicago (111002) and at San Diego (92202) and 39 vs. Buffalo (91409) and vs. Kansas City (92202). His 58 pass attempts are a career high. His previous best was 55 at Chicago (111002) and vs. Denver (92406).

FIRST ROUND PICK CHANDLER JONES HAS FIRST TWO-SACK GAME
First round pick Chandler Jones had his first NFL two-sack game to increase his team-lead to five sacks on the year. He forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Rob Ninkovich on a 3-yard sack in the second quarter and had a 5-yard sack in the third quarter.

JONES NOW HAS THREE FORCED FUMBLES FOR THE SEASON
Jones now has three forced fumbles in 2012. The Patriots record for most forced fumbles in a season is five by Mike Vrabel in 2007.

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Three weeks removed from his team blowing a 25-point, second-half lead in the Super Bowl, Mohamed Sanu offered a possible explanation for the Atlanta Falcons losing their edge against the Patriots.

Lady Gaga.

More specifically, it was the half-hour-plus halftime show that interrupted the Falcons' rhythm, the receiver said Friday on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football."

“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, and when you’re not on the field for like an hour, it’s just like going to work out, like a great workout, and you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said.

Sanu was asked if the delay was something you can simulate in practice. 

"It's really the energy [you can't duplicate]," he said. "I don't know if you can simulate something like that. That was my first time experiencing something like that."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did simulate it. In his Super Bowl practices, he had his team take long breaks in the middle.

Sanu also addressed the Falcons' pass-first play-calling that didn't eat up clock while the Patriots came back.

"The thought [that they weren't running the ball more] crossed your mind, but as a player, you're going to do what the coach [Dan Quinn] wants you to do." Sanu said. "He's called plays like that all the time."


 

It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

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It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.