Second half: Points, flags keep coming

Second half: Points, flags keep coming
August 15, 2014, 10:45 pm
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The flags and points kept coming in the second half. Thirty-five points were scored and the number of total penalties in the game shot up to 21 for 169 yards.

Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan got the start at safety for the second half and Harmon showed great anticipation on a weakly thrown Mark Sanchez pass, picking it off in stride over the middle and taking it back to the Eagles 12 on the second play of the second half.

Ryan Mallett came out and had a nice completion to the flat to start his stint to James Develin. He followed that by throwing one into the cheerleaders but made a nice decision on the ensuing play, scuttling in from 6 yards away to follow up the Mallett pick.

Then Sanchez happened. The Jets castoff led a 10-play drive for a score making it 28-28

Mallett was back in for another drive and opened it by airing it out for Brian Tyms who is having another solid game. He drew a defensive hold. That was followed by an end-around to Josh Boyce who went for 23. A nicely designed play-action reverse rollout for Mallett resulted in a 23-yard completion to Boyce and that was followed by a 10-yard scurry by Roy Finch for a touchdown. Finch had a very nice quarter.

After another terrific strip by Malcolm Butler got the ball back for the Patriots, Jonas Gray went in from 20 yards out by Boyce got called for a block in the back which just set the stage for Mallett to drop in a perfectly placed fade to Tyms for the score.

Three plays later, the Eagles turned it over again when a Matt Barkley pass ricocheted off Demaris Johnson and was picked by Nate Ebner.

Nothing came of that drive, although Mallett did almost get beheaded when Finch missed a blitz pickup. The series ended sloppily as punter Ryan Allen mishandled a snap and had to scramble before getting his punt away.

Barkley ran an efficient 11-play drive for a touchdown to make it 42-35 at the end of three.


Finch continued to show some good speed when he had the ball in the open field. Makes sense why the team likes to see him get reps as a kick returner.

Mallett put some very good touch on a long attempt for Tyms in the back of the end zone. It appeared as though it could've been caught but it slipped through the receiver's grasp.

Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal from 43 yards away. Finishing touches on a sloppy day from the New England special teamers.

Undrafted rookie safety Shamiel Gary made a nice tackle on the goal line to force a turnover on downs at the one-yard line.

Jonas Gray isn't the fastest back in New England's stable, but he ran with patience and hit holes opened for him by Patriots reserve linemen in the fourth.