The Patriots improved to 1-1 in the pre-season as they defeated the New Orleans Saints last night 26-24.
The win was fueled by a late Patriots comeback who trailed 21-0 at one point. The Patriots could not get anything going in the running game in the first half, suffering losses on three out of their first four run attempts.
The defense also looked a little shaky in the first half, missing tackles and blowing coverages. Safety Duron Harmon got beat on a deep ball by Drew Brees for a 45 yard touchdown pass to WR Brandin Cooks.
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The Patriots starting quarterback didn't have the same success as Brees however. Tom Brady played three series and went 3 and out on all of them. Brady went 2-5 for just 13 yards. Two throws went off the hands of his receivers and when the camera went on Brady you could see he clearly was upset, using a few choice words.
The Patriots finally got on the board with a 24 yard touchdown strike from Garoppolo to Chris Harper with just 14 seconds left in the first half. Garoppolo showed some nice athleticism on the play, scrambling away from a defender and breaking a tackle before hitting Harper in the endzone for the score.
The second half was all Patriots however, as New England capped off a scoring drive with an 11 yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis to cut the score to 21-14. Then, in the fourth, James White punched his ticket to the endzone, scoring on a 3 yard run.
The Saints kicked a field goal to make it 24-20 but, it wouldn't be enough as Garoppolo would march the Patriots down the field once more, eventually leading to a Steven Gostowski 35 yard field goal to seal a 26-24 win for the Patriots.
Showing some promise
Garoppolo certainly was very impressive last night and showed that he has the ability to perform under pressure but, then again, it is only a pre-season game. He also showed he has pocket presence and he can lead the offense.
There's still two games left before it actually counts but, last night's performance should ease the worries of Patriots nation at least for now.