Cordarrelle Patterson, one of the offensive stars, carried the load at running back for much of the game, with 61 yards and a TD on 11 carries.
"Just the stuff he does on the field is phenomenal and then to see him, as he's gotten older in his career, continue to reinvent himself year after year and play at a high level every single season, obviously winning the championships, he's a phenomenal player". Brady has rushed for 140 yards in his postseason career, including a 15-yard scramble in Super Bowl LI to convert a third-and-8 when the Patriots trailed 28-3. "I'd say playing against Aaron Rodgers is very, very hard". The future is completely uncertain and I don't see the winds changing anytime soon. White and Patterson were stuffed on first and second downs. There's a way to take care of yourself that allows you to be in position to play for as long as you want. Brady then misfired on third down after rolling out right, then on fourth down, Julian Edelman dropped a pass over the middle which was thrown behind him by Brady. He reads coverages well, very accurate throwing the ball.
That sets the stage for a compelling matchup between perhaps the game's two best quarterbacks in front of a national TV audience.
PANTHERS 42, BUCCANEERS 28: In Charlotte, North Carolina, Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, and Christian McCaffrey racked up 157 yards from scrimmage and scored twice to lead Carolina. Gordon ran a slant route left, but Edelman ran a screen route inside and in the exact same passing lane.
"I loved going to Lambeau Field and playing him four years ago", Brady said.
Brady was 22-of-35 for 294 yards with a touchdown. Brady seemed to call the play an accident, but in real time it looked like Edelman was in the area and overthrown on goal. White, the Super Bowl LI hero, has 55 receptions to go along with 459 yards and six touchdowns this year.
Thomas, the former Denver receiver traded last week to Houston, finished with three receptions for 61 yards, but two of them were back-to-back for 31 and 18 yards on the Texans' opening touchdown drive.
The two will meet for just the second time in their careers, when the Packers (3-3-1) and Patriots (6-2) square off Sunday night.
Just back from a quick trip to his native Puerto Rico with the World Series trophy, Alex Cora and a contingent of Red Sox players showed up to fire up the crowd.