The first half was a close one, but the Lions’ offense failed to capitalize on a key turnover. The Patriots went 64 yards in two and a half minutes, scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Tim Wright. Their pass defense made it easy for Brady, which allowed the Lions to fall apart in their passing game. The Lions’ offense couldn’t make a play on the field or extend their lead, leading to a score that was very uneven.
The Patriots’ offensive line stood tall against the Lions’ aggressive front and kept Tom Brady upright, allowing him throw a touchdown pass without being sacked. Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly and Bryan Stork were all part of the interior line. Tim Wright also played 60 snaps, a record. Although both teams had many offensive linemen, the Patriots kept them to a minimum.
The Patriots’ secondary was phenomenal, holding Matthew Stafford to just 18 of 46 passes for 133 yards. They also sacked Calvin Johnson four more times for 58 yard. Meanwhile, the Lions’ defense held onto the Lions’ top receiver, LeGarrette Blount, with eight catches for 57 yards. But the Lions’ defense was just as good. Stafford said before the game that he had “tons of respect for Tom Brady.”
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In the second quarter, the Patriots marched 80 yards in 11 plays. They converted two third and longs and a fourth down. The touchdown pass from Smith to Kelce of two yards was the final score. Then, a hold-up penalty on Raiders left guard Gabe Jackson negated the score. With a minute and 51 seconds to play, the Patriots had to stop a drive from going into the Lions’ territory.
The game went to overtime, and both teams were in a hurry to win. The Patriots were on their way towards a Super Bowl win, but their defense didn’t help them. But a last-minute drive fueled by the ‘Big Game’ led to a wild final quarter. Although the Patriots won the game, the loss was not over. On the next drive, the Lions drove 80 yards to the Patriots’ 22. Brady hit Jeremy Kerley for a touchdown, but a hold-up by the offensive guard negated the play. The Jets settled for Nick Folk’s field goal, their first playoff win in four seasons.
The Vikings scored a touchdown on their opening drive, a touchdown that was only two yards long. This was after a Patriots three and out. They marched to their own 23 yard line after the Patriots forced them to punt. Gostkowski failed to score the Vikings’ final drive. Despite this setback, the Patriots remained on their way to a Super Bowl victory.