The Patriots response was as impressive as any Patriots TD drive you’ll ever see. It incorporated a lot of pre-snap motions and no-huddle offense. Patriots utilize the no-huddle offense probably better than any team in the league and Brady has simply perfected it. Brady reads defenses very quickly and locates holes extremely fast. Brady and his TEs will basically dominate this next drive to answer Seattle’s scoring drive.
- 1st & 15 (after a false start) at NE 20 yard line. Brady in the shotgun formation, 3 WR set….with Welker in motion, It’s a 3 yard draw to Bolden.
- 2nd & 12 at the NE 18 yard line. Brady in the shotgun formation (no huddle), 5 WR set, hits a streaking Gronkowski for 20 yards over the middle. Gronkowski is working against Cam Chancellor. Gronkowski runs quick a crossing route but the play is basically successful due to the timing rhythm Gronk and Brady are on with each other…..Gronk puts a little head fake on Chancellor then hits the in-route hard, giving himself enough time to gain a step on Chancellor.
-1st and 10 at the NE 38 yard line. Pats are in an I formation….2 WRs (Welker and Lloyd) with Gronk in the slot, and 2 RBs in the backfield. Gronk goes in motion to the left; he sets as TE with his hands on the ground and Welker checks off the line, Brady fakes to Bolden and hits a streaking Gronk going across the middle a pickup of 11 yards off pf a successful play action.
-1st and 10 on the NE 49 yard line. Shotgun (no-huddle) 5 WR formation with an empty backfield. Brady hits Gronk for a 5 yard strike as Gronk runs a quick out.
- 2nd and 5 at the Seahawk 46 yard line. The Pats are in shotgun formation with 3 WRs, 1 RB in the backfield. Welker goes in motion to the right, Brady hits Lloyd who runs a quick out for 5 yards.
- 1st and 10 at the Seattle 38 yard line. Pats in an I formation once again utilizing the no-huddle offense with Brady under center and Bolden the lone back in the backfield. 3 WR set with Lloyd, Hernandez and Branch. Bolden takes the hand off and runs for 13 yards. The Patriots O-line did a great job blocking up front but Bolden does a wonderful job at quickly locating the holes for a wonderful 13 yard pickup.
Pats at this point are utilizing the up tempo no-huddle process very effectively!