Three quarters filled with touchdowns entertained fans at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35.
A 77-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Eagles defender Cary Williams didn’t set the best tone for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. However, in classic New England fashion, Brady led the club to a touchdown, tossing a pass to Kenbrell Thompkins for seven.
Ryan Mallet and rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are really putting each other to the test with their play on the field, fighting for that backup spot behind Brady on the depth chart. Garoppolo led two TD-drives to put the Pats up 21-7, and the Eagles found themselves struggling to find answers on offense.
Mallet responded in the second half with two scores of his own, one coming on a six-yard run, something you don’t see from the lanky quarterback. The Patriots offense was unstoppable for three quarters, and the club rushed for 250 yards against Chip Kelly’s Swiss-cheese defense.
The defense struggled at times with an explosive Eagles offense, but for the most part, the first-team guys held their own. Two second-quarter scores showed some of the weaknesses in the Pats passing defense, but it is only the second game of the preseason, so there is plenty of time.
Mark Sanchez, yes THE Mark Sanchez, looked like a rock star against the Patriots going 11-12 with 117 yards and two TD passes, along with one interception. Though Sanchez doesn’t stand any chance to get playing time in Philly, unless Nick Foles loses his arm before a game, there must have been some type of redemption for Sanchez, a guy chastised for his play in New York and the infamous “Butt Fumble” against these Patriots.