The New England Patriots are playing a very good game in all three phases of their game versus the Oakland Raiders. The offense scored two first-half touchdowns and the defense recorded two first-half takeaways, the second of which coming with under a minute left in the second quarter and the Raiders in scoring range.
However, a forced fumble by Marquis Flowers changed the momentum of the series:
A big stop by the defense.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 19, 2017
Flowers & Chung team up for turnover. pic.twitter.com/lI5sqzKTgc
Flowers was able to strip Seth Rodgers before the Raiders wide receiver was down and Jonathan Jones, typically a special teamer, came up with the recovery. The takeaway gave New England the football at its own 7-yard line with 33 seconds left on the game clock – and the team was still able to earn points.
After big plays by Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola, the Patriots drove to the Raiders 45-yard line to set up this 62-yarder by Stephen Gostkowski:
The kick is a career-high for the veteran and puts the Patriots up 17-0.