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Turning Point: How Tom Brady found Danny Amendola for a first down on 3rd-and-18

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The Patriots were the masters of in-game adjustments against the Texans.

The New England Patriots’ comeback against the Houston Texans was the focal point of NFL Films’ Turning Point series, with special attention on how the Patriots made an in-game adjustment to take advantage of the Texans coverage.

Quarterback Tom Brady noticed that Danny Amendola had been bracketed by two safeties during the game and that one of the safeties was on the other side of the formation during the Patriots’ game-winning drive. This gave Amendola a one-on-one against a safety, of which Brady was happy to take advantage.

Brady connected with Amendola for 27 yards and a first down on the Texans 25-yard line. Brady found Brandin Cooks for the game-winning score on the very next play.

This isn’t the only time the Patriots made an in-game adjustment against the Texans. Head coach Bill Belichick showed how the Patriots made a pair of changes to score two touchdowns against the Texans during his Belichick Breakdown segment.

“I think that’s the advantage of having great coaching and guys that can evaluate those things so quickly,” Brady said on Thursday about the adjustment with Chris Hogan. “We kind of saw how they were making adjustments. I think the ability to do that on offense, you know, the experience and the confidence that the coaches have and the players – it’s everyone working together.

“It was just a great play. It was a big play in the game. You need those types of adjustments, especially early in the year. It’s hard to figure out exactly how they’re going to play things. We’ve had a long offseason to evaluate what they do, how they’re going to play us. Then you get out there early in the game and you see how it goes, and if you need to make adjustments you’ve got to be able to do it.

“I’ve said before, you’d hate to wait until Monday morning to say, ‘Man, when we play them the next time these are the things we want to do.’ You’d rather do that in the middle of the second quarter saying, ‘Alright, this is how they’re going to play it, boom, we know exactly what to go to.’ That’s important. It ended up being a big play in the game.

“We made a lot of adjustments over the course of the game. The coaches have pointed out that players have to be able to adjust and maybe without practicing the play, still be able to go out there and execute at a high level. That’s NFL football for you.”