The New England Patriots started their prime time matchup against the Indianapolis Colts well and after receiving the opening kickoff marched right down the field. It took the team 12 plays to cover 75 yards and go up 7-0 thanks to a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Cordarrelle Patterson:
12 plays. 75 yards. TOUCHDOWN.@ceeflashpee84 caps off an impressive opening drive for the @Patriots! #INDvsNE— NFL (@NFL) October 5, 2018
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The drive itself relied mostly on the passing game – and it was on point all series long: Brady attempted nine passes, completing all of them for 72 yards and a score. Not only was the 41-year old accurate, he also spread the football around well. Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, James White, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson all caught passes on the game’s first possession.
The Patriots defense also started the game well, forcing a quick three-and-out. A nine-yard sack by Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers was the biggest play of the series.