The New England Patriots’ first win of the day came on the coin toss: Matthew Slater called heads, the coin came up that way, and the Patriots elected to receive the football. 14 plays, 83 yards and seven minutes later, the home team was up 7-0 thanks to a one-yard scoring run by rookie Sony Michel. The score capped an impressive opening series for New England’s offense.
The team displayed tremendous rhythm and was able to convert four third downs along the way. The biggest play of the series, however, was a 17-yard shovel pass to running back James White:
White just like the aforementioned Sony Michel was heavily involved on the first series: the veteran touched the football five times, gaining 45 yards in the process. Michel, meanwhile, seven touches for 24 yards — the final of which on this touchdown run, that was set up by a pass interference call drawn by tight end Rob Gronkowski:
Also looking good on the opening series was quarterback Tom Brady, who hit his first four passes and overall went 7 of 8 for 60 yards.