Patriots - Jaguars: Quick Hits

Quick hits from Saturday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tom Brady says he deserved an Academy Award for his performance. With the writer's strike, he just might get the nod. News and Notes from Saturday's win.


--QB Tom Brady completed 92.9 percent of his passes (26 completions in 28 attempts) setting an all-time NFL record for the highest completion percentage in a game, including regular-season and playoff games (minimum 20 attempts). Brady completed his first 16 passes of the game. His first incompletion was on a pass intended for Benjamin Watson with 10:25 remaining in the third quarter. Brady completed his first 16 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.

--RB Laurence Maroney totaled 122 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, recording his first career 100-yard rushing game in the playoffs and the third highest single-game rushing total in Patriots playoff history. The last 100-yard rushing game by a Patriot in the playoffs came following the 2004 season, when Corey Dillon totaled 144 yards on 23 carries against Indianapolis on Jan. 16, 2005. Maroney's 100-yard rushing effort is the sixth by a Patriots player in the team's 32-game playoff history. Curtis Martin set the team playoff record with 166 rushing yards against Pittsburgh in a divisional round game at Foxboro Stadium on Jan. 5, 1997. Maroney's 122 yards against Jacksonville trail only the aforementioned totals by Martin and Dillon for the third highest in Patriots playoff history.

--TE Benjamin Watson caught two touchdown passes, tying the Patriots playoff record for most touchdown receptions in a game. Watson ties the mark also achieved by Stanley Morgan against Denver on Jan. 4, 1987 and achieved by Larry Garron at Buffalo on Dec. 28, 1963. Watson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to tie the game at seven in the first quarter and later hauled in a 9-yard scoring grab in the third quarter to give New England a 28-17 advantage. The scoring catches were Watson's second and third career playoff touchdown receptions, with his other scoring grab also coming against Jacksonville in a wild-card matchup on Jan. 7, 2006. Watson's previous playoff touchdown came on a 63-yard scoring grab and was the longest touchdown reception in Patriots postseason history. In the 2007 regular season, Watson finished third on the team with six scoring catches.

--Tom Brady threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson in the first quarter, marking Brady's 13th consecutive playoff game with a touchdown pass, tying Dan Marino for the second longest such streak in NFL history. Marino also threw a touchdown pass in 13 straight playoff contests from 1983-1995. Brett Favre holds the NFL record, throwing a scoring pass in 17 consecutive games from 1995 to the present. Brady was held without a touchdown pass in the first two playoff games of his career, but has had at least one scoring toss in 13 straight games from Super Bowl XXXVI through tonight.

--RB Laurence Maroney recorded his first career 100-yard postseason game with 122 yards on 22 carries (5.5-yard average) with one touchdown.

--CB Ellis Hobbs played a reserve role against the Jags after injuring his groin in practicing leading up to the divisional playoff. Randall Gay started in Hobbs' place and the regular starter saw limited action in New England's sub defenses.

--G Stephen Neal (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup for the playoff opener after missing four straight games to close out the regular season and eight total throughout the year.

--FS Eugene Wilson was a healthy scratch against Jacksonville, highlighting a New England list of inactives that also included emergency QB Matt Gutierrez, CB Antwain Spann (hamstring), FB Kyle Eckel (stomach), DB Ray Ventrone, T Wesley Britt, G Billy Yates and DL Rashad Moore.

--RT Nick Kaczur returned to the starting lineup for the win over the Jaguars after missing the regular season finale with a foot injury.

--"Yeah, I'm looking for my Academy Award on that play. WE worked on it the other day, and for the first time we just kind of put it in on Friday and thought we had a shot on it. I think they bit on the run pretty good, and Wes (Welker) did a great job. He's hard to find. He's five-foot-seven. I just had to drop it over the linebacker and he made a nice play to catch it." - Tom Brady on the fake direct-snap to Kevin Faulk that Brady kept and threw for a touchdown.

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