Found October 29, 2012 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
The New England Patriots showed little weakness on Sunday, and destroyed the London Silly Nannies St. Louis Rams 45-7, in front of 84,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London. Here are five things we learned from the game: 1.)    Stevan Ridley CAN destroy defenses. Ridley had only 15 carries in the game but he rushed for a total of 127 yards. In the 3rd quarter alone, Ridley ran for over 90 yards including a 30 yard rush, and then a career high 40 yard rush. Along with his 127 yards, Ridley scored a touchdown in the first quarter that out the Patriots on top for good at 14-7. Sunday was Ridley’s 4th game of the season with over 100 yards, and by far it was his most dominant performance. 2.)    Gronk is back. After struggling a bit over the past 4 weeks, Rob Gronkowski came out strong as he had 8 receptions for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. The best part of Gronk’s game was most definitely his homage to “that little nutcracker guy” (in reference to Buckingham Palace guards, maybe). This game proved that Gronkowski is capable of coming up big, and getting to space even without Aaron Hernandez on the field, as Hernandez did not play. The game also puts to bed any concerns over a Gronkowski injury. Rob Gronkowski dressed as “That little Nutcracker guy” 3.)    The Patriots Secondary can still get Lit up. Sure the Patriots defense only gave up 7 points all game, but the one score they allowed came early in the 1st quarter when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens for a 50 yard touchdown pass. The Patriots secondary looked like they have all season on that play, sloppy. The reason the Rams didn’t score again is because they didn’t attempt to beat the secondary much more than that. Had the Rams offense kept firing deep, they may have been able to keep this game close. Instead the Rams leaned on short passes and rushing, and Patriots were able to shut them down. 4.)    Brandon Lloyd has proven to be a positive pick up. Brandon Lloyd only had 2 catches against his former team, but they were crucial as they were both Touchdown receptions. Sure Lloyd has had some troubles this season with catching the ball, but he has been huge as a deep threat for  Brady to use at will, or as a short pass receiver. There’s no doubt that Lloyd and offensive Coordinator, Josh McDaniels wanted to look good in front of their former team from last year, and they proved what they could do. 5.)    The Patriots Offensive Line can protect the Quarterback. For the first time this season Tom Brady avoided getting sacked. That is thanks to the Patriots offensive line for not letting defenders have the chance to get to him. With the protection he had, Brady made the plays he needed to, and he had a classic Brady-like game throwing for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns, and not throwing an interception. Sure the Rams are not a good team, but winning a game by such a big margin still feels good for the Patriots and their fans. The Patriots are familiar with playing in England and seem to enjoy it very much as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009 when they squared off at Wembley Stadium. The Patriots, 5-3, now enjoy a bye week before facing the Buffalo Bills in two weeks at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots enter bye week ready to make their move

The scoreboard read 45-7, a thorough drubbing of the St. Louis Rams in merry ole England that put the Patriots at 5-3 going into the bye. One thing is clear, the Patriots can run the ball and have a stable of backs that can get it done. The newest wrinkle is Shane Vereen, a fluid runner with great cutback ability. Vereen started the game despite Stevan Ridley...

Justin Francis and Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots...

Justin Francis and Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots celebrate after sacking St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Rob Gronkowski Says Spike at Wembley Stadium Was Inspired by 'The Little Nutcracker Dude'

When Rob Gronkowski punctuated his first touchdown in the Patriots' victory over the Rams in London on Sunday with a trademark spike, everyone assumed he was paying homage to the local guards at Buckingham Palace. He was -- we think. When asked later about the marching steps that preceded his spike, Gronkowski gave an explanation that shed some light on his...

Video: Chander Jones sack dance

Yesterday was a day full of dancing for the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski got in a couple good ones, Brandon Spikes had a funny dance but Chandler Jones' dance was pretty awesome too.

Gronk Touchdown Spike’s Imported from London

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a total beauty.  Gronkowski’s first touchdown celebration is obviously the best one, and by far the most creative.  His imitation of the Queen’s guard is hilarious and you have to love the enthusiasm that he plays with.GIFs via: Deadspin

Brady, Gronk and Ridley Lead Patriots to Jolly Good Time

The New England Patriots and St Louis Rams went overseas for the 2012 NFL International Series Game at Wembley Stadium in London.  The English hadn’t seen such a forceful offensive onslaught since the Patriots whipped the Tampa Buccaneers in their last London appearance, 35-7 in 2009.  When Tom Brady and company were done with the Rams there was no doubt in anyone’s mind...

AFC Overview

Who will represent the AFC in Superbowl XLVIII? Will a real AFC football team please stand up…  I understand Halloween is around the corner and everyone is trying to changeup their identity, but after the first seven weeks of the NFL season, it feels like every team from the American Football Conference has been celebrating Halloween earlier than scheduled. From the 16 teams that...

Brady, Patriots rout Rams 45-7 at Wembley

Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the Patriots' first five possessions Sunday and New England ran over the St. Louis Rams 45-7 in the NFL's annual regular-season game in London. The Rams looked ready to put up a fight when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. But that was about all the offense St. Louis could muster...

Gronk busts out Tin Tin spike after TD

Rob Gronkowski caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season as the the Patriots took on the Rams Sunday in London. To celebrate, Gronk busted out this Tin Tin soldier (or Frankenspike?) version of his infamous boom spike celly. The result? Pure Gronk Awesomeness.

Halftime: Pats 28, Rams 7

Four possessions, four touchdowns for the Patriots in the first half. New England leads St. Louis 28-7 at the break in London. Shane Vereen scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to give the Pats a 14-7 lead. With 6:51 left in the second quarter, Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 7-yard touchdown. Gronk celebrated London style, by imitating a British Royal Guard march...

You should be impressed

Yes, it was just the Rams.But, how many times have we said almost just that about an opponent.Oh, it's just the Cardinals, it's just the Seahawks, it's just the Jets.Don't fool yourself, if we've learned anything this year it's that you shouldn't take winning for granted. The Patriots not only won, they rolled. They played their most complete game of the...
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