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article imageNFL: Patriots look impressive with 47 – 12 rout of Jaguars

By Austin Tyler     Aug 12, 2011 in Sports
Neither team played their true starting quarterback with Tom Brady of the Patriots and David Garrard both sitting out this game. The Pats did not skip a beat behind the arms of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet.
The New England Patriots hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second game of this week’s pre-season schedule. It was not a disappointment for the Pats fans as they look poised to make a nice Super Bowl run. David Garrard did not play due to a back injury suffered earlier this week so the rookie Blaine Gabbert had to start. For the Pats their key additions Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth did not touch the field along with most of their starts including Tom Brady.
The Jags received the ball to start the game as they drove it down the field 57-yard 5:18 drive that took 12 plays to get them in field-goal range. Blaine Gabbert (9/16, 85 yards) was 3 for 5 to start the game before Jason Scobee kicked in a 41 yard field-goal to give the Jags a 3-0 lead.
The Pats got their chance to even things up but on their first series Brian Hoyer (15/21, 171 yards, 1 TD) threw a pass to Aaron Hernandez who fumbled it after David Jones hit him. Dawan Landry recovered the ball for the Jaguars which gave them decent field position. The Jags stared on the Pats 26-yardline, but could not capitalize as they had to settle for another Scobee field-goal.
New England went three and out and had to punt the ball away back to the Jags. The Jags then went three and out themselves and was forced to punt the ball back to the Pats. This time the Patriots took advantage and Hoyer led them on a 49-yard drive that ended with a touchdown by Stevan Ridley (16 carries, 64 yards, 2 TD). Ridley’s touchdown made it a 7-6 game with Pats ahead by one-point.
Jacksonville struggled with the ball again as they went three and out and was forced to punt the ball again. New England struck quick this time as they only took .47 second off the clock to move the ball 32-yards in 4 plays for a touchdown. Hoyer hit Taylor Price (5 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD) for an 11 yard touchdown catch. The Pats missed the extra-point but took a 13-6 lead to end the first quarter.
The Jags got the ball back and moved the ball 7-yards before getting another Scobee field-goal which made it a 13-9 game. Hoyer led the Pats down the field again, but they failed to get in and had to settle for a Stephen Gostkowski 46-yard field-goal to give them a 19-9 lead.
Jacksonville held the ball for 5:18 before they had the punt the ball away after only gaining 40-yards on 11 plays. The Pats had 4:10 left in the half, and took advantage of it as Hoyer moved them down the field for a field-goal. New England moved 62-yards on 14 plays and got another Gostkowski field-goal to give them a 19-9 lead going into halftime.
Second year player Ryan Mallett took over the Pats offense and wasted no time moving them down the field. Mallett took them on an 82-yard drive that lasted 5:57 on 13 plays. They mixed in the run and pass and Ridley scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Jacksonville got the ball, but could not do much as they suffered another three and out. This time the Jaguars trusted Todd Bouman (2/10, 35 yards, 1 int) with the offense. The Pats got the ball back off of a punt and Mallett took them down the field again and this time he threw a 16 yard pass to Ridley. Mallett moved them 67-yards in six plays as the rout was on and the Pats had a 33-9 lead.
Bouman managed to move the Jags down the field on his second try and got them into field-goal range for a Scobee 31-yard field-goal. That made the score 33-12 to start the fourth quarter. Mallett continued to work his magic as he moved the Pats down the field again for another score. This time he drove them 80-yards in 12 plays to get them a touchdown on a Richard Medlin (14 carries, 54 yards, 2 TD) 2-yard touchdown run and make it 40-12.
Bouman continued to struggle as he had a ball intercepted by Buddy Farnham. Mallet took the Pats down a short field for another touchdown. The Pats moved the ball just 31-yards before Medlin ran the ball in for his second touchdown to give them a 47-12 lead.
The game was pretty much decided after that as the Jags punted the ball after another three and out, and the Pats ran the ball out with Medlin before Mallett took a couple of knees.
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