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All systems go in 27-3 preseason win

]()Four plays later, Corey Dillon ran it in from 12 yards out.

On defense, New England was equally successful during the Packers first series. Two Green Bay penalties and excellent run defense forced a third and 35 situation for Brett Favre. From his own 38, he looked for Javon Walker on the right side of the field but Asante Samuel saw the pass the whole way and took the interception back to the Green Bay 32.

Things didn't go as smoothly on Brady and the offense's second attempt after the turnover, although they did come away with three points via the foot of Vinatieri from 44 yards out. On third and 8, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamala sacked Brady for a loss of 8. Just prior to that play, Dillon was dumped for a loss of 3.

The first quarter ended with New England up 10-0 and the Patriots with the ball. A holding penalty on Andre Davis negated a Dillon run for a first down and the Patriots were unable to dig out of that hole.

Green Bay took over and Favre quickly found himself facing a third and 15 from his own 37. Once again, Samuel was where Favre looked and picked off the throw. This time, however, the play was negated by a hold on Don Davis before the interception.

On the play, Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Chatman was hurt and left the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a neck injury after being hit by Rodney Harrison. The early report was Chatman was put on the stretcher "as a precaution" and that he was experiencing tingling in his arms.

Bill Belichick used the time out to gather his defense apparently with words to keep them focused.

Those words could have been better used on the punt return team because after stopping the Packers, the ensuing punt hit Tyrone Poole in the back as it bounced on the ground. Green Bay recovered.

That gave Favre a first and goal from the 8 but the Patriots defense continued its excellent play, forcing the Packers to settle on a 26-yard Ryan Longwell field goal after they netted zero yards on three plays.

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]()Doug Flutie took over the quarterback duties for Tom Brady for a couple first downs but then Brady returned at first and 10 from the Packers 44. After missing on his first throw, Brady hit Benjamin Watson for 18. Dillon then plowed ahead for 6 and Tim Dwight caught a quick pass for 9 and a first down at the 11.

Three plays later Brady found Givens in the back of the end zone for the score from 12 yards out. On the play Givens was shaken up but walked off the field on his own.

Favre continued to struggle (9 for 21, 69 yards and 2 interceptions in the first half). After gaining 13 on his own during his next series, he was robbed for the second time in the game, this one by Randall Gay on a ball intended for Andrae Thurman.

Brady immediately hit Dwight for 14 yards after the turnover to move into Packer territory. The ball moved as far as the 20 after completions to Troy Brown and Watson but no further. Vinatieri was good from 38 yards out.

The half ended with the score New England 20, Green Bay 3.

Ahman Green fumbled on the first play of the second half and Willie McGinest recovered. Chad Brown had good penetration on the play, forcing the ball loose.

On third and six from the 23, P.K. Sam caught his first pass of the preseason, a 20-yarder on a nice little outside-in cut. From the 3, Dillon scored his second touchdown of the night for a 27-3 Patriot lead.

The heir apparent to Favre, rookie Aaron Rodgers out of California, started the second half. In his first two series he saw Green fumble, himself fumble and was sacked by Ty Warren and Mike Wright. He had better luck during his third series with a couple completions against several of the Patriots second-teamers but Green Bay came up empty once again.

Brady had left the game -- this time for good -- after his last scoring drive and Flutie again replaced him. He had a drive that looked hopeful near the end of the third quarter but he missed a wide open David Terrell and then Sam had a ball slip through his hands to end the series. Patrick Pass's running and Watson's catching were the sparkplugs.

By the end of the third quarter, Flutie had retired for the night and it was Rohan Davey's turn. Meanwhile, the Green Bay sky opened up and the rain came down on the Packer faithful.

James Sanders had a fourth quarter interception of Rodgers after ex-Patriot Walt Williams netted 18 yards in two carries into New England territory. By this time, all would have been better served if the game was simply called. With the rain coming down in sheets, the only thing either team could really do was pound the ball inside.

Notes: Even with Light and Gorin out, Dillon ran well, showing patience at times and picking his holes, punishing would-be tacklers along the way. ... Dwight had a beautiful punt return negated by a holding call early in the game. It would seem the punt return duties are his to lose. ... Vince Wilfork had his best game of the preseason, holding his point and allowing Monty Biesel and Brown to fill gaps against the run. ... Like last week, Deion Branch suited up but did not see action. ... Josh Miller had a 68-yard punt downed on the 3-yard line. ... Vinatieri remained perfect this preseason with his sixth and seventh field goals without a miss.

]()The Patriots third dress rehearsal of the 2005 season had to be more good than bad, even in the eyes of their discriminating head coach. Bill Belichick watched his team run away with a 27-3 win over the Green Bay Packers as time runs short to the regular season.

All facets of the Patriots play were much improved over last week's game against New Orleans. In particular, the Patriots defense dominated the Packers, who also hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers.

Through three quarters when things more or less counted, the Packers were held to 4 of 12 third down conversions and only 51 yards rushing.

On offense, Tom Brady was effective, passing for 12 completions on 21 attempts, 127 yards and a touchdown. Corey Dillon looked most impressive with 70 yards on 14 carries and two scores. Ben Watson returned to action with 6 catches and 49 yards.

Pre-game scratches were Eugene Baker, Duane Starks, Chad Morton, Hank Poteat, Mike Vrabel, Matt Light, Brandon Gorin, Bethel Johnson, Dan Klecko and Santonio Thomas.

With both Light and Gorin out, Tom Ashworth moved over to left tackle while Nick Kaczur got the start on the right side. On defense, Willie McGinest started in place of Mike Vrabel at outside linebacker.

New England easily moved down the field to open the game with a drive that started on the Packers 41 due to a 43-yard Ellis Hobbs kickoff return and a Green Bay facemask penalty to boot.

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]()Four plays later, Corey Dillon ran it in from 12 yards out.

On defense, New England was equally successful during the Packers first series. Two Green Bay penalties and excellent run defense forced a third and 35 situation for Brett Favre. From his own 38, he looked for Javon Walker on the right side of the field but Asante Samuel saw the pass the whole way and took the interception back to the Green Bay 32.

Things didn't go as smoothly on Brady and the offense's second attempt after the turnover, although they did come away with three points via the foot of Vinatieri from 44 yards out. On third and 8, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamala sacked Brady for a loss of 8. Just prior to that play, Dillon was dumped for a loss of 3.

The first quarter ended with New England up 10-0 and the Patriots with the ball. A holding penalty on Andre Davis negated a Dillon run for a first down and the Patriots were unable to dig out of that hole.

Green Bay took over and Favre quickly found himself facing a third and 15 from his own 37. Once again, Samuel was where Favre looked and picked off the throw. This time, however, the play was negated by a hold on Don Davis before the interception.

On the play, Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Chatman was hurt and left the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a neck injury after being hit by Rodney Harrison. The early report was Chatman was put on the stretcher "as a precaution" and that he was experiencing tingling in his arms.

Bill Belichick used the time out to gather his defense apparently with words to keep them focused.

Those words could have been better used on the punt return team because after stopping the Packers, the ensuing punt hit Tyrone Poole in the back as it bounced on the ground. Green Bay recovered.

That gave Favre a first and goal from the 8 but the Patriots defense continued its excellent play, forcing the Packers to settle on a 26-yard Ryan Longwell field goal after they netted zero yards on three plays.

[

flutie11.jpg

]()Doug Flutie took over the quarterback duties for Tom Brady for a couple first downs but then Brady returned at first and 10 from the Packers 44. After missing on his first throw, Brady hit Benjamin Watson for 18. Dillon then plowed ahead for 6 and Tim Dwight caught a quick pass for 9 and a first down at the 11.

Three plays later Brady found Givens in the back of the end zone for the score from 12 yards out. On the play Givens was shaken up but walked off the field on his own.

Favre continued to struggle (9 for 21, 69 yards and 2 interceptions in the first half). After gaining 13 on his own during his next series, he was robbed for the second time in the game, this one by Randall Gay on a ball intended for Andrae Thurman.

Brady immediately hit Dwight for 14 yards after the turnover to move into Packer territory. The ball moved as far as the 20 after completions to Troy Brown and Watson but no further. Vinatieri was good from 38 yards out.

The half ended with the score New England 20, Green Bay 3.

Ahman Green fumbled on the first play of the second half and Willie McGinest recovered. Chad Brown had good penetration on the play, forcing the ball loose.

On third and six from the 23, P.K. Sam caught his first pass of the preseason, a 20-yarder on a nice little outside-in cut. From the 3, Dillon scored his second touchdown of the night for a 27-3 Patriot lead.

The heir apparent to Favre, rookie Aaron Rodgers out of California, started the second half. In his first two series he saw Green fumble, himself fumble and was sacked by Ty Warren and Mike Wright. He had better luck during his third series with a couple completions against several of the Patriots second-teamers but Green Bay came up empty once again.

Brady had left the game -- this time for good -- after his last scoring drive and Flutie again replaced him. He had a drive that looked hopeful near the end of the third quarter but he missed a wide open David Terrell and then Sam had a ball slip through his hands to end the series. Patrick Pass's running and Watson's catching were the sparkplugs.

By the end of the third quarter, Flutie had retired for the night and it was Rohan Davey's turn. Meanwhile, the Green Bay sky opened up and the rain came down on the Packer faithful.

James Sanders had a fourth quarter interception of Rodgers after ex-Patriot Walt Williams netted 18 yards in two carries into New England territory. By this time, all would have been better served if the game was simply called. With the rain coming down in sheets, the only thing either team could really do was pound the ball inside.

Notes: Even with Light and Gorin out, Dillon ran well, showing patience at times and picking his holes, punishing would-be tacklers along the way. ... Dwight had a beautiful punt return negated by a holding call early in the game. It would seem the punt return duties are his to lose. ... Vince Wilfork had his best game of the preseason, holding his point and allowing Monty Biesel and Brown to fill gaps against the run. ... Like last week, Deion Branch suited up but did not see action. ... Josh Miller had a 68-yard punt downed on the 3-yard line. ... Vinatieri remained perfect this preseason with his sixth and seventh field goals without a miss.

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]()The Patriots third dress rehearsal of the 2005 season had to be more good than bad, even in the eyes of their discriminating head coach. Bill Belichick watched his team run away with a 27-3 win over the Green Bay Packers as time runs short to the regular season.

All facets of the Patriots play were much improved over last week's game against New Orleans. In particular, the Patriots defense dominated the Packers, who also hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers.

Through three quarters when things more or less counted, the Packers were held to 4 of 12 third down conversions and only 51 yards rushing.

On offense, Tom Brady was effective, passing for 12 completions on 21 attempts, 127 yards and a touchdown. Corey Dillon looked most impressive with 70 yards on 14 carries and two scores. Ben Watson returned to action with 6 catches and 49 yards.

Pre-game scratches were Eugene Baker, Duane Starks, Chad Morton, Hank Poteat, Mike Vrabel, Matt Light, Brandon Gorin, Bethel Johnson, Dan Klecko and Santonio Thomas.

With both Light and Gorin out, Tom Ashworth moved over to left tackle while Nick Kaczur got the start on the right side. On defense, Willie McGinest started in place of Mike Vrabel at outside linebacker.

New England easily moved down the field to open the game with a drive that started on the Packers 41 due to a 43-yard Ellis Hobbs kickoff return and a Green Bay facemask penalty to boot.

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]()Four plays later, Corey Dillon ran it in from 12 yards out.

On defense, New England was equally successful during the Packers first series. Two Green Bay penalties and excellent run defense forced a third and 35 situation for Brett Favre. From his own 38, he looked for Javon Walker on the right side of the field but Asante Samuel saw the pass the whole way and took the interception back to the Green Bay 32.

Things didn't go as smoothly on Brady and the offense's second attempt after the turnover, although they did come away with three points via the foot of Vinatieri from 44 yards out. On third and 8, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamala sacked Brady for a loss of 8. Just prior to that play, Dillon was dumped for a loss of 3.

The first quarter ended with New England up 10-0 and the Patriots with the ball. A holding penalty on Andre Davis negated a Dillon run for a first down and the Patriots were unable to dig out of that hole.

Green Bay took over and Favre quickly found himself facing a third and 15 from his own 37. Once again, Samuel was where Favre looked and picked off the throw. This time, however, the play was negated by a hold on Don Davis before the interception.

On the play, Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Chatman was hurt and left the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a neck injury after being hit by Rodney Harrison. The early report was Chatman was put on the stretcher "as a precaution" and that he was experiencing tingling in his arms.

Bill Belichick used the time out to gather his defense apparently with words to keep them focused.

Those words could have been better used on the punt return team because after stopping the Packers, the ensuing punt hit Tyrone Poole in the back as it bounced on the ground. Green Bay recovered.

That gave Favre a first and goal from the 8 but the Patriots defense continued its excellent play, forcing the Packers to settle on a 26-yard Ryan Longwell field goal after they netted zero yards on three plays.

[

flutie11.jpg

]()Doug Flutie took over the quarterback duties for Tom Brady for a couple first downs but then Brady returned at first and 10 from the Packers 44. After missing on his first throw, Brady hit Benjamin Watson for 18. Dillon then plowed ahead for 6 and Tim Dwight caught a quick pass for 9 and a first down at the 11.

Three plays later Brady found Givens in the back of the end zone for the score from 12 yards out. On the play Givens was shaken up but walked off the field on his own.

Favre continued to struggle (9 for 21, 69 yards and 2 interceptions in the first half). After gaining 13 on his own during his next series, he was robbed for the second time in the game, this one by Randall Gay on a ball intended for Andrae Thurman.

Brady immediately hit Dwight for 14 yards after the turnover to move into Packer territory. The ball moved as far as the 20 after completions to Troy Brown and Watson but no further. Vinatieri was good from 38 yards out.

The half ended with the score New England 20, Green Bay 3.

Ahman Green fumbled on the first play of the second half and Willie McGinest recovered. Chad Brown had good penetration on the play, forcing the ball loose.

On third and six from the 23, P.K. Sam caught his first pass of the preseason, a 20-yarder on a nice little outside-in cut. From the 3, Dillon scored his second touchdown of the night for a 27-3 Patriot lead.

The heir apparent to Favre, rookie Aaron Rodgers out of California, started the second half. In his first two series he saw Green fumble, himself fumble and was sacked by Ty Warren and Mike Wright. He had better luck during his third series with a couple completions against several of the Patriots second-teamers but Green Bay came up empty once again.

Brady had left the game -- this time for good -- after his last scoring drive and Flutie again replaced him. He had a drive that looked hopeful near the end of the third quarter but he missed a wide open David Terrell and then Sam had a ball slip through his hands to end the series. Patrick Pass's running and Watson's catching were the sparkplugs.

By the end of the third quarter, Flutie had retired for the night and it was Rohan Davey's turn. Meanwhile, the Green Bay sky opened up and the rain came down on the Packer faithful.

James Sanders had a fourth quarter interception of Rodgers after ex-Patriot Walt Williams netted 18 yards in two carries into New England territory. By this time, all would have been better served if the game was simply called. With the rain coming down in sheets, the only thing either team could really do was pound the ball inside.

Notes: Even with Light and Gorin out, Dillon ran well, showing patience at times and picking his holes, punishing would-be tacklers along the way. ... Dwight had a beautiful punt return negated by a holding call early in the game. It would seem the punt return duties are his to lose. ... Vince Wilfork had his best game of the preseason, holding his point and allowing Monty Biesel and Brown to fill gaps against the run. ... Like last week, Deion Branch suited up but did not see action. ... Josh Miller had a 68-yard punt downed on the 3-yard line. ... Vinatieri remained perfect this preseason with his sixth and seventh field goals without a miss.

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