This was a familiar scene for members of the Rams' offense last night. The group led by rookie quarterback Sam Bradford had its way with the Patriots defense leaving a frustrated bunch in the home team's locker room.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo didn't have much of an explanation for the defensive woes last night. "We just couldn't get off the field. Penalties killed us. We have to fix it," he said.
The Patriots were penalized seven times for 72 yards. The defense accounted for 57 of those yards.
Here is a breakdown of Patriots defensive penalties from last night:
2d quarter, 2d and 8 on NE-20: Tully Banta-Cain, -5 yards, encroachment
2d quarter, 2d and 5 on NE-5: Patrick Chung, -2 yards, encroachment
2d quarter, 3d and 8 on SL-27: Banta-Cain, -15 yards, roughing the passer
3d quarter, 3d and 9 on SL-48: Darius Butler, -5 yards, illegal contact
3d quarter, 2d and 10 on SL-10, Brandon Spikes, -15, roughing the passer
4th quarter, 2d and 10 on NE 49, Marques Murrell, -15, roughing the passer
Banta-Cain and Chung were flagged on the same drive in the second quarter that ended with Bradford's 12-yard TD pass that gave Rams a 17-7 lead.
Banta-Cain's roughing the passer was on drive that ended with Josh Brown's 45-yard field goal to give St. Louis, 20-14 lead)
Butler's penalty led to a first down on a drive that resulted in Thaddeus Lewis tossing a 20-yard TD pass. (27-14, St. Louis)
And Murrell's penalty was on a drive that led to Brown's game-winning 37-yard field goal. (Rams 36, Patriots 35)