NINKOVICH’S 63-YARD FUMBLE RETURN IS SECOND LONGEST IN TEAM HISTORY
Rob Ninkovich returned a second quarter fumble 63 yards. It is the second longest fumble return in team history to the 68-yard touchdown return by Richard Seymour at Buffalo on Oct. 3, 2004.
WELKER EXTENDS STREAK
Wes Welker extended his streak to 69 straight regular-season games with at least one reception. He has caught at least one pass in each of his 55 games with the Patriots, including three postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with the Dolphins.
EDELMAN HAS A LONG RETURN
Julian Edelman’s 34-yard punt return in the second quarter is second to the 35-yard return he had vs. Tennessee on Oct. 18, 2009.
GOSTKOWSKI ON THE TOUHCBACK
K Stephen Gostkowski has 14 kickoffs that have gone for touchbacks. Last season he set a career-high of 21 when he tied a Patriots record with 21 touchbacks. Justin Canale had 21 kickoffs in 1966 for the Patriots.
BRADY MOVES UP ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN LIST
Brady entered the San Diego game in 19th place on the NFL's all-time touchdown list with 235.He moved into a tie for 18th place with George Blanda with a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter. Jim Kelly is in 17th place with 237 touchdown passes.
QB TOM BRADY TID BITS
Brady has a 45-21 (.682) career record as a starter on the road. Including the postseason, it was his 4th consecutive win against San Diego.
PATRIOTS HIGH POINT TOTAL
The Patriots lead the NFL with 29.5 points per game in 2010 and are on pace to finish the season with 472 points, which would be second in team history to the NFL record 589 points the Patriots scored in 2007.
MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SEASON BY THE PATRIOTS
589 in 2007
441 in 1980
437 in 2004
427 in 2009
MIKE WRIGHT HAS THREE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A SACK
Mike Wright was credited with a 5-yard sack in the fourth quarter for his third straight game with a sack. The last Patriots player to go at least three consecutive games with a sack was in 2008 when Richard Seymour had 3.5 sacks in a four-game stretch.
HERNAMDEZ MAKES BIG PLAYS
Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez leads the Patriots 355 receiving yards. He has had a reception of 20 or more yards in five of six games in 2010 after being on the receiving end of a 24-yard reception from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. .
BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS SCORES FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for his fourth consecutive game with a rushing touchdown. He had a stretch of four straight games with a rushing touchdown as a rookie in 2008. The Patriots record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown is seven by Curtis Martin in 1996. Ellis converted a key fourth-and-one situation on the scoring drive to keep the 17-play, 79-yard drive alive.
BRANDON DEADERICK MAKES SECOND CONSEUTIVE START AND HAS A SACK IN EACH GAME
Rookie DL Brandon Deaderick made his second consecutive start and had his second straight game with a sack. He was credited with a 6-yard sack of QB Philip Rivers at the end of the third quarter to force San Diego into a third-and-long situation.
SERGIO BROWN SEES FIRST NFL ACTION
Sergio Brown was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday and played in his first NFL game as a reserve at safety and on special teams.
QUINN OJINNAKA MAKES PATRIOTS DEBUT
T Quinn Ojinnaka played in his first game as a member of the Patriots, seeing action on special teams.