The Patriots showed off their killer instinct Sunday in London, racing past the St. Louis Rams for a 45-7 victory at Wembley Stadium.
Tom Brady threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, including two apiece to Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski, and Stevan Ridley ran for 127 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the blowout victory.
Gronkowski finished the day with 146 yards receiving on eight catches.
1:25 4th quarter: Patriots 45, Rams 7 — Tavon Wilson came up with an interception on Kellen Clemens at the goal line, racing back to St. Louis territory before sliding to a halt as the Patriots take over with the ability to run out the clock.
5:26 4th quarter: Patriots 45, Rams 7 — Shane Vereen took a Ryan Mallett screen pass and went 17 yards to pick up a first down. But the Patriots’ offense was unable to keep the drive going, with Mallett throwing two straight incomplete passes before Zoltan Mesko booted his second punt of the game.
8:21 4th quarter: Patriots 45, Rams 7 — Patriots rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard came up with a goal-line interception and Ryan Mallett has entered the game for the Patriots. His first playing time of the season.
11:20 4th quarter: Patriots 45, Rams 7 — Sporting a new, comical dance, Rob Gronkowski was back to utilizing his signature spike, catching a 14-yard touchdown from Tom Brady.
It was his second touchdown of the game. Gronkowski now has eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
14:51 4th quarter: Patriots 38, Rams 7 — Rob Ninkovich recorded an 8-yard sack on 4th-and-6 for the Rams as the Patriots forced another turnover on downs. It was Ninkovich’s fifth sack of the season.
End of the 3d quarter: Patriots 38, Rams 7 — Third quarter comes to a close with the Patriots in a commanding lead. Both Stevan Ridley and Rob Gronkowski have passed the 100-yard threshold and Tom Brady is closing in on a 300-yard day.
2:40 3d quarter: Patriots 38, Rams 7 — Zoltan Mesko punted for the first time today after a dismal drive by the Patriots, marked by two incomplete passes and a 7-yard loss on a run by Shane Vereen.
3:35 3d quarter: Patriots 38, Rams 7 — Chandler Jones got his sixth sack of the season, tripping up Sam Bradford for a loss of 17 yards as the Patriots forced the Rams to punt for the fourth time Sunday.
6:55 3d quarter: Patriots 38, Rams 7 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 26-yard field goal.
The drive was spurred along by Stevan Ridley, who now has 119 yards rushing on the day. Ridley broke loose for a 41-yard run on the drive — the longest for the Patriots this season — and ran through Rams safety Craig Dahl for a 16-yard run.
11:48 3d quarter: Patriots 35, Rams 7 — Four plays, two penalties, and two punts. The Patriots’ defense has stiffened up against the Rams, with a bit of help from the Rams, too. An illegal forward pass by Sam Bradford and a holding call on St. Louis’ first punt attempt, helped the Patriots get a little better field advantage after taking over after the Rams’ disastrous drive.
12:34 3d quarter: Patriots 35, Rams 7 — Tom Brady connected with Brandon Lloyd for a 9-yard touchdown, Lloyd’s second touchdown of the game.
The Patriots made quick work of the Rams to start the third quarter, going 80 yards over six plays in 2:36.
15:00 3d quarter: Patriots 28, Rams 7 — The third quarter is underway.
0:14 2d quarter: Patriots 28, Rams 7 — Stevan Ridley ran in a 1-yard touchdown following a pass interference on the Rams’ Bradley Fletcher. It was the second pass interference on Fletcher of the drive that allowed the Patriots to extend their drive and punch in a touchdown before the half.
The Patriots will receive to start the third quarter.
The team went 56 yards over nine plays in 1:42 to capitalize on the Rams’ turnover on downs.
1:46 2d quarter: Patriots 21, Rams 7 — Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower dinged up St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford. On what looked like a broken play for the Rams, Bradford rolled out with Hightower in pursuit unblocked before tossing a pass to Daryl Richardson. Hightower dropped Bradford as he was throwing the ball, but Bradford came down hard on his left shoulder, which has been the source of much pain for the Rams quarterback.
The Rams burned a timeout after the play to bring Bradford back but were forced to attempt a 54-yard field goal. A bad snap on the play led to a turnover on downs.
4:09 2d quarter: Patriots 21, Rams 7 — Tom Brady threw a 7-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, who gave a rather enthusiastic spike for the London audience, as the Patriots took a two-touchdown lead.
Gronkowski has now gone over 100 yards receiving on the day, catching passes of 25, 25, 17, 32 and 7 yards. He has five catches for 106 yards.
10:13 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Rams 7 — Patriots defensive back Marquice Cole had seemingly come up with a strip fumble on Rams receiver Steve Smith with Rob Ninkovich recovering.
After the play was reviewed, it was determined that Smith didn’t have possession of the ball long enough to merit a catch. The Rams were forced to punt anyway after the third down play.
14:12 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Rams 7 — On a gutsy call to go for it on fourth down at the 1-yard line, Shane Vereen punched in a touchdown as the Patriots took the lead.
Tom Brady had two key passes to Rob Gronkowski for 50 yards to get the Patriots into the red zone. The Rams were able to stuff Danny Woodhead on 3rd-and-goal at the 1 but were overpowered when Ridley went right behind right guard Dan Connolly for the touchdown.
End of 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Rams 7 — First quarter comes to a close with Tom Brady completing all eight of his passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Patriots on the 1, looking to score again.
3:43 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Rams 7 — Kyle Arrington has left the game with a head injury and his return is questionable, according to the team.
4:43 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Rams 7 — Brandon Spikes blitzed on third down, providing the pressure on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, as the Patriots forced the Rams to punt.
Rams receiver Chris Givens, who caught a 50-yard touchdown earlier in the game, appeared to be hurt on the drive and went to the locker room.
7:50 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Rams 7 — Tom Brady hit Brandon Lloyd for a 19-yard touchdown to tie up the game.
Lloyd ran a flag route to the corner of the end zone. The Patriots went 78 yards on eight plays. Brady found Danny Woodhead for a 24-yard gain to get into Rams territory.
Brady went 4 for 4 on the drive.
12:35 1st quarter: Rams 7, Patriots 0 — As feared, the Rams’ Chris Givens is a deep threat. Six plays into the game, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford went deep to Givens for a 50-yard touchdown pass.
Givens, a rookie, sped past safety Tavon Wilson before pulling down the touchdown catch. Givens has now set an NFL record with five straight games with a reception of at least 50 yards.
15:00 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Rams 0 — The Rams will receive the opening kickoff. Game on.
Pregame: The Patriots will be without Logan Mankins again so Donald Thomas will likely fill in for the all-pro guard. We’re getting close to game time in London. We’ll have all updates, series by series, right here.
Enjoy the game.