The Patriots aren’t holding anything back.
After scoring a touchdown on their opening drive against the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots executed a surprise onside kick to give the football back to Tom Brady. After approaching the ball as if he were going to kick it deep, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked it short to his right. Linebacker Jonathan Freeny recovered the kick for New England.
Although a fumble by Julian Edelman ended the ensuing drive, the Patriots’ bold decision seemed to send a strong message that they didn’t intend to give their underdog opposition any chance in this one.
Patriots pulling out the unexpected onside kick on Washington just seems like swatting a fly with, I dunno, a cruise missile— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 8, 2015
I feel like #Pats onside kick in first quarter is the football equivalent of trolling. No?— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) November 8, 2015
Goliath has brought out the David strategy. Pats with surprise onside kick against Washington. Recovered.— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) November 8, 2015
Belichick is a boss. Love the onside kick.— Peter Stringer (@peterstringer) November 8, 2015
PHOTOS: Patriots vs. Washington