While praising Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Thursday, Belichick acknowledged his ability to keep plays alive under heavy pressure, which was one of the qualities Manning used in his game-winning Super Bowl drive a few years back.
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He's an outstanding quarterback," said Belichick. We've seen that before.
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And he wins. I mean, that's really what a quarterback's job is, to manage the game so that his team can win. That's what he's done.
The free-agent big man officially signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, meaning the Sixers could officially tweet a photo of Horford in a No. One of us.
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Horford has been gracious on the way out, thanking Boston and its fans in a farewell note Wednesday on social media. He dropped the ball, stayed on the turf until trainers arrived and then went straight to the locker room when he did manage to stand. Detroit ruled him out of the game almost immediately, which is never a good sign for a player.
He finished 15 of 22 passing for yards, one pick and touchdowns to both Marvin Jones and Dwayne Washington.
Problem is, by the time he settled down, Detroit was down He finished with four catches for 62 yards and one touchdown, and a couple of those balls were no picnic either. That includes a nice scoop on a low pass in the third quarter, which led to a Dwayne Washington touchdown one play later.
And Jones' numbers don't include an acrobatic, toe-dragging grab along the sideline that was ruled out of bounds. The ruling stood up on a review too, although I still remain skeptical of the call. Either way, the play is a sampling of what Jones has been doing all offseason along the sideline. He really looks good.
Tate was just talking the other day about how he felt like Detroit's receivers had improved their ball-security. Maybe he should have knocked on wood.
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He didn't do much with it though, catching just one of his three targets -- for a measly 2 yards -- in a second straight forgettable effort. His athleticism is undeniable, although he was thought to be a bit of a project pick.
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Perhaps he'll be ready quicker than expected -- and depending on the status of Whitehead, he might be needed too. They both are natural weak-side 'backers.
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That won't take any of the sting out of how poorly the starters played, though the backups deserve credit for turning around the momentum in a shocked Ford Field. Dwayne Washington was particularly good. He tacked on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter that gave Detroit its first lead, at At any rate, he appears well ahead of Matt Asiata and Tion Green for one of the final jobs in Detroit's backfield.
He piloted three straight touchdown drives during the second-half push, using both his arm and his legs to move the sticks. He finished 10 of 13 passing for yards, one touchdown and no turnovers. If you're looking for a reason they were picked apart, that's as good as any place to start.
Without Ziggy Ansah and Kerry Hyder, that front has problems.