The Patriots won for the 12th time this season, this time conquering the lowly Tennessee Titans. Let's take a look at the three biggest plays from yesterday's win.
1. Akiem Hicks' fumble recovery for a defensive touchdown
Touchdown Akiem Hicks https://t.co/PaKimIzzx4— PatriotsNation™ (@Jordanems) December 20, 2015
If you weren't at the game, then this play had you fooled. Marcus Mariota was loading up to go deep to Harry Douglas, and CBS's cameras went down the field thinking the ball was in the air. The ball never made it into the air, as Chandler Jones came in and was just barely able to knock it out of Mariota's hand. It was then recovered by Akiem Hicks, who fell into the end zone for a touchdown that put the Patriots up 14-0. It was one of the most exciting plays the defense has made all season (Jamie Collins' blocked field goal against the Colts is still tops in my book).
2. James White's 30-yard touchdown reception
Touchdown James White https://t.co/9mH2IqSqlm— PatriotsNation™ (@Jordanems) December 20, 2015
James White has really begun to find his niche in the Patriots offense. Here, he scores a 30-yard touchdown off of a short Tom Brady pass. This turned out to be the game-winner, as it put the Patriots up 21-3 midway through the second quarter.
Speaking of White, Tom Brady had high praise for his pass-catching running back.
"The role that he's filled, it's been pretty unbelievable what he's accomplished," Brady said. "He's in there more and more because when you prove that you're dependable and consistent and you're always doing the right thing and you're blocking and running and catching and you're doing the extra effort-type plays and you do it in practice, I just think everyone gains the confidence of that player. James, in this example, he's got everyone's confidence and everyone's trust. He's very ... he's just so solid."3. Malcolm Butler/Jamie Collins interceptions
Butler INT https://t.co/CMCv89oDUV— PatriotsNation™ (@Jordanems) December 20, 2015
Jamie Collins int https://t.co/YYmoupSSw3— PatriotsNation™ (@Jordanems) December 20, 2015
I couldn't decide which of these I liked more, so I'm just going to put them both in here. Malcolm Butler's pick saved what could have been a Titans touchdown that would have made it a 10-point game. It was his first interception since Week 2 against Buffalo and his second of the season. Collins collected his first of the year late in the fourth quarter, which ended any hopes of a Titans rally.
Honorable mention: Rob Gronkowski's touchdown catch
Touchdown Gronk https://t.co/0kx335ggVk— PatriotsNation™ (@Jordanems) December 20, 2015
Because who doesn't love watching Gronk catch touchdown passes? This has a little something extra for the big tight end, as he unfortunately lost a close friend last week and dedicated the game to that friend.
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