*This article is part of a weekly Throwback Thursday series that will feature key stat lines and short recaps of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.
Last Time Out…
The New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders last met on Sept. 21, 2014 when the Patriots survived a close 16-9 victory at Gillette Stadium.
In a game in which the offense was having an off day, the defense pulled through. On the Raiders final drive, Darren McFadden had a 6-yard potential game-tying run into the endzone that was then called back due to a holding penalty against the Raiders’ guard Gabe Jackson.
On the next play, a pass intended for Oakland receiver Denarius Moore deflected off both Rob Ninkovich and Logan Ryan, before ultimately ending up in the hands of Vince Wilfork. This interception helped seal the victory for the Patriots.
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Vince Wilfork’s all-important interception was the third in his career, and the second against the Oakland Raiders.
Both offenses had a very slow game, as there was only one touchdown on the day and six total field goals; three each by kickers Stephen Gostkowski and Sebastian Janikowski.
For New England’s rushing efforts, it was Stevan Ridley who led the way with 19 carries and 54 yards. Shane Vereen ran the ball seven times and racked up 20 yards.
On the Oakland rushing side, Darren McFadded rushed 18 times for 59 yards.
Julian Edelman led both teams in receiving. He caught 10 passes for 84 yards. Brandon LaFell and Rob Gronkowski added 46 and 44 yards respectively.
The receiving efforts were pretty even and widespread among the Raiders. James Jones caught three passes for 43 yards, while Rod Streater hauled in three balls for 32 yards. Andrew Holmes added 29 receiving yards while Marcel Reece picked up 19 yards.
For New England’s defense, Jerod Mayo racked up 11 total tackles including three solo. Dont’a Hightower added seven total tackles with three solo; and Rob Ninkovich posted six total tackles including two solo.
Tyvon Branch led the way for Oakland, defensively. He posted ten total tackles with seven solo. Kaluka Maiva recorded eight total tackles and three solo, while Carlos Rogers and Khalil Mack added seven total tackles each.
The field goal kickers played a huge role in scoring this game. Both, Stephen Gostkowski and Sebastian Janikowski were perfect on the day – connecting on three field goals each.
The New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders will travel to Mexico City for a matchup at Estadio Azteca. This game is considered a Raiders home game and is scheduled to start at 4:25pm ET.