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The New England Patriots kicked off their preseason schedule with an impressive 31-22 victory over the Eagles on Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. While the end result may not mean much at this stage, the Patriots did give fans the opportunity to see a little bit of everything that could factor in the upcoming season–including the use of Tim Tebow.
Of course, everything started with Tom Brady who was extremely sharp. The 36-year old completed 7/8 pass attempts for 65 yards, all of which came in a first quarter drive ending in a Shane Vereen touchdown reception.
The Patriots primarily used backup quarterback Ryan Mallett for the majority of the snaps, although Tim Tebow also checked into the action after Mallett left with a head injury. Tebow completed 4/12 passes for 55 yards. It’s debatable as to how the Pats will utilize his abilities this season, if at all, though it’s worth noting they did use a pistol formation, and Tebow rushed for 31 yards in four attempts.
Newcomer LeGarrette Blount had an immediate impact, running in two touchdowns, including a 51-yard explosion in the second quarter. Stevan Ridley also opened the game with a 62-yard run, leading to his eventual run in at the goal line to give the Pats their first points of the year.
All in all, it was a very successful beginning to what should be a great year, as the excitement builds for their season opener in Buffalo on September 8th. For now though, we anticipate their next preseason game, which comes next Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.