Patriots Beat Packers, 21-17, In Suspended Preseason Game


On Saturday night at Lambeau Field, the Patriots defeated the Packers, 21-17.

With 10:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, Patriots CB Isaiah Bolden was strapped to a backboard and carried off the field with what seemed to be a head injury. Both teams then agreed to call timeout.

In the third quarter, the Patriots drove 88 yards in 17 plays and over nine minutes for a touchdown to take the lead. At the half, the Packers were heading back the opposite direction and had gotten to the New England 25-yard line when the accident happened.

The first quarter saw Green Bay’s starting lineup in action. QB Jordan Love led a lengthy touchdown drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to WR Jayden Reed. Love completed 5-of-8 passes for 84 yards and the touchdown for a passer rating of 137.5.

Sean Clifford, the game’s second-best quarterback, completed 13 of 19 passes for 137 yards, good for an 89.1 rating. At the end of the first half, he oversaw a 55-second drive for a field goal as well as a TD drive during which RB Patrick Taylor scored from 8 yards away.

With a successful 52-yard field goal, rookie K Anders Carlson gave the Packers a 17-14 advantage at the break. On the night, Carlson made all three of his kicks (two PATs and one FG).

Emanuel Wilson, a rookie running back who went undrafted, put on another strong performance, amassing 63 yards on 15 carries and 15 yards on two receptions. With five receptions for 75 yards, undrafted rookie WR Malik Heath outperformed the other pass catchers. Romeo Doubs, a wide receiver, had two catches for 52 yards, including a significant 42-yard gain made possible by a successful replay challenge.

Kingsley Enagbare, a linebacker for the Packers, recorded two sacks on defense and forced and recovered a fumble on one of them.

Bailey Zappe, the No. 2 quarterback for New England, raced for a score and completed one TD throw. His frantic 6-yard touchdown run ended a lengthy drive that resulted in the game’s final scores.