2010 New England Patriots season

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2010 New England Patriots season
Head coach Bill Belichick
Owner Robert Kraft
Home field Gillette Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 28–21
Pro Bowlers QB Tom Brady
G Logan Mankins
T Matt Light
ILB Jerod Mayo
CB Devin McCourty
S Brandon Meriweather
WR Wes Welker
DT Vince Wilfork
AP All-Pros QB Tom Brady (1st team)
G Logan Mankins (1st team)
ILB Jerod Mayo (1st team)
CB Devin McCourty (2nd team)
T Sebastian Vollmer (2nd team)
DT Vince Wilfork (2nd team)
Uniform
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The 2010 New England Patriots season was the 41st season for the team in the National Football League and 51st season overall. The Patriots improved on their 10–6 record from 2009 by finishing with a league-best 14–2 record and clinching the top seed in the AFC, before losing to the New York Jets in the playoffs.

After losing to the Baltimore Ravens at home in the first round of the 2009 playoffs, the Patriots went into the 2010 season without either an offensive or defensive coordinator following the departure of defensive coordinator Dean Pees. An October 6 trade sent All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings, and eventually led to the return of wide receiver Deion Branch from the Seattle Seahawks in a separate deal. After acquiring Branch, the Patriots won 11 of their last 12 games of the season to finish with a 14–2 record and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Quarterback Tom Brady finished the regular season with an NFL-record 335 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, and broke his own 2007 TD to INT ratio record with 9:1 and was named NFL MVP. The Patriots committed an NFL-record low 10 turnovers on the season, setting an NFL record with seven consecutive games without a turnover.

In their Divisional playoff game against the Jets, the Patriots could not recover from a 14–3 halftime deficit, and were held to their lowest scoring total in their last 11 weeks, dropping the contest 28–21 to the underdog Jets.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the Patriots 2010 offense was not only more efficient, play-for-play, than their record-setting 2007 offense, but was actually the best offense they calculated in their history.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Staff changes[edit]

Four days after the Patriots' playoff loss against the Baltimore Ravens, defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced that he would not seek to renew his contract, which expired at the end of the 2009 season.[2] He was named the Ravens' linebackers coach on January 26.[3] The Patriots did not name a formal replacement for defensive coordinator. The team did, however, add former defensive back and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown as a defensive backs coach,[4] which was later clarified to mean Brown would coach the team's safeties, alongside existing defensive backs coach Josh Boyer.[5] Additionally, tight ends coach Shane Waldron left the team following the season and later joined the coaching staff of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.[6][7] No formal replacement was named.

In the personnel department, pro scout Brian Smith was named assistant director of college scouting.[8]

Departures[edit]

On the eve of the start of the free agent signing period, the Patriots released tight end Chris Baker, who had signed a five-year deal the year before.[9] The team also lost two unrestricted free agents: defensive end Jarvis Green signed with the Denver Broncos,[10] while tight end Benjamin Watson joined the Cleveland Browns.[11] On April 26, the team released veteran linebacker Adalius Thomas after three seasons with the team.[12] Weeks later, the Patriots released veteran cornerback Shawn Springs after one year with the team.[13]

On September 14, after the Patriots' first game of the season, running back Laurence Maroney was traded to the Denver Broncos along with a sixth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft in exchange for the Broncos' fourth-round pick in 2011.[14]

In the week leading up to the Patriots' 2010 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Randy Moss, who was entering the final year of his contract told CBS Sports that he "did not feel wanted" in New England absent a contract extension offer.[15] After the game, Moss told reporters that it would be his final season with the Patriots.[16] The Boston Herald reported weeks later that Moss requested a trade following the game.[17] Two days after the Patriots' Week 4 game against the Miami Dolphins, Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.[18] The Patriots also sent a 2012 seventh-round selection to the Vikings as part of the trade.[19]

Arrivals[edit]

Three days before the deadline for doing so, the Patriots assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to unrestricted free agent nose tackle Vince Wilfork, while expressing their desire to reach a long-term contract with Wilfork.[20][21] On March 5, the first day of free agency, the Patriots re-signed Wilfork to a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million in guaranteed money.[22]

Before the start of free agency, the Patriots signed wide receiver David Patten, who was with the team from 20012004 but had spent the 2009 season out of football.[23] They also signed unrestricted free agents linebacker Marques Murrell[24] and tight end Alge Crumpler,[25] as well as defensive linemen Damione Lewis[26] and Gerard Warren,[27] and wide receiver Torry Holt,[28] who were all released by their former teams. The Patriots also signed former Australian Rules Footballer David King as a punter.[29]

The Patriots also re-signed a number of their own unrestricted free agents. Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was re-signed to a three-year contract,[30] while guard Stephen Neal signed a two-year contract.[31] Cornerback Leigh Bodden,[24] running back Kevin Faulk,[32] and linebacker Derrick Burgess[33] were also re-signed. Restricted free agents Stephen Gostkowski and Pierre Woods were re-signed;[34][35] Gostkowski was later re-signed to a four-year extension before the season.[36] Restricted free agent running back Chris Taylor was not offered a tender, making him an unrestricted free agent, but he was later re-signed.[37] Exclusive rights free agent linebacker Gary Guyton signed a two-year contract through 2011;[38] while fellow exclusive-rights free agent safety Bret Lockett also re-signed.

Guard Logan Mankins became a restricted free agent under the terms of the NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement, which entered its final, uncapped year; Mankins otherwise would have been an unrestricted free agent in a normal season. The Patriots tendered at the highest possible level for a restricted free agent, $3.26 million, which have required any team signing Mankins in the restricted free agent signing period, which ended on April 15, 2010, to surrender first- and third-round draft selections to the Patriots. On June 15, with Mankins yet to sign his tender, the Patriots were able to lower Mankins' tender amount to 110% of his prior year salary, or $1.54 million. The Patriots did so, and Mankins, who was looking for a long-term contract, reacted by publicly asking for a trade.[39] He did not attend the Patriots' mandatory June minicamp, which he was not required to attend as he was not under contract at the time. Mankins remained unsigned through the team's training camp, preseason, and the start of the regular season. Mankins reported to the Patriots and signed his tender on November 2, in advance of the team's Week 9 game against the Cleveland Browns.[40] He did not have to report until Week 12 in order to be on the roster for the necessary six games to earn his sixth accrued season of free agency credit. The NFL granted the Patriots a two-game roster exemption for Mankins upon his reporting.[41] However, the Patriots activated Mankins on November 6, before using either game of the exemption.

On August 23, the Patriots acquired offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.[42]

On September 4, the day the team was required to cut down to 53 players, they acquired linebacker Tracy White and a 2012 seventh-round selection from the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2012 sixth-round selection,[43] as well as safety Jarrad Page from the Kansas City Chiefs for an unannounced draft selection.[44]

Nearly a week after a trade sent wide receiver Randy Moss out of New England, the Patriots traded a 2011 fourth-round selection to the Seattle Seahawks for receiver Deion Branch.[45] Branch played for the Patriots from 20022005 and was the MVP of the team's Super Bowl XXXIX win.

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft

The Patriots traded their original fifth-round pick (#153 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April 2009 in exchange for tight end Alex Smith.[46][47] In August 2009, the Patriots traded their original third- and fourth-round selections (#85 and No. 119 overall) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for defensive end Derrick Burgess. The trade was made on the condition that, because the Patriots had already traded their fifth-round selection, the fourth-round selection sent to Oakland would become a fifth-round selection once the Patriots re-acquired one.[48] Later that month, the Patriots traded defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith to the Denver Broncos along with a seventh-round pick (#231) they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' fifth-round pick (#158 overall), which was sent to Oakland for the Patriots' original fourth-round pick (#119 overall).[49] The Patriots then re-acquired the seventh-round pick that had been sent to Denver in the Le Kevin Smith trade in exchange for offensive lineman Russ Hochstein.[50]

The Patriots traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Prescott Burgess in September 2009.[51] He was waived by the Patriots six days later. Since the trade was conditioned on Burgess being active for a certain number of games, and since Burgess was inactive in the only game for which he was with the Patriots, the Patriots kept the pick.[52]

2010 New England Patriots Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1[53] 27 Devin McCourty Cornerback Rutgers
2[54] 42 Rob Gronkowski Tight end Arizona
2 53 Jermaine Cunningham Linebacker Florida
2[55] 62 Brandon Spikes Linebacker Florida
3[53] 90 Taylor Price Wide receiver Ohio
4[53] 113 Aaron Hernandez Tight end Florida
5[55] 150 Zoltan Mesko Punter Michigan
6 205 Ted Larsen Center NC State
7[56] 208 Thomas Welch Offensive tackle Vanderbilt
7 247 Brandon Deaderick Defensive end Alabama
7 248 Kade Weston Defensive tackle Georgia
7 250 Zac Robinson Quarterback Oklahoma State
compensatory selection
2010 New England Patriots Draft Day Trades
Round Overall Team Received
1 22 to Denver Broncos Received Denver's first-round pick and fourth-round pick (24 and 113 overall)
1 24 to Dallas Cowboys Received Dallas' first-round pick and third-round pick (27 and 90 overall)
4 119
2 44 to Oakland Raiders Received Oakland's second-round pick (42 overall)
6 190
2 47 to Arizona Cardinals Received Arizona's second-round pick and third-round pick (58 and 89 overall)
2 58 to Houston Texans Received Houston's second-round pick and fifth-round pick (62 and 150 overall)
3 89 to Carolina Panthers Received Carolina's 2011 second-round pick
7 229 to Washington Redskins Received Washington's seventh-round pick (208 overall)
7 231

Staff[edit]

New England Patriots 2010 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Opening training camp roster[edit]

As of the Patriots' first training camp practice at Gillette Stadium on July 29, they had one fewer than the NFL maximum of 79 players signed to their roster. Restricted free agent Logan Mankins did not count against that limit, as he had yet to sign his tender. Derrick Burgess was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list and did not count against the limit.

New England Patriots 2010 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists


Restricted FAs


Notations

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 7:30 pm EDT August 12, 2010 New Orleans Saints W 27–24 1–0 Gillette Stadium WBZ Recap
2 8:00 pm EDT August 19, 2010 Atlanta Falcons W 28–10 2–0 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
3 7:30 pm EDT August 26, 2010 St. Louis Rams L 35–36 2–1 Gillette Stadium WBZ Recap
4 7:00 pm EDT September 2, 2010 New York Giants L 17–20 2–2 New Meadowlands Stadium WBZ Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 1:00 pm EDT September 12, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–24 1–0 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
2 4:15 pm EDT September 19, 2010 New York Jets L 14–28 1–1 New Meadowlands Stadium CBS Recap
3 1:00 pm EDT September 26, 2010 Buffalo Bills W 38–30 2–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
4 8:30 pm EDT October 4, 2010 Miami Dolphins W 41–14 3–1 Sun Life Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
5 Bye
6 1:00 pm EDT October 17, 2010 Baltimore Ravens W 23–20 (OT) 4–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
7 4:15 pm EDT October 24, 2010 San Diego Chargers W 23–20 5–1 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
8 4:15 pm EDT October 31, 2010 Minnesota Vikings W 28–18 6–1 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
9 1:00 pm EST November 7, 2010 Cleveland Browns L 14–34 6–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
10 8:20 pm EST November 14, 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers W 39–26 7–2 Heinz Field NBC Recap
11 4:15 pm EST November 21, 2010 Indianapolis Colts W 31–28 8–2 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
12 12:30 pm EST November 25, 2010 Detroit Lions W 45–24 9–2 Ford Field CBS Recap
13 8:30 pm EST December 6, 2010 New York Jets W 45–3 10–2 Gillette Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
14 4:15 pm EST[57] December 12, 2010 Chicago Bears W 36–7 11–2 Soldier Field CBS Recap
15 8:20 pm EST December 19, 2010 Green Bay Packers W 31–27 12–2 Gillette Stadium NBC Recap
16 1:00 pm EST December 26, 2010 Buffalo Bills W 34–3 13–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
17 1:00 pm EST January 2, 2011 Miami Dolphins W 38–7 14–2 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
a Simulcast on WCVB-TV and WMUR-TV.

Week 1 roster[edit]

New England Patriots 2010 Week 1 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists


Restricted FAs


Practice Squad


Notations

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 3 14 7 24
Patriots 10 14 7 7 38

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

The Patriots began their season at home with an AFC duel against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter the Patriots had the early lead when quarterback Tom Brady got a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker, followed by kicker Stephen Gostkowski hitting a 32-yard field goal. In the second quarter the Patriots' lead increased when Brady completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, followed by linebacker Gary Guyton returning an interception 59 yards for a touchdown. The Bengals then made their first score of the half when kicker Mike Nugent nailed a 54-yard field goal. In the third quarter the Patriots increased their lead again when wide receiver Brandon Tate returned a kickoff and ran 97 yards for a touchdown. The Bengals responded with quarterback Carson Palmer throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham, followed by Palmer completing a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. In the fourth quarter the Patriots scored again with Brady throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Bengals replied with running back Cedric Benson rushing for a 1-yard touchdown, but couldn't score any further, giving the Patriots a win.

With the win the Patriots began the season at 1–0.

Week 2: at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 14 0 0 14
Jets 0 10 11 7 28

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 78,535
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

New England went on the road to face division rival New York in the latest meeting between the two teams at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Jets had lost their opener to the Baltimore Ravens the previous week and started slow, accruing no passing yards during the first quarter, as the Patriots went down the field in two long drives taking up most of the time in the first half. In the second quarter, the Patriots took the early lead as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker, but the Jets replied with quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Patriots scored again with Brady finding wide receiver Randy Moss on a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Pats lead slowly narrowed when kicker Nick Folk nailed a 49-yard field goal, followed by him making a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Patriots fell behind when Sanchez completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (with a successful 2-point conversion), followed in the fourth quarter by Sanchez making a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller. The Patriots committed 3 turnovers in the game, allowing the Jets to score 18 unanswered points in the second half.

With the loss, the Patriots fell to 1–1.

Week 3: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 13 7 7 30
Patriots 7 10 14 7 38

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Jets, the Patriots returned to home ground for an AFC East match against the Bills. In the first quarter New England trailed early when Bills kicker Rian Lindell nailed a 39-yard field goal. The Patriots took the lead when quarterback Tom Brady completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss. The Bills replied in the second quarter with Lindell making another 39-yard field goal, which was followed by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back C. J. Spiller. The Patriots responded and took a narrow lead when running back Danny Woodhead made a 22-yard touchdown run. Then they fell behind when Lindell hit a 34-yard field goal. The Patriots got the lead back after kicker Stephen Gostkowski booted a 43-yard field goal. The Patriots rallied in the third quarter when Brady found Moss again on a 35-yard touchdown pass, but Buffalo scored quickly when Spiller returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots increased their lead when Brady completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski, followed in the fourth quarter by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis going in on a 7-yard touchdown run. The Bills tried to come back into the game when Fitzptrick made a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Johnson, but the Patriots defense prevented anything else from happening, giving New England the win.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 2–1.

Week 4: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 6 21 14 41
Dolphins 7 0 7 0 14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Coming off their divisional home win over the Bills, the Patriots flew to Sun Life Stadium for a Week 4 AFC East duel with the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. New England trailed in the first quarter after Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davone Bess. The Patriots would cut away at their deficit in the second quarter with kicker Stephen Gostkowski making 23-yard and 30-yard field goals.

New England took the lead in the third quarter when wide receiver Brandon Tate returned the second half's opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, followed by a 12-yard touchdown run by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Miami tried to catch up as Henne connected with running back Ricky Williams on a 28-yard touchdown pass, but the Patriots came right back when quarterback Tom Brady threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Danny Woodhead. New England would add onto their lead in the fourth quarter as cornerback Kyle Arrington returned a blocked field goal 35 yards for a touchdown, followed by safety Patrick Chung returning an interception 51 yards for a touchdown.

With the win, not only did the Patriots head into their bye week at 3–1, but Brady picked up his 100th win in the fewest career starts (131) in NFL history.

New England became the first team in NFL history to have a rushing, passing, interception return, kickoff return, and blocked field goal return for a touchdown in the same game.

Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Ravens 3 7 7 3 0 20
Patriots 7 0 3 10 3 23

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Coming off their bye week the Patriots played on home ground for an AFC duel with the Ravens. In the first quarter the Patriots trailed early as kicker Billy Cundiff hit a 26-yard field goal, but took the lead when running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a 2-yard touchdown run. The Ravens got the lead back when quarterback Joe Flacco threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap, followed in the third quarter by Flacco finding wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Patriots replied with kicker Stephen Gostkowski hitting a 38-yard field goal, but the Ravens responded with Cundiff making a 25-yard field goal. The Patriots then rallied with quarterback Tom Brady throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deion Branch. This was followed by Gostkowski making a 24-yard field goal. The Patriots got the ball back and took it to Baltimore's 44-yard line but, instead of trying a 61-yard field goal, Tom Brady tried an Hail Mary which was intercepted by Ken Hamlin with no time left on the clock. Then, a 35-yard field goal in overtime gave the Patriots a win.

Following the game safety Brandon Meriweather was heavily fined by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Todd Heap.

With the win, New England improved to 4–1.

Week 7: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 6 7 3 23
Chargers 3 0 0 17 20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EDT/1:15 pm PDT
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,836
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Hoping to extend their winning streak the Patriots flew to Qualcomm Stadium for an AFC duel with the Chargers. In the first quarter the Patriots trailed early as Chargers kicker Kris Brown made a 32-yard field goal, but they rallied to when quarterback Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski; followed in the second quarter by kicker Stephen Gostkowski making a 40 and a 35-yard field goal. In the third quarter running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Patriots up 20–3. In the fourth quarter the Chargers replied with Brown hitting a 28-yard field goal, but the Patriots continued to score with a 35-yard field goal from Gostkowski. The Patriots' lead was narrowed with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates, and with fullback Mike Tolbert running for a 1-yard touchdown, but a missed field Kris Brown 50-yard field goal that bounced off the right post late in the fourth quarter sealed a victory for the Patriots.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 5–1.

Week 8: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 3 8 18
Patriots 0 7 14 7 28

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Hoping to extend their winning streak, the Patriots played on home ground for a game with the Vikings, who came to Foxboro with former Patriot Randy Moss. In the second quarter, the Patriots trailed early as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for a 1-yard touchdown run, but the Patriots later responded when running back Danny Woodhead scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. The Vikings attempted to punch in a touchdown from the Patriots' 1-yard line on fourth down late in the first half but were stopped. Minnesota re-took the lead midway through the third quarter, with a 24-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Longwell, but the Patriots grabbed the lead when quarterback Tom Brady threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate, followed by a 13-yard touchdown run from BenJarvus Green-Ellis. In the fourth quarter Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was injured after a hit by Myron Pryor, but backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson subsequently threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Naufahu Tahi (with a two-point conversion to Percy Harvin). However, the Patriots responded with a 2-yard touchdown run from Green-Ellis, sealing the victory for the Patriots.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 6–1.

Week 9: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 7 0 7 14
Browns 10 7 7 10 34

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), sunny/cold
  • Game attendance: 66,292
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (color commentator)

Hoping to increase their winning streak the Patriots flew to Cleveland Browns Stadium for an AFC duel with the Browns. In the first quarter the Patriots trailed early as kicker Phil Dawson nailed a 38-yard field goal, followed by a 2-yard Peyton Hillis touchdown run. The Patriots responded in the second quarter with quarterback Tom Brady completing a 2-yard pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, but they fell further behind when Chansi Stuckey took an end-around for an 11-yard touchdown run. This was followed in the third quarter by Browns quarterback Colt McCoy scrambling 16 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. Dawson then made a 37-yard field goal to put the Browns up 27–7. The Patriots replied when Brady found Hernandez on another 1-yard touchdown pass, but their opportunity for a comeback ended when Hillis added a 35-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Patriots fell to 6–2.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 0 13 16 39
Steelers 0 3 0 23 26

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 8:20 pm EST
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,359
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentator), and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter)

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Browns, the Patriots flew to Heinz Field to face the Steelers. The Patriots took the early lead when quarterback Tom Brady threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. This was followed by kicker Shayne Graham hitting a 31-yard field goal. The Steelers responded in the second quarter with kicker Jeff Reed nailing a 22-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 10–3. The Patriots kept scoring in the third quarter when Brady threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski. This was followed by Brady scrambling 3 yards to the end zone for a touchdown; however, Graham missed the extra point wide right for a 23–3 lead. The Steelers scored first in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, but their comeback came to a halt on the next drive as a Roethlisberger pass was intercepted by safety James Sanders and returned 32 yards for a touchdown, with a failed two-point conversion. The Patriots' lead narrowed to 29–18 with Roethlisberger throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace with a successful two-point conversion, but New England replied with Brady throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski. The Patriots' lead was cut to 36–26 when Roethlisberger completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Wallace with another successful two-point convert, but the Patriots replied to put the game away after Graham hit a 36-yard field goal.

With the win, New England improve to 7–2.

Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 14 0 14 28
Patriots 7 14 7 3 31

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), sunny and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Coming off their win over the Steelers the Patriots played on home ground against the Colts for the first time in four seasons. In the first quarter the Patriots took the lead when quarterback Tom Brady threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. This was followed in the second quarter by Brady throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez. The Colts narrowed the lead when quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Gijon Robinson, but the Patriots responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The lead was narrowed again after Manning found wide receiver Reggie Wayne on an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Patriots increased their lead in the third quarter with running back Danny Woodhead running for a 36-yard touchdown, followed in the fourth quarter by kicker Shayne Graham nailing a 25-yard field goal. The Colts tried to close the gap after Manning completed a 5- and an 18-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver Blair White, but his final pass attempt, in Patriots territory with less than a minute remaining was intercepted by Patriots safety James Sanders at the 6-yard line, giving the Patriots the win.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 8–2.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 7 14 21 45
Lions 7 10 7 0 24

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors, domed stadium
  • Game attendance: 60,965
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Coming off their win over the Colts, the Patriots flew to Ford Field, donned their throwback uniforms, and played a Week 12 Thanksgiving duel with the Detroit Lions. New England delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 19-yard field goal by kicker Shayne Graham, but the Lions answered with quarterback Shaun Hill completing a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Detroit added onto their lead in the second quarter as running back Maurice Morris got a 1-yard touchdown run, yet the Patriots responded with a 15-yard touchdown run from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Lions closed out the half with kicker Dave Rayner making a 44-yard field goal.

New England tied the game in the third quarter as quarterback Tom Brady found wide receiver Wes Welker on a 5-yard touchdown pass, but Detroit came right back with a 1-yard touchdown run from Morris. The Patriots soon struck again as Brady connected with wide receiver Deion Branch on a 79-yard touchdown pass. This was the Patriots' longest play from scrimmage of their 2010 season. New England regained the lead in the fourth quarter as Brady found Branch again on a 22-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Welker. Afterwards, the Patriots pulled away with a 1-yard touchdown run from Green-Ellis to win 45–24. During the extra point and afterwards, the Lions were called for three personal fouls, including one on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. This allowed the Patriots to kick off from the Lions' 40-yard line, and Graham was able to put the ball through the uprights, to a storm of boos from the Ford Field crowd.

With the win, New England improved to 9–2.

Brady (21/27, 341 yards, 4 touchdowns, perfect 158.3 passer rating) was named CBS's All-Iron Award winner by Phil Simms. Runners up for the award included Suh, Johnson, Branch, and Morris.

Week 13: vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 0 0 3
Patriots 17 7 7 14 45

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 8:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 27 °F (−3 °C), cloudy, cold, windy with snow flurries
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden (color commentators), Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber (sideline reporters)

Coming off their win over the Lions on Thanksgiving, the Patriots returned home for a highly anticipated Monday Night Football game with the New York Jets whom were also 9–2, and with the outright lead in the AFC East on the line. In the first quarter, the Patriots took the early lead, with a 41-yard field goal from kicker Shayne Graham, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady to wide receiver Deion Branch. In the second quarter, the Jets got on the board, with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk, in what would be the Jets' only score of the game. Later in the second quarter, the Patriots replied, with Brady throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Tate. The Patriots continued their offensive onslaught in the third quarter, with Brady throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. In the fourth quarter, Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, followed by a 5-yard touchdown run from Green-Ellis.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 10–2, and took sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

Tom Brady was 21/29, 326 yards, four touchdowns, and a 148.8 passer rating, extending his streak of 228 passes without an interception (7 consecutive games, setting a franchise record of most starts without an interception). Additionally, Brady won his 26th consecutive home game as a starting quarterback, dating back to 2006, breaking Brett Favre's previous record of 25 games (1995–1998).

Week 14: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 26 3 0 36
Bears 0 0 7 0 7

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EST/3:15 pm CST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), snow, windy with gusts to 53 m.p.h., temps falling to low 20's
  • Game attendance: 62,347
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Coming off their 45–3 win over the Jets, the Patriots flew to Soldier Field for a snowy game with the Bears. The Patriots took the early lead in the first quarter, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. In the second quarter, running back Danny Woodhead ran for a 3-yard touchdown, followed by linebacker Gary Guyton returning a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots extended their lead on field goals of 30 and 25 yards by placekicker Shayne Graham, and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Deion Branch (with a missed extra point). The Patriots defense also held the Bears' offense to 33 net yards, two first downs, and zero points in the first half. In the third quarter, Graham added a 29-yard field goal, followed by the Bears getting on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Chester Taylor. The points ended up being the last of the game, with both teams held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Brady extended his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 268 passes, while marking his sixth straight game with at least two touchdowns without an interception, tying Don Meredith's record set in 19651966.[58] The Patriots also became the first team in NFL history to have five consecutive games with zero turnovers and at least 30 points in every game.[59]

With the win, the Patriots not only improved to 11–2, but also became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth.

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 14 7 3 27
Patriots 7 7 7 10 31

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 8:20 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (0 °C), cloudy and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentator), and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter)

Coming off their road win over the Bears, the Patriots returned home for a game with the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots trailed early after Green Bay recovered their own opening kick-off onside kick and eventually scored on a 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. New England grabbed the lead with a 33-yard touchdown run by running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. At the beginning of the second quarter, the Packers re-took the lead after quarterback Matt Flynn, starting in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers, threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Jones, and extended the lead to 17–7 following a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings. After a 71-yard kickoff return by offensive lineman Dan Connolly, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez to close the half. In the third quarter, the Patriots re-established the lead (21–17) when cornerback Kyle Arrington returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Flynn then threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to fullback John Kuhn, followed in the fourth quarter by a 19-yard field goal by Crosby, giving the Packers a 27–21 lead. The Patriots responded, with a 38-yard field goal by kicker Shayne Graham, then took the lead, 31–27, with Brady throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hernandez. The Patriots' defense thwarted the Packers' final drive with a sack by linebacker Dane Fletcher causing Green Bay to use its final timeout, and ended the Green Bay drive and the game with a fourth-and-1 sack with seconds left on a Tully Banta-Cain strip-sack of Flynn.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 12–2. It was Brady's seventh consecutive game with at least two touchdowns without an interception, breaking Don Meredith's 1965–1966 record of six such games. Brady attempted 24 passes and his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception was extended to 292–3rd longest all-time, behind only Bernie Kosar's 308 (1990–91), and Bart Starr's 294 (1964–65). Brady did break the single season record also held by Kosar. Upon defeating the Packers on Sunday Night, every NFC team has now accumulated at least one loss at Gillette Stadium during its first nine years of existence.

Week 16: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 17 7 3 34
Bills 3 0 0 0 3

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 22 °F (−6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,281
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

The Patriots' fifteenth game was an AFC East rivalry rematch against the Bills. In the first quarter the Patriots trailed early after Bills kicker Rian Lindell hit a 26-yard field goal, but commanded the rest of the game with Danny Woodhead running for a 29-yard touchdown, followed by quarterback Tom Brady completing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski, then with kicker Shayne Graham nailing a 34-yard field goal. The Patriots added to their lead with Brady completing 4-yard and 8-yard touchdown passes to tight end Alge Crumpler and to Gronkowski respectively. Their lead was expanded when Graham kicked a 26-yard field goal.

With the win, New England improved to 13–2, clinched the AFC East along with the number one seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Brady had his ninth consecutive game without an interception, and in the process broke Bernie Kosar's record of pass attempts without an interception (308, from 1991–1992). It was also his eighth consecutive game with at least two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Week 17: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 7 7
Patriots 14 10 14 0 38

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), cloudy and occasional rain
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (color commentator)

The Patriots' final regular season game was an AFC East rematch against the Dolphins. The Patriots took the lead in the first quarter when quarterback Tom Brady threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rob Gronkowski, followed by BenJarvus Green-Ellis running for a 1-yard touchdown. They extended their lead on a 28-yard Shayne Graham field goal and a 94-yard Julian Edelman punt return for a touchdown. Brady then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alge Crumpler, followed by backup quarterback Brian Hoyer completing a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Tate. The Dolphins had their only score of the game with quarterback Tyler Thigpen throwing a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davone Bess in the fourth quarter.

It was Brady's tenth consecutive game without an interception and ninth consecutive game with no interceptions and two touchdowns. With the win, the Patriots ended their regular season with a 14–2 record.

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 518 313 W8
(6) New York Jets 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 367 304 W1
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 275 332 L3
Buffalo Bills 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 283 425 L2

Standings breakdown[edit]

W L T Pct. PF PA
Home 8 0 0 1.000 272 157
Away 6 2 0 .750 246 156
AFC East Opponents 5 1 0 .833 210 85
AFC Opponents 10 2 0 .833 378 237
NFC Opponents 4 0 0 1.000 140 76
By Stadium Type
Indoors 1 0 0 1.000 45 24
Outdoors 13 2 0 .867 473 289

Postseason schedule[edit]

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
Divisional 4:30 pm EST January 16, 2011 New York Jets (6) L 21–28 0–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap

Postseason results[edit]

Divisional Round vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 14 0 14 28
Patriots 3 0 8 10 21

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 30 °F (−1 °C), clear and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)

Mark Sanchez completed 16 of 25 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Jets to victory, avenging a 45–3 loss to New England in December.

On the Patriots first drive, Tom Brady threw his first interception since week five of the regular season, which linebacker David Harris picked off and returned 58 yards before tight end Alge Crumpler made a touchdown saving tackle at the 12-yard line. But New York could not get any points off the turnover, as they were unable to get a first down and Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Several plays into New England's next drive, Brady completed a 28-yard pass to Crumpler at the Jets 12-yard line. But after a 5-yard run by Danny Woodhead, Crumpler dropped a pass in the end zone and then Brady was sacked by Shaun Ellis, forcing them to settle for Shayne Graham's 34-yard field goal to give them a 3–0 lead.

In the second quarter, a third down sack of Brady by Drew Coleman forced New England to punt from their own 16, and Jerricho Cotchery returned the ball 5 yards to the Patriots 49-yard line. A few plays later, Sanchez' 37-yard completion to Braylon Edwards set up his 7-yard touchdown pass to LaDainian Tomlinson. Later on, New England attempted a fake punt with a direct snap to safety Patrick Chung on fourth down and four. But Chung fumbled the snap and was tackled on his own 25-yard line, and the Jets converted the turnover with Sanchez' 15-yard touchdown pass to Edwards with 33 seconds left in the half, making the score 14–3.

Late in the third quarter, New England drove 80 yards in 11 plays, with Brady completing a 37-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski and two passes Deion Branch for 28 yards on the way to a 2-yard touchdown pass to Crumpler. Then Sammy Morris scored a 2-point conversion run, cutting their deficit to 14–11. But the Jets quickly countered, with Sanchez throwing short pass to Cotchery, who took it 58 yards to the Partriots 13-yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez threw a high pass for Santonio Holmes, who managed to catch the ball and land his in the end zone while falling out of bounds, giving New York a 10-point lead two minutes into the fourth quarter.

After the kickoff, New England drove to the Jets 34-yard line with an 8 minute drive, but then faced fourth down and 13. Rather than risk a 52-yard field goal attempt, they attempted to get the first down, but Branch dropped a pass from Brady and the Patriots turned the ball over. New England's defense then made a key defensive stand, forcing a quick three-and-out, and Julian Edelman returned Steve Weatherford's punt 41 yards to the New York 43-yard line before being tackled by Weatherford himself. Brady then led New England to the 17-yard line where Graham made his second field goal to cut their deficit to 7 points. However, Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie recovered Graham's onside kick attempt and returned it 23 yards to the Patriots 20-yard line. Then Shonn Greene scored with a 20-yard run on the next play, making the score 28–14 with 1:12 left in the game.

Brandon Tate returned the ensuing kickoff 23 yards to the 41-yard line, sparking a 59-yard scoring drive that ended with Brady's 13-yard touchdown pass to Branch with 24 seconds left. But Graham's second attempt at an onside kick also failed, ending any chance of a miracle comeback.

Brady finished the game 29 of 45 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, with 1 interception. Cotchery had 5 receptions for 96 yards Harris had 9 tackles, 3 assists, and an interception, while Ellis added 5 tackles and two sacks. With this win, the Jets advanced to their second consecutive AFC championship game in Sanchez' first two years as a starter.

Final roster[edit]

2010 New England Patriots final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 14 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Bill Belichick 2010 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year
Tom Brady Week 12: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[60]
Week 13: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[61]
Week 14: FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week[62]
December: AFC Offensive Player of the Month[63]
2010 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year
2010 Associated Press NFL MVP
Dan Connolly Week 15: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week[64]
Rob Gronkowski Week 14: Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week[65]
Week 17: Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week
Aaron Hernandez Week 15: Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week
James Sanders Week 10: AFC Defensive Player of the Week[66]
Wes Welker 2010 New England Patriots Ed Block Courage Award[67]
Vince Wilfork 2010 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award[68]

Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections[edit]

Six Patriots were elected to the 2011 Pro Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady, guard Logan Mankins, and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were named as starters, while cornerback Devin McCourty, linebacker Jerod Mayo, and safety Brandon Meriweather were named as a reserves.[69] Offensive tackle Matt Light and wide receiver Wes Welker were later named to the game as injury replacements.[70] Brady later pulled out of the game due to surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.[71]

Brady, Mankins, and Mayo were also voted to the 2010 All-Pro First Team, while McCourty, Wilfork, and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer were named to the Second Team.[72]

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