The New England Patriots entered Sunday's game as heavy favorites against the Washington Redskins, and in the first quarter they proved why.
After methodically marching down the field and scoring a touchdown to open the game, coach Bill Belichick kept his foot on the pedal as he typically does. On the ensuing kickoff, Belichick called for a surprise onside kick executed to perfection by Stephen Gostkowski and the Patriots.
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Ryan Grant of the Redskins had a good shot at recovering it but was unable to hang on. The Patriots piled on it and recovered the ball, giving the offense a second consecutive possession.
As expected, New England drove down the field after recovering the onside kick and scored on a LeGarrette Blount rushing touchdown. It gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead before the Redskins even touched the ball on offense.