BSJ Game Report: Patriots 37, Eagles 20 – Pats finally bring the pass rush to the Eagles

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FOXBOROUGH — Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ victory over the Eagles in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:


Defense steps it up: The collective reaction in all of New England after the first half? Where was this when we needed it in February? Granted, it was a preseason game and not the Super Bowl, but the Eagles started the same quarterback and offensive line, and you couldn't have had two different games when it came to getting pressure on the quarterback. In the Super Bowl, I charted the Patriots for a grand total of 11 quarterback pressures (zero sacks) — nine came from players not on the field Thursday night (James Harrison, six; Trey Flowers, three) for a pressure rate of 25.6 percent. Completely different story at Gillette. New England did better than that in one half. The Patriots, at first blush, had