Quick-hit thoughts after 3rd quarter

August, 27, 2011
8/27/11
10:28
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Quick-hit thoughts after the third quarter of the Patriots' game against the Lions:

1. The Patriots did little in the quarter offensively, as Tom Brady played one series and then his night was done (he was replaced by Brian Hoyer). Overall, it was a night to forget.

2. Receiver Wes Welker's final play was the interception at the end of the second quarter. He made the tackle on the play. The team announced he has a neck injury.

3. The one highlight of the quarter was an interception by cornerback Kyle Arrington in the back of the end zone. It came on a play in which Darius Butler was in coverage in the back of the end zone, with the ball popping up in the air and Arrington having a quick reaction to corr

4. Defensive end Mark Anderson had a would-be sack if he could have wrapped up quarterback Drew Stanton. It was that type of night for the defense.

5. Safety Patrick Chung was one of the few starter-caliber players on defense playing throughout the third quarter.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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