Two-minute offense keys comeback

Watson plays big role in two-minute offense

September 14, 2009, 11:39 PM

By: Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH -- One of the hallmarks of the Tom Brady-led Patriots offense is the two-minute attack.

Trailing 24-13 with 5:25 remaining in regulation, it was two-minute time as the Patriots had to quicken the pace.

"It's a great feeling to have that rhythm and that aspect of the game back," left tackle Matt Light said. "[Tom] was out there making all the right plays and delivering the ball downfield and all those guys were making huge catches."

Here is a closer look at the personnel in the two-minute offense, a group which was on the field for the team's final 18 snaps of the night (including two-point conversions):

WRs: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Joey Galloway
TE: Benjamin Watson
RB: Kevin Faulk
QB: Tom Brady
OL: Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Nick Kaczur

For Watson, who had the game's final two touchdown catches, it was meaningful to be part of the two-minute attack with the game on the line.

He was projected to be on the roster bubble in the team's final preseason game, when he played with most of the backups.

"You just never know how stuff is going to go," he said. "You never know how a game is going to go. There have been games when I haven't been in the game plan and played a lot, or games where I have been in the game plan a lot and haven't played a lot. The game kind of takes on its own character as it goes along. You have to be prepared at all times. One thing I've learned about this team is that anybody could be making those plays on any given Sunday or Monday."


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