The key to the drive was “just getting it started,” Edelman said. “We started it off, played with urgency.”
Collie, playing his first game with the Patriots after signing as a free agent, said, having “such a great quarterback … makes your job a lot easier, just the trust that the last thing that I was worrying about was where the ball was going to be.”
“We just knew that it was going to come down to the last minute,” rookie Kenbrell Thompkins said. “Until that clock said all zeros on it, we were going to fight until the finish.”
_ Second-and-10 at Saints 17, :10 _ Brady looks every bit a three-time Super Bowl champion, hitting Thompkins high over the outstretched arms of defensive back Jabari Greer in the left corner of the end zone with 5 seconds left.
Brady “gave him a good, high ball and K.T. has good timing,” coach Bill Belichick told reporters. “Sorry if you had to rewrite some of those stories.”