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Patriots by the numbers: half-closing drives

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By Kevin Fishbain

Through four games in 2010, the Patriots' last offensive drive before halftime has netted 13 points on two field goals and one touchdown. Their only empty-handed drive ending was a missed 56-yard field-goal attempt by PK Stephen Gostkowski.

It's clear that QB Tom Brady has been highly efficient in running the no-huddle offense and engineering drives to get the Pats points before they head into the locker room.

The Pats have scored 13 points in their four half-closing drives this season (two FGs, one TD) along with the missed FG against the Bengals.

Let's look at the passing game on the Patriots' final drives of the first half by the numbers:

14 — completions Brady has made in four half-closing drives this season.

70 — percent accuracy on Brady's throws in the half-closing drives.

196 — yards thrown by Brady on the four drives.

4-53 — catches and yards by WR Brandon Tate, the likely new deep threat after the Randy Moss trade, on half-closing drives.

4-27 — catches and yards by WR Wes Welker, all coming in Monday night's game to help set up a half-ending field goal.

3-64 — catches and yards by rookie TE Aaron Hernandez, another one of Brady's favorite targets, on the Pats' final drives of the first half this season, including a 46-yard reception against the Jets.

1-34 — catches and yards by departed WR Randy Moss, whose lone catch in the four drives before halftime was a spectacular, one-handed TD catch against Darrelle Revis. Moss was targeted only twice by Brady in the four drives.

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