By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
Follow along for all the updates from New England’s game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City!
Final — Patriots 33, Raiders 8
“Brady!” chants erupted as the final minutes ticked off the clock, as the Patriots crushed the Raiders to improve to 8-2 on the season. It’s win No. 271 of Bill Belichick’s career, moving him into sole possession on the NFL’s All-Time list ahead of Tom Landry.
It’s also the Patriots’ 12th straight road win dating back to last season. Pretty incredible.
Huge game for Brady. Huge game for Cooks. Just a huge game all around for the Patriots. We’ll break this one down throughout the night, so stick with us on CBSBoston.com and be sure to tune in to Patriots 5th Quarter over on myTV38!
4th Quarter, 2:00: Down to the final minutes of this one.
Brady finished his day 30-for-37 for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
4th Quarter, 2:34: Another fourth down stop from the Patriots D, and here comes Brian Hoyer.
The Raiders are 2-for-4 on fourth down attempts today.
4th Quarter, 4:03: Bill Belichick is challenging the spot of an obvious Jared Cook catch, because he obviously wants to stay in Mexico City for a few minutes longer.
4th Quarter, 6:29: They just announced today’s attendance of 77,357. That’s a lot of fans watching a truly dominant performance by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. And a lot of disappointed Raiders fans.
4th Quarter, 8:15 — Patriots 33, Raiders 8
Brady went looking for diving Cooks on a slant on third-and-3, but they couldn’t connect. So Gostkowski boots a 29-yarder to add to his big game and the Patriots’ big lead.
The Pats had the ball down to the Oakland 11, so Bill Belichick has something to be mad about when they watch the film.
4th Quarter, 9:50: Yikes. Brady was hit low by Mack, wrapped up around the knees.
It didn’t look like anything malicious, and actually looked like a halfway decent play by Mack. But it drew a flag, and gives the Patriots a first down.
Maybe Brady should take a seat in this one sometime in the near future.
4th Quarter, 11:22: Danny Amendola is back on the field, and just hauled in a six-yard catch on first down.
4th Quarter, 11:43 — Patriots 30, Raiders 8
The Raiders are on the board after a nine-yard touchdown connection by Carr to Cooper. The receiver dove for the end zone and tapped the pylon for the score.
Crabtree was alone in the end zone and Carr hit him for the two-point conversion.
4th Quarter, 13:33: Carr went too deep to Johnny Holton in the end zone, and after the play Holton threw a slap to Jonathan Jones’ helmet. Jones gave Holton a little shove during the play, and the receiver didn’t like it. He probably shouldn’t have retaliated in front of an official, and he was ejected for the slap.
4th Quarter, 14:35: Facing a fourth-and-6 at midfield, Crabtree juked out Jonathan Bademosi after a short grab over the middle to keep Oakland’s drive alive.
End of 3rd Quarter — Patriots 30, Raiders 0
Only 15 minutes left in this one. The Patriots have a big lead and 367 total yards. Brady has accounted for 305 of them through the air, completing 27 of his 33 attempts.
3rd Quarter, 00:39: The Raiders have a highlight! Crabtree came down with a nice 10-yard grab despite having his helmet ripped off by Jonathan Jones while coming to the ground.
3rd Quarter, 2:03 — Patriots 30, Raiders 0
Gostkowski boots a 40-yarder, and I’m pretty sure he let out a yawn while doing so. That’s child’s play given his two previous kicks.
3rd Quarter, 3:05: Danny Amendola is joining Stephon Gilmore in the New England locker room, also falling victim to dehydration. Both are questionable to return.
Brady should really share those electrolytes.
3rd Quarter, 4:39: Yikes, the Raiders should have went with King’s punt. Jamize Olawale was stuffed in the backfield, with Adam Butler and Patrick Chung leading the charge. Yes, it was Olawale and not Marshawn Lynch. He must be pleased with that.
The Pats will take over at the Oakland 44. The Raiders can’t get out of Mexico City fast enough.
3rd Quarter, 4:45: Kyle Van Noy ran into Marquette King and gives the Raiders a fourth-and-1 opportunity. They’re going for it.
3rd Quarter, 5:00: The New England secondary is getting a bit thinner at the moment, as Stephon Gilmore is heading to the locker room with dehydration.
This is the second time this season he’s had to leave a game due to dehydration. Jonathan Jones will take his place in the secondary.
3rd Quarter, 7:04 — Patriots 27, Raiders 0
Ho hum, just a 51-yard field goal by Gostkowski this time.
3rd Quarter, 7:31: LaAdrian Waddle just had all 300 pounds of Treyvon Hester roll up on him, and New England’s backup right tackle is limping off of the field.
Waddle was splitting duties with Cam Fleming.
3rd Quarter, 8:51: The Patriots are ripping into this Oakland defense right now.
Lewis picked up 11 yards on a first-down run, followed by a 16-yard catch by Cooks. After a short snag by Burkhead for six yards, Lewis ripped off a 10-yard run up the middle to the Oakland 37 to move the chains again.
3rd Quarter, 11:01: The Raiders grabbed a pair of first downs, but punt away their first possession of the second half after Carr overthrows Roberts on a third-and-10 attempt.
Another touchback by King will give the Patriots the ball at their own 20.
3rd Quarter, 14:06 — 24, Raiders 0
The Pats come out firing to start the second half, and now own a comfy lead. Brady hit Cooks for a 64-yard touchdown — the longest pass play of the season for Brady and the Patriots. Cooks is up to 133 yards on five receptions. Brady has 276 passing yards and three touchdowns. He has just four incompletions.
The clinic continues.
Halftime — Patriots 17, Raiders 0
The New England special teams continues to be pretty darn special. Gostkowski drills a 62-yard attempt that probably would have been good from 72 yards. Gostkowski’s previous career-high was 58 yards. His 62-yarder is a new Patriots record.
The Pats take a 17-0 lead into the locker room (once they get there after that lengthy walk), and get the ball back to start the second half. It’s the seventh straight game they’ve scored in the final minute of the half.
Brady is putting on a clinic, connecting on 20 of his 24 pass attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Seven players have a reception for the Patriots, with Amendola bringing in five for 45 yards and a touchdown. Cooks leads all receivers with 69 yards on four catches, doing most of his damage on a 52-yard reception.
2nd Quarter, 00:11: Brady buys some time, and hits Amendola for a 18-yard gain to the New England 45.
With the elevation, we may see a 60+-yard attempt from Gostkowski before the half.
2nd Quarter, 00:33: Seth Roberts was holding the ball like he was posing for the Heisman after a short catch, and Marquise Flowers punched it out for a fumble. Patrick Chung picked it up, and the Raiders remain scoreless.
Great play by Flowers. Dumb play by Roberts.
2nd Quarter, 1:18: Marshawn Lynch is crushing bodies in this game. He just picked up a first down with a two-yard run on third-and-1.
Raiders running backs have picked up all 60 yards on this drive.
2nd Quarter, 1:53: Carr went deep to Crabtree in the end zone, but instead hit Gilmore in the back. No flag on the play, despite Crabtree’s demands.
2nd Quarter, 2:00: The Raiders are moving the ball on the ground, and that’s with Jalen Richard getting taken down by his own man.
Oakland has the ball on the New England 29, with Richard picking up 20 total yards on the drive. Marshawn Lynch broke off a 25-yard run to get things going for Oakland.
2nd Quarter, 5:23 — Patriots 14, Raiders 0
Brady directs some traffic before the snap, and then hits Amendola in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. Brady is up to 173 yards, completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts. He was met with “Brady! Brady!” chants once again after the play.
Amendola, an amateur Luchador in the offseason, has four receptions for 27 yards on the afternoon.
The Patriots are now 5-of-6 on third down and own a two touchdown lead.
2nd Quarter, 5:29: Brady, sensing quite a bit of pressure ahead of the snap, uses the Patriots’ first timeout on third-and-goal.
2nd Quarter, 7:10: The Pats are inside the Oakland 10 after a 14-yard connection between Brady and Gronk down to the three-yard line.
2nd Quarter, 8:00: Tough day for Rex Burkhead so far. He just dropped a short pass from Brady on first down.
2nd Quarter, 8:10: Rob Gronkowski has checked in with a 10-yard reception. Brady was hit by Mack on the play.
2nd Quarter, 8:42: Maybe this is why McDaniels called for that deep pass to Cooks on third down.
The speedy receiver had a step on a pair of Raiders defenders and hauled in a 52-yard bomb from Brady.
2nd Quarter, 8:55: Carr went back to Cooper over the middle, but they only picked up six yards before Butler brought him down.
Marquette King’s punt went into the end zone for touchback.
Patrick Chung is out of the medical tent and back on the sideline with his teammates.
2nd Quarter, 10:06: The Pats applied some pressure to Carr on third-and-9. The QB rolled out and went downfield for Cooper, who brought in a 9-yard reception.
The problem was he pushed off on Malcolm Butler, and the Raiders now face a third-and-19.
2nd Quarter, 11:58: The Raiders are starting to move the ball. Carr hit Jared Cook for 23 yards on a second-and-3 and followed it up with a nine-yard connection with Crabtree.
Patrick Chung was shaken up on the last play and is heading to the sideline.
2nd Quarter, 13:35: Of course once we mention that perfect start for Brady, which tied his career-best, he throws his first incomplete of the game. He went deep downfield looking for Cooks but overthrew him. Interesting play-call from Josh McDaniels on that one, considering the Raiders have had a tough time covering the middle of the field.
Oakland called for a fair catch on Ryan Allen’s 44-yard boot, and will start at their own 13-yard line.
2nd Quarter, 13:45: After hitting Bennett for five yards on a second-and-10, Tom Brady is 12-for-12 to start this one.
2nd Quarter, 15:00: First play of the quarter, and Brady gets the Raiders to jump before the play. No more third-and-5. First down Patriots.
Not a very good start for the Raiders. Explains their disappointing record this season.
End 1st Quarter — Patriots 7, Raiders 0
The Pats picked up a first down on a 12-yard pass from Brady to Lewis, but Brady was brought down by Khalil Mack on the very next play for an 8-yard loss. He hit Brandon Cooks for 13 yards on second-and-18, setting up a third-and-5 when the second quarter gets underway.
1st Quarter, 1:47: Facing a third-and-11, Carr went deep to Johnny Holton downfield. The ball hit off of Holton’s shoulder pad, bounced up in the air and went into the arms of Duron Harmon for the interception. Patriots take over at their own 14-yard line.
1st Quarter, 4:09 — Patriots 7, Raiders 0
Dion Lewis went video game mode, making three Raiders defenders miss after hauling in a short pass from Brady for a 15-yard touchdown.
Brady was a perfect 9-for-9 on the drive with 61 yards. The Pats covered 87 yards on 15 plays.
1st Quarter, 4:47: Oakland’s Nick Morrow is going with the “hold Gronk” defense. It cost the Raiders 10 yards and gave the Patriots a fresh set of downs.
1st Quarter, 5:54: Rex Burkhead fumbled away a first down carry, but Dwayne Allen was there to recover at the Oakland 20. The Patriots get eight yards off of the play, but Burkhead can’t feel very good about himself right now.
Allen on the other hand already has a catch, his second of the season.
1st Quarter, 6:25: Another third down, another pass over the middle to Amendola to move the chains. This one went for 12 yards down to the Oakland 28.
1st Quarter, 10:00: Fans are getting a taste of the hurry-up offense, as Brady hits Amendola over the middle on a third-and-3 for eight yards to move the chains.
1st Quarter, 11:16: Danny Amendola called for a fair catch at the New England 13, so the Patriots will have some field to cover on their opening drive.
1st Quarter, 11:23: Seth Roberts dropped a pass from Carr over the middle on third-and-5, so the Raiders will be punting after picking up a first down on the opening drive.
1st Quater, 12:40: David Carr went to Michael Crabtree on the first pass of the game, picking up two yards on a pass to the right side. Stephon Gilmore will be covering Crabtree this afternoon, with Malcolm Butler on the explosive Amari Cooper.
1st Quarter, 12:55: Three straight carries for Marshawn Lynch to start this one. He picked up four yards on first down, five yards on second and three on third to move the chains.
Pregame — 4:23 p.m.: The Patriots called tails and won the toss. Of course, they elected to defer to the second half.
With the Chiefs losing to the Giants (how embarrassing), this game became a whole lot bigger for Oakland. With a win, they’d only be a game back of Kansas City in the AFC West.
Pregame — 4:05 p.m.: If you like to plan ahead, you’ll have a few extra minutes during halftime.
The locker rooms are actually outside of Estadio Azteca, so players will have a lengthy walk after the first half.
Because of that, halftime will be 19 minutes instead of the usual 12 minutes.
So you’ll have a few extra minutes to get those second-half nachos ready.
Pregame — 3:45 p.m.: Well, this one won’t make Patriots fans very happy.
Pats owner Robert Kraft spent some time chatting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the field. Maybe they’re sharing some jokes about Jerry Jones.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporter earlier today that Goodell’s lofty contract extension is expected to get done within the next month, so maybe that was a topic of discussion as well.
As for the actual football game that is about to be played, all signs are point toward Ted Karras getting the start at center:
Pregame — 3:20 p.m.: Tom Brady took the field to a mix of some love and some hate.
Pregame — 3:10 p.m.: The Patriots and Raiders are getting ready to kick things off at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
This is a big game for the 4-5 Raiders, who are hoping the keep their season alive. The 7-2 Patriots need a win to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the AFC.
New England just released their inactives, and for a second straight week running back Mike Gillislee will not see the field as a healthy scratch. Defensive lineman Malcom Brown (ankle) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) are also out. Both were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
Defensive end Cassius Marsh is active after missing last week’s game against the Denver Broncos.
With Andrews out, we can expect to see Ted Karras get the start at center for the Patriots.
As for the Raiders, they’ll be without starting corner David Amerson and right tackle Marshall Newhouse.
It looks like a lovely day south of the border with temps in the mid-60s, and so far, it looks like everyone involved is enjoying themselves.