Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes against the New England
Patriots during the first half of an NFL preseason football game
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady completed
one of four passes before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo, and the New
England Patriots fell 22-11 to the Green Bay Packers in both teams'
exhibition opener on Thursday night.
A day after appearing before a federal judge hearing the appeal of
his "Deflategate" suspension, Brady played just two series — a
three-and-out and a four-and-out.
Garoppolo, who would fill in for Brady if any part of the Super Bowl
MVP's four-game suspension is upheld, played three quarters plus one
play. He went 20 for 30 for 159 yards, no touchdowns and one
interception, and was sacked seven times.
Aaron Rodgers completed 11 of 19 passes for 117 yards for Green Bay.
Backup Scott Tolzien was 10 for 16 for 107 yards and a 26-yard
touchdown pass to Jeff Janis. Alonzo Harris ran for a 25-yard
touchdown for the 2014 NFC North winners.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up for the team's NFL
preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers.
Brady led the Super Bowl champions onto
the field to a loud cheer from the fans that have refused to believe
he was involved in a scheme to illegally deflate the footballs used
in the AFC championship game. He was suspended four games by the NFL
and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks, but Brady's
suspension is now in the courts.
Patriots fans have never wavered in their support of the three-time
Super Bowl MVP, holding "Free Tom Brady" rallies and calling on the
team not to raise the championship banner before the Sept. 10 season
opener if Brady isn't there.
Just in case, the Patriots need to get Garoppolo ready.
Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes despite the
rush of Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard (49)
during the first half.
The second-year second-stringer handed
off to Jonas Gray on a 55-yard touchdown run, then pitched it to
Gray for the 2-point conversion. In the second half, he was
intercepted by LaDarius Gunter, who returned it 28 yards to the
Two plays later, Harris ran it 25 yards for his touchdown.
Rookie Brett Hundley completed a 10-yard pass to John Crockett
midway through the fourth quarter to give the Packers a 22-11 lead.
Brady made his first entrance on the field at 6:43 p.m., about an
hour before kickoff, drawing a cheer from the few thousand or so
fans already in the building. After retreating to the locker room,
he led the team onto the field through the tunnel to a huge ovation.
The Patriots started on defense, then took over at their 2
yard-line. Brady's first pass was badly overthrown, and his second
went through Josh Boyce's hands.