A postgame handshake over six months in the making between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally happened at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium sometime before 11 p.m. on Thursday night.
Tom Brady hasn't missed a beat. He didn't return to the game, finishing 3 for 9 for 44 yards, with three sacks and the fumble.
Foles was escorted by the training staff to a medical tent on the sideline for examination and was diagnosed with the strained shoulder. Even though the Patriots would have much rather won the game in February, they will certainly take this win. After the game, Eagles Coach Doug Pederson said he would wait for a medial evaluation before offering more details on the injury.
In his first action since losing in the National Football League title game to Philadelphia, Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night to help stake New England to a 27-7 halftime lead. But it feels good. The Eagles had five penalties for 50 yards in the first quarter - including two for lowering the head to initiate contact and one for hitting a defenseless receiver - and 97 penalty yards in all.
Unfortunately for the Patriots, they suffered another potentially big injury, as a first-round pick, Isaiah Wynn went down with what was being called an ankle injury. Defensive end Michael Bennett chose to sit in the locker room during the anthem.
On-field demonstrations began past year with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who gained notoriety after he knelt during the national anthem to protest the treatment of people of color in the U.S. The NFL Network tweeted a video of Jenkins coming out for warmups wearing a shirt that said, "YOU AREN'T LISTENING".