The Patriots’ two touchdowns Sunday afternoon came from unlikely sources.
Veteran running back Brandon Bolden, who’s seldom used in New England’s offense, opened the scoring at New Era Field with a 4-yard rushing TD, his first of the season. The second Patriots trip to pay dirt was even more of a stunner, however, as Matthew Slater scooped up a blocked punt and dashed to the end zone for his first career touchdown.
Slater’s unexpected score paved the way for well-deserved recognition for the longtime special-teams ace. Among those who shouted out Slater was former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who took to both Twitter and Instagram to congratulate his ex-teammate.