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Patriots Squeak Past Raiders in Home Opener


Rob Gronkowski hauled in a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Pats beat the Raiders 16-9 in their first game of the year at Gillette Stadium. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

FOXBOROUGH Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork intercepted a Derek Carr pass with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter Sunday, sealing a 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders for the Patriots after an underwhelming effort on offense and defense.

The Patriots relied on three Stephen Gostkowski field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to hold off the Raiders in their home opener.

Tom Brady was 24 of 36 passing for 234 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Rob Gronkowski on a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Gronkowski ended up with three catches for 44 yards while Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 84 yards. It was the fourth time Edelman had caught at least 10 passes in a game.

But there weren’t many other positives for the Patriots offense. Going up against the Raiders’ 31st ranked rushing defense, the Patriots managed only 76 yards on the ground. Stevan Ridley, who led the team with 19 carries, had 54 yards. Danny Amendola, much ballyhooed just a year prior, did not record a reception for the second straight game.

Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski converted three field goals, including two in the third quarter.

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