The Patriots ran a fake punt for the 1st time in 13 years, and it worked perfectly

The Patriots ran a fake punt for the 1st time in 13 years, and it worked perfectly

Nate Ebner snapped a long streak for the Patriots with his 14-yard fake punt Sunday.

The New England Patriots only picked up two yards on the first three plays against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12, but the drive still ended in a touchdown after the team ran a fake punt for the first time in 13 years.

A direct snap to special teams ace Nate Ebner led to a 14-yard gain that kept the Patriots’ offense on the field.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, the play resulted in a knee injury for Ebner that was serious enough to immediately rule him out for the remainder of the game.

But the play eventually led to a 2-yard touchdown run for Rex Burkhead that gave New England an early 7-0 lead. The clever fake that the Dolphins couldn’t stop might not have even been Bill Belichick’s call, but Ebner’s at the line of scrimmage.

Ebner made a call before the snap. Looks like he ordered the fake on the field because, I’d guess, the Patriots saw a vulnerability in film study that they could expose with the right look.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 26, 2017

The last fake for the Patriots? An unsuccessful direct snap to Larry Izzo on Dec. 12, 2004. Izzo played 13 seasons of special teams in the NFL and is now the special teams coordinator for the Houston Texans.

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