How open was New England Patriots receiver Chris Hogan on his 63-yard landing reception in the first quarter Sunday? The closest defender was 19.23 yards away, in accordance to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, which is the most yards of separation on a landing go over the last three seasons.
63-yard TD!#NEvsPIT | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/JdQsAxDCwp
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 16, 2018
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels unveiled a artistic design with Rob Gronkowski coming in movement from left to proper to give the look of a wham block and with Julian Edelman coming in movement from proper to left on a faux finish-round. In the meantime, Rex Burkhead delivered a key block to maintain Tom Brady clear. Brady stepped up to see a wide-open Hogan as three defenders gravitated to Josh Gordon in the center of the discipline.
It was Brady’s longest landing go since a 64-yard TD to Brandin Cooks in Week 11 of last season towards the Raiders, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information.
It was tied for the second-longest TD go Brady has thrown towards the Steelers. His longest was an 81-yarder to Aaron Dobson in Week 9 of 2013, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Information.
On Tom Brady & Chris Hogan’s 63-yard TD, Hogan had 19.2 yards of separation from the nearest defender at the time of catch, the most large open a receiver has been on any go of the last two seasons.#NEvsPIT #GoPats pic.twitter.com/hPphxHegfq
— Subsequent Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 16, 2018
Contributing: ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss