It isn't unpredictable that the Patriots scored on their opening drive but the way they did it - a drive completely on the ground - might be.

It also isn't unpredictable that they gave up a 47-yard touchdown through the air just a few plays later.

Nonetheless the Patriots ended up as winners Friday night in Philadelphia 31-22.

Tom Brady did play - two drives - in this one. But it wasn't until his second drive that he threw a pass - eight of them to be exact. The Patriots drew first blood on the ground largely in part to a Stevan Ridley run on the first play of the game for 62 yards. Three straight rushes by LeGarrette Blount set up a 1st-and-goal at the 6-yard line. Two plays later Ridley pounded it home.

But the lead was short lived. Eagles QB Michael Vick completed two deep passes one to Jason Avant for 22 yards over rookie cornerback Logan Ryan and the long-bomb to DeSean Jackson for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson got inside of Aqib Talib and flat out beat him down the sideline for the touchdown. Vick finished the game 4-for-5 for 94 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots saw the Eagles' weakness and exploited it and the Eagles simply returned the favor.

But Brady play a much bigger role in the Patriots' answer on the ensuing drive. After an incomplete pass to Ridley on the first play from scrimmage Brady connected on all seven of his next passes. He hit Danny Amendola before connecting with undrafted rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins four times. He also hit rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson on a play-action pass for 23 yards. Brady capped off the drive with a 13-yard pass to Shane Vereen who had split out wide in the corner of the end zone.

Brady finished the game going 7-for-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown before Ryan Mallett took over.

It wasn't all offense in this game despite the score. Patriots defensive linemen Chandler Jones and Tommy Kelly combined for the strip sack of Eagles QB Nick Foles late in the first quarter that was recovered by Brandon Spikes.

Spikes also stuffed Eagles running back Chris Polk for negative yards.

Philadelphia tied things up at 14 early on in the second quarter on a Bryce Brown 8-yard run but New England scored the next ten points to go up 24-14 at the half.