Each team committed a pair of turnovers and converted them into field goals, and the game is tied at three after one quarter from Gillette Stadium between the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
On the opening possession of the game, Tony Romo threw off his back foot while under pressure from Brandon Spikes and the pass landed in the arms of Kyle Arrington. The Patriots moved the ball inside the 10 yard line but were unable to punch it in, settling for a 31 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
After forcing a punt, the Patriots got the ball back deep in their own end of the field, but Tom Brady’s pass, intended for Deion Branch, was tipped and intercepted by Terrence Newman. The Cowboys had an opportunity to score a touchdown following a pass interference call in the end zone against Devin McCourty, but a holding call on the same play cancelled it out and the Cowboys settled for a 48 yard field goal to tie the game.
The two teams then traded fumbles, one by the Patriots Matthew Slater and one by the Cowboys Tashard Choice before the end of the quarter.