Patriots RB James White earns most first half playoff receptions of any player in the last 25 seasons
New England Patriots running back James White hauled in 10 receptions during the first half of the Patriots’ Divisional Round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, the most catches by any player in the first half of a playoff game over the last 25 years:
From @ESPNStatsInfo: James White has 10 receptions, the most in the 1st half of a playoff game in the last 25 seasons. The only player with 9 is Shannon Sharpe (1993).
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 13, 2019
White’s production was part of a monstrous offensive half for the Patriots, which saw Tom Brady and Co. put up 35 points against a Chargers team that was considered a significant threat to New England coming into the game.
In spite of the fact that he is a running back, White has actually been more effective as a receiver throughout his NFL career.
This season, he caught 87 passes for 751 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 425 yards and five scores, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Wisconsin, was originally selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (130th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He didn’t become a critical part of New England’s offense until his second season, when he snared 40 balls for 410 yards and four touchdowns. Then in 2016, White hauled in 60 receptions for 551 yards while reaching the end zone five times.
White has been a consistent force in the Pats’ passing game since 2015, and last year, he ended up with 56 catches for 429 yards and three scores.
The Patriots won 11 games this year and captured their 10th straight AFC East division title. They also earned the No. 2 seed in the AFC, locking down a first-round bye in the process.