The Patriots' offensive chicanery continued on their next possession when Edelman ran a reverse end around play for 17 yards.
White scored the go-ahead touchdown three plays later.
The Patriots lead the Packers 10-3 in the second quarter.
"We made some plays in the fourth quarter when we needed to", Brady said.
"I thought we competed hard against a really good football team", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. If anything, one could argue New England's win serves as additional evidence for those looking to minimize Brady's accomplishments. Rodgers did not throw a pick, but New England's defense did keep the Green Bay passing game in check in the second half thanks to a brilliant gameplan from Belichick and defensive coordinator Brian Flores. "Every tackle we make we put emphasis on wrapping up and trying to knock it out", Guy said.
■ The Patriots have had a long line of runnings backs who were adept at catching passes out of the backfield in the Belichick-Brady era: Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Dion Lewis, and James White, to name a few. A trick play pass from Julian Edelman to James White sparked a big fourth quarter. With the game on the line, Brady had choices.
A late fumble by running back Aaron Jones ultimately finished off the Packers hopes of winning on Sunday, however, it hardly overshadowed uninspiring performances by both the offense and defense.
Rodgers, not surprisingly, was frustrated after the game.
"We knew it was going to be a challenge on defense and one thing we talked about was, 'Hey, they may make some plays, we just have to bounce back, continue to work continue to execute our game plan, ' " McCourty said. But, they may have received the worst news about a player who did not take the field at Gillette Stadium.
Rodgers will turn 35 next month.
Rodgers, 34, won his only previous start against Brady: 26-21 at Lambeau Field in 2014 in receiver Davante Adams' coming out party as a rookie.
The Packers suffered a number of injuries during their matchup with the Patriots on Sunday.
The Week 10 National Football League schedule features high-stakes divisional matchups that could have major implications on which teams make the playoffs this season. But the final quarter of Sunday's absorbing showdown, which featured New England's precise efficiency and Green Bay's untidy gaffes, made that feel like wishful thinking.