passes milestone as Pats thump Bengals
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[October 06, 2014]
(Reuters) - Tom Brady notched his
50,000th passing yard in a virtuoso display to silence his critics and
drive the New England Patriots to a dominant 43-17 victory over
previously unbeaten Cincinnati on Sunday. Brady and the Patriots came
under fire after last week's 41-14 defeat to Kansas City, with pundits
questioning whether it was the beginning of the end for the 37-year-old
However, the veteran signal-caller responded with 292 yards and
two touchdowns, as the Gillette Stadium home crowd showered him with
chants of "Brady". "Coming off a tough loss like we did last week, a
lot of guys dug deep," Brady told reporters. "We executed better, a
lot of guys made great plays. It was a great opportunity for us."
Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to surpass 50,000
career passing yards and New England's (3-2) offense looked reborn
and collected 505 total yards.
Running back Stevan Ridley rushed for 113 yards and kicker Stephen
Gostkowski booted five field goals on the night. Ridley opened the
scoring with a one-yard rush in the first quarter, in which Brady
added a 17-yard strike to Tim Wright. Trailing the Patriots 20-3 at
halftime, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found Mohamed Sanu for a
37-yard touchdown to pull Cincinnati within 20-10 early in the third
but it was mostly downhill from there on for the visitors.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski added a 16-yard touchdown
reception in the third and Kyle Arrington had a nine-yard fumble
recovery score to help the home team pile on the misery.
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Cincinnati (3-1) had three turnovers on the night and became the
final team in the NFL to suffer a loss. Dalton threw for 204 yards
and two scores and top target A.J. Green had five catches and 81
yards. Green was shadowed by New England cornerback Darrelle Revis
but managed to record a score while Revis was briefly sidelined with
injury. "(Green) is a great player. I studied film and just tried to
be aggressive with him," Revis said. "This team has a lot of heart
and we played with a lot of heart tonight. We responded well."
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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