Great Games – The Patriots’ Tom Brady Shreds The Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are division rivals who know each other very well.  The two teams came into pro football together as founding members of the American Football League in 1960.  After the AFL merged with the NFL, the two teams remained in the same division and played each other twice a season, year in and year out.

On Sunday, November 18th, 2007, Tom Brady led his Patriots into Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York and simply tore the Bills apart.

The scoring started with the Patriots getting on the board with a six yard Laurence Maroney touchdown run in the first quarter.  They then added a 43 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Randy Moss before Buffalo answered back with a 47 yard touchdown pass of their own from J.P. Losman to Roscoe Parrish.  The first quarter would end with the score Patriots 14 Bills 7.  The second quarter belonged to Brady and Moss as the receiver hauled in three touchdown receptions that quarter on throws of 16, six, and 17 yards from the quarterback.  At halftime, the Patriots would find themselves leading by the score of 35-7.

Tom Brady found tight end Ben Watson from three yards out to start the third quarter and then Buffalo finally scored again with a 52 yard field goal by Rian Lindell.  With the score 42-10 going into the fourth quarter, the game had long ago looked like it was already decided.  The Patriots tacked on a one yard touchdown run by Kyle Eckel and then a 35 yard fumble return for a touchdown by Ellis Hobbs in the fourth quarter and when the final gun sounded New England had beaten Buffalo by the score of 56-10.

The final numbers for Tom Brady were pretty impressive that day as he completed 31 of the 39 passes he attempted, had no interceptions, racked up 373 yards passing, and had five touchdowns.  A 300 yard passing game is a great day, though Tom Brady has had a lot of those, but it isn’t every day that an NFL quarterback tosses five touchdown passes.

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