Patriots' Brady shines in homecoming
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Tom Brady chatted up one of his old favorites in Tom Rathman then pushed aside all that nostalgia for a few hours to earn his 199th career victory.
Brady threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots and tied Hall of Famer Brett Favre for second most wins by a quarterback in NFL history. With his next win, Brady will match Peyton Manning for the top spot.
Brady, a native of San Mateo, Calif., was playing on San Francisco's home field for the first time and facing the team he cheered as a boy. When the game ended, he threw a football into the stands behind one end zone and hustled off to see his supporters.
"It was very cool. It doesn't get any better than that. To have the first chance to ever do that was very special," he said. "I felt it in pregame warmup and it carried right to the last play of the game. It was pretty great.
"They have a great organization, they always have. They inspired a lot kids here in the bay area in my time growing up, and I was one of them."
Under pressure on the slick grass, Brady found Danny Amendola for a 5-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter then later hit Malcolm Mitchell on a 56-yard score as the Patriots bounced back from last week's loss to the Seahawks.