ARLINGTON, Texas — Chants of "Bra-dy" arose several times from a large New England contingent in Tom Brady's first visit to the $1.2 billion showplace of the Cowboys.
First after a 1-yard plunge for his first rushing touchdown in almost three years, again after a long touchdown pass to receiver Julian Edelman that helped seal the outcome, and finally about 15 minutes after the end of the Patriots' 30-6 victory Sunday over Dallas.
It wasn't as easy as his boisterous fans made it sound.
Brady passed for two touchdowns in the second half after enduring five sacks in the first, including two for defensive end Greg Hardy and one from linebacker Rolando McClain in their season debuts after four-game suspensions.
After halftime, New England pulled away from a powerless Dallas offense missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
"There were a lot of adjustments today," Brady said. "I don't think we practiced a lot of what they were doing, but I think our defense played great. Offense, we made a few plays, but we can play better than that."
The Super Bowl champion Patriots won their seventh straight going back to last season's playoffs. The Cowboys lost their third in a row without the injured Romo and Bryant.
Dallas backup Brandon Weeden lost his 11th straight game as a starter going back to his time in Cleveland.
Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys would evaluate the quarterback spot during their upcoming bye after Weeden went 26-of-39 for 188 mostly meaningless yards.
"Brandon didn't play well enough, but we didn't play well enough," Garrett said. "We just need to be able to control the line of scrimmage more in the running game and they did a good job loading the box up."
Hardy, in his Dallas debut after a four-game ban for his role in a domestic violence case, forced a fumble on one of his sacks, but it resulted in a short gain by the Patriots.
He made headlines last week for commenting on Brady's supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, after being suspended because the league believed he roughed up his former girlfriend last year when he was with Carolina.
Stephen Gostkowski extended his NFL-best streak of made field goals to 19 with three.