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Patriots 38, Eagles 20

Deion Branch hauls in a 63-yard reception in the second quarter as Philadelphia’s Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen tackle him. New England’s Tom Brady had 361 yards passing, 125 to Branch.

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Deion Branch hauls in a 63-yard reception in the second quarter as Philadelphia’s Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen tackle him. New England’s Tom Brady had 361 yards passing, 125 to Branch.

PHILADELPHIA — The way Tom Brady got everyone involved, it was a surprise no linemen or linebackers caught passes.

Brady threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns Sunday as the Patriots beat the Eagles 38-20 in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl.

Filling in for the injured Michael Vick for the second straight game, Vince Young threw for a career-best 400 yards but Philadelphia fell further out of the playoff picture.

The AFC East-leading Patriots stayed in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the conference behind a surgical effort from Brady.

The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 24 of 34, Deion Branch had 125 yards receiving and Wes Welker caught eight passes for 115 yards and two TDs. Brady's favorite targets, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, also chipped in.

Gronkowski caught his 11th TD and Hernandez had six catches. BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice on the ground.

"It was more balanced today," Brady said. "That's how it needs to be. You have to run it. You have to throw it to everybody."

The Eagles are all but out of playoff contention after starting with Super Bowl expectations.

Angry fans made their feelings known about coach Andy Reid, chanting "Fire Andy!" in the second half.

"The way we played, I can understand," Reid said.

The defending NFC East champions fell to 1-5 at home and have lost eight of nine at Lincoln Financial Field.

"Andy's a tremendous guy," Young said of Reid. "I have the utmost respect for him. Fans don't understand some of the situations that goes on during the game. You can't put it all on Andy."

Down 10-0 early, the Patriots rallied behind Brady. New England scored on five of its next six possessions, excluding a kneel-down at the end of the first half.

"Overall we did a great job of staying composed on the sideline and making the right adjustments and doing pretty much what we game planned for," Branch said.

Coach Bill Belichick and Brady improved to 4-0 against Reid's Eagles, including a 24-21 win for their third NFL title in four years after the 2004 season.

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