Brady milestone highlights romp
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yards and the Patriots bounced back to knock off the Bengals on Sunday night.
Cincinnati had been the last unbeaten team and lost hours after Arizona, which entered the day as the only other team with a perfect record this season.
Brady hit tight end Rob Gronkowski on a 27-yard pass to achieve the milestone, then added two touchdown passes for New England. Just six days earlier, also in prime time, the Patriots were trounced 41-14 by the Chiefs.
Brady's 17-yard touchdown to former Bucs tight end Tim Wright gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead through one quarter and prompted fans to chant the 37-year-old quarterback's name. Brady hit Gronkowski on a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter and, on the ensuing kickoff, Brandon Tate fumbled and Kyle Arrington returned it 9 yards for a touchdown that made it 34-10.
Brady entered the game needing 60 yards to reach 50,000 career yards passing and topped it in the first quarter while leading New England to touchdowns on its first two possessions.
Wright, who was acquired from Tampa Bay for six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins, had five catches for 85 yards, and Gronkowski had six for 100.
The loss to Kansas City led to a week of questions about whether their aging quarterback's skills had diminished. But on this night Brady again looked like a three-time Super Bowl champion.