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Sat., Apr. 21, 2018 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM EDT
Sun., Apr. 22, 2018 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM EDT
Mon., Apr. 23, 2018 8:30 AM to 11:59 PM EDT
Game Notes: Bill Belichick closing in on Tom Landry
Since the beginning of 2003, the Patriots are 43-6 (.878) in regular season games following a loss. They have dropped back-to-back regular season games in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 (twice). As a starter in his career, Tom Brady is 43-10 in games following a loss.
PATRIOTS HAVE THE BEST INTER-CONFERENCE RECORD SINCE 2002.
The New England Patriots own a 49-12 (.803) record vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.
NFL’S BEST INTER-CONFERENCE RECORD SINCE 2002
Team W L T Pct.
New England 49 12 0 .803
Pittsburgh 40 19 1 .675
Indianapolis 39 22 0 .639
Denver 37 23 0 .617
Cincinnati 35 22 3 .608
Since the start of the 1994 season when Robert Kraft purchased the team, the Patriots have the best regular season road record in the NFL.
TEAM RECORD PCT.
New England 115-70 622
Pittsburgh 102-83 .551
Indianapolis 98-87 .530
Green Bay 96-88 .522
Denver 94-90 .511
PATRIOTS SCORE ON FIRST THREE OFFENSIVE DRIVES
The Patriots scored on their first three offensive drives. The last time the Patriots scored in their first three offensive drives was in Week 17 of the 2016 season at Miami on Jan. 1, 2017.
THE PATRIOTS SCORE 30 FIRST HALF POINTS
The Patriots scored 30 first half points for a 30-19 lead. It is the 11th time in team history that the Patriots scored at least 30 first half points and the first time since scoring 38 first half points in a 51-23 win vs. Chicago on Oct. 26, 2014.
PATRIOTS EXTEND STREAK TO 9 STRAIGHT ROAD WINS
Last season, the Patriots finished the season with a perfect 8-0 road record. The Patriots 9-0 current road streak is second to the 12 straight road games the team won from Dec. 24, 2006, through Oct. 5, 2008. The Patriots 12-game road win streak is second in NFL history to the 18 road game win streak by the San Francisco 49ers (1988-90).
PATRIOTS CHALK UP 500 YARDS; SIXTH HIGHEST IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots finished with 555 offensive yards against New Orleans. It is the seventh time that the offense has reached 500 yards in total offense under Bill Belichick.
Most Offensive Yards in Team History
622 at Miami (09-12-11)
619 vs. Tennessee (10-18-09)
610 vs. Pittsburgh (11-03-13)
597 vs. NY Jets (09-09-79)
580 at Buffalo (09-30-12)
555 at New Orleans (09-17-17) Read
INCHING CLOSER TO PASSING LANDRY
Bill Belichick won his 264th overall game as a head coach and now needs seven more wins to move past Tom Landry (270) into third place all-time, behind George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347).
BRADY INCHING CLOSER TO BECOMING REGULAR SEASON WINNER
While Brady is the all-time overall NFL leader with 209 career wins as a starting quarterback, Brady is one of three NFL quarterbacks with at least 180 regular season career wins, earning his 184th win against New Orleans. He is two regular season wins from tying Brett Favre and Peyton Manning and three wins away from becoming the all-time leader.
(Regular season only)
Rk Name W L T Pct.
1t. Brett Favre 186 112 0 .624
1t. Peyton Manning 186 79 0 .702
3. Tom Brady 184 53 0 .776
4. John Elway 148 82 0 .643
BRADY NEARING THE TOP FOR WINS OVERALL
Tom Brady has the most wins by an NFL quarterback with 209 overall career wins. His 209 wins are the fifth most among all players.
Most Wins by an NFL Player (including postseason games)
Adam Vinatieri 221
George Blanda 218
Jerry Rice 211
Gary Anderson 210
Tom Brady 209
Peyton Manning 201
Brett Favre 201
Morten Andersen 194
BRADY HAS THROWN TOUCHDOWN PASSES TO 66 DIFFERENT PLAYERS;
SECOND PLACE FOR TD TARGETS BY A QB
Tom Brady connected with RB Rex Burkhead on a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 66 different players in the regular season, behind Vinny Testaverde who had 70.
Most Touchdown Targets by an NFL Quarterback
QUARTERBACK TD TARGETS
Vinny Testaverde 70
Tom Brady 66
Steve DeBerg 62
Brett Favre 61
BRADY THROWS THREE FIRST QUARTER TOUCHDOWNS FOR FIRST TIME
Tom Brady had three first quarter touchdowns for the first time in his career. He has thrown two touchdowns in the first quarter in nine games.
BRADY LEADS THE PATRIOTS TO 20 POINTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER
QB Tom Brady led the Patriots to 20 points in the first quarter, the most first quarter points with Brady as the starter and the most for the Patriots since scoring 21 points in the first quarter at Oakland on Dec. 14, 2008. Brady’s previous best was 17 first quarter points on three different occasions, most recently on Dec. 17, 2006 vs. the New York Jets.
BRADY HAS CAREER HIGH FOR FIRST QUARTER PASSING YARDS
Brady threw a career-best 177 first quarter yards. His previous best was 151 first quarter yards vs. San Diego on Sept. 16, 20007.
BRADY HAS TENTH 400-YARD GAME;
THIRD-HIGHEST OF HIS CAREER
Brady finished with his 10th career 400-yard games after throwing for 447 yards. He had two 400-yard games in 2016 – He had 406 yards at Cleveland on Oct. 9 and 406 yards vs. Baltimore on Dec. 12.
Most 400-Yard Games
Drew Brees 15
Peyton Manning 14
Dan Marino 13
Tom Brady 10
Ben Roethlisberger 9
MOST PASSING YARDS IN A GAME
517 at Miami (09/12/11)
466 at Buffalo (09/20/15)
447 at New Orleans (09/17/17)
443 vs. San Francisco (12/16/12)
432 vs. San Diego (09/18/11).
TOM BRADY GOES OVER 300 IN THE FIRST HALF
Brady threw for 302 yards in the first half. It is the second time in his career that he has thrown for 300 yards in the first half and fifth time that he has thrown for 300 yards in a half overall.
Yards Game Half
302 at New Orleans (09-17-17) 1st half
367 vs. San Francisco (12-16-12) 2nd half
345 vs. Tennessee (10-18-08) 1st half
323 vs. Cleveland (12-08-13) 2nd half
306 at Miami (09-12-11) 2nd half
BRADY IS THIRD IN 300 YARD GAMES
Brady had his 77th career 300-yard game, behind Drew Brees (107) and Peyton Manning (93). In 2016, Brady had five 300 yard games.
BRADY SETS NFL MARK WITH 52 GAMES WITH THREE TDS AND NO PICKS
Brady had his 52nd NFL game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most such games in NFL history. He was tied at 51 with Peyton Manning.
GRONK TIES KELLEN WINSLOW WITH 24 100-YARD GAMES
TE Rob Gronkowski finished with six receptions for 116 yards for his 24th regular season 100-yard game. He is now tied with Kellen Winslow with 24 100-yard games, behind only Tony Gonzalez with 31 100-yard games among NFL tight end.
Most 100-yard Games by a Tight End IN NFL HISTORY
Player 100-Yard Games
Tony Gonzalez 31
Kellen Winslow 24
Jackie Smith 22
Antonio Gates 21
Jason Witten 21
Shannon Sharpe 19
Most 100-yard receiving games in Patriots History
Stanley Morgan 38
Wes Welker 28
Randy Moss 18
Most 100-yard Games by a Patriots Tight End
Player 100-Yard Games
Ben Coates 9
GRONKOWSKI SCORES FIRST TD OF 2017 ON A 53-YARD RECEPTION
TE Rob Gronkowski scored his first touchdown of the season on a 53-yard pass from QB Tom Brady in the first quarter. It is the 68th time that Brady and Gronkowski have connected on a touchdown pass. It is the second-most touchdown connections between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history and the two moved out of a sixth-place tie with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne.
The Most TD Connections Between a QB and a TE in NFL History
Quarterback Tight End Team TD Connections
Philip Rivers Antonio Gates San Diego 84
Drew Brees Jimmy Graham New Orleans 51
Drew Bledsoe Ben Coates New England 45
Peyton Manning Dallas Clark Indianapolis 44
Sonny Jurgensen Jerry Smith Washington 43
Dan Fouts Kellen Winslow San Diego 41
John Elway Shannon Sharpe Denver 41
Ben Roethlisberger Heath Miller Pittsburgh 41
BRADY TO GRONK - 6th PLACE ALL-TIME
Quarterback Receiver Touchdown Connections
Peyton Manning Marvin Harrison 112
Steve Young Jerry Rice 85
Philip Rivers Antonio Gates 84
Dan Marino Mark Clayton 79
Drew Brees Marques Colston 72
Peyton Manning Reggie Wayne 67
Jim Kelly Andre Reed 65
Johnny Unitas Raymond Berry 63
Aaron Rogers Jordy Nelson 60
Brett Favre Antonio Freeman 57
GRONKOWSKI NOW HAS FOUR 50-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASSES;
SEVEN RECEPTIONS OF OVER 50 YARDS OVERALL
The 53-yard touchdown pass from Brady is Gronkowski’s fourth 50-yard touchdown pass. He caught a career-log 76-yard touchdown at the New York Giants on Nov. 15, 2015, a 53-yard touchdown at Buffalo on Oct. 30, 2016, a 52-yard touchdown vs. Kansas City on Nov. 21, 2011.
RB JAMES WHITE HAS SECOND MOST RECEIVING YARDS
RB James White finished with 85 receiving yards, the second most of his career. He had 115 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 6, 2015.
BURKHEAD CAUGHT HIS SECOND CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASS
RB Rex Burkhead was on the receiving end of a 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady in the first quarter. It is his second NFL touchdown receptions. He caught a five-yard touchdown while with Cincinnati on Dec. 13, 2015 vs. Pittsburgh.
BURKHEAD SETS CAREER-HIGH IN RECEIVING YARDS
RB Rex Burkhead set career highs in receptions with 41 receiving yards. His previous best was 36 receiving yards at New Orleans on Nov. 16, 2014.
PHILLIP DORESETT HAS FIRST PATRIOTS CATCH
WR Phillip Dorsett had his first reception as a member of the Patriots on a 23-yard reception in the first quarter to give the Patriots a first down at the 16-yard line.
ROOKIE DEATRICH WISE, JR. WITH A SACK
Rookie DL Deatrich Wise, Jr. had a third quarter sack and now has had a sack in his first two NFL games.
ROOKIE TE JACOB HOLLISTER REGISERS FIRST NFL RECEPTION
RB MIKE GILISLEE SCORES AGAIN
RB Mike Gilislee scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter. He scored three rushing touchdowns in the season-opener and is now the first Patriots player to score four touchdowns in his first two games with the team. Read
TWO ROOKIES IN THE STARTING LINEUP
ROOKIE LB HAVEYY LANGI AND TE JACOB HOLLISTER MAKE NFL DEBUT;
HOLLISTER WAS IN THE STARTING LINEUP