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Game Notes: Bill Belichick closing in on Tom Landry

TEAM NOTES

BOUNCING BACK

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

ROAD WARRIORS

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)

*INDIVIDUAL NOTES *

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

  1.        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)

Player                     Wins

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

Rob Gronkowski         24

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

Rob Gronkowski              24

Randy Moss                     18

Most 100-yard Games by a Patriots Tight End

Player 100-Yard Games

Rob Gronkowski         24

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

Tom Brady               Rob Gronkowski       New England        68

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

Tom Brady               Rob Gronkowski   68

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

Rookie TE Jacob Hollister had his first career reception on a five-yard reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter.

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.

LINEUP NOTES

TWO ROOKIES IN THE STARTING LINEUP

Two rookie free agents were in the starting lineup with DL Adam Butler and TE Jacob Hollister.

ROOKIE LB HAVEYY LANGI AND TE JACOB HOLLISTER MAKE NFL DEBUT;
HOLLISTER WAS IN THE STARTING LINEUP

After being inactive in the season-opener, rookie LB Harvey Langi and TE Jacob Hollister played in their first NFL game. Hollister was in the starting lineup in a three-tight end set. 

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