BRADY THROWS 43RD TD ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: SURPASSES STEVE YOUNG FOR THIRD MOST TD PASSES ON MONDAY NIGHT
Tom Brady threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon LaFell in the third quarter for his 43rd touchdown pass on Monday Night Football, moving past Steve Young (42) for the third-most touchdown passes on Monday Night Football.
WR BRANDON LAFELL SCORES FIRST TOUCHDOWN AS A PATRIOT
WR Brandon LaFell scored his first touchdown with the Patriots on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter.
LAFELL HAS FIRST 100-YARD DAY AS A PATRIOTS; THIRD OF HIS CAREER**
LaFell finished the game with six receptions for 119 yards for his first 100-yard day as a Patriot and the third 100-yard day of his career.
GRONKOWSKI SCORES HIS 45 RECEIVING TOUCHDOWN SINCE 2010
Gronkowski has caught 45 touchdown passes since 2010 after a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the fourth quarter and leads the NFL with a touchdown percentage of 18.8 among players with at least 100 receptions and 15 touchdowns. He has 45 touchdowns on 239 receptions.
JIMMY GAROPPOLO THROWS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN
Jimmy Garoppolo saw his first game action and engineered a 7-play, 81-yard drive that included a 37-yard pass to WR Brandon LaFell before he culminated the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski.
GRONKOWSKI EXTENDS HIS STREAK TO 54 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A RECEPTION
Rob Gronkowski caught an 18-yard pass in the second quarter and has caught at least one pass in all 54 regular season games that he has played.
LONGEST CURRENT STREAKS OF CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION BY TIGHT ENDS
92 Owen Daniels (Houston/Baltimore)
91 Jason Witten (Dallas)
85 Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)
54 Rob Gronkowski
STARTING BLOCKS/LINEUP NOTES
CAMERON FLEMING MAKES THE START AT RIGHT GUARD
2014 Fourth-round draft pick Cameron Fleming made his first start at right guard. First-year OL Jordan Devey started the first three games at right guard. Fleming started as a tackle-eligible tight end at Minnesota on Sept. 14.
2014 FOURTH-ROUND DRAFT PICK BRYAN STORK MAKES THE START AT CENTER
Fourth-round draft pick Bryan Stork made his first NFL start when he started at center against Kansas City. Dan Connolly started the first three games at center. Stork is the first rookie to make a start at center for the Patriots since Dan Koppen in 2003.
PATS START TWO ROOKIES ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2005**
With rookies Cameron Fleming and Bryan Stork in the starting lineup, it marked the first time the Patriots started two rookies started on the offensive line since 2005 when Logan Mankins (left guard) and Nick Kaczur (left tackle) started.
DAN CONNOLLY STARTS AT LEFT GUARD
After starting the first three games at center, Dan Connolly started at left guard against Kansas City. He started seven games at left guard in 2010.
FOURTH-ROUND DRAFT PICK RB JAMES WHITE SEES FIRST ACTION
2014 fourth-round draft pick RB James White, out of Wisconsin, saw his first regular season action. He was inactive for the first three games.
RYAN WENDELL SEES FIRST ACTION AT GUARD SINCE 2011
Ryan Wendell played at right guard in the fourth quarter, marking his first action at right guard since he started starting the final two games at right guard in 2010. He started one game at left guard in 2011.
JIMMY GAROPPOLO SEES FIRST NFL ACTION
2014 second-round draft pick QB Jimmy Garoppolo played in his first NFL game when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. He completed his first NFL pass to WR Julian Edelman on a five-yard pass.