MOSS AMONG THE BEST
Randy Moss registered his 150th career receiving touchdown on a 7-yard reception from QB Tom Brady in the first quarter. Moss joins Jerry Rice (197) as the only players in NFL history to reach 150 touchdown receptions. Moss added a 35-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter and finished the game with 151 career touchdown receptions.
MOSS MOVES UP ON PATRIOTS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST AND ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN LIST
Randy Moss moved into a tie with Ben Coates for seventh place on the Patriots' all-time scoring list, bringing his scoring total as a member of the Patriots to 302 points (50 touchdowns, one 2-point conversion). Coates also totaled 302 points in a Patriots uniform. Today, Moss moved past RB Sam Cunningham (294 points) with touchdown catches of seven yards and 35 yards. Moss is tied with Coates (50) for second on the Patriots all-time touchdowns list, behind WR Stanley Morgan, who is first with 68 touchdowns.
MOSS MOVING UP ALL-TIME LISTS
Randy Moss moved into fifth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter, passing Marvin Harrison's career total of 14,580 yards. Moss finished the game with 14,604 career receiving yards.
MOSS HAS HIS 36th CAREER GAME WITH TWO OR MORE TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
Randy Moss recorded his 36th career two-plus touchdown reception game, second in NFL history to Jerry Rice who had 44 career two-plus touchdown reception games. Moss now has 15 two-plus touchdown reception games as a member of the Patriots. Moss' 15 two-plus touchdown reception games are the most in Patriots history. Stanley Morgan is second with 11 two-plus touchdown reception games.
Brandon Meriweather intercepted a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass with 2:58 left in the game, recording the 10th interception of his career. Meriweather became the 31st player in Patriots history to record 10 or more interceptions for New England.
HERNANDEZ CAN RUSH
TE Aaron Hernandez had his first NFL rushing attempt with a 13-yard run in the first quarter. It is the longest rush by a tight end in Patriots history, besting an 11-yard run by TE Ben Watson vs. Cleveland on Oct. 7, 2007.
WELKER EXTENDS STREAK
Wes Welker extended his streak to 66 straight regular-season games with at least one reception. He has caught at least one pass in each of his 52 games with the Patriots, including three postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with the Dolphins.
WELKER MOVES PAST IRVING FRYAR INTO FIFTH PLACE ON THE PATRIOTS ALL-TIME RECEPTIONS LIST
Wes Welker recorded his 364th reception as a member of the Patriots, moving past Irving Fryar (363) into fifth place on New England's all-time reception list. Welker passed Fryar on an 8-yard reception from QB Tom Brady in the third quarter. RB Kevin Faulk is in fourth place with 424 receptions.
TOM BRADY MOVES PAST STEVE YOUNG ON ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN PASS LIST
Tom Brady threw his third touchdown of the game and the 233rd touchdown of his career on a 5-yard pass to TE Rob Gronkowski. Brady's 233 career touchdown passes moves him past Hall of Fame QB Steve Young (232) into 19th place on the NFL's all-time touchdown list. George Blanda is in 18th place with 236 career touchdown passes.
BRADY HAS SECOND THREE-TOUCHDOWN GAME OF 2010
Brady had his second 3-touchdown game of the 2010 season. He also had a 3-touchdown game in the season-opener vs. Cincinnati. The three touchdowns marked the 37th time in Brady's career he has thrown three or more touchdown passes in a game. New England improved to 34-3 when Brady throws three or more touchdowns. Brady is 61-11 when throwing two or more touchdown passes.
BRADY MOVES PAST JOHN BRODIE ON THE ALL-TIME PASSING LIST
Tom Brady threw for 252 yards, raising his career passing yardage total to 31,602 yards. Brady moved into 28th place on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list, passing John Brodie (31,548 yards). Mark Brunell is 27th on the all-time passing list (31,928 yards).
BRADY WINS 22nd STRAIGHT START AT GILLETTE STADIUM
Tom Brady has now won 22 consecutive regular-season starts at Gillette Stadium. The last time the Patriots lost a regular-season home game in which Brady started was on Nov. 12, 2006 against the New York Jets. Brady's home winning streak is the longest streak since QB John Elway of the Denver Broncos won 22 consecutive regular-season starts at home from Sept. 1, 1996 through Dec. 27, 1998. The NFL record for most consecutive home wins by a starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger is held by Brett Favre, who won 25 straight home games for Green Bay from Sept. 17, 1995 through Oct. 5, 1998.
BRADY HAS EIGHT TOUCHDOWN THROWS IN 2010
With three touchdown passes today, Tom Brady has eight scoring tosses so far this season and is on pace to throw for 42 touchdowns this season.
RUSHING ATTACK TOTALS 200 YARDS
The Patriots ran the ball 38 times for 200 yards, marking New England's highest single-game team rushing total since Dec. 14, 2008, when the Patriots had 277 rushing yards on 38 carries at Oakland.
GREEN ELLIS RUNS FOR 98 YARDS
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 16 times for 98 yards and a touchdown, marking the second highest single-game rushing total of his career. Green-Ellis set a career high with 105 rushing yards on 26 carries on Nov. 9, 2008 against Buffalo.
BRADY POSTS SOLID NUMBERS
Tom Brady compiled a passer rating of 142.6, completing 21-of-27 passes (77.8 percent) for 252 yards and three touchdowns. The game marked the 12th time in Brady's career that he posted a completion percentage of 77 percent or higher and marked the 10th time in his career that he had a passer rating of 142 or higher.
RB DANNY WOODHEAD MAKES FIRST NFL START AND SCORES FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN
Newly acquired RB Danny Woodhead made his first NFL start on offense and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 22-yard run in the second quarter. Woodhead finished the game with three rushes for 42 yards.
The Patriots extended their win streak over Buffalo to 14 consecutive games. The 14-game win streak over a single opponent is tied for the third longest such streak in NFL history. TOUGH AT HOME
With today's win, the Patriots now own an overall record of 61-13 (.824) at Gillette Stadium. Since their state-of-the-art facility opened at the beginning of the 2002 season, the Patriots own the NFL's best record at home.
Since the beginning of the 2003 season, the Patriots are now 24-2 (.923) in games following a regular-season loss. Over the last six-plus seasons (2003-10), the Patriots have only lost back-to-back games on two occasions, once in 2006 and once in 2009.
THREE PATRIOTS MAKE FIRST NFL START
Second-round draft choice Jermaine Cunningham made his first NFL start at outside linebacker against Buffalo. CB Kyle Arrington made his first NFL start, and newly acquired RB Danny Woodhead made his Patriots debut and recorded and his first NFL start on offense.
CRABLE MAKES NFL DEBUT
LB Shawn Crable was signed off the practice squad on Saturday and made his NFL debut against the Bills today.
- Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez produced 52 yards of offense on the Patriots' first offensive possession, which ended in a 7-yard touchdown reception by Randy Moss. Hernandez had a 13-yard rush, a 25-yard catch and a 14-yard catch on the drive.
- LB Gary Guyton pressured Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on third-and-5 in the first quarter, forcing an incompletion and a Buffalo punt on the next play.
- LB Jerod Mayo sacked Fitzpatrick for a 7-yard loss on second-and-7 from the Patriots' 15-yard line, helping to force Buffalo to settle for a field goal two plays later.
- Rookie LB Brandon Spikes broke into the Buffalo backfield and stuffed Bills RB Marshawn Lynch for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter.
TRACY WHITE IS SPECIAL
In 97 career NFL games, Tracy White now has 99 special teams tackles (two today).