Tom Brady threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and notched a career rushing first, leading New England to a 30-23 win over the New York Jets that kept the Patriots unbeaten this NFL season.
The 48th fourth-quarter game-winning drive of Brady’s storied career took the Patriots 80 yards and saw the Pats improve to 6-0.
The Patriots had trailed 20-16 after the Jets opened the fourth with a field goal.
But Brady, who had more than 300 passing yards for the 68th time in his career, hit wide receiver Danny Amendola for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 7:16 remaining, and got the ball back after the Jets had to punt.
He sealed the win with a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski that put the Patriots up 30-20 with 1:13 to play, and the Jets’ final field goal wasn’t enough in the battle for first place in the AFC East division.
“We made the plays when we needed to make them and that was the important thing,” Brady said.
Brady was the team’s leading rusher for the first time in his career, with 15 yards — 11 of them on one scramble and one on a touchdown leap from the one-yard-line.
“I should enjoy this because it will probably never happen again,” Brady said.
The Carolina Panthers also improved to 6-0, downing the Philadelphia Eagles 27-16 to improve on their previous best start to a season of 5-0 in 2003.
Mike Tolbert scored two touchdowns for the Panthers, opening the scoring with a two-yard plunge and adding a two-yard TD reception on the first possession of the second half.
“We’re not done yet. We’re not satisfied yet,” said quarterback Cam Newton, who ran two yards for a touchdown but was intercepted three times.
“It’s great to be 6-0,” Newton said, “but there’s a lot more teams at 6-0, too.” Three other 6-0 teams, Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay, had the week off.
The Atlanta Falcons rebounded from their first defeat of the season last week against New Orleans with a 10-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints looks to pass during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 The Falcons, who improved to 6-1, were helped by two key interceptions — linebacker Paul Worrilow’s with seconds left in the second quarter and one by safety Robenson Therezie late in the fourth. “I loved the way we finished at the halves,” said coach Dan Quinn, whose Falcons are second in the NFC South behind the Panthers.
The struggling Indianapolis Colts remained atop the weak AFC South — despite a 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints that dropped them to 3-4 for the season.
Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and Khiry Robinson rushed for two touchdowns for the Saints, who are turning things around after losing their first three games.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw two first-half interceptions but bounced back with two scoring passes in the third quarter, and an eight-yard scoring pass to Donte Moncrief with 3:46 left made it 27-21.
By then, however, it was too late and Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the first-half errors that put his team in the hole were “completely unacceptable. You are not going to win games in the National Football League when you turn the ball over, have (seven) penalties and have all kinds of miscues,” he said.
The day’s action started across the Atlantic in London, at Wembley, where the injury-ravaged Buffalo Bills roared back from a 27-3 deficit to take a 31-27 lead, only to fall 34-31 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It was the Jaguars first win at Wembley after losses there in each of the past two seasons.
Meanwhile more than 15 million people sampled Yahoo’s live stream of an NFL game on Sunday, the two partners said on Monday. But viewership was significantly lower than it would have been on television.
Most of the audience for the Bills-Jaguars game was in the United States, but about 33% came from other countries, the partners said.
Sunday’s live stream marked the first time that a single company had distributed an NFL telecast all around the world via the Internet.
It was widely seen as a test for future NFL streaming efforts. The NFL said Monday that it was “thrilled with the results”.
National Football League:
Carolina Panthers 27 Philadelphia Eagles 16, Detroit Lions 19 Minnesota Vikings 28, Indianapolis Colts 21 New Orleans Saints 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 34 Buffalo Bills 31, Kansas City Chiefs 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Miami Dolphins 44 Houston Texans 26, New England Patriots 30 New York Jets 23, New York Giants 27 Dallas Cowboys 20, San Diego Chargers 29 Oakland Raiders 37, St Louis Rams 24 Cleveland Browns 6, Tennessee Titans 7 Atlanta Falcons 10, Washington Redskins 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30
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