Ho-Hum Night For Brady

From Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

When he’s at the Old Quarterbacks Home, telling stories about his Hall of Fame career, Tom Brady is not likely to conjure up many memories of a November night in 2011 when he beat the Chiefs.

More than likely, Brady was thinking about his next game the moment he drove out of the parking lot at Gillette Stadium, forgetting quickly the 34-3 drubbing of the Chiefs.

He might remember the first half, when the Chiefs defense had him a bit confused and moving his feet, as they sacked him three times and limited the production of the New England offense.

“We just sucked in the first half,” Brady said. “If you can’t complete a pass, you’re not going to move the ball. Can’t run it, can’t complete a pass, we just didn’t do anything. I don’t think it could have gotten much worse than what we did in the first half.

“But we came out strong in the second half and took control in the third quarter.”

That Brady and his offensive mates would eventually take control was really only a matter of time. Defensively, the Chiefs are not the Steelers or the Ravens or even the New York Giants who beat the Patriots in Foxborough just a few weeks ago. Although they came out strong, they could not keep the pressure on.

“You try to keep him uncomfortable and a little flustered,” said DL Amon Gordon. “I don’t know if we ever did that. I know in the first half there were times when he was getting rid of the ball before he wanted to. But that doesn’t last long. He eventually figures things out.”

When it was all said and done, Brady had completed 15 of 27 for 234 yards and a pair of TD passes to TE Rob Gronkowski. Those are nice numbers considering where he stood at the end of the first quarter (2 of 7 for 19 yards) and at half-time (8 of 16 for 133 yards, with 52 coming on one play, the first TD throw to Gronkowski.)

“We’re going to need to play better that we did tonight if we want to start making some serious improvements down the stretch,” Brady said. “We’re 7-3. I don’t think we’re really where we hoped to beat this point. Hopefully we can come out and have a good week of practice and move forward.”

There may be another reason Brady actually remembers beating the Chiefs – it gave him 118 regular season victories, allowing him to pass his boyhood idol Joe Montana, who had 117. Next ahead of him is Johnny Unitas with 119 victories.

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