New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 447 total yards as the Patriots bounced back from an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 and rolled over the New Orleans Saints, 36-20.
During the opening series, Brady did not complete a pass to a wide receiver – he completed three passes to running back James White, one to tight end Rob Gronkowski and two to running back Rex Burkhead.
New England got on the board in the first quarter after Brady marched his offense down the field 75 yards for 10 plays, ending the drive with a 19-yard pass to Burkhead for the touchdown before kicker Stephen Gostowski missed the point-after-try and the Patriots were up 6-0.
The Saints kicked a field goal to come within three – but New England scored 14 unanswered points before New Orleans put up their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter after quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Brandon Coleman.
New Orleans would come within a touchdown after kicking another field goal in the second to make the score 20-13 – but New England would pull away and take a 30-13 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to running back Mike Gillislee’s two-yard touchdown run and another field goal from Gostowski on the final possession of the first half.
The Patriots would score six more unanswered points in the second half with two field goals from Gostowski – one from 24 yards out – before Brees found tight end Coby Fleener for a touchdown.
The 36 points were enough for the Patriots to secure a Week 2 36-20 win and improve to 1-1 on the season.
Brady completed 30 of his 39 passes and the 447 total yards he threw for were the most in a game by a 40-year-old quarterback in NFL history. He had just one more yard than Brett Favre had in 2010.
Injury update: Gronkowski (groin), Burkhead (ribs), wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) all left the game with injuries and did not return.
Game MVP: Tom Brady: The 447 total yards was the third-highest-single-game yardage total of his career. He completed 77 percent of his passes and had three touchdown passes in the first quarter alone.
Fun fact: Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career. This was his second-career game with 300 yards in the first half.
What’s next: The Patriots (1-1) will host J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
Kickoff is slated for 1 PM.