Tom Brady puts on aerial show as Patriots top the Saints
After struggling in the team’s season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots put on an aerial show as they defeated the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 by a score of 36-20.
With Brady posting a league-low in completion percentage in Week 1 (16-for-36 passing with a completion percentage of 44%), the five-time Super Bowl champion rebounded against the Saints, completing 30 of 39 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
The 40-year-old signal caller was able to find running back Rex Burkhead, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Chris Hogan for passing scores, lighting up a beleaguered Saints’ secondary en route to the club’s first win of the 2017 campaign.
Brady was in full command of the offense for all four quarters of the contest, leading the Pats up and down the field throughout the game, putting them in position to score 36 points in their first road contest of the season.
It goes without saying that most of you reading this are aware of the greatness of No. 12, and I guarantee that many had little doubt that the four-time Super Bowl MVP would find a way to put last week’s game far behind them in the rearview mirror.
Tom Brady was impressive from the get-go, completing passes to nine different receivers during the win, with Gronkowski leading the way via 116 yards receiving and the aforementioned touchdown reception. Running back James White led the offense with eight receptions, churning out 85 yards through the air. White also toted the rock on the ground for 11 rushing yards, just missing 100 yards from scrimmage on the day.
With the Brady-led Pats evening out their record at 1-1, the team will return home to New England to face the Houston Texans (1-1 record) at Foxboro in Week 3.
Though the Texans have a staunch defense featuring phenomenal defensive linemen in J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, expect more of the same from Tom Brady and the New England offense next week, and for the rest of the season. Despite Brady entering the twilight years of his illustrious career, the former sixth-round pick still holds a chip on his shoulder, and the rest of the NFL had better continue to look out for the Patriots.
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