Patriots — 16-7-7-3–33
Browns — 7-0-0-6–13
Brady is back.
Tom Brady and the Patriots dominated the Browns 33-13 on Sunday, marking the return of New England’s franchise QB. Brady threw three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett, finished with over 400 yards, and was taken out of the game with six minutes remaining and his team comfortably ahead.
The Browns had a disastrous afternoon, as starting QB Cody Kessler and backup Charlie Whitehurst both exited the game with injuries. That’s five injured quarterbacks for the Browns this season, as WR Terelle Pryor was taking snaps for the offense in the final minutes.
Brady’s return lifted the performances of the rest of the Patriots offense. The Browns did a good job of corralling LeGarrette Blount, but struggled defending New England’s two tight end formations. Rob Gronkowski had just one catch heading into Sunday, but finished with five grabs for 109 yards. Chris Hogan was the deep threat hauling in four catches for 114 yards, but left the game late with concussion symptoms.
The Patriots head home for Week 6 to host the Bengals, while the Browns will travel to face the Titans.
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Stats will be updated throughout the game
Passing: Brady: 28/40, 406 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Blount: 18 carries, 37 yards, TD
Receiving: Bennett: 6 catches, 67 yards, 3 TD
Brady Replaced by Garoppolo With 6:02 Remaining
That’s all for Brady today. A dominant start to his 2016 season, throwing all three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett. It won’t be as easy next week against Cincinnati, but the Patriots look like contenders again with Brady back in action.
Old Man Brady Scrambles & Celebrates
The Patriots continue to move the ball in the second half, and a four-yard scramble by Brady keeps the chains moving.
New England Opens The Second Half With Bennett’s Third TD
Martellus Bennett is not getting enough attention from the Browns defense, and that’s just fine for Tom Brady. Bennett sneaked open again, but this time it was streaking down the sidelines for a 37-yard TD.
Brady Completes Another Bomb But Patriots Can’t Finish
The machine that is the Patriot offense slowed somewhat in the second quarter, but not before Brady hit Hogan for another 63-yard completion. After that the Patriots were stuffed at the goal line, then forced to punt on their next drive. But with Browns QB Cody Kessler on the sidelines, don’t expect a response from the Browns anytime soon.
Another TD to Bennett Puts New England Up 23-7
The Browns defense takes away Gronk, and Bennett beats single coverage for the second TD. A 43-yard pass to Hogan set up the TD.
Brady Hits Bennett For First Passing TD
No signs of rust on Brady, as he’s led the Patriots to touchdowns on their first two drives. After a James White screen pass took them into the Browns red zone, Brady found Bennett walking into the endzone. The Patriots offense is looking scary.
Brady Completes His First Pass to Edelman
The Patriots look like the Patriots on their opening drive, with Brady picking up two quick first downs on his first two attempts. Blount smashes home a short TD to put the Pats up early.
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