Tom Brady’s career reached an all-time high during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars when he reached 400 touchdown passes throughout his professional career. The record-breaking play was a short 1-yard pass to Wide Receiver Danny Amendola at the end of the second quarter. Just three other Quarterbacks remain in front of him: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Dan Marino. Also on the Patriots, kicker Stephen Gostkowski set a new NFL record for most point-after scores in a row. The new record is 423 consecutive points, beating Matt Stover’s record by one.
Only three weeks into this season, Brady’s record boasts nine touchdowns and no interceptions, his best season start thus far. As a team, the Patriots have already scored 119 points this season (nearly half of Jacksonville’s score for the entire 2014 season). Compared to the Pat’s 2014 slow start, they look as though they just stepped off the Superbowl field. If the “Deflate Gate” scandal accomplished anything in the off season, it was to prove everyone in America wrong by showcasing their true, unprecedented talent as a team.
Although the Patriots had a home field advantage this week, it was no surprise who the victor would be, given Jacksonville’s undistinguished gameplay in recent years. The game started quickly with no surprises. The Patriots scored a touchdown within the first few minutes of the first quarter when the Jaguars defense left Dion Lewis wide open. Jaguars defensive line quickly stepped up their game, allowing just two Pats field goals. With two minutes left before halftime, an interception by Devin McCourty gave the Pats another chance to widen the score gap. And that they did with 22 seconds left on the clock, making Brady’s 400th touchdown pass that much more memorable. (20-3)
The Jaguars scored their first of two touchdowns in the third quarter, an impressive 59-yard run by Allen Hurns. But this play proved to be all the Jaguars had in their back pocket. Brady’s 401st touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin raised the score to 36-10, and Gostkowski’s kick broke the extra point record. The second half also saw three touchdowns from LeGarrette Blount, a career high for the running back. After the game, Bill Belichick praised both Brady and Gostkowski for their achievements, “I feel really fortunate to have coached and had guys like that on our team, and those two guys in particular, they had a good day as they’ve had for many, many days in their career. I’m really fortunate to have those guys on this team.” Final: 51-17