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Patriots win in Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski of the New Engalnd Patriots celebrate after scoring against the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were still more than three minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter when the Patriots started their final possession of Sunday’s game, but the celebration was already on at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots led 28-17 and the Bengals had just punted the ball away despite having little reason to believe that they’d get the ball back often enough to tie or move ahead of the Patriots before the end of regulation. Whatever slight hope they might have had after all but waving the white flag evaporated when Julian Edelman returned the punt 23 yards to midfield and then went for eight yards on a reverse on the first offensive play.

Edelman would have another catch and LeGarrette Blount ran it in from a yard out to send the score to 35-17.

It was all academic from there on a day highlighted by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Brady was 29-of-35 for 376 yards and three touchdowns in his first game at home this season and Gronkowski caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Gronkowski did draw a taunting penalty after one catch, which might have killed the Patriots’ chances for another touchdown, but the day was everything we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from the Brady-Gronkowski connection.

Brady became the fourth player with 5,000 completions during the game and had his 73rd career game with at least 300 passing yards. He’s third all-time in that metric and his two-for-two start to this season suggests plenty more will be coming down the line.

The Bengals offense had some good moments as well, but their inability to score from the one-yard-line in the second quarter and settling for a field goal early in fourth meant too many points were left on the table to get a road win. Their pass protection also broke down close to their own end zone, allowing Dont’a Hightower to sack Andy Dalton for a safety and touch off a 25-3 run that led the Patriots to their fifth win in six tries this season.

They’ll be in Pittsburgh next Sunday to try for a sixth win and a spot at the top of the conference that will be hard to argue through seven weeks of the season.

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62 Responses to “Patriots win in Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro”
  1. annekayeantiques says: Oct 16, 2016 4:09 PM

    great performance again tom brady GOAT

  2. trainwrecksryan says: Oct 16, 2016 4:10 PM

    NEXT!

  3. u4iadman says: Oct 16, 2016 4:10 PM

    Thanks moron coach for intimating Gronk wouldn’t play. Tool sack coach.

  4. zombiepatriot says: Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM

    Good to see it is taunting when you are walking away from the other team and with your back turned 5 to 10 yards away you spike the ball.

    What a lame, joke of a penalty.

  5. patsfan1820 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM

    Took a while, but thanks to the Hightower safety momentum shifted to the Pats. Brady was sharp, Gronk looked like his old self, James White did great out of the backfield, and the defense for the most part held AJ Green in check. On to Pittsburgh. Go Pats!

  6. learysdisciples says: Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM

    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

  7. bengalsfan2079 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:12 PM

    Well I mean I wasn’t surprised considering the Pats have only lost once at home in the regular season the past number of years. Much better than the Dallas game but still have many issues to clean up the red zone offense and tackling. There was some chippiness on both sides today which I mean I’ll take it they need to get fired up this team is unmotivated and I hope getting beat bad the last two weeks will shoot something into them. Luckily the schedule gets somewhat easier the next month so I’m keeping hope there’s a run in them

  8. gogreenbiotch says: Oct 16, 2016 4:13 PM

    I don’t know about all the other games but this NFL is a joke…. the refs are beyond horrible and commercials ruin the enjoyment of the game …. way to Blandino and Goodell I am officially done

  9. realestateguy1983 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:16 PM

    Is it even debatable at this point? GOAT

  10. joeflaccoallday says: Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM

    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

  11. weepingjebus says: Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM

    Classless loss by the Bengals. I’d call you cheap shot artists, but that implies some sort of achievement. You’re more like cheap shot copyright infringers.

  12. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:20 PM

    So which is it this week crybabies?
    Was it the “system” or the bengals suck or both

    Brady 2 games 763 yards 6 Tds 0 int.

  13. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:21 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM
    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

    And Joe Is the greatest jump ball thrower

  14. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    You clowns are something else. You all do realize the only unsportsmanlike penalties were on the patriots don’t you?

  15. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    Report comment
    learysdisciples says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM
    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

    And the crybabies are chiming in…

  16. calidownunder says: Oct 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    learysdisciples says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM
    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

    “here”

    You must be as dumb as your comment.

  17. section310 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:25 PM

    Another easy win… Do the haters who constantly bring up cheating claims know their flawed logic or is it just noise? We are on to Pittsburg…

  18. kingfish13 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:27 PM

    learysdisciples says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM
    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

    Chuckle

    Have a nice day

    Go Pats

  19. trainwrecksryan says: Oct 16, 2016 4:29 PM

    “And Joe Is the greatest jump ball thrower”

    Exhibit A: today’s final pass against the Giants as time expired.

    Exhibit B: practically every other game.

  20. stipez says: Oct 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    Man, doods are pretty jealous of the Patriots. You can tell by all the excuses and hate. It’s just football kids.

  21. terripet says: Oct 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    Patriots corners are horrible

  22. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:34 PM

    GOAT!

  23. 6ball says: Oct 16, 2016 4:35 PM

    .
    @joeflacco

    Maybe you should focus your attention on the Ravens. They’re hardly a juggernaut.

    Sep 11 BUF W 13-7

    Sep 18 @CLE W 25-20

    Sep 25 @JAX W 19-17

    Oct 2 OAK L28-27

    Oct 9 WSH L16-10

    Oct 16 @NYG L 27-23
    .

  24. rsmith5588 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:37 PM

    Baltmore (charm city)..terrible coach and chokers….will finish at 7-9 for season…flacon
    Over price over rated…

  25. bengalsfan2079 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:38 PM

    Classless loss by the Bengals. I’d call you cheap shot artists, but that implies some sort of achievement. You’re more like cheap shot copyright infringers.
    ———————————————————————-

    The pats were the ones getting penalized not the Bengals but ok whatever congrats on your win though that’s all I’ll say.

  26. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Oct 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    Good game Pats. Time for Cincy to buckle down.

  27. tedmurph says: Oct 16, 2016 4:41 PM

    Typical Bengals, punking it up when realizing they were about to lose to a another good team. Sure, give MLewis another extension.

  28. j0esixpack says: Oct 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    Can’t wait to hear about Brady just being a “System QB” again

    The Hatriots fans are hilarious. Why don’t their teams just install “the system”? LOL!

    Such fans don’t quite seem to understand that the Patriot’s “system” is to adapt their offense and defense specifically to each opponent’s strength and weaknesses and to adapt throughout the course of the game.

    Easier said than done.

    THAT’S the secret of the Patriot’s success – not any of these scandals fabricated by a corrupt NFL run by owners who can’t stand to see Brady clog up the AFC’s Super Bowl spot every other year on average

  29. ikeclanton says: Oct 16, 2016 4:51 PM

    terripet says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:32 PM
    Patriots corners are horrible

    ——-

    That’s your takeaway from today’s Patriots win? It’s good you’re not a real analyst.

    Oh yeah, I forgot-I’m talking to someone who roots for injuries to players, so that makes sense.

  30. henry53 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    “Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history.”

    Except for all those passes downfield to Gronk, eh?

    Next!

  31. tedmurph says: Oct 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    That 17 pts by Cincy and 88 yrds, 0 TDs by AJ Green really hurt the Pats today

  32. plum54 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:57 PM

    Guess Cincy fans missed the low hits on Bennett, which were NOT called despite the refs being right there. Cheap shots.

  33. osyrus1971 says: Oct 16, 2016 5:08 PM

    We’re on to Pittsburgh. It will be a tough game considering Ben doesn’t take “no” for answer.

  34. unoduotres says: Oct 16, 2016 5:09 PM

    i41adman,

    Sounds like you are the moron for not playing Gronk on your Fantasy football team.

  35. npadln says: Oct 16, 2016 5:17 PM

    Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM

    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

    **********************************************

    What’s great about your comment is that it is typical of not just fans but other teams as well. I love the fact that people “sniff” at the short pass game. The short pass game that keeps the other team’s offense on the sideline. The short pass game that gives a QB so many options. The short pass game that isn’t for every QB; it requires patience and confidence that you aren’t going to stall out half way down the field. It is what I like about Prescott compared to Romo. Romo, just like so many other QB’s, blinks and goes for the high risk “high light play” while Dak has the confidence to “work” it down the field. His confidence and maturity reminds me of Brady.

  36. iamapatsfan says: Oct 16, 2016 5:18 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM
    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

    —-

    Did you even take the time to watch the team your name says you’re a fan of, or did you just wait for the next Pats article to say something on?

    I mean, I get it. You lost… again. That’s 3 in a row. You’re back to .500. It must get tiresome after a while. But hey! At least your team scraped by those powerhouse teams Cleveland and Jacksonville. That’s something!

  37. 4sacroc says: Oct 16, 2016 5:19 PM

    And Marvin Lewis has job security because…..

  38. carloswlassiter says: Oct 16, 2016 5:22 PM

    terripet says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    Patriots corners are horrible
    ———————————————————–
    Well then the Steelers and their greatest offense of all time should have a field day next week at home.

    Let’s see what actually happens when they play.

  39. joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    I think both Marvin Lewis and Howdy Doody should get contract extensions.

    Just Bungal baby.

  40. dimi1919 says: Oct 16, 2016 5:29 PM

    learysdisciples says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM
    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

    ———

    Not a pats fan, but if you’re gonna post, at least use the right word.

  41. mzew233 says: Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    Why are we not throwing for 1 more TD at goal line at the end?

    Do not give me anything about prudency, this is the return of the screw Goodell tour, making a push for late MVP and solidifying patriots dominance.
    Not happy with the call to not throw there. Was hoping this would look like the 2007 tour against the nfl.

  42. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    Brady is crazy overrated by north east dimwits. So sad.

  43. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 16, 2016 5:51 PM

    These were the same Bungles that were torched by rookies Dak Prescott and Trevor Siemian. This game should not have been as close as it was.

  44. sidepull says: Oct 16, 2016 5:57 PM

    Suck it roger

  45. TheTruth says: Oct 16, 2016 6:03 PM

    The almighty Steelers just lost 30-15 to the mess that is Miami. Laughing

  46. Della Street says: Oct 16, 2016 6:10 PM

    12thmangohawks says:
    Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM
    Brady is crazy overrated by north east dimwits. So sad.

    _______________

    13-15, 150 yards and 2 TDs in the fourth quarter on the world’s biggest stage against your LOB. Still bitter I see.

  47. valentino8100 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:25 PM

    terripet says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    Patriots corners are horrible

    ————————————————–

    Where was AJ Green all game? Exactly. NE corners aren’t great, but TBH, they did their jobs in not allowing Green to take over the game.

  48. alcottclan235 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:34 PM

    12thmangohawks says:

    Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM
    Brady is crazy overrated by north east dimwits. So sad.
    ———————————————————————

    Why can’t you Seahawk fans just let it go? I mean, I’d be pissed too if my team shot their mouths off and then got beat in spectacular fashion. That had to hurt, but it was two years ago…… Well, after further consideration; since you’ve only been to the superbowl about as often as Haley’s Comet comes around, I might obsess on it too.

    I replay Butler’s interception once in a while myself. It was the best play in Superbowl history! Depending on your perspective of course(: You STILL Mad Bro?

  49. mmack66 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:10 PM

    12thmangohawks says:
    Oct 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    Brady is crazy overrated by north east dimwits. So sad.
    ———————————————-

    What are mango hawks?

  50. thereving7 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:16 PM

    gogreenbiotch says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:13 PM
    I don’t know about all the other games but this NFL is a joke…. the refs are beyond horrible and commercials ruin the enjoyment of the game …. way to Blandino and Goodell I am officially done

    ________________________
    I agree. This game had some stupid penalties

  51. csb28 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:16 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:10 PM
    Thanks moron coach for intimating Gronk wouldn’t play. Tool sack coach.

    9 117
    Report comment

    So Sad!!!

  52. csb28 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:17 PM

    learysdisciples says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM
    Let’s here it for the cheaters!

    14 194

    How original.

  53. csb28 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:21 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 16, 2016 4:17 PM
    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

    7 173

    It’s amazing how people like you just can’t deal with the success of the GOAT and continually come up with excuses as to why Brady keeps winning. Give it up will ya you are so tiring.

  54. thereving7 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:21 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 16, 2016 5:51 PM
    These were the same Bungles that were torched by rookies Dak Prescott and Trevor Siemian. This game should not have been as close as it was.

    _______________

    Refs.

    We are controlled by the NFL thinking that this a professional sport, and not professional entertainment.

  55. metitometin says: Oct 16, 2016 7:28 PM

    Who’s the cheater, Aaron Rodgers and his over-inflated footballs? Let’s sic Ted Wells on Aaron Rodgers. Idiots who still bring up the bogus cheating allegations don’t seem to have a clue that first of all, every QB cheats at PSI inflation, as Aaron Rodgers admitted, and the NFL never cared about it until their sting operation of the Patriots. And the NFL still doesn’t care. The other point was that the ‘cheating’ allegations were never proven as Brady’s footballs deflated at the level one would expect according to the Ideal Gas Law. This was never about deflated footballs. This was about the Patriot haters in the NFL front office and in Indianapolis and Baltimore going after the Patriots.

  56. bassicdave says: Oct 16, 2016 7:51 PM

    metitometin says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:28 PM
    Who’s the cheater, Aaron Rodgers and his over-inflated footballs? Let’s sic Ted Wells on Aaron Rodgers. Idiots who still bring up the bogus cheating allegations don’t seem to have a clue that first of all, every QB cheats at PSI inflation, as Aaron Rodgers admitted, and the NFL never cared about it until their sting operation of the Patriots. And the NFL still doesn’t care. The other point was that the ‘cheating’ allegations were never proven as Brady’s footballs deflated at the level one would expect according to the Ideal Gas Law. This was never about deflated footballs. This was about the Patriot haters in the NFL front office and in Indianapolis and Baltimore going after the Patriots.

    —–

    Those are big words with lots of syllables! If you expect Patriots haters to understand what you’re saying, you have to dumb it waaaay down.

  57. bassicdave says: Oct 16, 2016 7:53 PM

    The Pats haters are a bunch of trolls who don’t stick around long enough to see how stupid their comments are.

    Pats fans need to go to every other team’s PFT thread and rub it in their faces over there where they can look at it over and over again.

  58. the8man says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    One game at a time.

    No footballs were deflated in the pursuit of this victory.

    Necessary “People for the Ethical Treatment of Footballs” disclaimer.

    Go Patriots!

  59. 1historian says: Oct 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    learysdisciples: Your 4:11.

    Spell much?

  60. 1historian says: Oct 16, 2016 9:14 PM

    2 games:

    75 passes, 57 completions – 76%

    6 TD passes, 782 yards, no interceptions.

    Yawn

    Next

  61. eddievortex says: Oct 16, 2016 10:50 PM

    Dear Bengal Fans,

    I am not a NE fan.

    You do not have a team, you have a GANG! And your team is dirty…loaded with cheap shot artists…

    Cincinnati fans, is this the type of team you really root for?

    And you wonder why you can’t go deep in the playoffs?

    NO DISCIPLINE. NO WINS.

  62. theringisthething says: Oct 16, 2016 10:59 PM

    Joeflaccoallday says

    Lol Brady is the greatest 5-7 yard passer in NFL history. Meanwhile the Bengals are trash.

    Ummm, OK. The only problem with your point is it you must not really consider facts. Right now, even though the sample size is small (2 games), Brady is at 10.43 yards per attempt. I believe that’s the best in the NFL because it’s better than Matt Ryan’s 9.88

    I know that doesn’t support your opinion, but those are the numbers.

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