Tom Brady tosses 500th career touchdown as Patriots roll to 38-24 win over Colts

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Tom Brady tallied the 500th touchdown pass of his career to new Patriots addition Josh Gordon as New England rolled to a 38-24 victory over a depleted Indianapolis Colts roster on Thursday night.

Rookie Sony Michel rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown, James White caught 10 passes for 77 yards and a score and Julian Edelman added 57 yards on seven receptions in his return from suspension for the Patriots. Brady finished the night with 341 yards on 34 of 44 passing with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

Brady became the third player in NFL history with 500 touchdown passes along with Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508). Gordon, though, was the 71st player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady, which set an NFL record.

Brady tossed a 1-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson and scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in building an early 14-0 lead for New England. After a 45-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal, Brady hit White for a 6-yard score and Stephen Gostkowski converted a 45-yard field goal of his own to give the Patriots a 24-3 lead at halftime.

Andrew Luck led the Colts to a touchdown drive on their second possession of the second half to begin to close the gap. Luck connected with tight end Eric Ebron for a 14-yard score to narrow the lead to 24-10. A pair of Brady interceptions set up another Indianapolis scoring drive to make it a one-score game. Luck connected with Erik Swoope for a 13-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 24-17.

But Brady and the Patriots would respond, marching 75 yards on six plays with the 500th touchdown coming to Gordon to push New England’s lead to 31-17. A juggled pass by Zach Pascal was intercepted by Jonathan Jones and Michel would scamper 34 yards for a touchdown on the next play for the Patriots to put the game out of reach at 38-17.

Luck and Ebron would connect on a 1-yard score in the closing minutes to bring the final score to 38-24. Ebron caught nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts.

Luck finished the night with 365 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions on the night. He attempted 59 passes with 38 completions against the Patriots, which ranks as the second-most attempts in his career behind last Sunday’s 62 attempts against Houston. If Frank Reich and the Colts were concerned about the reps on Luck’s shoulder, the usage over the last two weeks doesn’t show it.

The 341 passing yards are the most for Tom Brady in the regular season since Week Three last year when he threw for 378 yards against the Texans. It’s his first 300-yard passing game in regular season since Week Eleven last year against the Oakland Raiders.

The Colts suited up just 44 players for the game due to a number of injuries heading into the game. A handful of players got banged up during Thursday’s game as well.

75 responses to “Tom Brady tosses 500th career touchdown as Patriots roll to 38-24 win over Colts

  1. If Gordon keeps his head in the playbook and keeps improving the entire league is going to regret passing on him and letting him go to the Pats. Pats O is going to be very hard to stop as it gets more in synch.

    Nice win by the Pats.

  2. Love the fact that TB12 the GOAT threw for # 500 against the team that started framegate! Will the Colts hang a banner to mark the occasion, LOL!!

  3. Would have gotten over 50 points if Hogan and Gronk don’t drop the ball. Offense looked like itself and the defense did well in the first half to shut Luck down while getting the turnovers they needed to ice the game in the second half. Back on the winning record side. Go Pats!

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    The Colts had a one good chance. At 24-17 and the Patriots about to be penalized for tripping putting them in a deep hole, the Colts safety committed a personal foul for a needless late hit. The penalties then offset. Two plays later Brady hit Gordon and it was 31-17, game over.
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  5. Congrats Brady on your 500 TD. The Gordon TD was a huge play when the Colts had all the energy. If do not drop the Ball the game could have been a Blowout. Glad too see Sony having success. He got way to much heat for having 2 bad games.

  6. Colts O is a joke besides Luck, Ebron(besides the drop), and Swoope. No RB, butterfinger WR’s and poor blocking for the most part. How about that defender who celebrated the INT and got shoved down into the dirt by Michel

  7. Poor littlepet, ‘broken’ Gronkowski and the Pats broke his whiny little heart again.On another note Andrew Luck is back, which is more than can be said for his team. What a waste of a potentially great player.

  8. Pats better improve quick to face the Chiefs. This win looks good on the surface but the Chiefs is a different animal. Well, they have some time to prepare for the Chief. If Gordon got in sync with Brady, it will be fun again watching Brady frolic just like with Moss.

  9. Like Alabama playing LA Lafayette, the Colts are simply not in the Patriots class. Go home and lick your wounds Colts and be thankful we didn’t put up 60+ points against you.

  10. Interesting, i guess the anti-Brady crowd cried themselves to sleep. I am sure they will be back in true rare form with their nonsense in the a.m.

  11. Well so much for the rivalry being back on, Huh Ballard? It’s officially now reach the 9-10 year mark since the Colts even beat the Pats.

    I know he made that comment in light of the whole McDaniels thing but dear god, that quote is so laughable it almost isn’t hilarious…almost

  12. Patriot fans talking about dropped balls as the reason the score wasn’t worse? Hahahaha what imbeciles. Did you see the buns straight off the street that Luck had to work with dropping everything in sight, and he still out up better numbers than tammy. With a certified JV squad on the road with 90 percent of the team out due to injury. How hilarious. And you hacks are celebrating this “big” win. Great comedy.

  13. Luckily they played a powder puff team. They need to get it together before they have games against real teams or they’re in trouble.

  14. Patriots face a big test vs KC. Mahomes is a very mobile QB, with a very strong arm, and is very accurate, and unorthodox in his delivery. He buys a lot of time for his receivers to get open. And he has some weapons to throw to. But KC’s D can be scored on. I’ll take the over, whatever it is.

  15. Game was really never as close as the score suggests….
    Pats D just hasn’t found its footing yet so that allowed the Colts to score as much as it did…..
    There was some darn sloppy receivers play on BOTH TEAMS that kept it somewhat entertaining/ closer than it should have been,just with the Pats receivers making fewer mistakes with catchable throws….

  16. 500 Regular season passing TD’s, 71 more in the playoffs.
    18 Regular season rushing TD’s, 6 more in the playoffs.
    595 TD’s, 6 more and he’s the only guy ever with more than 600.
    GOAT

  17. GoodellMustGo says:

    October 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Let’s be honest it should have been 50-3.

    BUT it wasn’t…….they dropped 24 points on The Cheaters…….seems to be a lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Well that’ll be exposed in the tournament.

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  18. I still think it’s hilarious that a bunch of goofballs wearing Colts uniforms actually sprinted 50 yards to the end zone to pose and celebrate a pick while they were down 14 points. What a steaming pile of a franchise. 🙂

  19. GoodellMustGo says:
    October 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm
    Let’s be honest it should have been 50-3.
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    Why?
    An injury riddled Colts team played a fairly decent game considering.
    Patsie* girls just can’t give credit where credit is due.
    Luck outplayed Tammy*, even with all the dropped passes and injuries.

  20. Was a Terri, Terri good night for NE…2 freak interceptions, and 1 costly drop prevented this from being a massacre.

  21. Patriots need to beat a horrible team in order for the Pats homers to pound their chests and act like they are going to win the SB…..we all saw what happened last year.

  22. It was really unnecessary for Luck to be in the game with 3 minutes left down 38-17. There was no way they were going to win at that point. I guess Luck padding his stats helped in fantasy football, but it also exposed him to potential injury for no reason.

  23. Score wasn’t as close as it suggests? If Luck had any receivers that could catch, he would’ve carved up the NE defense for over 500 yards. Your team better outscore other teams, they’re defense is awful. Before you mention the Edelman drop, don’t forget the nice pick Gronk set on that play….

  24. crush22 says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:01 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    October 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm
    Let’s be honest it should have been 50-3.
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    Why?
    An injury riddled Colts team played a fairly decent game considering.
    Patsie* girls just can’t give credit where credit is due.
    Luck outplayed Tammy*, even with all the dropped passes and injuries.
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    No he didn’t and no that game wasn’t remotely as close as the score indicated. Two freak bounces and a drop and it would have been a 50 point demolition. Your team stinks and coming up this February you’ll probably still have 0 winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs. Maybe if you start cheating again you’ll be competitive. 🙂

  25. BUT it wasn’t…….they dropped 24 points on The Cheaters…….seems to be a lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Well that’ll be exposed in the tournament.
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    By “The Cheaters” I assume you mean the Colts who have ZERO winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs? Now why do you suppose that to be the case? 🙂

    The score doesn’t accurately reflect the game, it was an absolutely beatdown last night, never in doubt. It was like a Division II team (which the Colts are without cheating) vs an NFL team.

  26. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Patriots need to beat a horrible team in order for the Pats homers to pound their chests and act like they are going to win the SB…..we all saw what happened last year.
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    Translation: 😥 😥 😥

  27. fballguy says:
    October 5, 2018 at 8:33 am
    *60 with a regulation sized football

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    Nope, all of them are. 🙂 You must be thinking of Luck and the Colts who can’t seem to put up a winning season anymore since the PSI checks started.

  28. The Colts were found to have underinflated footballs the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game. Unlike the Patriots, the Colts even 4 seasons later have not proven that they can win with regulation size footballs. They have 0 winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs.

    Makes you say hmmm doesn’t it. Tells you all you need to know about how “good” Luck and the Colts really are.

    🙂

  29. GoodellMustGo says:

    October 5, 2018 at 9:23 am

    BUT it wasn’t…….they dropped 24 points on The Cheaters…….seems to be a lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Well that’ll be exposed in the tournament.
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    By “The Cheaters” I assume you mean the Colts who have ZERO winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs? Now why do you suppose that to be the case? 🙂

    The score doesn’t accurately reflect the game, it was an absolutely beatdown last night, never in doubt. It was like a Division II team (which the Colts are without cheating) vs an NFL team.

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    The Cheaters gonna Cheat…..that is all they know….and everybody outside Basstan knows it

  30. Nice to have a bye week this week – let’s face it, it really was, that’s how much of a joke the Colts are and will be for the forseeable future. 🙂

    Looking forward to next week’s game against KC. KC’s offense is lethal but their defense not so much. Was impressed yet again by Michel last night, running like a bulldog, not shying away from contact and getting lots of push after contact. I’d like to see him used a lot against KC against their bottom 5 run defense, to keep Mahomes and Hill and company on the sidelines.

    Yes the Patriots seem to have found their running back for the late season and the playoffs. 🙂 #UhOhPatriotHater

  31. The upside for Andrew Luck is that his throws are having more zip during the game. All it needs it is more deep balls. I think he’s rounding up to form as the season progresses. Good for the young man!

  32. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too. If Josh Gordon didn’t cut in front of the DB and basically intercept the pass it was a pick.
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    😥 😥 😥 😥

  33. Brian Billick last night on the Colts and their goofy celebration: “Not one of them batted down a deep ball thrown to Gordon in double coverage. Not one of them tackled Sony Michel in the open field. But at least they look good posing after a gimme turnover when they were down by 2 TD’s!”

    AAAAAhahahahaha. BURN! 🙂

  34. GoodellMustGo says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:33 am
    The Colts were found to have underinflated footballs the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game. Unlike the Patriots, the Colts even 4 seasons later have not proven that they can win with regulation size footballs. They have 0 winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs.

    Makes you say hmmm doesn’t it. Tells you all you need to know about how “good” Luck and the Colts really are.
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    So you are saying under-inflated footballs give you an unfair advantage and should be considered cheating?

  35. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too. If Josh Gordon didn’t cut in front of the DB and basically intercept the pass it was a pick.
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    If, only If, If, only If, If ….

  36. FatBaba says:
    October 5, 2018 at 10:06 am
    This was an average JV team playing a scrimmage against a varsity all world team. Should have been 50 to 3
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    Take away two freak deflections which don’t happen 9 times out of 10 and a drop and it would have been. Maybe even 60-3.

  37. dejc421 says:
    October 5, 2018 at 10:16 am
    superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too. If Josh Gordon didn’t cut in front of the DB and basically intercept the pass it was a pick.
    ————–
    If, only If, If, only If, If ….

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    Plus a real NFL football team would have tried to knock that pass down. They could have easily done so. But we’re talking about the Colts here. 🙂

  38. I bet Colts players won’t wear Colts gear outside of the stadium. They must be so embarrassed to be associated with a top-to-bottom joke of a franchise like that. Honestly I don’t blame them.

    And people say these clowns are the Patriots rivals? L to the O to the L.

  39. So happy for Tom Brady and Josh Gordon! It was a great pass/catch! Welcome back Edelman…we missed you buddy!!! Go Patriots!!!

  40. bigbenisabigbaby says:
    October 5, 2018 at 10:12 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:33 am
    The Colts were found to have underinflated footballs the night of the 2014 AFC Championship game. Unlike the Patriots, the Colts even 4 seasons later have not proven that they can win with regulation size footballs. They have 0 winning seasons since the league started checking PSI in footballs.
    Makes you say hmmm doesn’t it. Tells you all you need to know about how “good” Luck and the Colts really are.
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    So you are saying under-inflated footballs give you an unfair advantage and should be considered cheating?
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    Deflating them deliberately after inspection is cheating. The Patriots didn’t do that, but even if they did they’ve proven and still are that they can win with regulation footballs. The Colts have not only not proven any such thing, they’ve struggled since they were caught with underinflated footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship game. Draw your own conclusions. 🙂

  41. Patriots need to get two wins out of their games with KC, GB, Chi, Tenn and Minn. if they can do that they will win the division.

  42. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too….
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    Welcome to the NFL. The primary object of the game, for the offense, is to actually get the ball in the end zone. If you somehow think it would have been better for Brady to throw the ball into the stands behind the end zone, then you still need to spend more time studying the rules.

  43. According to the Pats homer press Ballard was in the press box freaking out and melting down like a 4 year old in front of the media and anyone else up there.

    Hilarious

  44. fireroger says:
    October 5, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Tom Brady the GOAT system QB threw for his 500th TD. Not bad considering anybody could do that.
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    Anyone could, given enough time, but very few have actually done it.

  45. Brady will always be best remembered for destroying his cell phone in a cheating cover up. He was suspended yet Brady lovers deny this. LOL!
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    Actually, I’ve never heard anyone deny Brady was suspended. We all know he was. Was actually worthy of an LOL though is denying the Ideal Gas Law, which is what you must be doing to conclude Brady or the Pats cheated in that game. I’ll also try for the 100th time…….why were the Colts balls also under regulation after starting the game at a higher PSI? No one seems to have an answer for that.

  46. Your team better outscore other teams, they’re defense is awful. Before you mention the Edelman drop, don’t forget the nice pick Gronk set on that play….
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    Clearly someone who knows a lot about football……thanks for letting us know that the Pats actually need to outscore the other team in order to win. Any chance you can send that insight to Coach BB?

  47. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am

    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too.
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    What do you mean hardly? He definitely got the ball to the end zone.

  48. Mahomes will torch this defense, only hope is a Super Bowl 52 similar offense to keep pace with them but no strip sack on the last possession. Last night’s offensive performance will not get it done.

  49. Have to give the Colts credit for putting up a good fight considering how undermanned they were.
    It amazes me though that the Colts have been a raging dumpster fire since DEFLATEGATE. And I don’t believe in coincidence!

  50. It would be very beneficial for the Colts to find a way to lose every game and get an offensive lineman and a good wide receiver high in the draft cuz they desperately need both. It’s true that if those fluke deflections wouldn’t have happened Pats could have scored 50. But Luck threw a lot of good balls beating coverage. It’s just his receivers kept dropping them. They could have scored 35 and kept this game even closer if his team could catch!

  51. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    He hardly got the ball to the end zone too. If Josh Gordon didn’t cut in front of the DB and basically intercept the pass it was a pick.

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    New to football? You can’t “intercept” a pass from your own teams offense. That is called a “catch”. And “cut[ting] in front of the DB” is called “adjusting to the football to make the catch”. It is what good receivers do. Was it a risky throw, yeah. Was it worth the risk? Apparently.

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