Brady & Watson Lead Improbable Comeback
Tom Brady made his way back to the playing field on Monday and made Patriots fans remember what it’s like to cheer for a team with No. 12 at the helm. It took a few quarters for Brady to get comfortable, but it was vintage Tom Terrific in the fourth quarter as the New England icon led the Pats to two touchdowns with under six minutes remaining to beat the Buffalo Bills 25-24.
Brady went 12-for-14 for 112 yards and two scores in his final two drives, connecting both times with Ben Watson. New England, or for the sake of Monday night, Boston Patriots, trailed 24-13 with more than half of the fourth quarter over. But that’s the time when the Patriots, and Brady shine, and that’s exactly what they did on Monday Night Football. New England’s special team also stepped up in the final minutes to force a fumble from Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin as place-kicker Stephen Gostkowski scooped up the ball to give Brady and New England an opportunity to take the lead. And that’s exactly what they did.
Bill Belichick’s defense held up well to the Bills no-huddle offense and stayed strong even without the presence of Jerod Mayo, who went down with a knee injury, for a majority of the game. Randy Moss led all receivers with 141 receiving yards, certainly happy having No. 12 throwing him spirals again in 2009.
The Patriots have now won 12 straight over conference-rival Buffalo as the Bills have lost their last three MNF games. New England (1-0) heads to New York (1-0) to face Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, and the rest of a dynamic Jets squad next Sunday.