New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has joined an elite club of a few illustrious players who have reached a 400 touchdown pass milestone when the Patriots mauled the Jacksonville Jaguars 51–17 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Brady now joins Peyton Manning (533 entering Sunday), Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420) as the only quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history to reach the milestone.
The moment came late in the second quarter when Brady threw a quick 3-yard strike to receiver Danny Amendola. This threw the Gillette Stadium into a rapturous applause for Brady’s achievement. The crowd chanted “Brady! Brady! Brady!” shortly after his 400 touchdown pass of his 16-year NFL career which put the Patriots 20–3 ahead of the Jaguars. The quarterback acknowledged the crowd after the touchdown and looked eager to finish the game on a high. Brady added another touchdown pass against the hapless Jaguars who looked much like a college team to seal a resounding 51 -17 victory. The elated player finished 33 for 42 with 358 yards along and two touchdowns taking his tally to 401 touchdown passes.
The Patriots, who will have a bye in Week 4, now improve to 3-0 after today’s victory. This is a show of form by the Patriots who have started this season at a blistering pace. They have run riot against the Steelers, Bills and now the Jaguars scoring a total of 119 points and 366 yards passing per game. The Patriots trail only behind the Pittsburg Steelers in total yards of 434 per game and the Arizona Cardinals lead in scoring with 34 points per game. Sunday’s victory will give New England Patriots quarterback new vigor to excel more especially after joining the 400 touchdown exclusive club. It is hoped that the bye in week 4 will not impact negatively on the team’s performance as it might lead to complacency especially after such a convincing victory.
Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach, praised Brady after his 400 touchdown milestone. “He remained strong and focused during a trying time in his career and today he has shown that he is a top-quality quarterback,” Belichick told reporters during a press conference. This was an apparent reference to Brady who started his season after a legal wrangle with the NFL. A federal judge overruled a four-game suspension that had been imposed on the quarterback by the league for his alleged role in deflating footballs during a playoff game last season.
Although it is still early in the season, the Patriots have shown sharpness in their game; In particular Dion Lewis and Stephen Gostkowski who have been a fantasy to watch. They have complemented Brady and the evergreen Amendola making the franchise unplayable in front of their appreciative fans. Gostkowski also set a milestone today by setting an NFL record for most consecutive, successful point-after attempts. The kicker has by-passed Matt Stover’s mark of 422. These numbers combined with that of the New England Patriots quarterback who joins the elite 400 touchdown club arguably makes the franchise a formidable force this season. However, there is concern that the team should reign in their defense. The team looks vulnerable at times against the opponent’s drive especially in the first quarter when nerves are still edgy. Their next game against Dallas Cowboys might turn on its head if Belichick does not align his defense well on Oct. 11, 2015.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
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