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Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Brady, Pats' offense finally spring to life
NOW THAT'S more like it.
After half a season spent wondering what had become of the Patriots offense, several weeks of asking whether Tom Brady had suddenly moved past his prime at age 36, and on the heels of a 16-yard perfromance that saw the star quarterback booed off the field at halftime, everthing is right again in New England's football world.
Last week he left Gillette Stadium with his hands in his pocket as rumors abounded that he was dealing with a finger injury. If he is, he didn't show it Sunday as he threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, the third-highest yardage total in franchise history and the fifth 400-yard game of his career.
"The execution with our offensive is improving bit by bit," Belichick said, "A lot of things came together today."
Through 30 minutes the Patriots offense looked as good as it has all season, scoring 24 points for the second consecutive half, and gaining more yards (318) than it has in any half since 2009. Going into intermission, Gronkowski had seven catches for 119 yards, while Amendola had worked his way wide open for gains of 57 and 34 yards, and both of them had scored touchdowns. So had Ridley, on a 1-yard run with 10 seonds left in the half, and so New England went to the locker room with a 24-10 advantage.
And order was being restored.
Dave D'Onofrio covers the Patriots for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. HIs e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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