The Patriots dismantled and embarrassed the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in a 51-17 blowout.
Tom Brady became the fourth QB to throw 400 touchdown passes when he connected with Danny Amendola to reach his 400th career touchdown milestone in the 2nd quarter of the game. Amendola promptly gave that football to a fan without realizing what he had done.
Tom Brady has thrown for 1,112 yards and 9 touchdowns with no interceptions through three games.
The 51 points by the Patriots were the most allowed by the Jacksonville Jaguars ever.
RB Dion Lewis scored a rushing touchdown in the Patriots first series. After that, the Pats would add a pair of field goals before Brady would throw his first touchdown pass of the game, number 400 to Danny Amendola from 1 yard out.
The Pats had the 20-3 lead at half time.
The Pats would begin the 2nd half with a field goal before taking off in a big way thanks to LeGarrette Blount.
Blount would add three rushing touchdowns in the 2nd half, all from the one yard line.
Tom Brady would throw one more touchdown in the game, this time he connected with the new guy, WR Keshawn Martin. Martin would finish the game with 3 catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.
The Pats defense would finish with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception by Devin McCourty.
The defense was solid all around, stopping the run, getting to the QB, and preventing big plays. They allowed one deep play, a 59 yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Hurns. The play beat Butler but Harmon did not provide over the top help. That touchdown play came when the game was already over. The Pats allowed one more touchdown in garbage time, a short TD pass to Cecil Short.
This time, in this game, the team played a full 60 minutes and never allowed Jacksonville to get back in it.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski set an NFL record for most consecutive extra points with 423.
The Pats were just too much against Jacksonville, and now they can enjoy a long and happy bye week being 3-0.
QB Tom Brady: 33/42 for 358 yards and 2 touchdowns.
RB LeGarrette Blount: 18 rushing attempts for 78 yards and 3 touchdowns.
RB Dion Lewis: 8 rushing attempts for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. 5 receptions for 30 yards.
WR Julian Edelman: 8 receptions for 85 yards.
WR Danny Amendola: 5 receptions for 39 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Keshawn Martin: 3 receptions for 33 yards and 1 touchdown.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 4 receptions for 101 yards.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: 3/3 field goals made. Longest made from 48 yards. 6/6 extra points made.
LB Jamie Collins: 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 FF.
DE Jabaal Sheard: 2 tackles and 1 sack.
FS Devin McCourty: 1 tackles and 1 interception.
Game MVP: RB LeGarrette Blount.
It was hard not to give Brady this after reaching his milestone, but Blount scored 3 rushing touchdowns, all in the 2nd half. He had a really good day running the football. I think 16 of Blount’s 18 carries were in the second half. He was in good form.