Tom Brady and the Patriots did their talking on the field in a convincing second half beat down of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The Patriots defeated the Cowboys inside of Jerry’s World, 30-6, which felt like a Patriots home game with all the “Brady” chants and Pats jersey in the stands.
The Patriots offense struggled in the first half, allowing 5 sacks on Tom Brady, the most in one half since 2001, and it did not help with receivers not getting open quick enough, but everything changed in the 3rd quarter.
The Pats struck first with a 49 field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, before Tom Brady rushed for a one yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter to make it 10-3. The score was set up by an incredible run by Dion Lewis, where his initial lane was stopped and he avoided a leg tackle and broke free around the right side before being brought down at the one. Later on, Stephen Gostkowski would connect with seconds left on a 57 yard field goal to give the Pats a half time lead, 13-3. It was the longest field goal made by Gostkowski in his career.
To start the 3rd, it was clear the Pats made adjustments to the Cowboys overwhelming pass rush, going quick passes and no huddle. Brady would drive up the field to start the 3rd, finding Dion Lewis on an incredible catch and run for a 10 yard touchdown. Lewis juked, ducked, and dived into the end zone. It was straight up Barry Sanders level of awesomeness.
The Cowboys would add one more field goal before the 3rd quarter ended.
In the 4th, Brady led another touchdown drive. Tom Brady threw a 59 yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to put the Pats up 27-6. Edelman was wide open down the left sideline, and Brady provided an excellent touch on the pass while getting hit. Edelman broke several tackles to score the touchdown. The Pats would add a 34 yard field goal for good measure and give us our final score, 30-6.
Edelman, Lewis, and Tom Brady were the stars on offense. Edelman and Lewis were the constant chain movers and scorers, while Brady didn’t let 5 sacks or heavy pressure bother him. On defense, McCourty, Butler, Collins, and Sheard were the stars. Also, the run defense did very well throughout the game.
Sadly, Dont’a Hightower left the game early with a rib injury and did not return.
QB Tom Brady: 20/27 for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. 2 rushing attempts for 3 yards and 1 touchdown.
RB Dion Lewis: 6 rushing attempts for 34 yards. 8 receptions for 59 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Julian Edelman: 4 receptions for 120 yards and 1 touchdown.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 4 receptions for 67 yards.
DE Jabaal Sheard: 3 tackles and 2 sacks.
FS Devin McCourty: 8 tackles.
LB Jamie Collins: 10 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
CB Logan Ryan: 3 tackles and 1 interception.
GAME MVP: RB Dion Lewis.
This one was very hard to pick from. Edelman or Tom Brady could have walked away with this honor, but his elusive run setup Brady’s touchdown and he caught a touchdown that was all effort by him, so he earned this. Great addition by the Pats during the off-season.