Ti­tans top­ple Brady, up­set Pats

Leg­endary quar­ter­back pulled in the fourth quar­ter as New Eng­land loses 34-10

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports -

NASH­VILLE — Tom Brady added an­other big chunk of Na­tional Foot­ball League his­tory to his re­sume. The Ten­nessee Ti­tans made sure the Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back didn’t fin­ish his 300th game.

The Ti­tans sacked Brady three times and hit him re­peat­edly as they beat New Eng­land 34-10 Sun­day, snap­ping a seven-game skid against the Pa­tri­ots in Mike Vra­bel’s first game as head coach against the team he helped win three Su­per Bowls.

It was the most sacks al­lowed in a game this sea­son by the Pa­tri­ots (7-3), and coach Bill Belichick pulled Brady for Brian Hoyer mid­way through the fourth quar­ter.

Only Brett Favre (326) has played in more games, both reg­u­lar sea­son and post-sea­son, as a quar­ter­back than Brady. Brady, a three-time NFL MVP, also needed only three touch­down passes to tie Pey­ton Man­ning (579) for the NFL record for most TD passes all time for both the reg­u­lar sea­son and play­offs. He left hav­ing thrown for 254 yards and no TD passes.

Mar­cus Mar­i­ota capped each of the first two drives with TD passes, and Der­rick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Suc­cop also added two field goals as the Ti­tans (5-4) scored a sea­son high in points af­ter jump­ing to a 17-3 lead in the first quar­ter.


CINCIN­NATI — Drew Brees threw three touch­down passes in the first half, mov­ing ahead of Brett Favre for sec­ond place on the ca­reer list, and New Or­leans rolled to its eighth straight vic­tory.

Brees led the Saints to touch­downs on all five first-half pos­ses­sions with a nearly per­fect per­for­mance — only two in­com­ple­tions. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with two sec­onds left in the half gave him 509 ca­reer touch­down passes, one more than Favre.

Up next: Pey­ton Man­ning’s record 539.


KANSAS CITY, MO. — Pa­trick Ma­homes threw for 249 yards and two touch­downs, out­play­ing Ari­zona coun­ter­part Josh Rosen in a matchup of two of the NFL’s bright young quar­ter­backs.

Ma­homes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the sec­ond giv­ing the Chiefs’ first-year starter 31 for the sea­son. That broke the fran­chise record set by Len Daw­son in 1964 — with plenty of games to go.

Not to men­tion the play­offs, with the Chiefs (9-1) bar­relling to­ward the No. 1 seed.

Rosen had 195 yards pass­ing with a touch­down and two picks, tak­ing sev­eral bru­tal hits in the fourth quar­ter. David John­son ran for 98 yards, with TDs on the ground and through the air, while Larry Fitzger­ald passed Ter­rell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s ca­reer re­ceiv­ing yardage list late in the game.


CLEVE­LAND — Rookie Baker May­field threw a sea­son-high three touch­down passes and rookie Nick Chubb streaked 92 yards for a TD as Cleve­land end- ed a four-game los­ing streak.

The Browns (3-6-1) played their most com­plete game this sea­son un­der in­terim coach Gregg Wil­liams, their de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor who im­proved to 1-1 since re­plac­ing the fired Hue Jack­son.

May­field out­played Fal­cons star quar­ter­back Matt Ryan with a per­for­mance that fur­ther jus­ti­fies Cleve­land’s de­ci­sion to take the QB with the No. 1 over­all pick in this year’s draft. May­field com­pleted his first 13 passes and fin­ished 17-of-20 for 216 yards.


CHICAGO — Mitchell Tru­bisky threw for 355 yards and three touch­downs, and the NFC North­lead­ing Bears snapped a 10-game los­ing streak against di­vi­sion op­po­nents.

The Bears (6-3) had dropped nine of 10 against De­troit (3-6) and were seek­ing their first vic­tory over a di­vi­sion op­po­nent since Oct. 31, 2016, against Min­nesota.

Chicago jumped to a 26-7 half­time lead with Tru­bisky and Allen Robin­son lead­ing the way. And the Bears sur­passed their win to­tal from last year with their third straight vic­tory.

Tru­bisky com­pleted 23-of-30 passes against a short-handed se­condary, with stand­out cor­ner­back Dar­ius Slay side­lined by a knee in­jury.


TAMPA, FLA. — Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and one touch­down, and Dustin Hop­kins kicked three field goals for the Red­skins (6-3), who forced four turnovers and re­bounded from a lop­sided loss to At­lanta de­spite play­ing with a makeshift of­fen­sive line be­cause of mount­ing in­juries.

Smith, who was 19-of-27 with no in­ter­cep­tions, threw six yards to Josh Doct­son for the game’s only touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter. Hop­kins kicked field goals of 43, 43 and 26 yards, the last set up by Greg Stro­man’s fourth-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion and 24-yard re­turn to the Bucs 14.


IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An­drew Luck threw three touch­down passes in the first half and the Colts’ de­fence forced a late turnover. Indy (4-5) has won three straight.

Tight end Eric Ebron had a ca­reer-high three touch­downs, in­clud­ing one on a two-yard run, all in the first half.


EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Matt Barkley sparked Buf­falo’s bum­bling of­fence with two touch­down passes, in­clud­ing one to of­fen­sive tackle Dion Dawkins. LeSean McCoy broke out of a sea­son-long slump with 113 yards rush­ing and a pair of TD runs.

Barkley made his first start in nearly two years, and looked the best of any of the four quar­ter­backs the Bills (3-7) have trot­ted out this sea­son. The 28-year-old jour­ney­man was 15-of-25 for 232 yards.


New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady is sacked by Ten­nessee Ti­tans de­fen­sive end Jur­rell Casey (99) and line­backer Harold Landry on Sun­day in Nash­ville. Brady was sacked three times in the game.

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