Pa­tri­ots bounce back in a big way

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PA­TRI­OTS 36 SAINTS 20 — At New Or­leans, if Tom Brady and the Pa­tri­ots were suf­fer­ing from a Su­per Bowl hang­over, it looks as though a trip to New Or­leans pulled the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons out of it.

Bounc­ing back with a vengeance from a sea­son-open­ing loss, Brady threw three touch­down passes in the first quar­ter yes­ter­day for the first time in his ca­reer, eclipsed 300 yards pass­ing in the first half for only the se­cond time, and New Eng­land scored 30 first-half points en route to a vic­tory over the win­less Saints.

He fin­ished 30 of 39 for 447 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion — at least not one that counted. Saints de­fend­ers caught Brady’s passes twice, but both plays were wiped out by New Or­leans penal­ties.

Brady joined War­ren Moon as the only QBs age 40 or older in NFL his­tory to pass for at least 400 yards and three TDs in a game, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau.

PANTHERS 9 BILLS 3 — At Char­lotte, N.C., Carolina’s de­fence al­lowed only three points for the se­cond straight week, and Gra­ham Gano con­verted three field goals as the Panthers held on to de­feat Buf­falo.

The Panthers (2-0) held Ty­rod Tay­lor and LeSean McCoy in check all day, lim­it­ing the Bills (1-1) to 176 yards and 10 first downs. McCoy had nine yards on 12 car­ries and Tay­lor had 125 yards pass­ing. The Panthers had three sacks, two by Julius Pep­pers.

TITANS 37 JAGUARS 16 — At Jack­sonville, Fla., Der­rick Henry, De­lanie Walker and Jal­ston Fowler each ran for touch­downs, and Ten­nessee dom­i­nated Jack­sonville in the se­cond half.

Henry fin­ished with a ca­reer­high 92 yards on the ground for the Titans (1-1), in­clud­ing 87 in the fi­nal two quar­ters.

Mar­cus Mar­i­ota, re­turn­ing to the place where he broke his right leg last De­cem­ber, com­pleted 15 of 27 passes for 215 yards.

BUCCANEERS 29 BEARS 7 — At Tampa, Fla., Jameis Win­ston threw for 204 yards and one touch­down, help­ing Tampa Bay re­turn from an un­sched­uled bye week forced by Hur­ri­cane Irma to open the sea­son with a rout of mis­take-prone Chicago.

The de­fence stymied for­mer team­mate Mike Glen­non with four turnovers. Robert McClain re­turned one of the quar­ter­back’s two in­ter­cep­tions for a TD, and the Bucs didn’t let the Bears into the end zone un­til Deonte Thomp­son scored on a 14-yard re­cep­tion with 1:43 re­main­ing.

RAVENS 24 BROWNS 10 — At Bal­ti­more, the Ravens re­lent­lessly ha­rassed two Cleve­land quar­ter­backs and Joe Flacco ramped up his pro­duc­tion with a pair of touch­down passes.

Build­ing on their sea­son-open­ing shutout at Cincin­nati, the Ravens picked off four passes and forced a fum­ble — giv­ing them 10 take­aways in two games.

STEELERS 26 VIKINGS 9 — At Pitts­burgh, Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw a pair of first-half touch­down passes, Le’Veon Bell ran for 87 yards and the Steelers kept Min­nesota in check.

Roeth­lis­berger fin­ished 23 of 35 for 243 yards and the two scores as the Steelers (2-0) im­proved to 10-1 in home open­ers un­der Mike Tom­lin.

CHIEFS 27 EAGLES 20 — At Kansas City, Mo., Chiefs rookie Ka­reem Hunt reached the end zone twice, Travis Kelce took a shovel pass 15 yards for the goa­head touch­down and Kansas City held on to beat Philadel­phia.

CARDINALS 16 COLTS 13 (OT) — At In­di­anapo­lis, Car­son Palmer’s late rally got the Ari­zona Cardinals into over­time and Tyrann Mathieu’s in­ter­cep­tion set up Phil Daw­son for a 30-yard field goal to help them leave In­di­anapo­lis with a win.

AP PHOTO

New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski pulls in a touch­down re­cep­tion in front of New Or­leans Saints line­backer Alex An­za­lone dur­ing the first half yes­ter­day in New Or­leans.

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