Patriots bash Bengals as Tom Brady surpasses 50,000 yards

Associated Press
Pats Bounce Back Big

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady and the Patriots routed the Bengals and quieted the doubters.

The three-time Super Bowl winner finally looked like a quarterback who has thrown for 50,000 yards in his career, as New England dominated the NFL’s last unbeaten team and beat Cincinnati 43-17 Sunday night.

Just six days earlier, the Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 and unleashed criticism Brady had regressed and lacked talented teammates to help him.

“It’s hard to be oblivious to things. We all have TVs or the internet or the questions I get and the emails that I get from people,” Brady said after throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. “Nobody died or anything. It’s just a loss, and I think we’ve always done a great job putting losses behind us quickly.”

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Brady did it in 2003 when the Patriots lost the opener to Buffalo 31-0, then beat Philadelphia in the next game 31-10 and went on to their second Super Bowl win in three years.

Sunday’s win had special significance for Brady, as he became the sixth quarterback to pass the 50,000-yard mark.

“It’s awesome,” he said.

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