October 14, 2013

Brady works his magic, rescues Patriots

Tom Brady's touchdown pass with 5 seconds left enables New England to stun New Orleans, 30-27.

By Howard Ulman
The Associated Press

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New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) celebrates his winning touchdown catch against New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarterSunday in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 30-27.

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) stiff-arms New Orleans Saints free safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) as he runs for yardage in the third quarter Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

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WHO: Patriots (5-1) at New York Jets (3-3)

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday


"The one thing they do a good job with is they disrupt you at the line of scrimmage really better than anyone," Saints Coach Sean Payton said. "They do a really good job of getting hands on receivers and tight ends."

Added Brees: "This one's difficult because you certainly felt like you had a chance.

Brees completed 17 of 36 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns for a 17-7 halftime lead.

In the first half, the Patriots controlled the ball against New Orleans, which entered the game leading the NFL in time of possession. The Patriots scored on drives of 80, 66 and 60 yards, one week after having just one drive of more than 35 yards in Cincinnati.

The Saints tied it by scoring on their first two possessions of the second half: a 28-yard field goal by Hartley and a 3-yard run by Khiry Robinson.

New England took a 3-0 lead on Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal on the first series. New Orleans answered with Brees' 3-yard pass to Travaris Cadet, the first run or reception of the season by the running back.

Then Ridley scored twice in a span of six minutes in the second quarter, on runs of 1 and 4 yards. On the second touchdown drive, Brady completed his last six passes for 64 yards.

But he saved his best for last.

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Kenbrell Thompkins, Jabari Greer
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Kenbrell Thompkins beats Saints defender Jabari Greer to haul in a 17-yard touchdown pass that gave the Patriots a dramatic 30-27 win Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
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Kenbrell Thompkins finished with only three receptions Sunday, but when it came time to make the most important play of the game, he was up to the challenge, helping the Patriots hand New Orleans its first loss of the season despite blowing a 10-point halftime lead.

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
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Tom Brady was on the verge of a second straight game without a TD pass, until he engineered the last-minute drive that saved the Patriots.

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