Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, three to Rob Gronkowski, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh 28-21 in Foxboro Thursday night.
“It was a pretty special night,” said Brady. “I was excited. Our whole team was excited. We haven’t had one of these games in a long time, so it’s always fun being out there and getting the opportunity to go play. And we took advantage of it. Good win. I thought our guys played hard.”
Brady went 25-of-32 for 288 yards.
“I was pretty excited. I think the regulars around here always see me pretty excited, especially running out there in pregame,” Brady said. “Coach says you always…you have one week, and you put everything you can into it for this – one three-hour performance. And it’s just a big buildup. We worked hard.”
With his four-game league suspension overturned by a federal judge one week ago, the three-time Super Bowl MVP led drives of 90 and 64 yards for scores on passes to Gronkowski. Gronkowski also recovered a fumble at the Pittsburgh 1 before his final TD.
Anytime they don’t cover Gronk, [he] usually gets it, especially in a situation like that – kind of in the red area. I thought we did a good job capitalizing,” said Brady.
Brady also hit tight end Scott Chandler on a 1-yard score.
“They’re big. They’re tough. They’re physical,” Brady said of his tight ends. “Hopefully we can keep going; 4-of-4 in the red area is a good place to start.”