In a half-empty Gillette Stadium, two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady threw the winning touchdown pass with 5 seconds left to lift the New England Patriots over the New Orleans Saints, 30-27.
Brady connected with rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins on a 17-yard touchdown pass, knocking New Orleans from the unbeaten ranks Sunday.
“We sent all the guys to the end zone and at that point you’re just trying to pick a side,” said Brady after the game via the team’s website. “I looked right and came back left and saw K made a move and slipped behind him and I just tried to put it back there where he could make a play. That was pretty sweet.”
The Patriots were headed for their second straight loss until Brady drove the offense 70-yards, with no timeouts, to win the game. It was the 38th time he’d led the Patriots to victory after trailing or being tied in the fourth quarter.
“I think no matter how you’ve played to that point, you have a situation: you have one timeout, two timeouts, three timeouts, no time outs, you’re backed up,” Brady said. “Regardless of what happens over the course of the game, you have a chance. That’s what football is all about. Interestingly, the plays in the first quarter are just as important as the plays in the fourth quarter; it’s just the game’s not really on the line at that point. When the game is on the line, you see what guys are made of and all those guys at the receiver position made some huge plays on that last drive.”
Brady completed 25 of 43 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Patriots defense didn’t allow Saints star tight end Jimmy Graham to have a catch for the first time in 46 games.
“The defense made some huge stands. They played great when they needed to, against a really good offense and a team that’s been scoring a lot of points. They’ve been playing good all year. Offensively, we still need to do a better job getting the ball in the end zone. Like I said, there were a lot of things to improve on. It was better, but we’re not quite there yet.
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