Four days after his return, Stallworth got behind the Houston Texans' secondary for a 63-yard touchdown during the Patriots' 42-14 win Monday night. Apparently, he got an assists from the Gillette Stadium video board.
"I didn't even see the guy behind me until I looked up at the screen," Stallworth told the Boston Globe after the game. "So that's why I grabbed it with two hands. ... Last time I was here and I did that I got myself in trouble doing that. I got caught from behind, so I didn't want that to happen again this time. ... Guys do it all the time, it's like having eyes in the back of your head."
The touchdown was Stallworth's first as a Patriot since 2007. He was the 16th Patriot to score a touchdown in 2012. New England tied the NFL record with 21 different players scoring in 2007.
"When I first got signed earlier this week it was really good being back around the guys, being back here in the locker room with the fellas," Stallworth said. "It's been a good week. I wanted to come in and make sure that I was prepared. I've been studying hard all week and I felt like I was prepared coming in."
One thing stood out about Stallworth's touchdown -- the fact he needed the video board. There was a time when Stallworth got behind a defender, he wasn't getting caught. He ran past Brandon Harris then had to angle away from Quintin Demps Tecmo Bowl-style and drag him the last six yards. We're just not used to Stallworth being caught from behind.