Brady threw for two touchdowns, including the 400th of his career, to help the defending Super Bowl champions run away from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 51-17 victory on Sunday. LeGarrette Blount had three 1-yard touchdown runs, and Gostkowski delivered the extra point on all six New England TDs to run his streak to an NFL record 425 in a row.
"That takes a lot of games, a lot of snaps to do that. That's certainly a tribute to both of them, the durability, longevity, consistent production they've had," coach Bill Belichick said.
"They had a good day, as they've had in many, many days throughout their career. I feel really fortunate to have those guys on my team."
After a summer dominated by talk of deflated footballs, the Patriots (3-0) opened with victories over Pittsburgh and Buffalo and then proved they weren't looking past the overmatched Jaguars (1-2). Brady became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 touchdowns, and he added his 401st, a 13-yard pass to Keshawn Martin late in the third quarter.
By that time, it was 37-10, fans were trying to beat traffic on Route 1, and the Patriots were heading into their bye week with a perfect record.
And when it was over, Brady had completed 33 of 42 passes for 358 yards while leading New England to scores on all nine of his drives. (Backup Jimmy Garoppolo came in to kneel down and run out the clock on the final possession.)
"I don't care whether we throw it in or run it in," Brady said. "As long as we're scoring points and winning, it's fun for me."
It was the most points ever allowed by the Jaguars (1-2), who had two injured defensive backs inactive for the game and lost three more during it.
"It's the hardest thing to do. We only had three safeties that were active and two of them got hurt. That means a corner is going to play safety," cornerback Devon House said. "You are going to play safety and you ain't never even practiced that position? That's tough man."
Blount punched it in from there to make it 30-3.
Asked if Brady was upset that Amendola didn't take better care of the loot, Brady laughed.
"I don't care," said Brady, who has an NFL MVP trophy, three for the Super Bowl MVP and four NFL championship rings in his memorabilia collection. "Danny can do whatever he wants."
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