"It's amazing, man," said fellow rookie Aaron Dobson. "Just to see (Brady) do it like that -- it's crazy to be on the field and be a part of that."
It's easy to forget, just one year ago, these two were watching Brady on TV. Now they're catching his passes.
Let's take a look:
Brady the magician
This comeback doesn't happen without New England's defense tightening the screws in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by one point with 2:46 left in the game, New England held New Orleans to a field goal on a drive that drained just 22 seconds off the clock. The Saints mysteriously were cautious with their play selection, but give the Patriots credit. They held the line of scrimmage and dialed in two masterfully placed timeouts to get the ball back with 2:24 remaining.
Best defense in football?
Oakland's offensive line isn't playing with a full deck, but 10 sacks of Terrelle Pryor was the result of Kansas City's dominance at the line of scrimmage. The problem for opponents starts right up the gut with nose tackle Dontari Poe. Multiple blockers are required to slow him down, creating opportunities for a wily cast of edge rushers.
1.One big question coming into this season was how defenses would adjust to the read option. The Carolina Panthers had an outstanding day on offense against the Minnesota Vikings, but one play illustrated what we're seeing league-wide. Defenders are making better decisions at the mesh point. Vikings pass rusher Everson Griffen doesn't bite on the play below, correctly locking onto Newton for the loss:
3. By now you've heard about Keenan Allen. The rookie receiver for the San Diego Chargers who posted his second straight 100-yard game on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts and looks like a third-round steal for San Diego. His well-documented knee problems kept teams at a distance, but Allen is blooming into a No. 1 target for Philip Rivers.
He's a tough, hard-running target with good body control and reliable hands. Allen finds the ball in tight spaces and shows an ability to run through double coverage, as he did on this 22-yard touchdown strike from Rivers:
4.The biggest surprise for the Cardinals has been rookie running back Andre Ellington. Nobody on Arizona's offense graded higher against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Pro Football Focus, and his snap count is steadily climbing. He's tough to defend because his presence on the field doesn't dictate the play call. He's a dangerous runner, but he's just as crafty catching the ball. Watch him carve up San Francisco:
Hawk finished with three sacks on the day, but it's not just Gino. Watch that play again. Rookie pass rusher Datone Jones (No. 95) sheds Ravens guard Marshal Yanda (No. 73) and rolls past tackle Michael Oher (No. 74), who might as well be reading a book of symbolist poetry in a foreign meadow -- because he wasn't in Baltimore on that play.
Special thanks to the multitalented Jonathan Smyth of NFL Films for cutting the All-22. Find me on Twitter at @MarcSesslerNFL if there's a player, team or concept you'd like us to focus on next time around.