By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports
What a way to kickoff Monday Night Football. Two division rivals in the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. The main story was not the rivalry, but rather who was back to lead the Patriots: none other than Tom Brady.
The iconic figure in the New England area missed most of last season with a torn knee ligament. This season he was ready to start with a bang, and for the first three quarters it looked like he was going to fall short of a win. Things, unknowingly to the bills were about to change very soon and very quickly.
In the final 2:06 of the fourth quarter, Brady threw two touchdowns to Ben Watson to take a 25-24 lead, which would turn out to be the final score. Of course, scoring twice in that short of a time is due largely to mistakes by the Bills special teams on the kickoff return in which Leodis McKelvin fumbled the ball deep in Bills territory. This gave the Patriots the chance they needed, and when a superstar like Tom Brady is put under the spotlight late, there is no doubt that he will seal the deal and win the game.
As for Brady’s stats, he went 39/53 with 378 yards. He threw two touchdowns and only one interception (the only mistake he really made all night). The last two drives of the game Brady went 12-14 with 112 of his yards. Clutch would be the understatement of the night, and this game just goes to show that with Tom Brady at the head of the New England offence, the game is never over till the clock hits zero.
The Patriots (1-0) will head down and play the division rival Jets (1-0) next week. It will be interesting to see if Sanchez can maintain pace with his QB counterpart, one of the best of all time: Tom Brady.