Oct 5 (Reuters) - Tom Brady notched his 50,000th passing yard in a virtuoso display to silence his critics and drive the New England Patriots to a dominant 43-17 victory over previously unbeaten Cincinnati on Sunday.
Brady and the Patriots came under fire after last week’s 41-14 defeat to Kansas City, with pundits questioning whether it was the beginning of the end for the 37-year-old quarterback.
But the veteran signal-caller responded with 292 yards and two touchdowns, as the Gillette Stadium home crowd showered him with chants of “Brady.”
Brady became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to surpass 50,000 career passing yards and New England’s (3-2) offense looked reborn and collected 505 total yards. Running back Stevan Ridley opened the scoring with a one-yard rush in the first quarter where Brady added a 17-yard strike to Tim Wright.
Trailing the Patriots 20-3 at halftime, QB Andy Dalton found Mohamed Sanu for a 37-yard TD to pull Cincinnati within 20-10 early in the third, but it was mostly downhill from there for the Bengals.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski added a 16-yard touchdown reception in the third where Kyle Arrington had a nine-yard fumble recovery score to help the home team pile it on. Cincinnati (3-1) had three turnovers on the night and became the final undefeated team in the NFL to suffer a loss.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom)