Brady, Pats stage late rally to edge Bills
That’s not what all those long rehab sessions and months of preparing for his return to the NFL were about. So while Brady’s performance was pedestrian for much of Monday night’s season opener, when the spotlight was at its most intense, he lived up to the advance billing.
It seemed to take forever, though.
A year after being sidelined with torn knee ligaments, Brady resembled a rusty game manager more than the invincible record-setting quarterback who guided the
“I felt good all night, we were just off,” Brady said. “The plays we needed to make — fourth downs we missed, third downs we missed, two chances in the red area, the interception — those things really get you behind the 8-ball. We recovered with just a few seconds left. Sometimes it happens like that.
“It’s a pretty special victory.”
Brady needed help in the form of
“We have a real competitive locker room, a real competitive team,” Brady said. “When you’re in a situation like we were, it’s when you really have to step it up. It takes every guy on the field to step it up. Hopefully, we will continue to do that.”
Just 1:16 earlier, he found Watson on a similar play for an 18-yard score. It was vintage Brady, who threw for a record 50 TDs two years ago in leading New England to a perfect record.
“Two-minute drives always are fun for a quarterback,” Brady said. “Spread it out, the pass rush gets a little tired, you get a feel for the coverage, you just have to be patient.
“I’m glad it’s over, glad we are moving on, got a win, and we’ll learn from it.”
That unbeaten season was spoiled in Brady’s last full game that counted, the February 2008 Super Bowl loss to the New York
Now he’s back, although for much of the game he and the
Then came the late fireworks, demonstrating that Tom Terrific hasn’t lost his touch.
“That’s not how we drew it up, but I’ll take it,” Brady said. “We did a lot of things poorly, but we got the win.”
Buffalo did a lot of things well, but got a shocking loss.
“I chose to bring it out because that’s me, no matter what it is,” McKelvin said of the lost fumble. “If I had that choice, probably 100 times, I’d do it again.”
Coming off a 1-4 preseason in which the offense flopped, the
When the offense wasn’t doing the damage, defensive end
“The interception was a really bad play,” Brady said. “You can’t do that. You learn from them, get focused and concentrate on what you have to do.”
Still, these are the
Although Brady had those impressive stats, he never looked deep and struggled to convert key plays until the final moments. Perhaps that big hit he took on his shoulder from
“It has nothing to do with his layoff,” Moss said. “I think it’s just first-game jitters. I’m not making an excuse, we just had to settle down and get to playing football the way we know how.”
Buffalo’s other touchdown was an 11-yard reception by