Patriots romp in Mexico as Saints, Eagles also stretch streaks

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WASHINGTON: Tom Brady completed 30-of-37 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns Sunday to spark the defending NFL champion New England Patriots over Oakland 33-8 at Mexico City for their sixth consecutive victory.

Tom Brady No.12 of the New England Patriots directs the offense against the Oakland Raiders during the first half at Estadio Azteca on Monday in Mexico City, Mexico. AFP PHOTO

The 40-year-old quarterback, a five-time Super Bowl champion, connected with Brandin Cooks on a season-long 64-yard touchdown toss. Stephen Gostkowski also kicked four field goals, including a team-record 62-yarder, in the game before a sellout crowd of 77,357 at Estadio Azteca.

“It was just a fiesta all over the field,” said Patriots right end Rob Gronkowski.

Brady’s sixth 300-yard game of the season, one more than he managed all of last season, was the 82nd of his career.

“We played from ahead, which is kind of the way we wanted to,” Brady said. “We didn’t turn it over and that’s a good formula for winning.”


It was New England’s club-record 13th consecutive road game, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind the 1989-90 run of 18 by the Joe Montana-led San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL and Mexico’s tourism ministry also announced a deal for one regular-season game in Mexico annually from 2019-2021 after the current contract ends next year.

AFP

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