Tom Brady made a triumphant comeback on Sunday evening as the New England Patriots ran through the Cleveland Browns 33-13 at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Brady, who returned for Week 5 after serving a four-game suspension due to his alleged role in Deflategate, finished the game 28 of 40 for 406 yards and three touchdowns.
It was the eighth time in Brady’s career that he surpassed the 400-yard mark.
In Brady’s absence, the Patriots managed to register a 3-1 record with backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett filling in at quarterback.
Tom Brady doesn’t miss a beat…
The four-time Super Bowl champion got off to an amazing start, completing his first two passes to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski respectively,
Brady completed four of five passes for 65 yards before RB LaGarrette Blount capped off a spectacular drive with a one-yard TD run.
The legendary quarterback finished the first half at 18 of 25 for 271 yards with two touchdowns. The Patriots had opened up a 23-7 lead at the end of the first half.
There were concerns about the Patriots offense after Bill Belichick’s team suffered a crushing 16-0 defeat to the Buffalo Bills last weekend.
However, Brady’s return dispelled all those fears as the QB connected with seven different Patriots receivers and basically got everyone into rhythm.
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Browns lose Cody Kessler….
The Browns, who are set to finish Week 5 with 0-5 record, conceded two touchdowns on New England’s first three drives.
But besides the series of losses, Cleveland were dealt with more bad news Sunday as rookie quarterback Cody Kessler left late in the first quarter with chest and rib injuries. He didn’t return for the second half.
According to ESPN.com, Kesler was injured “when he landed on his right shoulder as he was smothered by Dont’a Hightower.”
Prior to Sunday’s game, Tom Brady told ESPN’s Sal Paolontonio, “I feel good. I’m ready to go.”
It certainly looked like Brady hadn’t missed a beat despite missing the first four weeks of action.
Las Vegas oddsmakers have favored Tom Brady and the Patriots to win their fifth Super Bowl next year.