Tom Brady took the Dallas Cowboys’ best punch and trumped. Since 2001, Brady has been sacked five or more times just five times, and Sunday was the fifth occasion as Greg Hardy – the man who made a few pre-game wisecracks that incorporated Brady’s wife – displayed his impeccable talents.
The Cowboys’ defense, led Hardy, dominated early proceedings. They limited the high-powered Patriots offense to just 13 points. But Brady, as he has done time and again, stayed cool under pressure and led the reigning Super Bowl champions to a crushing 30-6 victory.
Firstly, Brady completed a 1-yard plunge for his first rushing touchdown in almost three years, proving that the superstar is playing at his best. Then, he sealed the deal with a long touchdown pass to Julian Edelman.
Brady completed 20 of 27 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Patriots defense took care of the rest, keeping Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys out of the end zone and limiting them to 264 total yards.
Brady attributed the victory to in-game adjustments. ”There were a lot of adjustments today,” Brady said. ”I don’t think we practiced a lot of what they were doing, but I think our defense played great. Offense, we made a few plays but we can play better than that.”
Thunderous chants of “Bra-day” arose from a strong New England Patriots contingent in Tom Brady’s first trip to the $1.2 billion new arena of the Dallas Cowboys.
Brady, in his 16th season, joined Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton as the only NFL quarterbacks with 4-0 starts at least four times.