4:15 PM ET, October 14, 2007
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- All week, the New England Patriots insisted this was just another game. Well, it wasn't.It was better.In a rare battle of 5-0 teams, the New England Patriots stomped the Dallas Cowboys as badly as everyone else they've faced this season, winning 48-27 Sunday behind a career-best five touchdown passes from Tom Brady.
Patriots QB Tom Brady is off to the best start of his career and one of the best ever. He has thrown for the most TDs in the first six games of a season in NFL history. Here's the list:
|2007||Tom Brady, NE||21|
|1996||Brett Favre, GB||20|
|2004||Daunte Culpepper, MIN||19|
|1943||Sammy Baugh, WAS||19|
|1999||Kurt Warner, STL||18|
New England hadn't scored so many points since hanging 50 on Indianapolis in November 1984. ... Moss improved to 7-0 against the Cowboys, with six TDs in three games at Texas Stadium. ... The Pats are the first road team to win one of these matchups of teams 5-0 or better. Home teams had been 3-0-1.
The Patriots flexed their offensive depth and completely dominated the Cowboys. With Dallas focusing its attention on WR Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte' Stallworth combined for 18 catches, 260 yards and three touchdowns. Tom Brady threw five touchdowns as the Patriots' spread offense -- and passing attack in general -- was just too much for the Cowboys to overcome. This might be the best offense we've seen in the past two decades, as it can beat you in so many ways. With Dallas spread out on defense, it just could not get consistent pressure. The Patriots receivers do an excellent job of adjusting their routes based on coverage, and when Dallas played off coverage, New England threw underneath. When the Cowboys pressed, the Pats went over the top. The Patriots did whatever they wanted all day in the passing game, and the Cowboys just did not have the personnel to match up. Dallas found out what we already knew: New England is the best team in the NFL, and the second-best team is not even close.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||6.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||07:48||Randy Moss 6 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||7||0|
|TD||02:14||Wes Welker 35 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||14||0|
|FG||12:31||Nick Folk 38 Yd||14||3|
|TD||10:25||Jason Hatcher 29 Yd Fumble Return (Nick Folk Kick)||14||10|
|TD||03:34||Wes Welker 12 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||21||10|
|TD||00:46||Terrell Owens 12 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||21||17|
|TD||10:20||Patrick Crayton 8 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||21||24|
|TD||04:56||Kyle Brady 1 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||28||24|
|FG||02:14||Stephen Gostkowski 45 Yd||31||24|
|TD||12:21||Donte' Stallworth 69 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||38||24|
|FG||10:03||Nick Folk 23 Yd||38||27|
|FG||03:59||Stephen Gostkowski 22 Yd||41||27|
|TD||00:19||Kyle Eckel 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||48||27|