On a warm Sunday afternoon in Foxborough it looked like the Patriots were going to lose their second game of the 2017 NFL season. That is, until Tom Brady worked his fourth quarter magic.
A vastly underthrown ball by Watson was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore and ran all the way back to Houston’s 10 yard line. Gilmore's first interception since he became a Patriot set Brady up for success and criminally negligent Texan’s defending allowed him to find a wide-open Hogan for his second passing touchdown of the day.
Another field goal brought the Texans back within one point of the Patriots. New England only briefly took back over on offense as Jadeveon Clowney recovered a strip fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. The offensive shootout continued when Brady connected, once again, with an unmarked Hogan who only needed to beat one defender to run the ball into the end zone. New England extended the lead to 28-20 as Brady launched a touchdown pass over the middle to Cooks, his third of the day. Another Texans TD and a pair of field goals put the Texans back up 33-28.
Needing a touchdown and trailing by five points with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady took over on his own 25-yard line. He proceeded to do what he does best and marched his team up the field connecting with all his favorite targets, Cooks, Gronk, and Amendola. Patriot’s fans lives flashed before their eyes as Brady nearly surrendered a game-ending interception which was bobbled and dropped by the Texans safety as he went to the ground. Brady capitalized on the second chance he was given and found Cooks in the end-zone on a 25 yard pass. Cooks made an acrobatic catch on his tip-toes to win the game for the Patriots. It was his fifth reception and second touchdown of the day, totaling 138 receiving yards.
Brady tossed for 378 yards and five touchdowns on 25 of 35 passing. Deshaun Watson spent most of the afternoon eluding the Patriots pass rush, but his 301 passing yards and two touchdowns were not enough to topple Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The fourth quarter comeback was the 40th of Brady’s career, second only to Peyton Manning all-time (45).
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