Tom Brady reached 500 career touchdown passes as the New England Patriots put together their second straight win after a mediocre start to the season, beating Indianapolis 38-24 on Thursday night.
Brady’s 500th went to Josh Gordon, who was recently acquired from Cleveland, where he was essentially unavailable because of N.F.L. suspensions for all but five games over the past three seasons. But Brady spread the wealth, too, hitting running back James White 10 times for 77 yards, and greeting the return of Julian Edelman by completing seven for 57 yards to him.
Brady also tied Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, a former teammate, for most N.F.L. victories, with 226.
Brady started off with a pass to Edelman, who was wide open for 9 yards. That drew the first of many loud cheers for the 10th-year veteran receiver in his first game since the 2017 preseason, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Edelman was also suspended for the first four games this year for violating the N.F.L.’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
That was the first of three receptions, totaling 28 yards, for Edelman on the opening, 75-yard touchdown drive, which Brady capped with a 1-yard toss to Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Colts (1-4) had a drive deep into New England (3-2) territory later in the first quarter, but the usually reliable Vinatieri missed a 38-yard field goal.
Nothing was going right for Indianapolis, particularly after Brady led a 72-yard march to his sneak from the 1 in the second quarter. He then took the Patriots 68 yards near the end of the half and hit White for a 6-yard score give New England a 21-3 lead.
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Source: New York Times