Posted October 06, 2013

Bengals end Tom Brady’s touchdown streak in monsoon-like conditions

AFC East, AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots
Tom Brady was sacked four times in a 13-6 loss to the Bengals.

Tom Brady was sacked four times in a 13-6 loss to the Bengals. (Tom Uhlman/AP)

After throwing at least one touchdown pass in 52 straight games, Tom Brady ran into the perfect storm — quite literally — on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Brady was harassed by the Bengals’ defense all day and struggled to find a rhythm with his receiving corps. But he and the Patriots still had two chances in the closing moments to tie or win the game, only to be further stymied by an absolutely biblical downpour.

The rain got to be so heavy in the game’s final two minutes that CBS had to switch away from its camera at the 50-yard-line so viewers could have a clear shot of the action. And here’s how it looked from inside the stadium, courtesy of The MMQB’s Greg Bedard:


Brady’s final attempt to erase the Patriots’ 13-6 deficit late resulted in an Adam Jones interception, as a deep ball intended for Aaron Dobson fluttered far short of its target.

Even in better conditions, however, Brady and the Patriots found the going tough. Cincinnati sacked Brady four times, picked him off once and forced four fumbles (New England recovered three). Despite getting Danny Amendola back into the lineup, the Patriots were unable to muster any consistent offense. Amendola led the team in yards from scrimmage with just 55, followed by LeGarrette Blount’s 51 yards rushing. Overall, Brady went 18-of-38 for 197 yards.

The Patriots again played without tight end Rob Gronkowski. Never was his absence more noticeable than on a goal-line situation in the fourth quarter with New England down 10. After Blount was stuffed from the 1, Brady attempted to hit tackle Nate Solder (who reported as eligible for the play) on a second down play-action. Solder, rather predictably, could not come open and was unable to find Brady’s pass.

Brady then saw his third-down pass fall out of the hands of Julian Edelman, who nearly came down with a sensational grab.

That was the second time in the game that Brady came within a whisker of extending his TD streak to 53 — and within one of Drew Brees’ all-time record. Just three plays before Edelman’s near-miss, Brady completed a pass to a tumbling Danny Amendola, who attempted to somersault into the end zone. He was touched down inches shy of the goal line, leading to that aforementioned sequence of plays from the Cincinnati 1.

Cincinnati came into Sunday’s game shorthanded, too, with cornerback Leon Hall and defensive end Michael Johnson out due to injuries. The Patriots were unable to take advantage and fell from the ranks of the undefeated. Brady finished with a QB rating of 52.2, the lowest for him in a regular-season game since a 51.5 showing against the Jets in 2007. (New England won that game 20-10.)

Performances like those have been very few and far between in Brady’s career. On Sunday, though, he was unable to weather the storm.

39 comments
JoeGreenwell
JoeGreenwell

AAAAwwh He is a good quarter back but he didn't need this record.  His ego is already the size of Rhode Island.

Buford
Buford

What?  What they missed actually is Tebow in the goal line.  Patriots are finished this season.  Yes, they will make the playoffs, but there is absolutely nothing about them this year that has the spark of confidence.  Every game they've won has been a hard win for them.

jzty
jzty

Christ, every team was cheating, every team was videotaping because it was legal.  Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL, not just the Pats.  Because every team was videotaping, not just the Pats.  The Pats went 17-0 after the bogus Spygate scandal and should have won the Superbowl if not for a fluke, lucky catch.   Pats have been great every year since then, they'll be fine once Gronk, Ridley, Vareen come  back.

KellyMillerSmith
KellyMillerSmith

Brady had plenty of opportunities to throw touchdown passes.  In all cases, either the Bengals defense batted it down or the receiver flubbed it or Brady's pass was off the mark.

TweedTweed
TweedTweed

Rain? What rain?  Just tears from all the Pats fans in the closing minutes!

MariMuccioli
MariMuccioli

Brady is nothing more than a patsy non elite wanna be quaterback that hasn't been able to land a superbowl win since they were caught cheating.!  I can't stand this team, and his overinflated ego is a darn good reason why not to mention his loud mouth bimbo wife.

I for one am happy to see that this overpaid ego is finally showing his true colors.  time for this moron to retire.......No ball club wants him at all.

And if the RAvens don't make the Superbowl, Denver all they way Peyton is at the top of his game

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Refs did their best to give this one to the patsies, it wasn't to be.

chdouglas058
chdouglas058

Typical media coverage of the "Quarterback" who had a good run with the number of touchdown passes.  He cannot throw touchdowns if the line does not block or the receivers run their routes and catch the ball.  I think that is why it is called a team sport. To qoute their coach..."Do your job."

Jim55
Jim55

no worries. he'll still win the super bowl. manning will choke in the playoffs...as always.

Winger7
Winger7

The Patriots need more guys who can "just catch the damn ball".

ADM
ADM

Don't the boys look so pretty in hot pink, including the refs. The Breast Cancer Corporation should not be anywhere near a sports team. This is ridiculous.

mike_s
mike_s

All any team has to do to win is to stop Tom Brady, and the Bengals did just that. Good job, Bengals!

BisB
BisB

Nobody cares about sports, with so many important things happening in the world.  People everywhere are turning away from dumb pastimes like football.

Rattling Bones
Rattling Bones

In the name of Obama socialism I say we give him and all his teammates a trophy just for participating in this record breaking run.

DonHudson
DonHudson

Wow...from reading this article it would seem that apparently The Patriots were the only team playing in the rain...The Bengals had a beat-down in mind from the first snap, and their plan worked to perfection, before and after the rains came. 

IambcPentamastr
IambcPentamastr

Multi-millionaire athletes don't get to use weather as an excuse.

The Patriots were exposed by the lowly Bengals.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

The Pats offense is comically bad.  Unbelievable how Belichick has screwed it all up.  I am sure Brady is disgusted.  

Saintsman3
Saintsman3

Brady will need another 3 seasons plus 6 games into the fourth to catch Brees.  Rodgers also failed to get a TD today, so unless Payton goes on a streak, Brees has the record for quite awhile.

RafalPruszyn-ski
RafalPruszyn-ski

@Buford Yes, they needed TEBOW, the loser no one wants. OK buddy...do the Broncos need Tebow, too?

Donny1
Donny1

@MariMuccioli  Do you have any idea what you're talking about? For one, Brady took a pay CUT to stay on the team and make room for money to go to other player. Its not the first time he's done it either. Secondly, name a time where he shows his "inflated ego"? All he ever does it address the media and the public with courtesy and class. He does his charity race on Cape Cod every year.

What true colors was he showing yesterday? He put about 14 balls on the numbers for the boys to catch, and they just couldn't haul them in.

Tool

pandah462
pandah462

@chdouglas058 So...every comment about goings on in games, good and bad, should be addressed as "the team (fill in the blank"?  Idiot.

pandah462
pandah462

@Jim55 "Always"?  You know Manning has a Super Bowl ring, right?

Jim55
Jim55

@ADM you sounds really insecure. it's just a color. grow up.

pandah462
pandah462

@BisB And that's why you're always on BBC, The Atlantic, Huff Post...?  Wait...no, you're not.  This is SI, dunce cap.

AustinSnyder
AustinSnyder

@BisB And yet here you are watching NFL footage in the NFL section of Sports Illustrated.


soloway28
soloway28

@Rattling Bones Have you ever stopped to think about how socialist the NFL. All the teams share the money they get evenly and the weakest get help from the collective as the get first pick of the best new players coming into the league

NFLRealist
NFLRealist

@IambcPentamastr Sometimes I wonder if people who post comments after these articles know anything about the NFL in 2013. Why would anyone who does know about the NFL in 2013 refer to the Bengals as "lowly"? A few years ago, I would get it. But not any more. Come on, man, get current, get realistic, and remember that your Packers lost to the same "lowly" team.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Saintsman3 He does, indeed. Being a Baltimore Colt fan I was sorry to see Unitas's record broken. But Brees is a class act so that helps a little.

Crusty
Crusty

Uh, it's HERE, HERE, not hear hear.

Jim55
Jim55

@Crusty no it's not, idiot. the correct phrase when you agree with someone's point is "hear, hear". you can't even correct someone correctly. LOL