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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Former Bills coach does number on Pats


NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills fans had to watch Monday night's game in the Superdome and wonder how in the world Gregg Williams was such a catastrophe as their head coach.

Williams, the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, drew up a masterful game plan with a ramshackle secondary to make the New England Patriots cry uncle.

Williams went 17-31 in three seasons with the Bills, but his head-coaching stock continued to soar after the Saints held the Patriots to 17 points and snapped Tom Brady's streak of 300-yard games at five.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick pulled Brady after he threw his second interception with 7:23 left in the game. The Saints failed to convert the turnover into points, but undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer went in with 5:26 remaining and the Patriots down by 21 points.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees pulverized the Patriots' secondary, which also played a role in Belichick throwing in the towel. Sending Hoyer onto the field was a request for Saints coach Sean Payton to please, please call off the dogs.

"You always like to be out there," Brady said. "You'd rather be on the other side of it. But it's nice for the other guys to get a chance to play. They work hard. [It's good] to get some experience when the game is out of control for the other team."

The Saints' reinforcements -- they didn't have starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer or Tracy Porter and lost replacement Randall Gay for the second half -- limited Moss to three receptions for 67 yards and Welker to six catches for 32 yards to short-circuit Brady's night. The Saints were happy to let Sam Aiken have a career day with seven catches for 90 yards.

Brady finished with a 55.0 passer rating, not his worst of the year, believe it or not. He finished with a 53.1 against the New York Jets in Week 2.

ESPN Stats & Information broke down Brady's day by distance. When he tried to go more than 10 yards downfield, he completed 4 of 12 passes for 102 yards and two interceptions (both intended for Moss) for a 25.7 passer rating.

When Brady threw 10 yards or shorter, he was 17 of 24 for 135 yards for an 84.5 passer rating.