Monday, November 14, 2011
Brady breaks out in 2nd half
By Ian Begley
For most of his career, Shaun Ellis watched from the opposing sideline while Tom Brady worked his magic.
So it was a relief for Ellis to see it from the other side on Sunday night.
"It’s just amazing," said Ellis, who spent 11 seasons with the Jets before signing with New England. "That’s the only word I can say. Just to sit there and watch him go to work; I'm glad he’s my quarterback."
Fifty-one other Patriots would likely say the same thing.
Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns to help the Patriots snap a two-game losing streak on Sunday and take over first place in the AFC East.
The three-time Super Bowl winner seemed a bit off in the first half, but carved up the Jets in the second half, connecting on 12 of 14 passes of ten yards or fewer, including two TDs, in the final two frames. He also went no-huddle in spurts, completing all five of his attempts for 65 yards in such situations, wearing the Jets' defense down.
"We took advantage of some opportunities there," Brady said. "We went fast and made some pretty easy plays with the Jets not being lined up .... You are just trying to get an edge and take advantage of them. We did a pretty good job of that."
ELLIS REUNION: Ellis on returning to MetLife Stadium: "It felt good, it felt good to be back. It was a little weird. A lot of fans gave me a lot of prainse [but] there were a couple hecklers out there. But for the most part a lot of them received me pretty well. They were kind of upset about the situation [of Ellis' departure for New England]."