Tom Brady still has some late game magic left in him.
The Patriots took over possession with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter. Brady completed 5 of 8 passes on a 70-yard drive that lasted 68 seconds, capped by a 17-yard touchdown strike to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining.
Most Career Pass TD
It’s the latest fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdown pass of Brady’s career. It’s only Brady’s third career go-ahead touchdown pass with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He threw a game-winning, 20-yard touchdown pass to David Patten in 2002 to beat the Chicago Bears, and he threw an 8-yard score to Aaron Hernandez in a game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2011.
Brady was five seconds away from having zero touchdown passes in consecutive games for the first time since 2006, but instead he threw his 342nd career touchdown pass to tie Fran Tarkenton for fourth on the all-time list.
Brady still struggling on deep throws
Brady was 1-of-9 for 23 yards on throws deeper than 20 yards downfield, continuing his season-long struggles.
Tom Brady on Throws 20 Yds Downfield
Last 2 Seasons
Brady has completed 18 percent of his throws at least 20 yards downfield this season with no touchdowns and two interceptions on those passes. Fifty-five percent of his pass attempts at least 20 yards downfield have been off target this season.
What went wrong for the Saints?
Jimmy Graham had been an important key for the Saints over their previous four games, accumulating at least 100 receiving yards in each of those games. But it was quite the opposite on Sunday. Graham was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season in 2008 (Week 10).
The Patriots defense held Drew Brees to 0-for-6 passing with an interception targeting Graham. It was the first game of Graham’s career with multiple targets and no catches.