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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Brady's bunch excellent in historic blowout


One of the most highly anticipated games of the 2010 NFL season turned into one for the record books. But surely, the New England Patriots' 45-3 undressing of the New York Jets on national television was not what most people expected from this matchup of 9-2 teams. Let's examine some of the biggest eye-openers from this game:

• The 42-point margin of victory is tied for the second-largest in Monday Night Football history. Only the Baltimore Ravens' 48-3 win over the Green Bay Packers in 2005 had a larger point differential. Coincidentally, this is the Jets' second 42-point loss on Monday Night Football. The other was also a 45-3 loss (to the Miami Dolphins in 1986). It's the Patriots second-largest margin of victory over the Jets, after a 53-point thrashing in 1979.

Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 252 career TD passes and has passed Drew Bledsoe, the man whose injury launched his career, for 13th-most in NFL history. This was Brady's eighth career game with at least 300 pass yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. That is the most such games by any quarterback since the 1970 merger.

• Brady was sharp on throws of 10 yards or fewer, completing 17-of-20 attempts for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Overall, Brady's targets accumulated 209 yards after the catch, accounting for 64 percent of Brady's total passing yards. The 209 yards after the catch are the Patriots' season high; for the Jets it's their most allowed this season.

• The win is Brady's 26th straight regular-season home win, which breaks Brett Favre's record 25-game streak at Lambeau Field for the Packers.

• He now has 27 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. According to Elias, it's just the fourth time that a quarterback has had at least 25 touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions through 12 team games. Brady is now responsible for two of those four seasons (the others belong to Favre and Donovan McNabb).

• Brady and Bill Belichick have tied Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll for the second-most wins as a quarterback-coach combo (107). Only Dan Marino/Don Shula ever won more games together (116).

• While it was a night the Jets would like to forget, LaDainian Tomlinson made some history of his own. With 47 rushing yards, he upped his career total to 13,278 yards and moved past Eric Dickerson for sixth-most in NFL history. Jerome Bettis (13,662 yards) sits next ahead of LT on the list.

• It was also a historic night for a Rex Ryan defense. The Patriots' 45 points are the most ever scored against a Rex Ryan defense since he became defensive coordinator for the Ravens in 2005.