Thursday, August 13, 2009
Brady returns vs. Eagles
ESPN.com news services
PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Brady returned to action for the first time since tearing ligaments in his left knee in Week 1 last year.
The 2007 NFL MVP threw two touchdown passes to help lead New England to a 27-25 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Brady handed off on his first play before tossing a 6-yard pass to Wes Welker out of a shotgun formation. On third-and-4, Brady's pass for Joey Galloway was broken up.
Brady came out firing on New England's second possession. He connected with Randy Moss over the middle for 13 yards, then threw a perfect deep ball to Moss down the right sideline. Former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel was called for pass interference on the play, resulting in a 46-yard gain to the Eagles 18.
Four plays later, Brady found Baker open for a 4-yard TD strike.
Brady's lone mistake came in the first quarter when he had a pass intercepted by cornerback Sheldon Brown. Brady slammed his helmet in disgust as he took his seat on the bench.
He finished the night 10 of 15 for 100 yards with one interception.
Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, sat out the entire exhibition season last year because of an unspecified foot injury. He was knocked out for the season in the first quarter against Kansas City. Brady had started 128 consecutive games before going down.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report