Patriots 35

(5-2, 1-2 away)

Buccaneers 7

(0-7, 0-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 25, 2009

Wembley Stadium, London 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 14 7 7 735
TB 0 7 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 308 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Maroney (NE) - 13 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 10 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Brady soars in London as Patriots put away winless Buccaneers

Associated Press

WEMBLEY, England -- It took a trip across the Atlantic for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to get their first road victory of the season. For the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the change of scenery produced yet another loss.

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Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the Buccaneers 35-7 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the NFL's third regular-season game at the iconic London venue.

The Bucs, who gave up a home game to play in London, fell to 0-7 and saw their losing streak extended to 11 games overall.

The Patriots were coming off a 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in which Brady tossed six TD passes. New England wasn't as overpowering this time, and Brady even threw two interceptions in an uneven first-half performance.

But, with a 39-yard score on an interception return by safety Brandon Meriweather on the fifth play of the game, New England was always in control against the league's 27th-ranked defense.

Tommy Gun

Tom Brady was most effective when he was in the shotgun, throwing for three touchdowns and averaging 11.2 yards per attempt. He has 12 touchdowns and one interception this season out of the shotgun.

Brady by formation
Shotgun Under Center
Cmp-Att 16-20 7-12
Yards 223 85
TD-Int 3-1 0-1
Pass rating 131.9 45.5

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Brady had TD passes to Wes Welker, Sam Aiken and Benjamin Watson. He finished 23 of 32 for 308 yards and was replaced late in the game by Brian Hoyer. Laurence Maroney went over from 1 yard out with 9:25 left to complete the scoring.

"I'm feeling great," Brady said. "I keep rolling. That's two wins in a row. We went out there and put two touchdowns on the board there in the second half. We had plenty of distractions coming over here, but everybody was really energized. To get the win and fly home and have a [bye] week off is just great."

Tampa Bay and quarterback Josh Johnson mustered little offense. The Bucs' only score came on a 33-yard pass from Johnson to Antonio Bryant near the end of the first half. Johnson finished 9 of 26 for 156 yards and three interceptions. He was taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by rookie Josh Freeman.

Fast Facts

• The Patriots won in blowout fashion for the second straight week, having won their last two games by a combined score of 94-7.

• Tom Brady surpassed 300 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2007.

• Dating back to 2005, the Patriots have won 17 straight regular-season games against NFC opponents.

• Tampa Bay is 0-7 for the first time since starting 0-9 in 1985. The Bucs have lost 11 straight games dating back to last season, their longest losing streak since losing the first 26 games in franchise history in 1976 and 1977.

• Josh Johnson was just 9 for 26 passing before getting pulled. Starting quarterbacks are 11-for-38 against New England over the last two weeks.

• This was the third regular-season NFL game at London's Wembley Stadium.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The game was played before a sellout crowd of 84,254 at Wembley, England's national stadium.

It's the third straight year the NFL has come to London for a regular-season game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week he envisions playing multiple regular-season games in Britain in coming years with the possibility of London having its own franchise.

Sunday's atmosphere was noisy and festive, and the dry weather left the Wembley field in good playing condition.

Brady said it even had the feel of a Super Bowl.

"All the flashbulbs were going off there before the kickoff," the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. "They went on for about 10 minutes, which you don't see in the States too often. I think it's a privilege to come over here and get to enjoy this type of experience. It will probably never happen again for us, so we'll retire 1-0 internationally."

Even understated Patriots coach Bill Belichick was happy with the international experience.

"It's a great way to end this week," he said. "It's been an enjoyable couple days here and glad we could end it on a positive note."

For the Patriots, it was their first victory on the road this season after losses at the New York Jets and Denver Broncos.

The loss capped a bad day for the Glazer family, which owns the Buccaneers. The Glazers' also control English soccer powerhouse Manchester United, which lost to Liverpool 2-0 earlier in the day and missed a chance to regain first place in the Premier League from Chelsea. Brothers Bryan and Joel Glazer were at Wembley for the Bucs game.

The Bucs' 11-game losing streak is their longest since 1976-77 when they endured an NFL-record 0-26 skid.

Rookie coach Raheem Morris said his team just couldn't stop Brady.

"Tom, he's the guy that changed the game. He's the guy you worry about constantly," he said. "When you have a great quarterback like that, that's what he does and that's what he will do for you."

The tone of the game was set on the first series when Meriweather stepped in front of Sammie Stroughter on a short slant, picked off Johnson's throw and ran untouched into the end zone.

"I just happened to have a good break on the ball," Meriweather said. "I think the quarterback and receiver were on two different pages, and he just happened to throw it to me. Any big play sets the mood."

Brady hit Welker with a 14-yard TD pass after a 37-yard completion to Randy Moss. Welker took the quick throw behind the line of scrimmage, then weaved his way through the defenders into the end zone with 2:16 left in the first quarter.

The Patriots were driving for a third score early in the second quarter when Brady, who had completed his first seven passes, scrambled out of the pocket and lofted a pass into the end zone for Moss that was picked off by Tanard Jackson.

But Brady came back on his next series, ducked away from the rush and dumped the ball over the middle to Aiken, who slipped a tackle by Bucs linebacker Barrett Ruud and went down the sideline for a 54-yard score to make it 21-0 with 11:18 left in the half.

Brady was picked off for the second time in four passes when he made a deep throw over the middle to Brandon Tate that was intercepted by a leaping Aqib Talib.

After an anemic Tampa Bay passing performance for the most of the first half, Bryant beat cornerback Darius Butler down the right sideline and hauled in Johnson's scoring pass.

Brady led the Patriots on a 73-yard, 10-play drive to open the second half, hitting tight end Watson with a 35-yard pass over linebacker Geno Hayes to make it 28-7.

Game notes

The pregame festivities had a local flavor, with a performance by Scottish rock singer Calvin Harris. Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins sang "God Save the Queen" and Grammy winner Toni Braxton performed "The Star-Spangled Banner." ... Former middleweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe served as honorary captain of the Bucs..... The Pats had only three active running backs Sunday, with Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor both ruled out with injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1810
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6159
Total Yards414240
Yards per play6.84.1
Total Drives1414
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-40-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

neTD12:38Brandon Meriweather 39 Yard Interception Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yds, 2:34
neTD2:27Wes Welker 14 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 0 yds, 0:56
neTD11:34Sam Aiken 54 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 54 yds, 0:58
tbTD1:21Antonio Bryant 33 Yard Pass From Josh Johnson (Shane Andrus Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yds, 1:52
neTD9:19Benjamin Watson 35 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 5:47
neTD9:28Laurence Maroney 1 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yds, 6:03