8:30 PM ET, October 30, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (ESPN.com news services) -- Minnesota counts itself among the many NFL franchises trying to copy the New England Patriots' plan for success. The Vikings learned on Monday night that they still have a lot of catching up to do.Tom Brady beat Minnesota's relentless rushing defense by simply throwing over it for 372 yards and touchdowns to four different receivers, and the Patriots pounded the Vikings 31-7 on Monday night to win their sixth straight regular-season road game.
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Bill Belichick brought a brilliant game plan to the Metrodome that neutralized the strength of the Vikings' defense while exploiting its weaknesses. Tom Brady and his offensive teammates executed that game plan to near perfection.
Facing the best run defense in the NFL, New England operated mostly out of the shotgun and spread out the Vikings' defense. This was the designed mismatch -- getting slot receivers covered by rookie defenders or linebackers. Brady calmly called out the protection determining the matchup he wanted to exploit in his pre-snap reads. A great game plan, great coaching and great added up to an impressive performance for New England.
This was Brady's first four-touchdown game since beating Buffalo on Dec. 27, 2003, a span of 47 starts. He also came in without a completion longer than 35 yards this season, but he had two passes of 40 yards or more in the first half. ... Moore caught four passes for 91 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.0||4.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||3:53||Reche Caldwell 6 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 86 yds, 3:53
|FG||2:51||Stephen Gostkowski 23 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 93 yds, 3:27
|TD||14:35||Benjamin Watson 8 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 11 plays, 74 yds, 3:57
|TD||4:24||Mewelde Moore 71 Yd Punt Return (Ryan Longwell Kick)||17||7|
|TD||5:57||Troy Brown 7 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 21 yds, 1:33
|TD||14:55||Chad Jackson 10 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 39 yds, 1:48