Final

Patriots 38

(8-3, 4-2 away)

Eagles 20

(4-7, 1-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, November 27, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 7 17 7 738
PHI 10 3 0 720

Top Performers

Passing: V. Young (PHI) - 400 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Green-Ellis (NE) - 14 CAR, 44 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Branch (NE) - 6 REC, 125 YDS

Tom Brady throws for 3 TDs as Patriots damage Eagles' playoff hopes

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PHILADELPHIA -- The way Tom Brady was getting everyone involved, it's a surprise no linemen or linebackers caught passes.

Brady threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Eagles 38-20 Sunday in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl.

Filling in for the injured Michael Vick for the second straight game, Vince Young couldn't keep Philadelphia's fading playoff hopes alive despite throwing for a career-best 400 yards passing.

The AFC East-leading Patriots (8-3) stayed in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the conference behind a surgical-like effort from Brady.

The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 24 of 34, Deion Branch had 125 yards receiving and Wes Welker caught eight passes for 115 yards and two TDs. Brady's favorite targets, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, also chipped in.

Gronkowski caught his 11th TD pass and Hernandez had six receptions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice on the ground.

"It was more balanced today," Brady said. "That's how it needs to be. You have to run it. You have to throw it to everybody. We did a good job maximizing all the guys."

The Eagles (4-7) are all-but-mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in a season that began with Super Bowl expectations.

Angry fans made their feelings known about coach Andy Reid, chanting "Fire Andy!" in the second half.

"The way we played, I can understand," Reid said.

The defending NFC East champions fell to 1-5 at home and have lost eight of nine at the Linc, including a playoff loss to Green Bay last January.

Down 10-0 early, the Patriots rallied behind Brady. New England scored on five of its next six possessions, excluding a kneel-down at the end of the first half.

"Overall we did a great job of staying composed on the sideline and making the right adjustments and doing pretty much what we game planned for," Branch said.

Brady and coach Bill Belichick improved to 4-0 against Reid's Eagles, including a 24-21 win for their third NFL title in four years after the 2004 season.

"Tom did a good job really pressing the issue," Belichick said. "He felt he had them on the run with some of the mismatches. Tom kept pressing it, guys got open and Tom did what he does best, finding the open guys."

Young led the Eagles to a 17-10 win against the New York Giants last week in his first start in nearly a year. He put up decent numbers against the worst-ranked defense in the league, but couldn't overcome another inept performance by the Eagles' defense.

Young finished 26 of 48. It was just his third career game over 300 yards.

"Andy's a tremendous guy," Young said, defending Reid. "I have the utmost respect for him. Fans don't understand some of the situations that goes on during the game. You can't put it all on Andy. We're going to always continue to keep fighting hard, playing hard for him."

Vick broke two lower ribs in a loss to Arizona on Nov. 13. He got hurt on the second play of that game and stayed in, but hasn't practiced the past two weeks. It's uncertain whether Vick can play when Philadelphia visits Seattle on Thursday night.

After a fast start, the Eagles fizzled.

Brady engineered a 70-yard drive capped by Green-Ellis' 4-yard TD run to cut it to 10-7. The Pats converted two third downs on the drive, including two by penalty.

Helped by a missed call, New England's defense then forced a three-and-out. Young was sacked by Rob Ninkovich, who spun the quarterback down by pulling his facemask. But the referees didn't see it, eliciting loud boos from the crowd when the replay was shown on the video screen.

One play after just-signed Tiquan Underwood dropped a wide-open pass, Brady connected with Branch for 63 yards to the Eagles 1 on a third-and-13. Green-Ellis scored on the next play to put the Patriots up 14-10.

Antwaun Molden intercepted Young's deep pass intended for DeSean Jackson on Philadelphia's next play and returned it 27 yards to the Eagles 34. But the Patriots couldn't convert the turnover into points. Stephen Gostkowski missed a 39-yard field goal wide right.

No problem for Brady and Co.

The Eagles went three-and-out again, and the Patriots went to a no-huddle when they got the ball back.

Welker blew past the secondary and Brady hit his wide-open target in stride for a 41-yard TD pass to give New England a 21-10 lead.

"He said if he got a certain look he could get it," Brady said. "Afterward he came to the sideline and said, 'I told you! I told you!' It's nice when they work out the way you talk about."

Jackson dropped what could've been a 4-yard TD pass and the Eagles settled for a 22-yard field goal to get within 21-13.

It was the second time in the first half that Jackson appeared to shy away from contact and dropped a pass across the middle.

Fans let him hear it with a chorus of boos. Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, is in the final year of his rookie contract and has been unhappy that he didn't get a new deal. He dropped a deep pass that could've been a TD in the third quarter, and was benched in the fourth quarter.

"DeSean has to do a better job. I wanted to give other guys a chance in fourth quarter," Reid said after the game.

The Patriots got the ball to start the second half and Brady led them into the end zone again, tossing a 9-yard TD pass to Welker for a 31-13 lead.

Brady threw a 24-yard TD pass to Gronkowski to extend it to 38-13 in the fourth quarter.

Game notes


Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco sat out with a hamstring injury. ... Gostkowski's miss was his second from under 40 yards in 14 attempts. ... McCoy has 11 TDs rushing, five shy of breaking the single-season team record held by Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren. ... Young's last 300-yard game was against Arizona on Nov. 29, 2009. He threw for 387 yards in Tennessee's 20-17 win. ... Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg got into a brief but heated verbal exchange on the sideline with the two needing to be separated.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
PHI
1st Downs2923
Passing 1st downs
1917
Rushing 1st downs
75
1st downs from Penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
6-114-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays7167
Total Yards457466
Yards per play6.47.0
Total Drives1211
Passing353393
Comp - Att
24-3426-48
Yards per pass
10.48.2
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-82-7
Rushing10473
Rushing Attempts
3617
Yards per rush
2.94.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-52-4
Penalties3-2010-60
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:4327:17

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady24/3436110.6301-8
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Young26/484008.3112-7

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Green-E...14443.128
Brady5285.6013
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Young6406.7013
McCoy10313.1122

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Branch612520.806310
Welker811514.424112
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Avant811013.812214
Celek57515.00246

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEPHI
phiTD12:43LeSean McCoy 2 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 07
phiFG08:19Alex Henery 43 Yd 010
neTD01:27BenJarvus Green-Ellis 4 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERNEPHI
neTD13:12BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 1410
neTD07:09Wes Welker 41 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 2110
phiFG02:11Alex Henery 22 Yd 2113
neFG00:51Stephen Gostkowski 45 Yd 2413
THIRD QUARTERNEPHI
neTD11:27Wes Welker 9 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 3113
FOURTH QUARTERNEPHI
neTD08:35Rob Gronkowski 24 Yd Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 3813
phiTD00:32Jason Avant 1 Yd Pass From Vince Young (Alex Henery Kick) 3820

Research Notes

Tom Brady went 24-34 for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns in New England's 38-20 win at Philadelphia on Sunday. Brady is 4-0 in his career against the Eagles with 9 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions.
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The Patriots' defense held LeSean McCoy to his second-lowest rushing total in a game this season. The NFL's leading rusher was held to 31 yards on 10 rushes, including 1.0 yards after contact per rush. Entering Week 12, the Patriots were allowing just 1.6 yards per rush after contact this season, second among all NFL defenses (49ers). McCoy's previous rushing low in a game this season came against the 49ers in Week 4.
Vince Young had early success throwing downfield against the Patriots, completing his first three attempts over 11 yards to lead the Eagles to a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, as the game progressed Young was less efficient with his deep throws. Young finished with 22 attempts at least 11 yards downfield, his highest total in a game since 2008.
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Tom Brady completed four of his five passes at least 15 yards downfield for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Brady's 80.0 completion percentage, two touchdowns and 28.8 yards per pass attempt on throws at least 15 yards downfield are his highest single-game totals for the year.
Tom Brady was proficient over the middle on Sunday. Brady completed 20 of his 23 attempts for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns inside the numbers against the Eagles. Brady completed all eight of his throws between the hash marks, including both touchdowns.
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