New England survive a scare from New Orleans Saints.
Tom Brady’s 17-yard touchdown strike to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds left on the clock lifted the New England Patriots to a 30-27 win over the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints.
Brady, who had a streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass snapped last week, engineered the game-winning drive with 73 seconds left in Sunday’s contest in front of a crowd of 68,756 at Gillette Stadium.
He moved the ball from his 30 to the Saints’ 26 yard line with three completions.
Facing fourth down and four, Brady hit Austin Collie for a nine-yard gain that kept the game-winning drive going.
After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Brady hit Thompkins in the back left corner of the end zone for the win.
“Our defense made a great stop,” Brady said. “The guys made a bunch of plays there at the end. Guys made big-time catches.”
Brady totalled 269 yards on 25-of-43 passing for New England, who improved to 5-1.
Bill Belichick collected his 210th win as a head coach, passing Chuck Noll for sole possession of fifth place on the NFL’s all-time list .