WELKER CLOSE TO PASSING TROY BROWN TO MOVE INTO SECOND ON THE PATRIOTS ALL-TIME RECEIVING YARDS LIST
Welker finished with 95 yards receiving against Arizona and now has 6,214 receiving yards as a member of the Patriots. Welker needs 153 more receiving yards to move past Troy Brown (6,366) into second place on the New England all-time receiving yards list. Stanley Morgan is in first place with 10,352 yards.
WELKER IS STREAKING
Wes Welker extended his streak to 79 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has an overall streak of 96 straight regular-season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins. Welker has caught at least one pass in each of his 86 games with the Patriots, including seven postseason games. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with Miami.
BRADY PASSES JOHNNY UNITAS FOR 13TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME PASSING LIST; NEEDS 21 PASSING YARDS TO MOVE PAST JOE MONTANA INTO 12TH PLACE ALL-TIME
Tom Brady (40,531 passing yards) moved past Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (40,239) into 13th place on the NFL’s all-time passing list with a 16-yard completion to RB
BRADY HAS HIS 46TH 300-YARD GAME
Brady had his 46th career 300-yard game after finishing with 316 yards against Arizona. He is 8th all-time for most 300 yards game in a career. Hall of Famer Warren Moon is in seventh place with 49 300-yard games. In 2011, Brady had a personal best 11 300 yard games. The NFL record for most 300-yard games in a season is 13 by Drew Brees (2011).
MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN NFL HISTORY
Peyton Manning: 63 (Denver plays on Monday)
Dan Marino: 63
Brett Favre: 62
Drew Brees: 59
Kurt Warner: 52
Dan Fouts: 51
Warren Moon: 49
Tom Brady: 46
Joe Montana: 39
MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN A SEASON
13 Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2011
11 Tom Brady, Patriots, 2011
10 Rich Gannon, Oakland, 2002
10 Drew Brees, New Orleans, 2008
9 Dan Marino, Miami, 1984
9 Warren Moon, Houston, 1990
9 Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 1999
9 Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 2001
9 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 2009
9 Matt Schaub, Houston, 2009
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH AT LEAST ONE TOUCHDOWN PASS CONTINUES FOR BRADY
Tom Brady has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 34 straight regular season games, extending his team mark on a 5-yard touchdown pass to TE
GRONKOWSKI MOVES INTO SOLE POSSESSION OF SECOND ON PATRIOTS LIST FOR TOUCHDOWNS CATCHES BY A TIGHT END
Rob Gronkowski 5-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter was his 29th touchdown reception for his career, moving him out of a second place tie with Russ Francis (28) into sole possession of second place for most touchdown receptions by a Patriots tight end. Ben Coates is first with 50 touchdown receptions.
PATRIOTS LOSE FIRST OPENER EVER AT GILLETTE STADIUM
The Patriots suffered their first defeat on opening day at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots entered the game with an 11-0 record in home openers at Gillette Stadium, which was the longest active winning streak in home openers in the NFL. The last time the Patriots lost a home opener was Sept. 23, 2001 at Foxboro Stadium when the Patriots fell to the New York Jets, 10-3.
DONALD THOMAS MAKES THE START AT RIGHT GUARD
FIRST TIME IN PATRIOTS HISTORY A KICKER HAS CONNECTED ON TWO 50 YARD FIELD GOALS IN THE SAME GAME
GOSTKOWSKI’S 53-YARDER IS THE LONGEST BY A PATRIOTS PLAYER AT GILLETTE STADIUM
Gostkowski’s 53-yard field goal is the longest by a Patriots player at Gillette Stadium, besting his 52-yard field goal vs. Chicago on Nov. 26, 2006. It ties for the second longest field goal ever at Gillette. Buffalo’s Rian Lindell (9/10/06) and Cincinnati’s Mike Nungent (9/12/10) each had 54-yard field goals at Gillette Stadium.
GOSTKOWSKI MATCHED A CAREER HIGH WITH FOUR FIELD GOALS
Gostkowski had four field goals against Arizona (46, 34, 51 and 53) to tie a career high. He has now had four field goals in a game six times. Before today, the last time he had four field goals in a game was vs. Miami on Nov. 8, 2009.
MAYO IS A TACKLING MACHINE
NINKOVICH MAKES AN IMPACT
JONES CONTINUES STRONG START