Brady Tosses 3 TD’s As Favored New England Cruises Past Cincinnati 38-24

September 12, 2010 – By Scott

The New England Patriots went into Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals favored by 5 according to NFL sportsbooks, just days after quarterback Tom Brady was in a car accident and signing a contract that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL. Brady proved in the matchup that he deserves that recognition as he threw for 3 touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 38-24 win over the Bengals and their high-profiled receiving tandem of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

The receiving duo of Owens and Ochocinco, who combined for 212 yards receiving, were not enough to overcome the offensive fire power and defensive and special teams effort to pull out the win. The Patriots also got touchdowns on an interception and kickoff return to assist in an impressive offensive performance.

The Patriots got on the board first as Brady found Wes Welker for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Stephen Gostowski would then add a 32-yard field goal to give New England a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter would belong to the Patriots as well. Welker would haul in his second touchdown pass of the game from Brady and Gary Guyton intercepted a pass from Palmer and returned it 59 yards to put New England up 24-0. The Bengals would finally get on the scoreboard with 1:19 remaining in the half as Mike Nugent connected on a 54-yard field goal to cut the Patriots’ lead to 21 heading into halftime.

On the opening kick off to begin the second half, the Patriots would add to their lead as Brandon Tate took the kick back 97-yards to put the Patriots ahead 31-3. Carson Palmer finally led the Bengals to a touchdown as he found Jermaine Gresham from 1 yard out to cut the Patriots lead back to three touchdowns. Palmer would strike again with 28 seconds left to go in the third quarter as he found  Ochocinco for a 28-yard touchdown pass to cut the Patriots lead to 31-17.

The Patriots finally got their first offensive touchdown of the half midway through the fourth quarter as Brady found Rob Gronkowski on a 1-yard touchdown pass to give New England a 38-17 lead. The Bengals would bounce back as Cedric Benson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the Patriots’ lead to 14.

Palmer finished the game connecting on 34 of 50 pass attempts and 345 yards. He also added 2 touchdowns to go along with 1 interception.

The Patriots and Bengals exceeded the 45 point over/under set by NFL sportsbooks. New England will play at the New York Jets next week in a great AFC East matchup. Cincinnati will host the Baltimore Ravens.

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