American Football: Dallas thrown by Brady's pass masterclass

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Tom Brady threw a career-high five touchdown passes, with Donte Stallworth taking the final one 69 yards to break open a tight game in the fourth quarter as New England beat Dallas 48-27 on Sunday.

The Patriots started strong and finished stronger, their sixth straight blowout win and their highest point total this season. New England also gave up its most points of the season and trailed in the second half for the first time this year.

Brady was sacked three times, as many as he'd been all season.

In San Diego, LaDainian Tomlinson matched his career high with four touchdowns, rushing for 198 yards on 24 carries and leading San Diego to its eighth straight win over Oakland.

Tomlinson scored on runs of 3, 27, 13 and 41 yards to vault past John Riggins for fifth on the all-time TDs rushing list with 106.

Testaverde, 43, threw a touchdown pass for the 21st straight season, extending his own NFL record. He signed with Carolina earlier this week when first-stringer Jake Delhomme went on injured reserve and backup David Carr hurt his back.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, Charles Woodson returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in soggy conditions at Lambeau Field as the Green Bay packers downed the Washington Redskins 17-14.

Green Bay won despite an off day from the league's top passing offense and Brett Favre, who became the NFL's career interception king with an errant pass picked off by Redskins safety Sean Taylor in the third quarter.

In Chicago, Adrian Peterson showed why he was the first running back taken in this year's draft with a record-setting rushing performance and three touchdowns. Still, the Minnesota Vikings needed a 55-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell on the final play to beat the Chicago Bears 34-31.

After Chicago's Brian Griese hit Devin Hester for an 81-yard TD pass to tie the game with 1:38 left, Peterson came through again. He returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Bears 38. Then Longwell floated a kick that just cleared the crossbar for his longest pro field goal.

In Seattle, Reggie Bush gained 141 yards, Drew Brees threw for 246 and receiver David Patten had eight catches for 113 yards, lifting the New Orleans Saints to their first victory by beating the Seattle Redskins 28-17.

It was a breakout day for New Orleans, which hadn't scored more than 14 points in four dispiriting losses that brought back chilling memories of the 'Aints of days past. In this one, the Saints had three touchdowns by the middle of the second quarter.