Happy Thursday! But most important, happy snow day! Today’s weather reminded me of one of the most iconic Patriots games, and a personal favorite of mine as well. I’m sure Patriots fans can imagine which game I’m referring to. If you can recall back to the 2009 season, the New England Patriots laid a beating on the Tennessee Titans 59-0. What specifically jumps out about this game is the second quarter where the Patriots scored 35 points. Now, lets go back and revisit one of the best Patriots games of all time.
It would be criminal if the uniforms weren’t mentioned. Yes, the Patriots, Titans and the refs all wore throwback uniforms for this game. The Patriots wore their red uniforms with the Pat the Patriot logo and the Titans wore their old Houston Oilers uniforms. The refs wore their orange and white stripped uniforms to complete the throwback trifecta. On a personal note, the NFL needs to get rid of that rule that prevents teams like New England to wear these classic uniforms. Hopefully one day they will make an appearance on the field again.
The second quarter
Heading into the second quarter, New England was up 10-0. Laurence Maroney had a 45 yard touchdown run and Stephen Gostowski kicked a field goal. Tennessee showed no signs of life at all in the first, and the second, and in the game in general. Tom Brady and the New England offense had their way with the Tennessee defense in the second quarter. After recovering a Tennessee fumble, Brady went right down the field. The drive ended with a flea flicker to the Randy Moss for New England to take a 17-0 lead. Tennessee’s Kerry Collins fumbled (Tennessee’s second) and New England recovered again. Two plays later, Brady connects with Moss again and with the extra point it’s now 24-0 New England.
The rout is on
Things couldn’t get worse for Tennessee right? Wrong. Things got worse. The following drive after New England goes up 24-0, Kerry Collins throws an interception to Darius Butler. You can probably guess what’s coming next. Brady throws a short pass to Kevin Faulk, and Faulk takes it 38 yards to the distance. It’s 31-0 and the offense doesn’t stop there for New England. After forcing a punt in three plays, the offense is back on the field for the Patriots. Brady again marches down the field and throws a 30 yard pass to Wes Welker to take a 38-0 lead. To end the first half, New England forced another punt and Brady threw another touchdown to Wes Welker to take a 45-0 lead at the half.
One last touchdown pass
Brady opens the second half by marching down the field and throwing his last touchdown pass to Randy Moss. This would be the end of Tom Brady’s day. This was a historic day for Brady as he broke the record for most touchdown passes in a quarter, as well as tying the team record for touchdown passes in one day. On the day, Brady was 29-34 380 yards and 6 touchdowns. This is Brady’s best outing in his career.
One last score
Even without Tom Brady the Patriots scored. Brian Hoyer comes in and leads a drive down the field and runs it in himself to cap off the drive. This would make the score 59-0 which would end up being the final score. Tennessee showed no signs of life in this game and it showed. This game will go down in history as one of the worst beat downs in NFL History. With this win the Patriots improved to 4-2 on the season. Tennessee remained winless at 0-6.
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-Matt Burnett (@mattthew_jordan on Twitter)