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12-18-2005, 04:04 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady and the New England defense threw a new wrinkle into their late-season surge by finally beating a strong team. Dominating it, actually.

The two-time defending NFL champions knocked aside one of their biggest challenges of the season, clinching the AFC East title with a 28-0 win Saturday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady threw three scoring passes in his 85th consecutive start despite being listed as questionable for the game with a left shin injury. New England's defense sacked Chris Simms seven times and held the Bucs to 138 yards, its third straight opponent with less than 200.

The Patriots (9-5) have outscored those three opponents 79-10 and won for the fifth time in six games after going 4-4 in an injury-plagued first half of the season.

In their previous three wins, they beat the lowly New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Their other two wins this season against above-.500 teams came on last-minute field goals.

The Bucs came in as a hot team with four wins in their last five games. But they dropped to 9-5, a half-game behind Carolina (9-4), which leads the NFC South heading into Sunday's game at New Orleans.

The Patriots, division champions for the fourth time in five years, scored on the game's opening possession when Brady threw a 1-yard pass to tackle Tom Ashworth, the first career reception for the five-year veteran who was eligible on the play.

New England forced the Bucs to punt on their first four series before the offense took over again with two touchdowns in the last 2:08 of the first half, a 3-yard run by Corey Dillon and a 16-yard pass from Brady to David Givens.

Dillon made it 28-0 early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard pass from Brady as Tampa Bay, which had allowed the third fewest points in the NFL, gave up its second most of the season.

Dillon played his third straight game after missing two with a calf injury. Givens also played his third in a row after being sidelined for three with a knee injury.

But the Patriots' defensive front seven is healthy and playing aggressively, a bad combination for Simms, who had been sacked 19 times and thrown 212 passes going into the game. He was 21-for-34 for 155 yards Saturday.

The fourth and last sack of the first half led to a touchdown. Simms was hit by Mike Vrabel, jarring the ball loose. Willie McGinest recovered the fumble and New England started at the Tampa Bay 27 with 1:16 left in the half.

Brady's 8-yard completion to Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk's 3-yard run set up the touchdown pass to Givens.

The Patriots shut down an outstanding runner for the third straight week. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams gained 23 yards on 14 carries. The Jets' Curtis Martin had 29 yards on 15 runs and Buffalo's Willis McGahee had 3 yards on three carries.

Williams entered the game with five 100-yard outings and 924 yards rushing.

Brady set a career-high with 3,888 yards this season after completing 20 of 31 passes for 258 yards.

12-18-2005, 11:35 PM
Hell yeah--Go Pats!

12-20-2005, 12:12 AM
Hell yeah--Go Pats!

I like the way the Pats go about there business 1beer Tom Brady is a GREAT Q.B. groucho , and Leader!

12-20-2005, 12:40 AM
That was just freaking Amazing what the Pat's pulled off! Now Let go for a 3PEAT!

12-20-2005, 02:05 PM
Wouldn't it be something if the Pats did it again? Especially when they started 4-4? I'd love to see us go into the RCA Dome and stop the Colts. I just want to see the Colts lose to anybody, but it would be sweeter if we did it.

Winning 4 of the last 5 Superbowls and winning 3 in a row. Yup, I can handle that!

12-20-2005, 02:10 PM
Winning 4 of the last 5 Superbowls and winning 3 in a row. Yup, I can handle that!

Me too I have faith.

12-20-2005, 02:12 PM
Pats will be making history here. 3 years in a row Super Bowl Champs. All the injuries are mostly back in the game and we're back on stride. B)

12-23-2005, 12:14 AM
I'm affraid after hearing the News today, I'll be pulling for the Colts. That has got to be the hardest thing to deal with in anyone's life :(

12-23-2005, 04:13 AM
I'm affraid after hearing the News today, I'll be pulling for the Colts. That has got to be the hardest thing to deal with in anyone's life :(

I agree. As a former resident of Baltimore, I swore long ago (one christmas eve actually...) that I would forever hate and root against the Colts wherever they went and whomever they played. But today I had to rethink it. They're in the middle of the season of their lives and the man loses his son. Gotta hope that everyone in the organization pulls this one together and creates something special.

unless they wind up playing the Redskins, then all bets are off.

12-23-2005, 04:15 AM
Spoken like a true Skin fan Trad :lol: :lol:

12-23-2005, 12:09 PM
Well the Pats are getting healthy at the right time. I would love to see the Pats and the Colts in the playoffs.
Sorry thing about the colts coach's son, news this am is they think it was a suicide. What is going on with our young kids nowadays. No more what
r.i.p. only wish he had another day to think it over or talk with someone.