Brady, Patriots deal Eagles crushing blow

New England 38, Philadelphia 20

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PHILADELPHIA — The way Tom Brady was getting everyone involved, it’s a surprise no linemen or linebackers caught passes.

Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young is sacked by New England defensive end Mark Anderson during the second half.  Associated Press
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Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young is sacked by New England defensive end Mark Anderson during the second half.

Brady threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Eagles 38-20 on Sunday in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl.

Filling in for the injured Michael Vick for the second consecutive game, Vince Young couldn’t keep Philadelphia’s fading playoff hopes alive despite throwing for a career-best 400 yards passing.

The AFC East-leading Patriots (8-3) stayed in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the conference behind a surgical-like effort from Brady.

The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 24 of 34, Deion Branch had 125 yards receiving and Wes Welker caught eight passes for 115 yards and two TDs. Brady’s favorite targets, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, also chipped in.

Gronkowski caught his 11th TD pass and Hernandez had six receptions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice on the ground.

“It was more balanced today,” Brady said. “That’s how it needs to be. You have to run it. You have to throw it to everybody. We did a good job maximizing all the guys.”

The Eagles (4-7) are all-but-mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in a season that began with Super Bowl expectations.

Angry fans made their feelings known about coach Andy Reid, chanting “Fire Andy!” in the second half.

“The way we played, I can understand,” Reid said.

The defending NFC East champions fell to 1-5 at home and have lost eight of nine at Lincoln Financial Field, including a playoff loss to Green Bay last January.

Brady and coach Bill Belichick improved to 4-0 against Reid’s Eagles.


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