FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowksi picked up some more milestones. The New England Patriots picked up another lopsided win.
Brady threw for two touchdowns, including the 400th of his career, to help the defending Super Bowl champions run away from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 51-17 victory on Sunday. LeGarrette Blount had three 1-yard touchdown runs, and Gostkowski delivered the extra point on all six New England TDs to run his streak to an NFL record 425 in a row.
“That takes a lot of games, a lot of snaps to do that. That’s certainly a tribute to both of them, the durability, longevity, consistent production they’ve had,” coach Bill Belichick said.
“They had a good day, as they’ve had in many, many days throughout their career. I feel really fortunate to have those guys on my team.”
After a summer dominated by deflated football talk, the Patriots (3-0) opened with victories over Pittsburgh and Buffalo and then proved they weren’t looking past the overmatched Jaguars (1-2). Brady became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 touchdowns, and he added his 401st, a 13-yard pass to Keshawn Martin late in the third quarter.
By that time, it was 37-10, fans were trying to beat traffic on Route 1, and the Patriots were heading into their bye week with a perfect record.
In all, Brady completed 33 of 42 passes for 358 yards while leading New England to scores on all nine of his drives. (Backup Jimmy Garoppolo came in to kneel down and run out the clock on the final possession.)
“I don’t care whether we throw it in or run it in,” Brady said. “As long as we’re scoring points and winning, it’s fun for me.”
Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 101 yards for the Patriots. Blount ran for 78 yards. Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 85 yards. Gostkowski, who has led the NFL in points for each of the past three seasons, added three field goals.
It was the most points ever allowed by the Jaguars (1-2).
The biggest highlight for Jacksonville was a 59-yard catch and run from Blake Bortles to Allen Hurns that made it 30-10 midway through the third quarter. Jacksonville’s other touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from Bortles to Clay Harbor.
Brady completed a 1-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola in the second quarter for No. 400, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino in the 400-touchdown club. Amendola gave the ball to a fan in the front row, but a ballboy retrieved it.
Asked if Brady was upset that Amendola didn’t take better care of the loot, Brady laughed.
“I don’t care,” said Brady, who has an NFL MVP trophy, three for the Super Bowl MVP and four NFL championship rings in his memorabilia collection. “Danny can do whatever he wants.”
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