CLEVELAND (WPRI) — Despite missing the first month of the season, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was back to form in his return to the field on Sunday.
Brady rejoined his teammates this week after serving out his four-game Deflategate suspension.
Despite being on the road, the four-time Super Bowl champ was met with cheers as he ran onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
Brady completed 28 of 40 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns, leading his team to a 33-13 win over the Browns. He spread the ball out well, hitting seven different receivers for completions.
Brady looked sharp right out of the gate, marching the offense down the field for touchdowns on his first three drives – the second capped off by his first TD pass of the year to TE Martellus Bennett.
Bennett also cashed in two more touchdowns. He and his cohort, TE Rob Gronkowski, were Brady’s top targets, pulling in a total of 11 receptions for 176 yards. WR Chris Hogan was also a big contributor, pulling in four catches for 114 yards.
With 5-and-a-half minutes left in the game and the Patriots up 20 points, Brady was taken out in favor of backup Jimmy Garoppolo.
It was also a return to the field for Garoppolo, who started the team’s first two games of 2016 before injuring his shoulder against Miami.
The team’s rookie third-stringer – Jacoby Brissett – was placed on IR this week after tearing a ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand. He took over for Garoppolo in Week 2 and started the following two games – leading the Patriots to a 27-0 win over the Houston Texans before unceremoniously falling to the Buffalo Bills at home by a score of 16-0.