Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Tom Brady engineered two scoring drives with less than three minutes left in the game to carry the New England Patriots to a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Down by 12, Brady engineered an 11-play, 82-yard drive that he capped with a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman to cut the lead to 26-21.
The Patriots recovered the onside kick before Brady again led a New England scoring drive, which he capped off with a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola with 35 seconds left, allowing the Patriots to escape with their 10th win in 14 games.
Brady completed 32 of 52 passes for 418 yards with an interception, Shane Vereen caught 12 passes for 153 yards and ran for a touchdown while LeGarrette Blount rushed 42 yards on 12 carries to help the Patriots remain undefeated at home in seven games.
However, the win was costly for the Patriots as tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. He was carted off the field before he was taken to the hospital.
According to sources, the Patriots fear that Gronkowski has a torn ACL in his right knee. Gronkowski suffered the injury in the third quarter after he was hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward while hauling in a pass from Tom Brady.
Jason Campbell finished 29-for-44 for 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Browns, who dropped to 4-9 after suffering a fourth straight loss.
Josh Gordon caught seven passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. His 18-yard catch from Campbell put him at 1,291 yards on the season, breaking the old mark of 1,289 set by Braylon Edwards in 2007.
Jordan Cameron recorded 121 yards and a touchdown on six catches while Gary Barnidge was the recipient of Campbell’s other touchdown pass.
Gordon’s touchdown catch gave the Browns a 19-3 lead before the Patriots trimmed the gap to 19-11 behind Vereen’s scoring run and Brady’s two-point conversion to Edelman.
After Stephen Gostkowski put the Patriots within 19-14 with a 50-yard field goal, Campbell found Cameron for a four-yard touchdown pass for a 26-14 lead.
Then, Brady took over, tossing two touchdown passes in a span of 1:01 to lift the Patriots to victory.