Game notes: Brady, Gronk set records in 36-20 victory


Game notes: Brady, Gronk set records in 36-20 victory

Notes from the Patriots' 36-20 victory over the Saints on Thursday:

-- Tom Brady's three-touchdown/no-interception game was the 52nd time in his career he threw for three or more TDs with no picks, setting an NFL record, He had been tied with Peyton Manning at 51.


-- Brady joined Warren Moon as the only QBs age 40 or older in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and 3 TDs in a game.

-- All of Brady's TD passes came in the first quarter, the first time in his career he threw for three touchdowns in the opening quarter.

-- Brady threw for 447 yards, the third-highest single-game total of his career and his 10th 400-plus-passing-yard game. It was also his second career game with 300 yards passing in a first half.

-- Rob Gronkowski had 116 receving yards and moved into a second-place tie with Kellen Winslow for most 100-yard-receiving games by a tight end. Tony Gonzalez is first, with 31.

-- Gronkowski's 53-yard TD reception tied for the second-longest catch of his career -- his longest was a 76-yarder against the Giants -- and was his fourth career 50-or-plus-yard touchdown.


Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.