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.
PATRIOTS 36, SAINTS 20
-- 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.
It's been over six months since the Patriots and Eagles squared off in Super Bowl LII, but fans on their way to Gillette Stadium for the teams' week two preseason matchup will have trouble getting the memory out of their heads.
According to Sports Illustrated, Eagles fan Gina Lewis, who lives in Massachusetts, placed a bet with her coworker over the amount of traction one of her tweets could get. The reward for surpassing her mark? A billboard outside Gillette Stadium reminding Patriots fans of their defeat at the hands of Nick Foles and the Eagles.
After launching a GoFundMe page to pay for the billboard, Lewis had a Philadelphia-based artist named Jordan Spector design it, which is now up at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street.
While the billboard will surely draw the ire of New England fans, it's hard to be too mad knowing that five is greater than one.
Tom Brady shed some light -- a little, at least -- on his future plans this morning.
In the first of this season's scheduled interviews on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, the Patriots quarterback said his long-term plan to continue playing into his 40s -- which he himself cast doubt upon with nebulous comments about the future on his Tom vs. Time show after the Super Bowl -- remains in place:
And, as usual, he wouldn't be drawn into any potential controversy about his contract:
As for the reported back injury he suffered earlier in camp?
Which means we'll probably see him in action Thursday:
Another talking point this offseason has been Brady's relationship with coach Bill Belichick, which has been speculated to be frayed. On the first of Belichick's weekly WEEI interviews, on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Monday night, Belichick downplayed any friction:
Brady himself followed that same path today: