Patriots

Game notes: Record and near-records from Pats' 21-13 victory

Game notes: Record and near-records from Pats' 21-13 victory

FOXBORO -- Postgame notes from the Patriots' 21-13 victory over the Chargers, courtesy of the New England P.R. department:

NOT HALF BAD
The Patriots are now 6-2 this season, the 16th time in franchise history they've started a season with a record of 6-2 or better. It's also the fifth year in a row they've done so. The seasons with a 6-2 or better start: 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

MORE:

RARITY
When the Patriots recorded a safety by tackling Travis Benjamin in the end zone, it was the first time in an NFL game since 2003 that a safety was recorded during a punt return. In addition, Patriots special teams had not recorded a safety since Dec. 9, 1979, when the Jets fumbled a snap on a punt out of the end zone.

LAST-MINUTE EFFICIENCY
The Patriots scored in the final minute of the first half for the fifth straight game, and for the sixth time in eight games this season. Three of the scores have been touchdowns and three have been field goals, including today's (36-yard kick by Steven Gostkowski with 24 seconds left).

A WINNING STRATEGY
Tom Brady threw for 333 yards, his fifth 300-yard game of 2017 and the 81st of his career. The Pats are 67-14 when Brady throws for 300 or more yards.

HISTORIC PACE I
Brady has 2,541 yards passing through the first eight games and is on pace to finish with 5,082 yards. Brady owns one of the nine 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history and can join Drew Brees (5) as the only player with more than one 5,000-yard season. 

HISTORIC PACE II
James White had five receptions for 85 yards and now has 43 receptions for the year. He's on pace to finish the season with 86 receptions, which would break the franchise record for pass receptions by a running back in a single season (77, by Tony Collins in 1986).

HISTORIC PACE III
Rob Gronkowski now has 509 receiving yards and is on pace to finish the year with 1,018 yards. It would be his fourth 1,000-yard season and he would join Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten as the only NFL tight ends with four 1,000-yard seasons. 

MOVING UP THE LIST I
Brady and Gronkowski have now connected for 72 touchdown passes, tying them with Drew Brees/Marques Colston for fifth place on the all-time NFL list of quarterback/receiver touchdowns. Dan Marino and Mark Clayton are in fourth, with 79. The record is 112, by Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

MOVING UP THE LIST II
Gronkowski now has 444 career points, enabling him to pass Tony Franklin (442) and move into fifth place on the Patriots' all-time scoring list. John Smith is next, with 692. The all-time is Gostkowski, with 1,537.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE