Here are some stats of note from Monday night’s 34-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. ¬†This is a compilation of stats that were pointed out during the telecast, as well as several facts from the team:
-¬†Rob Gronkowski’s third quarter touchdown was the 17th of his career in the red zone, the most in NFL history for a player in their first two seasons. ¬†He’s also reached 20 touchdowns in the fewest games among tight ends (26) in NFL history. ¬†The previous best was held by¬†Mike Ditka, who had done it in 31 games.
The NFL pointed out that Gronkowski is also the 2nd tight end in NFL History with back-to-back 10+ touchdown reception seasons, joining Antonio Gates (2004-05).
- That touchdown pass by¬†Tom Brady to Gronkowski was his 25th of the season, which is the 7th time he’s done so in his career. ¬†That tied him with¬†Dan Marino for 3rd in NFL history.
-¬†Julian Edelman’s 72 yard punt return gave him a 12.4 career yards per punt return, which is the highest to total so far in team history. ¬†The Patriots also pointed out that he’s the 4th player in team history to return multiple punts for touchdowns.
-¬†Kyle Arrington picked off two passes Monday night, giving him seven on the season, extending his league lead.
-¬†Phillip Adams later added another interception in the fourth quarter, with the Patriots pointing out that it was the first 3 interception game for New England since 12/26/10 at Buffalo (Jarrod Page, Dane Fletcheer, Patrick Chung), which coincidentally was a 34-3 win over the Bills. ¬† It was Adams’ first career NFL interception.
-¬†Wes Welker now has 88 consecutive regular season games with a reception, and was held without a target until 9:54 to go in the fourth quarter, which fell incomplete after Brady was hit on the throw. ¬†He caught his first pass of the night at around the 6:00 mark. ¬†The last catchless game for him came in Week 15 of 2005. ¬†Fortunately the streak remains in tact.
- According to the team, Monday night’s win win gives¬†Bill Belichick 184 wins, moving him past¬†Bill Parcells into 9th on the NFL’s all time coaching victories list. ¬†The win was also¬†Tom Brady’s 118th, moving him past Joe Montana into 7th place on the NFL’s all time victories by a quarterback.