In-game notes, courtesy of the Patriots' media relations department:
MOSSíS 19 TOUCHDOWN CATCHES ARE SECOND HIGHEST NFL SINGLE-SEASON TOTAL
With two touchdown receptions in the first half, Randy Moss caught his 18th and 19th touchdown passes of the season, recording the second highest single-season receiving touchdown total in NFL history. Mossís 19 touchdown catches this season (as of halftime) trail only Jerry Riceís NFL record total of 22 in 1987. The 19 touchdown receptions set a new career high for Moss, topping his 17 scoring catches in 1998 and 2003 while with the Minnesota Vikings.
BRADYíS 43 TOUCHDOWN PASSES ARE FOURTH HIGHEST NFL SINGLE-SEASON TOTAL
Tom Brady threw his two touchdown passes in the first half to raise his season total to 43 touchdown passes (as of halftime). Bradyís 43 touchdown passes are the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL history, trailing only Peyton Manningís NFL-record 49 touchdown passes in 2004, Dan Marinoís 48 scoring throws in 1984 and Marinoís 44 touchdown tosses in 1986. Bradyís 43 touchdown passes have eclipsed the Patriotsí old single-season mark of 31, set by Vito ďBabeĒ Parilli in 1964.
MOSS SETS TEAM RECORD FOR MOST OVERALL TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON
With his first touchdown catch of the day, a 4-yard reception from Tom Brady, Randy Moss set a new Patriots record with his 18th overall touchdown of the season, topping Curtis Martinís previous record of 17 touchdowns in 1996. Moss added a 63-yard scoring grab in the second quarter to raise his season total to 19 touchdowns. All 18 of Mossís touchdowns have come via receptions. In 1996, Martin had 14 touchdowns via rushes and three via receptions.
MOSS CATCHES 63-YARD TOUCHDOWN
Randy Moss hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead. The reception was Mossís longest of the season, topping a 55-yard grab at Indianapolis on Nov. 4. It was also Mossís fourth catch of 50 yards or longer this season and was the 33rd reception of 50 yards or longer in his career. The 63-yard touchdown was Mossís 11th touchdown catch of 60 yards or longer in his career. It was the second longest reception of the season for the Patriots, trailing only a 69-yard scoring pass from Brady to Donte Stallworth at Dallas on Oct. 14.
PATRIOTS HELD ON OPENING POSSESSION
New England did not score on its opening possession for just the second time in 13 games this season. The only other game this season in which the Patriots did not put points on the board on its first offensive possession of the game was at Indianapolis on Nov. 4. On their 13 game-opening possessions this season, the Patriots have scored eight touchdowns, three field goals and have punted twice.
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