Notes from halftime of today's game, courtesy of the Patriots' media relations department:
CASSEL LEADS 98-YARD DRIVE
In his first drive at quarterback in the first quarter, Matt Cassel directed a 10-play, 98-yard drive that ended in a 10-yard scoring strike to Randy Moss and a 7-0 Patriots lead. The drive was the longest for the Patriots since Sept. 23, 2007, when they also embarked on a 10-play, 98-yard drive against Buffalo at Gillette Stadium.
MOSS SCORES 126th CAREER TOUCHDOWN
Randy Moss caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel in the second quarter, recording his 126th career overall touchdown and his 125th career receiving touchdown. His 126 total touchdowns (125 receiving, 1 via punt return) tying him with Jim Brown (106 rushing, 20 receiving) for eighth on the NFL's all-time touchdowns list. LaDainian Tomlinson ranks seventh with 129 total touchdowns. Moss's 125 receiving touchdowns rank fourth on the league's all-time list.
MOSS BREAKS 100-YARD MARK IN FIRST QUARTER
Randy Moss had 101 yards on four receptions in the first quarter, marking the third time in his career that he has broken the 100-yard receiving mark in the first quarter. The last time he achieved the feat was on Oct. 3, 1999, while playing for Minnesota in a game against Tampa Bay. Last season, Moss had 100 or more receiving yards in a quarter on one occasion -- in the second quarter at Miami on Oct. 21, 2007, when he had 104 yards on three receptions.
MOSS TOPS 100 RECEIVING YARDS FOR 56th TIME
Randy Moss recorded his 56th career 100-yard receiving game today. That total ranks third in NFL history, trailing only Jerry Rice (76) and Marvin Harrison (59). Last season, Moss had nine 100-yard receiving games and broke the mark in each of the first four games in 2007.
Nine players are making their Patriots debuts this afternoon: LB Gary Guyton, T Mark LeVoir, RB LaMont Jordan, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Deltha O'Neal, CB Lewis Sanders, WR Matthew Slater, CB Terrence Wheatley and CB Jonathan Wilhite
Matt Cassel's 51-yard completion to Randy Moss on the final play of the first quarter was the longest completion of his career, topping his 36-yard completion to Andre Davis in the 2005 regular-season finale against Miami on Jan. 1, 2006.
BIG BOOT FOR HANSON
Chris Hanson's 70-yard punt in the second quarter was the longest punt by a Patriot since 2001 and was his longest boot since 2005. The play pinned the Chiefs at their own 9-yard line following no return. The last time a Patriots player had a punt of 70 yards or longer was on Sept. 9, 2001, when Lee Johnson had a 76-yard boot in the season opener at Cincinnati.
BRUSCHI ENTERS 13th SEASON
Tedy Bruschi is playing in his 177th game as a Patriot today and is in his 13th season with New England since being selected in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Bruschi's 13 seasons as a Patriot tie Raymond Clayborn, John Hannah, Stanley Morgan and Mosi Tatupu for sixth on the team's all-time list. Bruschi's 177 games played rank eighth on the club's all-time list.
The following players were elected as Patriots captains by their teammates this week -- Offense: QB Tom Brady, T Matt Light, WR Randy Moss; Defense: LB Tedy Bruschi, S Rodney Harrison, LB Mike Vrabel, NT Vince Wilfork; Special Teams: LB Larry Izzo.