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Ellis Hobbs returned the opening kickoff of the second half 108 yards for a touchdown, recording the longest kickoff return in NFL history and tying for the longest play in NFL history. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the second of Hobbs’ career, with his other coming on Dec. 17, 2006 on a 93-yard return against the Houston Texans. Hobbs’ 108-yard kickoff return surpasses the previous NFL record of 106 yards, achieved three times, last by Roy Green of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979. Hobbs’ play ties two 108-yard missed field goal returns for touchdowns as the longest play in NFL history. Nathan Vasher and Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears returned field goals 108 yards for touchdowns in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
In his Patriots debut, Randy Moss caught nine passes for 183 yards, achieving the third-highest single-game receiving yardage total in Patriots history. Moss’ 183 yards were the most by a Patriots receiver since Terry Glenn’s franchise-record 214 yards at Cleveland on Oct. 3, 1999. His 183 yards also were the third highest yardage total of Moss’s 139-game regular season career, trailing only his 204-yard performance at Chicago on Nov. 14, 1999 and his 190-yard total at Green Bay on Oct. 5, 1998. Both of those performances came while playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Tom Brady’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the third quarter was the 150th touchdown toss of his regular season career. He joins Steve Grogan (182) and Drew Bledsoe (166) as the only quarterbacks in Patriots history to total 150 touchdowns.
Tom Brady completed 22-of-28 passes (78.6 percent) for 297 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 146.6 passer rating. His passer rating of 146.6 was the third highest of his career, and his completion percentage of 78.6 was the fourth highest of his career.
Linebacker Mike Vrabel totaled 2.5 sacks, marking the second highest single-game sack total of his career and his highest since totaling a career-high 3.0 sacks against Cleveland on Oct. 26, 2003.