After Josh Gordon hauled in Tom Brady’s 500th touchdown pass in October, the wide receiver said there were many more to come.
“The next history point to make for him,” Gordon said at the time. “I hope to be a part of it.”
His wish came true on Sunday during the third quarter of the Patriots’ 24-10 win over the Vikings. On 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 24-yard line, Brady stepped up in the pocket and fired a pass over the middle to Gordon. The wideout, who had found a pocket of space in the Vikings secondary, turned upfield and raced for a touchdown.
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The score was the 579th of Brady’s career, equalling Peyton Manning’s top mark for career regular season and postseason touchdowns.
“I did not know that stat line,” Gordon told reporters postgame. “It must be fate, I guess – I won’t say coincidence – but it’s great to be on the receiving end of it.
“[I am] extremely humbled to come out here every Sunday and get a chance to play, let alone with Tom Brady, the greatest to ever do it. So, to be a part of history with him? I can’t really even put the words to describe what that means to me. But, it’s just great to have the opportunity.”
It took Gordon a while to get going on Sunday. Brady didn’t target the 27-year old until late in the third quarter, but once he did the entire complexion of the game changed.
First, Gordon caught a pass, spun away from a would-be tackler, and sprinted for a 24-yard gain. He finished the drive with the 24-yard touchdown three plays later. Then, on the ensuing Patriots possession, he drew a 20-yard pass interference penalty to start the drive and added a 10-yard catch that set up another touchdown.
Gordon noted he had to be patient in the first half and “let it play itself out.”
“I didn’t really question the game plan,” he said. “I just went along with it. It seemed to work in our favor. My trust is in the coaches. I think they trust me. So, it worked out.”