Patriots’ Brady, Moss set records

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker)—The New England Patriots completed their chase for a perfect season in record-setting style.

Quarterback Tom Brady and Randy Moss each shattered NFL records on the same play in Saturday’s 38-35 victory over the New York Giants that completed the first perfect regular season in 35 years.

Brady hit Moss with a 65-yard touchdown pass with 11:06 left in the game - the second scoring connection for the duo in the contest.

It was the 50th TD pass of the season for Brady, eclipsing the previous league mark set by Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts in 2004.

“I threw it as far as I could and that was a big one for Randy, for me for our whole team,” Brady said.

And it was the 22nd touchdown reception of the season by Moss, breaking Jerry Rice’s all-time single-season record set in 1987.

New England also broke the NFL single-season record for points in a season in the second quarter against the Giants.

Brady’s 4-yard pass to Moss with 14:55 left in the first half set the scoring mark.

The touchdown gave New England 561 points en route to 589 for the season, surpassing the mark of 556 set by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.

Moss was a rookie on that record-setting Vikings team in 1998, when he established his previous season high of 17 touchdown catches.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins, who completed a 17-0 season en route to winning the Super Bowl, are the only other team to start a regular season 14-0. The league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

New England also won its 19th consecutive regular-season game, eclipsing its own league record of 18 set over the 2003-04.

The Patriots’ last regular-season loss came, ironically, to the Dolphins, 21-0, on December 10, 2006.

Last week, the Patriots set the league record for touchdowns in a season with 71, breaking the mark held by the Dolphins in 1984.

New England also has had 21 different players score touchdowns, tying the NFL mark held by the Los Angeles Rams (1987) and Denver Broncos (2000).

Wide receiver Wes Welker also set a record Saturday when he caught 11 passes to give him 112 on the season, snapping Troy Brown’s franchise mark of 101.

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Updated Saturday, Dec 29, 2007