- The Washington Times - Monday, October 26, 2009

WEMBLEY, England | It took a trip across the Atlantic for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to get their first road victory of the season. For the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the change of scenery produced yet another loss.

Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the Buccaneers 35-7 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the NFL’s third regular-season game at the iconic London venue.

The Bucs, who gave up a home game to play in London, fell to 0-7 and had their losing streak extended to 11 games overall.

The Patriots were coming off a 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in which Brady tossed six touchdown passes. New England wasn’t as overpowering this time, and Brady even threw two interceptions in an uneven first-half performance.

But with a 39-yard score on an interception return by safety Brandon Meriweather on the fifth play of the game, New England was always in control against the league’s 27th-ranked defense.



Brady had touchdown passes to Wes Welker, Sam Aiken and Benjamin Watson. He finished 23-for-32 for 308 yards and was replaced late in the game by Brian Hoyer.

“I’m feeling great,” Brady said. “I keep rolling. That’s two wins in a row. We went out there and put two touchdowns on the board there in the second half. We had plenty of distractions coming over here, but everybody was really energized. To get the win and fly home and have a [bye] week off is just great.”

Tampa Bay and quarterback Josh Johnson mustered little offense. The Bucs’ only score came on a 33-yard pass from Johnson to Antonio Bryant near the end of the first half. Johnson finished 9-for-26 for 156 yards and three interceptions. He was taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by rookie Josh Freeman.

The game was played before a sellout crowd of 84,254 at Wembley, England’s national stadium.

It’s the third straight year the NFL has come to London for a regular-season game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week he envisions playing multiple regular-season games in Britain in coming years with the possibility of London having its own franchise.

Sunday’s atmosphere was noisy and festive, and the dry weather left the Wembley field in good playing condition.

Brady said it even had the feel of a Super Bowl.

“All the flashbulbs were going off there before the kickoff,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said.

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