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Brady has big day in homecoming, Patriots beat Bengals 35-17

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady had a smooth regular-season home debut.

Playing his first game in Foxborough since the end of his ''Deflategate'' suspension, Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career , and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17 on Sunday.

Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.

''I think I know how to get to that place where I need to be,'' Brady said. ''You only have so much energy, and at some point you gotta cut it loose when the moment's right.''

Cincinnati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 4-12 - its worst season under coach Marvin Lewis.

The Bengals had their moments offensively, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and 5-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Dalton finished 21 of 31 for 254 yards.

But New England (5-1) bounced back from some sluggish drives early with several big plays in the third quarter.

The Bengals scored on their first drive after halftime to briefly take a 14-10 lead. The Patriots swiftly responded with a safety and a pair of touchdown passes by Brady -first to Gronkowski, then to James White - to put the Patriots back in front.

Cincinnati has lost in its past six trips to New England. It hasn't won in Foxborough since 1986.

QUOTABLE: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on his team's recent struggles: ''It's disappointing. We're doing a lot of things right, and doing things good, and correct. But we're not finishing things. We continue to be our own Achilles heel, way too often. Whether it's a penalty on defense, which sets us back, or a key third down conversion. It turns out to be the key to the football game.''

TE Martellus Bennett on a late-game shoving match between several players on both sides following LeGarrette Blount's 1-yard touchdown run: ''That's just what it is. We don't back down. We're not looking for trouble, but we don't walk away from trouble either.''

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Bengals had a chance to score in the first half, but couldn't convert on three straight plays from the 1-yard line.

New England led 3-0 early in the second quarter when Dalton hit Giovani Bernard for 32 yards to the 6-yard line. Bernard ran for 5 more on first down to put it inside the 1. On second down, though, Bernard was stopped for no gain. Dalton's pass to A.J. Green in the left corner of the end zone on third down was well covered by Malcolm Butler, setting up a fourth-and-goal from a foot.

Bernard took the handoff and drove into the line, but the Patriots pushed him back and took over on downs.

The Bengals forced the Patriots to punt and then brought it back to the goal line on their next possession before Dalton ran it in himself from the 2 to make it 7-3.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Brady was efficient in the Patriots' final drive of the first half. After throwing an incompletion and taking an 8-yard sack to begin the drive, he ended it with five straight completions, including a 39-yard pass to Chris Hogan to set up the 15-yard touchdown pass to White. The drive took just 2:09 off the clock.

GOING DEEP: Including the 39-yard reception in the second quarter, Hogan has five catches of at least 20 yards on the season. That is more than any other Patriots receiver.

SAFETIES SQUARED: Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower delivered his second safety in two weeks. He dragged down Dalton in the end zone in the third quarter to cut Cincinnati's lead to 14-12. Hightower also forced a safety against Cleveland last week when he pressured Browns quarterback Cody Kessler into a backward pass that went out of the end zone.

GRONK GETS ON THE BOARD: After going three games this season without reaching the end zone, Gronkowski got his first touchdown reception of the season in the third quarter. Gronk got free over the middle and hauled in a 4-yard catch that put the Patriots up 19-14 after Stephen Gostkowski's extra point. It was the first time that Brady and Gronk have connected for a TD this season. Gronk celebrated with his usual spike of the football.

INJURIES: Patriots LB Elandon Roberts left early in the second quarter with a head injury. Cincinnati center Russell Bodine limped off with a right leg injury in the third quarter. Patriots defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

UP NEXT: Cincinnati: Bengals host Browns on Sunday.

New England: Patriots travel to Steelers on Sunday.

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Key Players
A. Dalton 14 QB
254 YDs, 1 TDs, 0 INTs
T. Brady 12 QB
376 YDs, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:57
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
17
35
Touchdown 0:57
L.Blount up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on NE-L.Blount, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
9
plays
50
yds
2:35
pos
17
34
Field Goal 6:04
S.Gostkowski 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
12
plays
62
yds
6:30
pos
17
28
Field Goal 12:34
M.Nugent 25 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
12
plays
68
yds
5:24
pos
17
25
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 2:58
S.Gostkowski extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
14
25
Touchdown 2:58
T.Brady pass short right to J.White for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
53
yds
1:35
pos
14
25
Point After TD 5:00
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
14
19
Touchdown 5:00
T.Brady pass short right to R.Gronkowski for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
68
yds
2:05
pos
14
18
Safety 7:05
A.Dalton sacked in End Zone for -8 yards, SAFETY (D.Hightower).
plays
yds
pos
14
12
Point After TD 11:14
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 11:14
A.Dalton pass short left to B.LaFell for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
80
yds
3:46
pos
13
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:01
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 1:01
T.Brady pass short right to J.White for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
2:09
pos
7
9
Point After TD 3:10
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 3:10
A.Dalton left tackle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
60
yds
3:26
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:06
S.Gostkowski 46 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
8
plays
47
yds
2:54
pos
0
3
Time of Pos 32:03 27:57
1st Downs 20 25
Rushing 7 5
Passing 12 17
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-12 4-10
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 357 437
Total Plays 65 61
Avg Gain 5.5 7.2
Net Yards Rushing 120 79
Rush Attempts 32 23
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 3.4
Net Yards Passing 237 358
Comp. - Att. 21-31 29-35
Yards Per Pass 7.6 10.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-17 3-18
Penalties - Yards 7-46 6-55
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-41.0 3-44.3
Return Yards 69 95
Punts - Returns 2-12 3-49
Kickoffs - Returns 3-57 2-46
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 5/6
Extra Points 2/2 3/4
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 4-5 -80%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-3 -67% 3-4 -75%
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Bengals 2-4077317
Patriots 5-137151035
237 PASS YDS 358
120 RUSH YDS 79
357 TOTAL YDS 437
Bengals
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 254 1 0 103.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.4% 1757 6 2 97.2
A. Dalton 21/31 254 1 0 23
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Bernard 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 167 0
G. Bernard 15 49 0 11 8
J. Hill 32 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 271 3
J. Hill 13 38 0 8 3
A. Dalton 14 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 93 1
A. Dalton 2 17 1 15 23
R. Burkhead 33 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
R. Burkhead 2 16 0 12 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 6 88 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 606 2
A. Green 10 6 88 0 23 8
T. Boyd 83 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 79 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 242 0
T. Boyd 5 4 79 0 30 7
G. Bernard 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 256 1
G. Bernard 5 4 45 0 32 8
T. Kroft 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 83 0
T. Kroft 2 2 19 0 13 1
B. LaFell 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 13 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 289 3
B. LaFell 5 2 13 1 8 7
C. Uzomah 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 193 0
C. Uzomah 2 1 6 0 6 0
J. Hill 32 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 40 0
J. Hill 1 1 3 0 3 3
J. Wright 86 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 28 0
J. Wright 1 1 1 0 1 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Shaw 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 1 0.0
J. Shaw 8-1 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-13 0 0.0
S. Williams 5-4 0.0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 1 0.0
D. Kirkpatrick 4-1 0.0 0 0
V. Burfict 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 1.0
V. Burfict 4-4 1.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 1.5
M. Johnson 2-1 1.0 0 0
G. Iloka 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 0 0.0
G. Iloka 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hunt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
M. Hunt 2-0 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 2.5
G. Atkins 2-1 0.0 0 0
V. Rey 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-13 0 0.0
V. Rey 1-3 0.0 0 0
K. Dansby 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-18 0 0.0
K. Dansby 1-7 0.0 0 0
D. Smith 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Burkhead 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Burkhead 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Sims 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-10 0 1.0
P. Sims 1-2 1.0 0 0
R. Maualuga 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 0.0
R. Maualuga 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Peko 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-8 0 0.0
D. Peko 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 1 0.0
A. Jones 1-2 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Fejedelem 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Kroft 81 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Kroft 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Nugent 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
13/15 10/10
M. Nugent 1/1 25 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
30 44.2 10
K. Huber 4 41.0 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 20.6 26 0
A. Erickson 2 21.0 26 0
R. Burkhead 33 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 19.5 23 0
R. Burkhead 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 6.8 15 0
A. Erickson 2 6.0 11 0
Patriots
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
82.9% 376 3 0 140.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76% 782 6 0 135.5
T. Brady 29/35 376 3 0 33
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Blount 29 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 50 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
119 439 6
L. Blount 13 50 1 15 13
J. White 28 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 92 0
J. White 7 19 0 7 17
J. Edelman 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 39 0
J. Edelman 1 8 0 8 3
T. Brady 12 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
T. Brady 2 2 0 2 33
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 162 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 282 1
R. Gronkowski 9 7 162 1 38 22
M. Bennett 88 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 362 4
M. Bennett 5 5 48 0 24 4
J. White 28 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 47 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 212 2
J. White 9 8 47 2 15 17
C. Hogan 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 275 1
C. Hogan 1 1 39 0 39 3
J. Edelman 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 261 0
J. Edelman 7 4 30 0 13 3
D. Amendola 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 160 2
D. Amendola 2 2 30 0 17 3
L. Blount 29 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 24 0
L. Blount 2 2 20 0 16 13
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-3 0 0.0
D. McCourty 6-1 0.0 0 0
L. Ryan 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-7 0 0.0
L. Ryan 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hightower 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-10 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-16 0 1.5
D. Hightower 3-10 1.5 0 0
A. Branch 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-10 0 1.0
A. Branch 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Harmon 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
D. Harmon 3-0 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-13 1 0.0
P. Chung 2-3 0.0 0 0
B. King 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. King 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mingo 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
B. Mingo 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ninkovich 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
R. Ninkovich 2-2 0.0 0 0
M. Butler 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-5 0 0.0
M. Butler 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Long 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 1.0
C. Long 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
T. Flowers 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Rowe 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Rowe 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-10 0 2.0
M. Brown 1-4 0.0 0 0
N. Ebner 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
N. Ebner 1-2 0.0 0 0
E. Roberts 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-8 0 0.0
E. Roberts 1-6 0.0 0 0
J. Richards 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Richards 0-1 0.0 0 0
W. Hamilton 74 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
W. Hamilton 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Cardona 49 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Cardona 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Sheard 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 3.5
J. Sheard 0-2 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/4
SEASON FG XP
9/12 16/17
S. Gostkowski 2/2 46 3/4 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 44.6 13
R. Allen 3 44.3 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Edelman 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 12.5 16 0
J. Edelman 1 16.0 16 0
D. Foster 27 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
D. Foster 1 30.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Edelman 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 12.2 23 0
J. Edelman 3 16.3 23 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:06 CIN 16 4:32 7 34 Punt
2:57 CIN 10 8:52 16 89 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:36 CIN 40 3:26 7 60 TD
1:01 CIN 25 1:01 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 20 3:46 9 80 TD
8:11 CIN 16 1:06 2 -16 Safety
5:00 CIN 25 0:27 3 0 Punt
2:58 CIN 25 5:24 12 68 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:04 CIN 25 2:32 5 3 Punt
0:57 CIN 27 0:57 2 16 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 25 2:54 8 47 FG
7:34 NE 20 4:37 9 33 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:05 NE 2 2:29 4 15 Punt
3:10 NE 25 2:09 8 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:14 NE 26 3:03 4 17 Punt
7:05 NE 32 2:05 5 68 TD
4:33 NE 47 1:35 4 53 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 NE 25 6:30 12 62 FG
3:32 50 2:35 9 50 TD