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This is 40: Brady struggles in Patriots season opener

This is 40: Brady struggles in Patriots season opener
From Reuters - September 7, 2017

(Reuters) - Tom Brady lacked his usual dominance in his first game as a 40-year-old, failing to throw a touchdown pass as his New England Patriots fell 42-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFLs season opener on Thursday.

Brady, who became the 20th quarterback to play in an NFL game after his 40th birthday, had a quick start but ultimately seemed out of sync with the slew of offensive playmakers the reigning Super Bowl champions added during the offseason.

The future Hall of Famer was sacked three times and only completed 16 of 36 pass attempts for 267 yards in front of a crowd that was left in a state of disbelief only hours after a championship banner was unfurled during a raucous pregame ceremony.

For Brady, who is well past the age when quarterbacks tend to be much less efficient, it marked only the 14th time during his career that he completed less than 50 percent of his passes.

At one point, with the Patriots deep in Chiefs territory and looking to pad their 24-21 lead late in the third quarter, Brady was called for an illegal forward pass when he threw from beyond the line of scrimmage, forcing them to settle for a field goal.

It marked the first illegal pass thrown by Brady since 2006.

Despite Bradys struggles, the Patriots were only down by six points when the fourth quarter started and there was plenty of reason to believe he would find a way to pull off the win having engineered many late-game comebacks in his career.

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