Tom Terrific back for the Pats?

Posted by ESPN.com staff

Through the first five games of the season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was simply average. But the two-time Super Bowl MVP exploded Sunday against the winless Titans, leading a first half charge for an NFL-record 45 points before sitting out most of the second half in a 59-0 win.

Although AFC East blogger Tim Graham recommended tapered enthusiasm for the blowout against the depleted Titans, ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg breaks down just how remarkable Brady's game really was.

Some highlights:

  • Brady set an NFL record with five touchdown passes in one quarter, throwing scoring strikes to Randy Moss, Wes Welker (two apiece) and Kevin Faulk in the second quarter.

  • In the first quarter, Brady connected on 7 of 7 passes for 93 yards, including a season-long 48-yard strike to Welker.

  • And for those recalling the Pats' explosive offense of two seasons ago, here's one stat that sure sounds good: The 35 points in the second quarter set a Patriots record for points in a quarter, and the 45-point first half surpassed the team record for scoring in a half (42 against Miami in 2007).

Even 19-year NFL veteran Junior Seau was impressed with all the records the Pats broke Sunday, reports Forsberg. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss calls the Brady to Moss flea flicker the key play in the big win.

Some more Brady data, from ESPN's Stats & Information department:

  • Since 1960, Brady is one of just five NFL quarterbacks to throw six touchdowns and zero interceptions in one game. Both he and Peyton Manning have done it twice.

  • Brady got better with every down. He was 15-18 on first down, 10-12 on second and 4-4 on third.

  • Brady entered Sunday ranked 23rd in the NFL (minimum 30 attempts) in first-half QB rating at 79.0. Kyle Boller, Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson had better ratings. But he was exceptional Sunday, notching a near-perfect 152.8 rating.