Recapping a record-setting day

FOXBOROUGH -- Told he picked an historic game to come back to New England for, Junior Seau's eyebrows shot upward.

"Historic?" he asked.

Informed of just a handful of the team and NFL records the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady set Sunday in a 59-0 win over the Titans, Seau barely blinked.

"Is that right?" he continued. "Well, you know what, kudos to [Brady]. We've got a long season ahead of us. I'm sure he'll embrace it tonight and then let it go."

For Seau, and anyone else who missed it, here's a list of the records the Patriots set Sunday:

Patriots team records (broken or tied)

  • Most points in a game (59)

  • Most points in a half (45 in the first half)

  • Most points in a quarter (35)

  • Most total net yards in a game (619)

  • Most passing net yards in a game (426, tie)

  • Most touchdowns in a game (8, tie)

  • Most passing yards in a half (Tom Brady, 345)

  • Most passing touchdowns in a half (Brady, 5)

  • Most passing touchdowns in a game (Brady, 6)

NFL records

  • Most touchdown passes in a quarter (Brady, 5)

  • Largest halftime lead (45 points, 45-0)

What's more, the Patriots' 59-0 win ties the largest shutout victory and equaled the largest margin of victory by an NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons 59-0 on Dec. 4, 1976.

Individually, the Patriots set or tied a couple of individual records, as well. Brady's six TDs tied his career best for single-game TD passes (equaling the mark from Oct. 21, 2007, a 49-28 win over the Dolphins). Wes Welker's 10 catches for 150 yards set a new career best for single-game receiving yards (surpassing the 149 yards he had on Nov. 25, 2007 in a 31-28 win over the Eagles).