NFL: Tom Brady guides New England Patriots to late victory
New England Patriots ended the unbeaten record of the New Orleans Saints after snatching victory in the final seconds.
Last Updated: 14/10/13 6:14am
Tom Brady connected with Kenbrell Thompkins from 17 yards with five seconds left to seal a 30-27 victory.
It had been a hard-fought win for the Patriots (5-1), with the lead swapping hands throughout the contest.
Stephen Gostkowski had kicked New England into the lead with a 35-yard field goal, only for Drew Brees to find Travaris Cadet with a three-yard TD pass.
Two second quarter touchdowns from Stevan Ridley, though, saw the Patriots move 17-7 clear. The 24-year-old running back, who rushed for 96 yards in total, went over from a yard and then four yards.
A 28-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley cut the deficit before rookie Khiry Robinson tied matters off a three-yard run.
Gostkowski landed field goals from 54 and 23 yards to put New England 23-17 clear - only for the Saints to come back at them once again.
Brees' 34-yard pass to Kenny Stills gave New Orleans the lead before Hartley's 39-yard field goal made it 27-23.
The Saints (5-1) must have though their perfect record would remain intact, however Brady had other ideas.
A 70-yard drive downfield set up the position for Brady to find Thompkins for the winning touchdown.
Brady completed 25-of-43 passes for 269 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while rival quarterback Brees made 17-of-36 passes for 236 yards.