Cue entrance for the Bengals shutdown defense, who batted away several passes before sacking the Patriots’ future HOF quarterback on 3rd and 10.
Minutes later, the Bengals were set up to punt the football away, having successfully taken chunks of time off of the clock. With the rain falling in gallons, Kevin Huber answered the call with a 62 yard booming punt downfield.
The Patriots got the football with 1:48 left on the clock. Following three straight incompletions, Chris Crocker stepped off-sides and the Patriots drive continued.
It got to the point where the wind was as bad as the torrential rain in Cincinnati. There were 43 seconds left, and Mother Nature seemed to be on the Bengals side, but Tom Brady has engineered 46 4th quarter comebacks in his career.
For the Bengals, 47 was not a number they wanted in the cards. And it wasn’t a card that the Patriots were able to draw. A pass flew into the end zone and into the hands of Adam Jones for the sixth interception of his career, giving the Bengals a 13-6 win.
Brady’s streak of passing touchdowns in a game ended at 52 as the Bengals amassed 154 yards on the ground, paving the way for the Bengals’ 3-2 record, and the Patriots’ first loss of the season.
It’s also the first time the Bengals have beaten the Patriots with Tom Brady at quarterback.