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October 7, 2013

Brady's TD streak ends, so does Pats' perfection

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tom Brady’s touchdown streak was done.

So was New England’s perfect start.

After figuring out ways to get by with a depleted roster for the first four weeks of the season, the Patriots ran into a defense that’s gotten a reputation for taking down the best. And Brady had no solutions this time.

The Bengals ended Brady’s streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass yesterday, sacking him on his first pass attempt and keeping the pressure going in a 13-6 victory over previously unbeaten New England.

“It was just a poor performance all around,” Brady said.

Not just poor: One of their worst in years.

Geno Atkins sacked Brady on his first pass attempt, and the Bengals (3-2) dropped him four times overall.

And that wasn’t all: New England (4-1) failed to get into the end zone after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

One yard too much for New England? Stunning.

“We had too many silly execution errors and mental mistakes today,” Brady said. “It is hard to drive the ball down the field if you keep making those mistakes.”

A driving rain moved in just before New England’s final chance. After a couple of dropped passes, Brady threw one toward the goal line and Adam “Pacman” Jones made a juggling interception inside the Cincinnati 5-yard line.

Some finish, one that didn’t go down very well with a team accustomed to pulling them out at the end.

“You can look around the locker room and tell,” receiver Aaron Dobson said. “It’s upsetting.”

Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees’ 54-game streak.

The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.

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