Tom Brady was the hero Sunday, as his 8-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds lifted the Patriots over Cowboys 20-16 to move to 5-1 on the season.
The game was about as even as the score, as the Cowboys stayed with the high-powered Pats offense all day long, and Dan Bailey’s 26-yard field goal had broken a 13-13 tie with 5:13 left to give the Cowboys the lead.
Each team ran one series before the Patriots got the ball after a punt with 2:30 remaining. Brady then completed eight of nine passes for 78 yards on an 80-play drive capped by his pass to Hernandez in the middle of the end zone. New England won despite its first two lost fumbles of the season and Brady’s two interceptions.
On the day, Brady was 27-for-41 for 289 yards with the two TD’s and two picks. Rob Gronkowski led the pass catches for the Pats with 7 grabs for 74 yards.
Dallas’ loss ends a five-game road winning streak after a bye despite coming back from a 13-3 deficit midway through the second quarter. They got their only TD when Tony Romo hit TE Jason Witten with a one-yard score with :22 left in the first half.
Romo was 27-for-41 for 317 yards with a TD and a pick.