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Tom Brady gets roughed up, then punishes Cowboys for it later

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Running back Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots is lifted in the air by offensive guard Tre Jackson #63 after scoring on a ten yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tom Brady #12 during the second half of the NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Running back Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots is lifted in the air by offensive guard Tre Jackson #63 after scoring on a ten yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tom Brady #12 during the second half of the NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns, with a 1-yard plunge for another score, and the New England Patriots pulled away from a powerless Dallas offense missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for a 30-6 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Brady guided two long touchdown drives in the second half after getting sacked five times before halftime, including once each by Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain in their returns from four-game suspensions.

The 38-year-old Brady joined Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton as the only NFL quarterbacks to get off to 4-0 starts at least four times. The Super Bowl champions won their seventh straight game, including the playoffs last season.

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The Cowboys (2-3) lost their third straight without Romo and his top receiver, and backup Brandon Weeden lost his 11th in a row as a starter.