FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady threw the 400th and 401st touchdown passes of his career Sunday, and the only thing keeping him from even more was LeGarrette Blount.
The Patriots running back rushed for three 1-yard touchdowns on Sunday, but there was plenty of scoring to go around. Brady threw for two TDs - reaching the milestone and then adding one more - as New England beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 51-17.
''He's the best quarterback to ever play this game,'' Blount said. ''It's crazy to be playing (with) the best quarterback to ever play this game. And he's not done.''
Brady connected with Danny Amendola on a 1-yard pass to make it 20-3 just before the half. The defending Super Bowl MVP became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 touchdowns, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
But the next time New England got to the 1-yard line, Blount ran it in. After Brady hit Keshawn Martin for a 13-yard TD in the third quarter, Blount ran it in twice more from the Jaguars' 1.
''I've always said I don't care whether we run it in or we throw it in,'' Brady said. ''As long as we score points and we're winning, it makes it fun for me.''
Here are some other things to take away from Sunday's game.
MILESTONE, PART I
On Brady's milestone touchdown, Amendola faked a spike and then ran over to hand the ball to a fan in the front row. A ballboy quickly retrieved it.
Asked after the game if he was upset that Amendola didn't save the ball for him, the quarterback laughed dismissively.
''I don't care. It's just a ball,'' said Brady, who has three Super Bowl MVP trophies and four NFL championship rings in his memorabilia collection. ''Danny can do whatever he wants. He made a great catch.''
MILESTONE, PART II
As dominant as Brady has been - winning four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVP awards - no one has outpaced the competition like Stephen Gostkowski.
With 15 points on Sunday, Gostkowski moved into the NFL lead with 35 on the season. He has led the league in scoring in each of the past three seasons.
The Patriots kicker was a perfect 6 for 6 on extra points on Sunday, running his streak to an NFL record 425 in a row. Matt Stover made 422 in a row from 1996-2009.
Gostkowski hasn't missed an extra point since his rookie season, 2006, when he had one blocked by the Tennessee Titans. He also made all three of his field goal attempts on Sunday and is perfect in seven tries this season.
''That takes a lot of games, a lot of snaps to do that,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ''They had a good day, as they've had in many, many days throughout their career.''
The Jaguars started the game without injured safety Johnathan Cyprien and backup cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Safeties Sergio Brown (calf) and Josh Evans (knee) left with injuries in the first half.
By the end, cornerback Peyton Thompson - who wasn't drafted out of college and has been cut six times in two seasons - was playing safety. Nick Marshall, an undrafted rookie who played quarterback at Auburn, was at cornerback.
''It's the hardest thing to do. We only had three safeties that were active and two of them got hurt. That means a corner is going to play safety,'' cornerback Davon House said. ''You are going to play safety and you ain't never even practiced that position? That's tough man.''
The Patriots head into their off week with a perfect record.
When they return, they will play at Dallas and at Indianapolis before returning home to play division games against the Jets and Dolphins. Dallas will be without quarterback Tony Romo, and Indianapolis has struggled to a 1-2 record after reaching the AFC championship game last season.
''After this week, we have a long stretch ahead,'' Brady said. ''So we just try to take advantage of it and use the time to ... try to get ready for a team like Dallas that we haven't played in a long time.''
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the turning point in the game was when Blake Bortles threw an interception late in the first half, with the Patriots leading 13-3.
''We knew we were getting the ball starting the second half,'' he said. ''We knew we were going back-to-back possessions, so we wanted to get some points out of it.''
Instead, the Patriots drove down the field and scored a touchdown with 18 seconds left before intermission.
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