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Tom Brady downplays hitting 1,000-yard rushing plateau, hopes not to go backwards

John Tomase
December 02, 2018 - 8:02 pm

The Patriots dispatched the Vikings with relative ease on Sunday, which meant there wasn’t much to ask quarterback Tom Brady, so the primary postgame topic of conversation was a career rushing milestone.

With a five-yard run in the first quarter, Brady surpassed 1,000 lifetime rushing yards, an achievement 19 years in the making.

“I’m not going to save the ball. I don’t know where it went,” Brady told reporters after a 24-10 victory. “Obviously I’m not a scrambler, but hopefully I can make a couple of plays running for it. Made a good third down on that one. I just give a lot of credit to the offensive line. They blocked their tails off today against a good front. I don’t want to make too much of a four or five yard gain. That wasn’t really the difference in the game.”

The Patriots vanquished the Vikings in methodical fashion, which made the game instantly forgettable. Any questions about Brady’s arm strength or accuracy were put to rest for one week. The QB was on point, completing 24 of 32 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown. He also threw his first interception in 183 attempts, though it had no impact on the final score.

The offense was led by an unlikely source, with fullback James Develin rushing for a pair of goal line touchdowns.

“Pretty sweet,” Brady said. “He usually doesn’t get those, but when he makes those plays, it gives us more and more confidence.”

Brady completed passes to eight different receivers and watched seven different players carry the ball, including running back Rex Burkhead, who returned from injury to gain 41 yards from scrimmage.

“That was pretty good,” Brady said. “Seven guys running, eight guys catching it, makes it hard for them to defend us.”