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New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady returned on Sunday after serving his 4-game suspension for his role in the Deflate-gate scandal. Many were questioning if he will stay in football shape, but it seemed as if Brady was never suspended.
The Patriots went on to beat the Cleveland Browns by a score of 33-13, with Brady completing 28 of 40 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns for a 127.7 quarterback rating. Wide receiver Chris Hogan led the team with the most receiving yards, posting four receptions and 114 yards. Tight end Martellus Bennett emerged as Brady’s favorite target in the end zone, catching all three of Brady’s touchdowns.
Rob Gronkowski also came out of the zone after battling a hamstring injury, recording five receptions for 109 yards.
The Patriots’ defense stepped up as well, limiting the Browns’ running and passing games. Safety Patrick Chung grabbed an interception. They also forced a safety.
For the Browns, it was an unfortunate story. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler left early during the game and did not return. As a result, recently signed quarterback Charlie Whitehurst got into the action. But Whitehurst was also injured late in the game, forcing wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. to play the quarterback position. The status for Kessler and Whitehurst is in the air for now. Expect the Browns to sign a quarterback this week.