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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Patriots bench Tom Brady late in blowout loss

Tom Brady

The New England Patriots aren’t often so badly beaten that Tom Brady sits out the end of a game, but that’s what happened Sunday.

Brady was benched at home with 7:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, immediately after the Tennessee Titans scored a touchdown to go ahead 34-10. That led Bill Belichick to send backup Brian Hoyer in for the remainder as New England simply played out the final seven minutes.

Brady’s final drive of the day featured him moonlighting as a wide receiver. New England emptied the playbook to try to get back into the game. When it didn’t work, they simply called it a day and let their starter get some rest. The Patriots have a bye week next week, and Brady will be right back at it after that.

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