Brady returns to the game after deflate-gate scandal, upsets Cleveland

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts at the line in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

New England's star Tom Brady quickly shook off the rust in his season debut after serving his four-game deflate-gate suspension. Brady's return — 406 yards passing, three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett, a 33-13 romp — came against the only winless team, the spiraling, injury-ravaged Browns. But Brady did not throw an interception and recorded a 127.7 passer rating. The two-time NFL most valuable player was critical of his own performance, but overall he's thrilled the Patriots are 4-1 and on top of the AFC East.

I think there was plenty of rust out there.

Tom Brady

New England's star quarterback was banned for his role in the deflate-gate scandal in which an NFL investigation found that the four-time Super Bowl champion Patriots under-inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game. Brady fought Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling for more than a year before he begrudgingly accepted his punishment.

It's been a fun week to get ready to play and be back doing what I love to do. I'm just proud of the way our guys played.

Tom Brady
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Brady's performance Sunday was the eighth 400-yard game of his career and second straight against the Browns. He passed for 418 yards against the Browns on Dec. 8, 2013, and threw the winning touchdown pass with 31 seconds to play.


The 2015 AFC Championship Game football tampering scandal, commonly referred to as Deflategate, was a National Football League(NFL) controversy involving the allegation that the New England Patriots tampered with footballs used in the American Football Conference(AFC) Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, 2015.

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