The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; Page E15
FIRST QUARTERPatriots 7, Redskins 0 The Redskins began the game with a promising drive, amassing three first downs against one of the best defenses in the league. They mixed the run with short and intermediate passes and appeared up to the challenge against one of the NFL's two undefeated teams. But the drive stalled on the Patriots 44, and the Redskins were forced to punt. Derrick Frost pinned New England at the 10-yard line, but it didn't matter. With the Redskins backing off the line of scrimmage to prevent the deep ball, the Patriots used a heavy dose of running back Laurence Maroney to reach the Washington 3. From there, Tom Brady scrambled in on third down when no receivers were open.
SECOND QUARTERPatriots 24, Redskins 0 The Patriots pulled away with a pair of extended drives and a field goal. They took a 14-0 lead after Brady completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Mike Vrabel. Vrabel went in motion to the right and ran past linebacker Marcus Washington to catch the throw with no one near him. The Patriots went up 17-0 after Stephen Gostkowski booted a 36-yard field goal with 5 minutes 45 seconds to play. Then New England marched 73 yards in eight plays, with the possession culminating in Brady's six-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss 17 seconds before intermission.
THIRD QUARTERPatriots 38, Redskins 0 The dismantling continued. New England added two more touchdowns, one on offense and the other on defense. First, Brady scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak. It was Brady's second rushing touchdown of the game and capped an 85-yard drive that used 13 plays and 7:46. New England scored again when Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell had the ball knocked out of his hand dropping back to pass, and linebacker Rosevelt Colvin recovered the loose ball and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. It was the third fumble for Campbell, who also had an interception.
FOURTH QUARTERPatriots 52, Redskins 7 The Patriots kept piling it on even with 38-0 lead entering the final period. They finished off an 88-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Wes Welker. The possession lasted 9 minutes 6 seconds. New England pulled Brady to give backup Matt Cassel some work, and he made the most of his opportunity by scrambling for a 15-yard touchdown on second and nine. Cassel finished the game 2 of 3 for 28 yards and was pulled for third-stringer Matt Gutierrez. The Redskins prevented the shutout when tight end Chris Cooley caught a 15-yard touchdown from Campbell.