Jamie McDonald

Patriots 45, Rams 7: Tom Brady, New England rout St. Louis in London

Tom Brady threw for over 300 yards and had four touchdown passes as the New England Patriots routed the St. Louis Rams, 45-7, on Sunday afternoon at historic Wembley Stadium in London, England.

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Patriots 45, Rams 7: New England cruises in London

A full house of Englanders were on hand Sunday to watch Tom Brady toss four touchdown passes -- two to Rob Gronkowski -- as the New England Patriots blew out the St. Louis Rams, 45-7, at historic Wembley Stadium in London.

Brady's day came to an end midway through the fourth quarter, and when all was said and done, the ageless quarterback completed 25-of-35 passes for 304 yards and four scores. New England's offense totaled 476 yards and moved the chains 29 times while committing zero turnovers and forcing two interceptions.

Stevan Ridley snapped back into form with a 15-carry, 127-yard performance and Gronkowski reeled in eight catches for 146 yards for New England (5-3).

Sam Bradford had a respectable day for St. Louis (3-5), totaling 205 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-31 passing. Chris Givens had three receptions for 63 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass -- marking his fifth straight game with a catch of 50 or more yards -- from Bradford in the first quarter. Daryl Richardson led the Rams' rushers with 53 yards on seven carries. St. Louis finished with 326 total yards and had 12 penalties accounting for 102 yards.

The Patriots will attempt to beat Hurricane Sandy back to New England on Monday, but with a bye week looming, they will have a little time to spare.

For more New England Patriots coverage, visit our team blog, Pats Pulpit.


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New England's slot receiver left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an apparent left leg injury.


Pats up 38-7 through three quarters

The New England Patriots lead the St. Louis Rams, 38-7, after three quarters of Sunday's game in London.

Tom Brady opened the second-half scoring with touchdown strike to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots drove down the field in 2 minutes, 36 seconds before Brady found Lloyd on a slant on the left side for a 9-yard touchdown catch. The score gave New England a commanding 35-7 lead.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 26-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the third quarter to put the Patriots up, 38-7.

The Patriots were forced to punt for the first time in the game in the final minutes of the third quarter.

Tom Brady has been solid for the Patriots, going 19-of-31 for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Sam Bradford has been efficient for the Rams. He has completed 23 of 28 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Stevan Ridley leads the Patriots' ground attack with 119 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Shane Vereen has chipped in 14 yards and a touchdown.

Steven Jackson has seven carries for 23 yards for St. Louis.

Rob Gronkowski has had one of his best games of the season, catching six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Givens is the Rams' leading receiver with three catches, 63 yards and a touchdown.


Patriots up, 28-7, at halftime

The New England Patriots lead the St. Louis Rams, 28-7, at halftime of Sunday's game in London.

With the game tied 7-7 heading into the second quarter, Patriots running back Shane Vereen broke the tie with a 1-yard touchdown run with 14 minutes left in the first half.

The Patriots pushed their lead to 21-7 with less than seven minutes to go in the half. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hit tight end Rob Gronkowski up the middle for a 7-yard touchdown pass.

With 10 seconds left in the first half, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley rushed to the right side for a 1-yard touchdown. The score put the Patriots up 28-7 at halftime.

Brady has been strong for the Patriots, completing 14 of 22 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has also been impressive, completing 14 of 16 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Ridley leads the Patriots' ground game with 31 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Vereen has three carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Gronkowski has been Brady's favorite target Sunday, catching five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Danny Woodhead has caught three passes for 45 yards.


Patriots, Rams tied 7-7 after first quarter

The St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots were knotted at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter Sunday.

The Rams got on the board first early in the first quarter. Quarterback Sam Bradford found wide receiver Chris Givens deep over the top for a 50-yard touchdown pass with 12:25 on the clock. The extra point put the Rams up, 7-0, early.

The Patriots answered back on their first possession. New England quarterback Tom Brady found Brandon Lloyd with a lob pass in the back right corner of the endzone to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:50 left on the clock.

The Rams scored on their first drive, but were forced to punt on their second. New England drove 78 yards on their first possession to set up its score.

Brady finished the first quarter 8-of-9 for 119 yards and a touchdown. Stevan Ridley added 30 yards on six carries.


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Patriots inactives include Mankins, Hernandez

The New England Patriots, winners of three of their last four, take on the St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday. New England's pass defense, a trouble spot in recent weeks, will again be without starting safeties Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory. The Patriots have allowed an average of 338 passing yards and 14 total touchdowns through the air in the last five games. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will also be down a key figure on his offensive line, with guard Logan Mankins inactive on Sunday.

St. Louis and quarterback Sam Bradford may be hampered in exploiting the New England secondary due to Danny Amendola also being inactive on Sunday. The Rams will also be without offensive linemen Wayne Hunter and Rodger Saffold.

Complete list of New England inactives, via NFL.com:

The St. Louis inactives, via the team's official twitter feed:

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm ET from Wembley Stadium in London, England.


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Wilfork ill in London, added to Pats injury report

One day before their Week 8 London matchup against the Rams, the Patriots added defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to their injury report. The veteran Wilfork has apparently come down with an illness, and he was listed on the team's official injury report on Saturday as probable for the game against St. Louis. The Pats are a long way from home, and Wilfork becoming ill overseas is less than an ideal situation.

St. Louis has an average rushing attack, racking up 106.1 yards per game this season. They scored their first rushing touchdown of the season last week, but they've still come to rely on veteran Steven Jackson in recent weeks with their passing game struggling. Having Wilfork at less than 100 percent could have a significant impact on he Pats ability to stop the run, but also apply pressure in the face of Sam Bradford, who's looking to jumpstart his season against a vulnerable Pats secondary.

Wilfork becomes the 20th man listed on this week's injury report, with seven already ruled out for the game abroad. Aaron Hernandez did not make the trip across the pond and is among the seven ruled out.


Patriots the popular pick over Rams in London

New England and St. Louis meet in London, where the Patriots will be the clear-cut favorites.

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