TDBH: Zim-soon washes away Brady, Patriots

Posted Oct 5, 2017

This Day in Bengals History - October 6, 2013

Mother Nature, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and a Super Bowl scout team up today to stop that naturally-occurring phenomenon known as quarterback Tom Brady when the Patriots fail to score a touchdown for the first time since the second week of the 2009 season in Cincinnati's 13-6 drip-dry victory at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium. It's the first time the Bengals have been 3-0 at home under head coach Marvin Lewis and all three have come against Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers. And the biggest one of them all. Brady. When Brady gets the ball back one last time at his own 35 with 1:48 left, thanks to a 57-yard tracer by punter Kevin Huber, the skies open with a monsoon of CNN proportions. Brady has already been sacked four times, twice by end Wallace Gilberry after he spends the week getting tips on how to stop Brady from Osi Umenyiora, he of the New York Giants pass rush that foiled Brady in two Super Bowls.  After the game left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center Kyle Cook are complimenting Lewis on his skills as a weatherman in consultation with equipment manager Jeff Brickner. "He walked up to us before the game started and said, 'Hey Cook, Whit. Get ready because It's going to clear when we go to kick the ball off and then it's going to start raining late in the fourth quarter,' " Whitworth recalls. "And we were like, 'Yeah, sure. That sounds like a Coach's weather wish right there.' We were giving him a hard time and then sure enough."

But it is Zimmer who concocts the scheme that handcuffs the undefeated Patriots and their offense that has scored more than 500 points in each of the last three seasons by stonewalling Brady on 11 of 12 third downs, four sacks and eight hits. Brady comes in with 52 straight games throwing a touchdown pass, two games shy of tying Drew Brees's NFL record of 54. The only 53 he almost gets is a 52.2 passer rating. "Those guys had a doughnut today," says cornerback Adam Jones. "How hard is that?" With their best cornerback in Leon Hall out, it is Jones that denies Brady twice in the last 6:30. The first comes on third-and-goal from the 1 after backup linebacker Vincent Rey stuffs 250-pound running back LeGarrette Blount on first down and left tackle Nate Solder can’t track down a Brady pass as a tight end. Brady looks like he has wide receiver Julian Edelman with a back-shoulder throw in the left corner on third down and Edelman has it but can’t hang on as he goes to the ground because Jones is hanging on to him. "I played through his hands. I was able to get it out of there I was so happy," Jones says. "Played it through his hands. I couldn't even see it. I saw when his hands went up, so I just reached for his arm."

But the big one comes with 16 seconds left and Brady needing a TD for overtime from the Bengals 27. He goes for one of his rookie receivers deep, but Jones leaps in front of Aaron Dobson, taps the ball to himself and catches it as he goes to the ground for his first interception since the second game of 2010. "Surprised? No, but I was very happy," Jones says. "I was on the ground and I was like, 'Thank you, Jesus.' " Jones taps it into the air because he says the rain makes his gloves useless to catch. "It landed right where I wanted it to," Jones says. "I couldn’t squeeze it. Did you see the monsoon? The gloves were gone."  Leave it to former Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to say it best after he scores the game’s only touchdown. “When Pac took that ball away, it was breathtaking."

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