Brady played six series on the night, leading his team on scoring drives in four of those. That helped New England hold a 27-7 lead by halftime. This was a small way to get back at whoever sent a jet over Gillette Stadium before the game, reminding people of the final score of February's Super Bowl.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, that game's MVP went down for the Eagles, as Nick Foles left in the second quarter with a strained shoulder. The injury took place when Foles took a hit from defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn. Head coach Doug Pederson said that Foles will be evaluated on Friday. There is not yet word if starter Carson Wentz will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
Aaron Rodgers also made his preseason debut on Thursday night in the Green Bay Packers' 51-34 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers played in one series and connected with his new tight end, Jimmy Graham, for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
The star QB finished 2-for-4 for 35 yards in his only drive of the game, which was his first contest at Lambeau Field since September 28th. He broke his collarbone two weeks after that, which led to Green Bay ending 7-9 on the season.
One rookie quarterback who shined in his team debut last week came back down to Earth in his second matchup on Thursday night. That is Sam Darnold of the New York Jets, who had a "so-so" effort while playing the entire first half in a 15-13 loss to the Washington Redskins. Darnold finished 8-for-11 for 62 yards and an interception on the night, making people second guess whether or not he should start for New York in Week 1.
Teddy Bridgewater also played a role in people questioning that statement, as he impressed on the night. The former Minnesota Viking threw for 127 yards and a touchdown, although, he did turn the ball over once. Bridgewater was overall accurate on the night, completing 10-of-15 passes, as he looks to earn another starting gig after losing his in Minnesota due to injury.