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October 7, 2013

Bengals end Brady's streak, beat Patriots 13-6

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tom Brady's streak of touchdown passes ended in a driving rain against a defense that's gotten good at shutting down some of the league's best.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown, and the Cincinnati Bengals ended Brady's long TD streak on Sunday in a 13-6 victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.

The Bengals (3-2) sacked Brady four times and kept New England (4-1) out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Brady had one final chance when New England got the ball back with 1:48 left in a driving rain. His desperation pass was picked off by Adam "Pacman" Jones inside the 5-yard line with 16 seconds left to clinch it.

Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.

The Bengals came into the game looking to establish an identity. They got one: Masters of shutting down the league's best quarterbacks.

Two weeks earlier at Paul Brown Stadium, they stymied Aaron Rodgers in a 34-30 win over Green Bay, overcoming four turnovers by Cincinnati's offense.

Brady never got into a rhythm against Cincinnati's unrelenting pass rush. He finished 18 of 38 for 197 yards with one interception and a paltry passer rating of 52.2. It didn't help that a storm moved in just before the start of New England's final drive.

The Patriots also had to settle for a field goal after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line earlier in the fourth quarter. A run went nowhere, and Brady threw two incompletions.

Cincinnati's defense even had a hand — well, a shoulder — in the winning touchdown.

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