Patriots Rule Brittania, Bucs

New England cruises past winless Tampa Bay, 35-7
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 25, 2009 5:11 PM CDT
Patriots Rule Brittania, Bucs
New England Patriots cheerleaders stand underneath their umbrellas as British fans of the Buccaneers and Patriots gathered to play touch football at Richmond Park in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the winless (0-7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-7, today at Wembley Stadium in the NFL's third regular-season game at the iconic London venue. The game drew a sellout crowd of 84,254. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week he envisions multiple regular-season games in Britain in coming years and the possibility of London having its own franchise.

The Patriots, coming off a 59-0 win over the Titans, weren't as overpowering this time. But starting with a 39-yard score on an interception return by safety Brandon Meriweather on the fifth play of the game, New England was in control. The loss capped a bad day for the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. The Glazers also control English soccer powerhouse Manchester United, which lost to Liverpool 2-0 earlier in the day and missed a chance to regain first place in the Premier League from Chelsea. (Read more NFL stories.)

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