Record-Setting Day For Tom Brady

Tom Brady played as well as he did in 2007 when he was the NFL's MVP before a knee injury ended his 2008 season in the opener. Maybe even better. The Tennessee Titans keep playing worse.

Brady set an NFL record with five touchdown passes in one quarter and matched his team mark of six in a game as the New England Patriots crushed the Titans 59-0 on a snow-covered field Sunday.

"There's no doubt a game like this can give you a lot of confidence," Brady said. "We've always been a confident team. I think we've been a disappointed team at times this year."

The Patriots (4-2) had gotten just six touchdown passes from Brady before Sunday. He matched that against the Titans (0-6) with five of them coming in the second quarter as the Patriots built the biggest halftime lead in league history, 45-0.

The 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Los Angeles Rams' 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.

"I've been playing sports since I was 8," Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said, "and never have I experienced something like that."

The Patriots gained a club-record 619 yards, with Brady completing 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards. In 2007, he set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes.

"Back to his old self," said Wes Welker, who caught 10 passes for a career-high 150 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 5 yards.

Randy Moss caught eight passes for 129 yards and touchdowns of 40, 28 and 9 yards. The Patriots had two other long scores -- a 45-yard run by Laurence Maroney and a 38-yard pass play from Brady to Kevin Faulk as New England finally established offensive consistency, albeit against a winless team.

"Established is just a word," Faulk said. "We just want to get better each and every week."

The Titans, who had the NFL's best record last year at 13-3, took their worst loss since they began play in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, eclipsing a 61-7 setback to Cincinnati in 1989. They won their first 10 games last season.

"I don't think anybody in this league is 59 points better than us," tight end Bo Scaife said. "This is the worst it gets."

The white-and-powder-blue throwback uniforms the Titans wore to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AFL may have been the only resemblance to that team that won that league's inaugural championship.

"I'm disappointed and embarrassed," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "Fortunately for me, career-wise, I have never been through anything like this before and, unfortunately, it happened tonight. I can assure you one thing, it's not going to happen again."

The Titans couldn't even stop New England when Brian Hoyer, a free agent rookie from Michigan State, took over for Brady on the second series of the third quarter with the score 52-0. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 52 yards in his pro debut and scored on a 1-yard run on his first series.

By that time, the empty spaces in the snow-covered stands matched the huge gaps in the Titans' defense that played without injured cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper. Rookies started in their spots.

"You never go into a game thinking it's going to be like this," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "It's just our day today." Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said the footing as the snow fell throughout the game but left just a light coating on the field was "no good." Brady disagreed: "We had good footing and it was fun to be a part of it."

Brady came back for the first series of the third quarter and threw his 9-yard touchdown to Moss. Then Hoyer took over and scored on a 12-play, 61-yard drive that lasted 7:42.

"I know the score got out of hand," Belichick said, "but we were just trying to run our offense."

For Tennessee, Kerry Collins completed only 2 of 12 passes for minus-7 yards. Vince Young replaced him after Hoyer's touchdown and threw an interception, one of five Tennessee turnovers, on his first play. His only other pass was an incompletion.

A rare bright spot for Tennessee was Chris Johnson, who entered as the NFL's third leading rusher. He ran for 128 yards of the Titans' total of 186 overall.

He said the team had hit rock bottom.

"I would have to say it is. 59-0 and zero and six," Johnson said. "There isn't anything else you can say."