Tom Brady has been out of action since the first regular season game of the 2008 season. In that 2008 game Brady tore ligaments in his knee and was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2008 NFL season. Last night we saw Brady for the first time in nearly a year, and it looks like he never left.
On a night overshadowed by the Philadelphia Eagles surprising signing of troubled QB Michael Vick, Brady threw for 100 yards, two TD's and one interception. Brady was 10-15 and played the entire first quarter. While that is a little unusual for a player of Brady's caliber the Patriots felt after a year of that he needed the work. In the end his two TD passes were enough to lead the Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the Eagles.
On the other side of the ball Eagles QB Donovan McNabb also had a strong performance. He was able to complete 11-18 passes for 103 yards. While their first round draft pick, Jeremy Maclin, caught two balls for 44 yards. Maclin also had a good day returning kicks averaging 25 yards for the four punts he returned.
While this is just the pre-season, and coaches are using these four games to evaluate talent and get guys like Brady back into a NFL rhythm, we see clearly that The Eagles and the Patriots will be players to win their respective divsions.