FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) — Fans packed Gillette Stadium Sunday to see New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady play in his first home game this season since his four-game suspension due to Deflategate.
“It’s going to be crazy today," said Hans Hagen, a fan from Needham.
Brady threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in the team's win over Cleveland last week. It was Brady's first game back from his suspension. Fans hoped for a repeat performance at home aginst the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s going to be good for him to be home," Renee Campo said. "He’s going to feel the love. It’s going to be another big win — another 400 yards."
After Brady's game against the Browns, few fans seemed concerned that TB-12 would have any cobwebs to shake off.
"He’s not going to be rusty, he’s going to be pumped up,” Alex Hertz said.
“It was nice to warm up against the basement of the league last week, so I think he’s going to be awesome," Hagen said.
Even fans from Maine were feeling confident in Brady and the team.
“We come to one game every year, and they’ve never lost," said Rich Howard, who drove from Monmouth, Maine, with friends to Foxborough. "So, we’re comfortably predicting another win today."
Some fans felt this game would be the final nail in the coffin of the Deflategate controversy.
“I think he’s going to take it to Goodell and prove that he never should have been suspended," Hertz said.
“Whatever, it just feeds the fire, bulletin board material," Hagen said. "They’re going to go nuts, and Brady’s going to bring it."
Brady came onto the field to an eruption of applause. The crowd chanted, "Brady, Brady, Brady," during his first series, and throughout the game.
The Patriots defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-17. They play the Steelers in Pittsburgh next Sunday.