Terrell Owens snagged his first catch in his new uniform when he had a 27-yard play on a critical 3rd-and-1 with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter of Buffalo’s disappointing late-minute 25-24 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
With that catch, he passed former Bills wideout Andre Reed on the all-time Top 20 career leaders list for pass receptions. Owens started the season tied for sixth overall with Reed, who caught all but 10 of his 951 career catches as a member of the Bills and is Buffalo’s career receiving leader. While Owens won’t be able to catch Reed in the Bills’ record book, he continues to move toward a lofty plateau for receivers.
T.O., now in his 14th year in the NFL, added another reception to finish the night with 2 receptions for 46 yards. With that he sits just 47 catches away the coveted 1,000-catch mark. Only five receivers in NFL history have amassed 1,000 receptions.
Meanwhile the Patriots Randy Moss had a game-high 12 catches for 141 yards to raise his career total to 855 receptions. With his performance on Monday night, Moss jumped ahead of Rod Smith and Irving Fryar on the career Top 20 receivers chart.
New England quarterback Tom Brady returned to action on Monday after suffering a season-ending injury last year. Ranked fourth all-time in passer rating, he padded his career stats by completing 39 of 58 passes for 378 yards, 2 TDs for a 97.8 rating.
Top 20 (through Week 1)
Here is a look at the all-time career leaders in the four main statistical categories through Week 1 action of the 2009 season.
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