“It was a bang-bang play,” said Edelman. “I don’t know if he got a hand on it. I should have come down with it.”
He didn’t. The Patriots had to settle for a 19-yard field goal.
The Patriots — and Brady — got one last chance, getting the ball back at their 35 with 1:48 left in a steady rain that turned into a momentary monsoon, before letting up.
Cincinnati did all it could to save Brady’s streak with a pair of penalties that helped the Patriots get to the Bengals’ 27 with 26 seconds left. But Brady’s last pass was intercepted by a falling Jones.
Streak over. Game over.
If Brady had thrown a touchdown pass against the Bengals, he could have tied Brees’s record next week in Foxborough against the Saints.
Instead, he and the Patriots were thrown for a loss.