IRVING, Texas -- The New England Patriots aren't completely invulnerable, after all.
They actually trailed the Dallas Cowboys in the second half Sunday in the first truly glamorous matchup of the NFL season.
But the Patriots are every bit as resilient as they are talented, and they remained unbeaten by getting five touchdown passes from quarterback Tom Brady and pulling away late for a 48-27 triumph at Texas Stadium.
"Well, they are that good," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "We wanted to be one of the elite teams. But obviously we're not, for them to come into our place and beat us like that."
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Brady had one of his most productive days in a career that has produced three Super Bowl victories.
With the Cowboys doing all they could to surround receiver Randy Moss with defenders, Brady looked elsewhere most of the time and threw two touchdown passes to Wes Welker, one to Donte' Stallworth and another to tight end Kyle Brady. Moss managed to get into the act with a touchdown catch.
The Cowboys (5-1) couldn't keep pace, although they managed to lead 24-21 in the third quarter after trailing early by two touchdowns before they even mustered a first down. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes, one to receiver Terrell Owens.
But the Cowboys had no answers for Brady, who was protected by the offensive line and set a career high and matched the franchise record for touchdown passes in a game. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of the first six games of a season. He has 21 touchdown passes, and the Patriots (6-0) have scored at least 34 points in each game.
"Peyton Manning has his wide receivers. Why can't Tom Brady have his?" Moss said. "Now that Tom has his, we'll see."
So the Patriots are threatening not only to pursue an unblemished season but also to rewrite the NFL record book for offensive production. Yet they weren't about to get carried away over what was, for them, just another routine, efficient workday.
"It's Game 6," linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. "That's the way we looked at it. We weren't going to put any more magnitude on it than it was."
Said Brady, who completed 31 of 46 passes for 388 yards: "It's really early in the season. It's a win on the road, and we're 6-0. I'm happy about that. But the season doesn't really start until Thanksgiving, anyway."
NFL MAIN EVENTS
Note: Matchup of teams at 5-0 or better.
Nov. 13, 1921 -- Akron Pros (7-0) at Buffalo All-Americans (6-0); 0-0 tie.
Nov. 4, 1923 -- Canton Bulldogs (5-0) at Chicago Cardinals (5-0); Bulldogs 7, Cardinals 3.
Oct. 28, 1973 -- Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (6-0); Vikings 10, Rams 9.
Oct. 24, 2004 -- New York Jets (5-0) at New England Patriots (5-0); Patriots 13, Jets 7.
Oct. 14, 2007 -- New England Patriots (5-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-0); Patriots 48, Cowboys 27.