Column: Patriots find their passing groove in the backfield

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NEW ORLEANS — Ten days ago, he was the quarterback who couldn’t shoot straight, and was surrounded by a bunch of players with cement feet.

Suddenly on Sunday, Tom Brady couldn’t miss and had his pick of targets on any given play as New England completed 30 of 39 passes (76.9 percent) for 447 yards and three touchdowns (139.6 rating) in the Patriots’ 36-20 victory over the Saints.

Why the big change?