This was hardly the expected script.

The New Orleans Saints staged a remarkable second-half rally in an effort to remain among the NFL's unbeatens…then lost it all on another Tom Brady-led comeback.

Brady's 17-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left in regulation pushed the Patriots to a 30-27 victory that capped a furious 70-yard 68-second drive that was executed with no timeouts -- and with half the crowd at Gillette Stadium already departed.