August 25, 2007 08:00 AM

New dad and New England Patriots star Tom Brady gave a winning performance Friday night in a 24-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers – just two days after missing practice to visit his newborn baby with actress Bridget Moynahan.

Announcers told the crowd in Charlotte, N.C. that the baby boy, born Wednesday in Los Angeles, was named Jonathan Brady.

Brady, 30, skipped the customary post-game interviews, but several of his teammates and friends said they’d offered congratulations upon hearing the news of the birth.

“We’re just happy that everything went well and it’s a healthy baby,” Brady’s friend and backup quarterback Matt Cassel told PEOPLE. “Tom will be the best dad in the world. He’s a great guy.”

Teammates saw Brady at the team meeting Thursday night, said running back Sammy Morris. “There were a couple slaps on the back and questions about how it went. But I kind of kept the conversation to football.”

Patriot linebacker Chad Brown told PEOPLE, “I congratulated him and told him his whole life is going to change,” said Brown, father of two children, ages 11 and 8. “He said, ‘It’s changed already.’

“I’m sure Tom will handle it just fine and will try to strike a balance between his duties as a father and his role with the team.”

Brady and Moynahan, 36, broke up in December after a three-year relationship; he’s currently dating model Gisele Bundchen.

Brown says nothing has been discussed about doing something for the baby as a group. Laughing, he says, “A football team is not quite a ladies reading club.”

Some teammates said they were glad the good news didn’t seem to distract Brady, who completed 17 passes Friday including two touchdowns. Said wide receiver Donté Stallworth: “He was focused today, and he was coming here to do his job.”

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