Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons. He also gained 15 yards on his sole rush. He was named the MVP of the game as well. After an uneven first half that saw him start 7-for-9 -- with completions to five different receivers -- and then connect on only four of his next 10 passes while getting pressured frequently, Brady put on a performance for the ages in the second half and overtime. Down 28-3 after a Tevin Coleman six-yard touchdown reception with 8:31 remaining in the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots rolled up their sleeves and went to work. He led scoring drives of 13, 12, five and 10 plays over the third and fourth quarters, capping two of them with touchdown passes to James White and Danny Amendola, respectively. The five-time Super Bowl champion was then masterful on the game-clinching eight-play, 75-yard opening drive of overtime, completing passes to White, Amendola, Chris Hogan, White and Julian Edelman to drive New England from their own 25-yard line to the Falcons' 25. A James White gritty two-yard touchdown run ended it three plays later, capping the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and cementing Brady's legacy as arguably the best signal caller of the modern era.
Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game victory over the Steelers. Brady reached a personal postseason yardage best largely by throwing the ball short and letting his receivers do most of the work after the catch. The veteran's ability to methodically move the ball down the field allowed the Patriots to consistently put themselves in good position on third down en route to 11 conversions on 17 tries against an over-matched Steelers defense. Becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls won't be an easy task against a Falcons team that held the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers scoreless in the first half of the NFC championship game.
Brady completed 18 of 38 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans. He also lost a yard on four rushes. After throwing just two interceptions all season, Brady looked out of sorts in the first half, as an aggressive Texans pass rush and a pick by A.J. Bouye at the Patriots' 34-yard line had him and the New England offense looking rather pedestrian. The future Hall of Famer began to snap out of it late in the second quarter, however, completing a 48-yard bomb to Julian Edelman to help set up an eventual Stephen Gostowski 19-yard field goal with seven seconds to go before halftime. Although he did throw his second interception in the third quarter, Brady was otherwise much more effective in the second half, finishing off a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring dart to James White, and connecting with Edelman on several more occasions. His sub-50 percent completion rate and 56.9 QBR notwithstanding, Brady did flash his typical rapport with Edelman and Chris Hogan, and should be primed for yet another AFC championship round appearance next Sunday.
Brady (thigh) completed 25 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three TDs in Sunday's 35-14 win over the Dolphins. With the win, the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and Brady and his fellow banged up teammates will now be afforded a bye week in which to rest their bodies. After sitting out the first four games of the season due to a suspension stemming from his perceived involvement in "Deflategate," Brady carved out an outstanding campaign, helping the Patriots to a 14-2 record overall, while compiling a nifty 28:2 TD:INT ratio over the 12 contests he played in.
Brady (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Brady is thus in line to play as much as the Patriots' coaching staff needs him to in Week 17. While the team has clinched its division and a first-round bye, the Patriots still have an eye on securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. As a result, look for Brady to remain in play Sunday as long as the outcome of the contest is unsettled, though at a certain point, the QB may eventually exit the game, as he did in Week 16's 41-3 win over the Jets.
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