Tom Brady breaks Brett Favre's record for most wins with one team

Here's another bullet point to add to Tom Brady's Hall of Fame credentials: With the Patriots' 28-21 season-opening victory over the Steelers, Brady surpassed Brett Favre for having the most wins with one team.

Heading into Thursday night's game, Brady and Favre were tied at 160 wins each. But Brady's clinical performance against an out-of-sorts Steelers defense pushed him into the lead. The Patriots quarterback finished 25 of 32 for 288 yards and four touchdowns (three of those went to tight end Rob Gronkowski).

"It was a pretty special night," said Brady, who last week had his four-game suspension vacated by a federal judge. "I was excited. Our whole team was excited. We haven't had one of these games in a long time."

Sharp all evening, Brady reinforced just how important he is to this offense.

"Everything he's been going through all offseason, he just came out, and he was on fire," Gronkowski said. "I don't know his stats or anything, but he was hitting all of the open guys, reading the defense well, calling the right plays. He's just unreal."

In case you're wondering: Favre, who is also destined for the Hall of Fame, said in May that he never thought Brady did anything wrong.

“I don’t think by any stretch, in my opinion, that Tom was cheating," Favre told FOX News at the time. "It sounds crazy. Historically, there’s been stealing of signs, and that goes to baseball and football. Just whatever advantage you could get. Lester Hayes putting Stickum on his arms for the Raiders. Pine tar. It’s just endless, the advantages that players would try to get.

“I don’t know if Tom can honestly say he has completed more passes because of it. I think more than anything, it helped with the grip based on conditions. Not every game. And would other players do it? Sure, I have no reason to think otherwise.”

Tom Brady's list of accomplishments continues to grow. (USATSI)
Tom Brady's list of professional accomplishments continues to grow. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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