Tom Brady's 10 AFC title games are more than 27 teams have made

It's business as usual for the Patriots and Tom Brady, who will be appearing in his 10th AFC Championship Game on Sunday when he faces off against the Broncos and Peyton Manning.

There have been no shortage of superlatives to describe Brady's Hall of Fame career -- and rightly so -- but even he seems surprised by the idea of playing in 10 conference title games.

“It’s beyond what I’d ever imagined in my wildest dreams,” Brady said Monday during an appearance on WEEI, via PFT. “I remember the first one I ever participated in, which was in Pittsburgh. We had to fly there on a Friday. I missed Friday of practice so I could do a press conference at the site of the game. It was the first time it really felt like, wow, this is a big deal. Fifteen years later, to be a part of 10 of those, I never imagined that any of this was ever even possible.

"I just knew that I loved the game, and I played with so many great teammates who have, like I said, sacrificed so much. When you play with teammates like I have and you see what they go through over the course of the season, what they deal with in their lives personally, how that reacts to them professionally, kind of the blood, sweat and tears you put into it, you never take it for granted.”

Tom Brady knows something about playing in AFC Championship Games. (USATSI)
Tom Brady knows something about playing in AFC Championship Games. (USATSI)

For an idea of just how dominant Brady and the Pats have been this century, consider this, courtesy of PFT's Josh Alper: Brady's 10 conference title game appearances are more than 27 teams have made in the history of their franchises.

That, by any measure, is ridiculous.

But keep the faith, Broncos fans; yes, Brady is 22-8 in the postseason, including four Super Bowl wins, but he's just 2-6 in his career when playing in Denver. And those two wins came against Danny Kanell and Tim Tebow.

CBS Sports Writer

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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