QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Sat Jan 31): practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Wed Jan 28): admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. "I've had it for four to five days, my kids got sick and my wife's pretty sick right now," Brady said. "I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good." Brady is focused on rest and eating plenty of garlic, which he said is one of his "old remedies."
General News (Wed Jan 28): has publicly stated he'd like to play well into his 40s and feels perfect after playing his 15th season, but his father Tom Brady Sr. believes it won't end well with the Patriots. The younger Brady is under contract through 2017, although he'll turn 40 years old prior to that season. Brady has publicly said he plans on playing until he's 43 or 44. The 37-year-old quarterback is scheduled to make $12 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016, and $9 million in 2017. His father thinks his son's determination to keep playing won't go over well with the Patriots' brass. "It will end badly," Brady Sr. told New York Times Magazine. "It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."
Week 21: vs Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady threw 33/50 for 367 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Baltimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs; Julian Edelman also threw a TD pass (1/1 for 51 yards and one TD) to Danny Amendola. Rob Gronkowski had 13 targets for 7/108/1 receiving, while Amendola (six for 5/81/2) had one of his best games as a Patriot receiver. Edelman also saw 14 targets for 8/74/0 receiving, while Brandon LaFell handled seven for 5/62/1. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (four for 4/43/0) and Shane Vereen (five for 4/39/0) also helped out here and there. Against the Colts during the Conference Championship, the Patriots rushed for 40/177/3 while Brady tossed 23/35 for 226 yards, three TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -6 yards, and three rushes for 13 yards). Edelman led the team in receiving with 11 targets for 9/98/0 receiving, while Vereen (four for 3/41/0), LaFell (six for 4/28/0) and Gronkowski (eight for 3/28/1) were all very involved. The other two TD passes went to offensive tackle Nate Solder (one for 1/16/1) and fullback James Develin (one for 1/1/1). All told, eight Patriots caught passes against the Colts - Brady is utilizing a diverse array of targets during the playoffs. The Seahawks field the league's number one ranked pass D, averaging 185.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores allowed during regular season offset by 13 interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 37 sacks (20th) generated. They intercepted Cam Newton twice during the Divisional Round game (23/36 for 230 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two fumbles forced by Seattle and two sacks taken for -16 yards, along with another eight hits on Newton by the Seahawks). During the Conference Championship, the Seahawks limited Aaron Rodgers and company to 19/34 for a mere 178 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards - they put on two crucial goal-line stands during the first quarter of the game, limiting the Packers to 18- and 19-yard field goals the first two times the Packers penetrated the red-zone. Shaun Hill was intercepted twice, sacked four times for -40 yards, had a fumble and threw zero TDs during the season finale in Seattle (26/37 for 203 net yards passing). Seattle's defenders go for turnovers as well as covering opposing receivers extremely well, having allowed three passing TDs and generated six interceptions over their past three games played. There are injury issues for the Seattle secondary entering this game, though - FS Earl Thomas is playing through a separated shoulder (he'll be in a brace and hasn't practiced much during the run-up to the Super Bowl), while CB Richard Sherman has some degree of elbow injury (conflicting reports have ranged from torn elbow ligaments to an ulnar nerve problem) - Sherman has practiced in full leading up to the big game though and insists the elbow won't be a limiting factor, while Thomas has spoken about needing to rely on his teammates more than usual on Sunday. Even though the Seahawks have some walking wounded in the secondary, they are extremely tough in this phase of the game - advantage, Seattle.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 19 vs BAL (33 / 50 / 367 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 0 / 1 rush)
Sometimes, a quarterback simply puts a team on his back when it matters. Against the Ravens, Tom Brady did just that, dialing up 50 pass attempts compared to a measly 7 rushing attempts by his backs, including none in the second half. Twice, the Patriots were down by 14, and both times the offense answered the call and helped carry a defense that had one of their worst games of the season. Despite a shaky offensive line that saw Bryan Stork leave the game with injury, Brady morphed the team's look multiple times during the game from no-huddle to quick strike to trickery. His main blemish on the night was an absolutely awful interception to a Ravens linebacker as the second half was waning, allowing Baltimore to reverse field and score. It was a massively underthrown ball, but luckily he did more right than wrong. However, there was more right than wrong, including being involved in four touchdowns. His first was a scramble on third down to score a touchdown, smartly using an official to act as a shield of sorts against a defender. Brady has had a great year scrambling for his standards, and it was on display here. Brady's first aerial touchdown was a short pass to Danny Amendola who did all the work, shedding a defender and speeding into the end zone from 15 yards out. Realistically, that play would have likely been a very short gain most of the time, so credit Amendola there. Brady's second pass touchdown was a simple slant to Rob Gronkowski. Brady recognized the one on one matchup, held his hand up to Gronk signaling he saw the mismatch, and Gronk did his thing against a helpless defender. Brady's third touchdown was a thing of absolute beauty, a 23 yard go route toss to Brandon LaFell placed in a perfect location with amazing touch. It was refreshing to see that pass after Brady's recent struggles with the deeper ball. All in all, simply a rock solid day for Brady when it counted.
2014 Week 20 vs IND (23 / 35 / 226 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Ho hum. Another day, another Super Bowl appearance for a guy who many people thought was done four weeks into the season. Now, he's likely to go down as the greatest quarterback of all time. Tom Brady didn't have to do it all against the Colts in a complete rout, which was a stark contrast to the week prior against the Ravens. He was fairly efficient minus a bad interception and some shaky throws to start the game. He was also seriously aided by the Patriots run game and defense. Any time your defense holds a good offense to 7 points and your run game piles up over 150 yards, you're looking good. Brady's aforementioned interception was a bad throw and questionable decision to Rob Gronkowski who was draped with double coverage. It was a standard seam route and Brady wasn't immediately under siege, so it's one he'd definitely like back. His touchdowns were fairly simple ones, with receivers doing most of the work, though they went respectively to a fullback, offensive lineman, and tight end. Brady's one yard touchdown to James Develin was all Develin, as he was tackled well before the end zone but willed his way in with some serious toughness. The second Brady touchdown was an amusing one to Nate Solder, who reported as eligible and simply slipped the defense. Solder then rumbled into the end zone for a 16 yard score, and the entire Foxborough area experienced a minor earthquake as all the Pats linemen started jumping around and celebrating for their brethren. Brady's third touchdown to Gronk was 1 on 1 coverage against a safety, and Gronk is winning that slant route almost every time. Earlier in the game, the same play was unsuccessful against Vontae Davis, who was arguably one of the best corners in the NFL this season. Pass protection was solid for most of the day, as there was less pressure than there had been several times throughout the course of the season. The defense also had to respect the run game, which helped Brady out. Brady also underthrew a deep ball to Julian Edelman for 22 yards that had the potential for a lot more. It is worth noting that the game was played in heavy rain at times, contributing to some of the accuracy issues on both sides of the ball.
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