QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 199 (2000)|
2018 Week 1 vs HOU (26 / 39 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady and the Pats offense came firing out of the gate, then slowed down a bit in the second half as the Texans defense found their legs. With an injury to Jeremy Hill, Sony Michel out, and the rest of the running game producing middling results, Brady was relied upon as usual to help carry the team despite a dearth of pass catchers. Only 13 of Brady's 39 attempts went to wide receivers, while 17 went to running backs. Unsurprisingly, his best connections were with Gronk, though Philip Dorsett played a surprisingly efficient chain mover role. Brady's first touchdown was a nice throw to Gronk placed just near the big tight end's back shoulder near the end zone on a deeper ball. Gronk was double covered, but naturally made the catch and scored anyways. The next two scores were fairly easy - one was to a wide open James White out of the backfield, and the other was to Dorsett on an out route. Brady did misfire several throws, including an easy touchdown toss to Rex Burkhead. All in all, though, he looked like the same old star for much of the game.
2018 Week 2 vs JAX (24 / 35 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Unable to get anything going for most of the day, Brady and the Pats offense as a whole were sluggish and at times, manhandled by the Jaguars defensive unit. As a result, the Pats didn't even score a touchdown. The defense did no favors either, and the game was nearly over at halftime, with a 21-3 deficit and the Jags receiving the ball first in the second half. Brady was under pressure plenty during the game, and curiously missed Gronk on several 1 on 1 opportunities. Most of his passes were out fairly quickly, but as routes didn't fully develop on many plays, he was forced to throw short to James White often. Brady did have a fumble on a sack due to immediate pressure given up by L'Adrian Waddle, which absolutely killed momentum, as the Pats D had just intercepted a ball of their own. The run game was absolutely horrendous as well, getting no significant plays of note despite over 20 rushing attempts. All in all, it was a forgettable performance for the offense, defense, and coaching staff all together.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (14 / 26 / 133 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Talk about an ugly game. The Patriots were thoroughly outclassed for the second week in a row, and Tom Brady was no exception. A combination of awful defense, terrible playcalling, forcing a non-existent run game, weak passing game options, mediocre pass protection, and spotty QB play resulted in a game that should have been a bigger blowout. Despite being hampered by these things, Brady didn't light the world on fire. He missed open throws, including a surefire Rex Burkhead touchdown. His interception was an ugly one, floating a deep ball into double coverage when Phillip Dorsett was smothered in coverage. It was clear his 'weapons' were frustrating him, as the Lions simply double and triple teamed Gronk, giving him nowhere to go on most plays. The Pats were also dominated in time of possession in the first half due to a combo of three and outs on offense and sustained Lions drives on defense. The aforementioned playcalling was notable for Brady as well. Beyond one third quarter drive when the Pats look like themselves, it seemed the coaching staff was forcing the issue with Sony Michel, who had no run blocking and frankly, didn't look special at all. Better days should be ahead with Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon joining the fold on offense, but if the defense doesn't shape up, the Pats will have serious issues that could result in either shootouts or limited Brady throws, as we saw this week.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (23 / 35 / 274 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The score doesn't show it, but the Pats blowout of the Dolphins was due in large part to the run game and defense. Tom Brady played decently, but had several errant throws and decisions. This included a near interception in the red zone and a miss to Cordarrelle Patterson on a slant route from the goal line. Brady's first interception was a terrible deep throw to Phillip Dorsett who was smothered in coverage and one of the more questionable decisions he's made period. The second was a throw as he was getting drilled by a defender, which is more forgivable. On the plus side was his touchdown toss to James White, which was a nice deep floated ball between defenders as he was once again getting hit. His first touchdown was an easy one to Patterson, who was able to get open via a pick route from Josh Gordon. The second was more of a product of a great catch by Phillip Dorsett, who caught a pass while making a front flip in midair. Brady was aided by a run game firing much better than it did last week, and a defense that absolutely clamped down on the Dolphins. As Gordon gets further integrated and Edelman returns, Brady should continue to improve.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (34 / 44 / 341 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)
It was a good day for the Pats and Tom Brady, as they stormed their way to a decisive victory. Brady integrated Julian Edelman right back into the mix, throwing his way 3 times on the first drive of the game. Though Edelman was rusty, it was clear his presence made a difference for Brady and the Pats. Brady's two big blemishes on the day were an overthrow of James White on a deep shot that White could have scored on, and an underthrow to Josh Gordon on the very next play. The interceptions weren't his fault, as they were both off drops by Chris Hogan and Gronk. His three touchdowns were fairly easy. One was to Cordarrelle Patterson on a 1 yard screen play. The second was to James White who was left open after a post route from the backfield. The third was a total deep ball prayer in the direction of Josh Gordon, who managed to snag it around two defenders. Pass protection was good, as was the run game, which aided Brady's cause. All in all, a good day for a guy who hit the 500 career touchdown mark.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (24 / 35 / 340 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)
Tom Brady needed to keep up in a shootout, and he did just that, playing well beyond one huge blemish that could have cost his team the win. There was a reasonable amount of time for him to throw, and the ground game was working very well, as one can surmise from the score. Brady actually targeted Josh Gordon more than any other receiver, and Gordon also played more snaps than any other receiver, signaling that the duo is ready to rock. They were off on a couple throws from a timing perspective, but also connected well on slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call to the 1 yard line. Brady's lone passing touchdown was to Julian Edelman on a nicely lofted floating ball over coverage. Brady also scrambled for another touchdown, though it seemed to happen in slow motion given his speed. He should have been sacked on the play, but the rushing defender let up because he thought Brady threw the ball. The play may not have happened had Brady hit Edelman on an out route on the prior play, as Edelman could have scored. His bad play on the night was a costly fumble in his own territory that should have never happened. Brady ran around looking for an open receiver, but held on to the ball far far too long, allowing pass rushers to eventually get home and strip the ball. It was a play Brady himself said was terrible, as he should have thrown the ball away well beforehand. Beyond that, Brady carved up the Chiefs defense, especially in the 4th quarter, including the game winning drive. As expected, the offense continues to progress.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (25 / 36 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady did what he had to do once again, this time playing the shootout game with the Chicago Bears. It was an odd day given that Gronk wasn't playing and Sony Michel got hurt on his 4th carry of the game. Pass protection was adequate, but it was notable that Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd seemed to drop back into coverage a ton instead of rushing the passer. Two of Brady's touchdown were to James White - one out of the flat and another on a sweep route. The aforementioned Floyd was in coverage on one of the touchdowns, which is about as big a mismatch as you'll find. Brady's other touchdown was a screen to Julian Edelman, who bull rushed his way into the end zone. Connection with Josh Gordon continued to develop, including a 4th down sky ball and a 55 yard catch and run. These passes were in critical situations and once again Gordon played heavy snaps. Brady's interception was a drop by James Develin that went into a defender's hands, which is Brady's third such interception this season. The offense continues to click as time goes on, as the Pats have now scored 38+ points in 4 straight games.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (29 / 45 / 324 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
It wasn't pretty, but Brady managed to get it done, thanks in large part to his defense and a nearly non-existent Bills offense. The Pats offense was able to move the ball on several drives, but completely bogged down in the red zone. In fact, the only offensive touchdown came off a great catch by Gronk that set the Pats up at the 1 yard line. For his part, Brady was pressured a decent amount, but had several bad decisions. He was very lucky to escape with no interceptions, all said, as he threw 2 or 3 passes that probably should have been picked off. However, he did have a couple great throws, as well as a key "block" for a Julian Edelman run on a 3rd down. Credit the Bills for their defense rising up to the challenge for more than half the game, but the Pats simply had too many weapons at the end.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (22 / 35 / 294 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tom Brady did what he needed to do to get a win. Against the Packers, credit goes to the New England defense, who surprisingly did a good job pressuring Aaron Rodgers and held the Packers to only 17 points. Brady was put in good spots, protection was adequate, and he received good receiver support, including his 55 yard touchdown to Josh Gordon. On the play, Brady faked one way, threw to Gordon, who broke an arm tackle then proceeded to house the pass for a score. He could have had more touchdowns, but the Patriots actually scored three times on the ground. His other highlight was a flea flicker to Julian Edelman (who threw a pass of his own later), where Edelman was wide open thanks to the trickery. Unlike several of his games, there weren't as many egregious off target throws or interceptable passes. It is also worth noting he once again operated without Gronk, but that didn't effect the operation too much, as the aforementioned Gordon and James White connections were in full gear. All systems go as the team continues into the back half of the season.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (21 / 41 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what amounted to a dominating performance by the Titans defense, Tom Brady was continually harassed, and the Patriots offense as a whole was embarrassed. He received no help from the run game, and when he did have time, there were a few off throws and a couple cases of the dropsies. Add it all up, and it was likely an anomaly for a normally great offense. The Pats o-line is fairly banged up and players were rotating in and out, but that was perhaps the biggest reason for the dismal day. The field position game was also a huge factor, as the Titans continually worked with short fields while the Pats had much tougher spots to work with. Credit the Titans for shutting down James White as well, who was removed from the game almost entirely as an x factor. The theme here was the domination by the Titans defense - unless this becomes a theme, it's tough to read too much into this performance. The bye week comes at a good time.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (20 / 31 / 283 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Continuing the up and down season for the Pats offense, and in particular the o-line, Tom Brady held up reasonably well on most snaps and had time to execute his offense. There weren't many close calls, though Brady's deep ball is still noticeably weaker than it was last year. That said, there were still several chunk plays against the Jets, including Rob Gronkowski's sweet deep touchdown catch. Brady threw the ball to Gronk about 35 or 40 yards in the air, and Gronk grabbed the ball while being pasted by a defender. It was great to see Gronk make the catch given his recent injuries and lack of touchdowns. However, Brady did try to force a few passes to Gronk, particularly in the end zone, and the ball should have gone elsewhere. Brady's second touchdown was a catch and run by Julian Edelman, who had about 15 yards YAC, including smashing into a couple defenders near the goal line. Brady was also aided by a strong run game performance. Outside of a few questionable drives, the bye week clearly helped.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (24 / 32 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
This was one of those luxury days for Tom Brady. He didn't need to be on his A game, as the Pats defense completely dominated the Vikings to the tune of 10 total points, shutting down Diggs and Thielen in the process. Many of the throws on the day were short passes, working the flats, etc, particularly early in the game. Brady's lone touchdown was to a wide open Josh Gordon who sat in the middle of zone coverage then raced into the end zone. The "big" milestone was Brady hitting 1,000 career rushing yards on what was a very quick QB scramble/draw, something we may never see again. Brady's deep ball was once again iffy - as an example, he completed a deeper pass to Patterson for about 30 yards in the air, but it was barely at Patterson's shoetops. Brady's interception was a bad one, with the ball thrown right to a defender on an out route. Beyond that, it was a fairly unremarkable outing, taking what the Vikings defense gave. Rain also had a slight hand at points in the game, but not enough to cause serious dagame.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (27 / 43 / 358 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady played very well against the Dolphins, something that doesn't usually happen when in Miami. He was finding Gronk, Josh Gordon, and Edelman at will, firing throws up and down the field. Granted, there were misses, but he looked better than he has during some weeks. His first touchdown was a short one to Edelman, who pirouetted on the route to get open, reminiscent of a similar route in the Super Bowl win over Atlanta. His second was an absolute laser shot to Cordarrelle Patterson on a 40 yard deep ball in what had to be one of his best touchdown throws of the year. The third was (finally) a red zone touchdown to Gronk, where Brady stepped up to avoid pressure and threaded the needle to his tight end up high. Pressure was up and down, though the run game was stymied, meaning the Pats were fairly one dimensional in terms of success. Brady did have one huge blemish on the day, however. With seconds to go on the clock to end the first half, Brady took a sack with no timeouts left rather than throw the ball away, and he had plenty of opportunity to throw the ball away. It meant the Patriots missed out on a chip shot field goal try, and they ultimately went on to lose the game by 1. Not that the loss was Brady's fault, but a QB of his caliber needs to do better in that situation. He also missed a wide open Chris Hogan for a touchdown because he threw off his back foot on the same drive. Still, his actual play was a promising sign, as was Gronk's involvement.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (25 / 36 / 279 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In previous weeks when Tom Brady has a down week there are other areas of the team willing and able to step up to take pressure off him. In Week 15 there was little support for Tom Brady. Some of the only support Brady received was from Chris Hogan and the Steelers defensive immaturity. The first offensive play for the Patriots saw the Pittsburgh defense looking into the backfield and allowing Chris Hogan to lose his defender and run untouched to the end zone. After the initial drive, Tom Brady was feeling pressure the rest of the game. Brady did his best to step up in the pocket and evade the pressure. Fortunately, the Steelers were only able to get one sack on Tom Brady. Brady's worst throw of the game came at the worst possible time. It was the fourth quarter and the Patriots were in the end zone. The Steelers brought pressure and Brady did not see Joe Haden when Rob Gronkowski was streaking across the field. Tom Brady threw up a pass with defenders in his face and Joe Haden was able to easily pick off Brady. Late in the fourth quarter Brady again had his shot to tie the game. After leading the Patriots down to the red zone Brady had four shots at the endzone. Brady's last throw was probably his closest to tying the game. The ball was thrown over the head of Edelman. If the pass would have been a few feet lower, it would've hit Edelman in the hands to a touchdown instead of asking him to highpoint a ball over taller defenders.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (13 / 24 / 126 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a quiet game against the Buffalo Bills in the fantasy football championship week. New England's game plan was to run on Buffalo's defense. The plan was successful and New England was able to establish an early lead and continue leaning on the run. The game plan left Brady with low passing volume. Brady struggled with his accuracy, missing multiple throws underneath to James White and took few chances with his throws. Brady was intercepted twice, once on an apparent miscommunication with Rex Burkhead that a Buffalo defender made a good interception on, and the second a throw to Rob Gronkowski that was tipped. Brady's touchdown was a throw to Julian Edelman where it looked like Edelman was down by contact but never touched down and scored a touchdown. Brady will host the New York Jets in week 17 when they play for playoff seeding.
2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (24 / 33 / 250 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what you'd call a "complete win", the Pats absolutely dominated the Jets, and Tom Brady played well despite the lack of Josh Gordon. It seems there was a concerted effort to get the ball to Chris Hogan, who was often left with soft/off coverage, allowing several short pass attempts. Brady's first touchdown was to James White on an easy slant from White, who had a linebacker to beat in coverage. His second was a nice lob to Rex Burkhead, a throw Brady needs to make routine. His third touchdown was a rolling move to his right, fired into Phillip Dorsett for the score on a nice catch. And finally, Brady hit Julian Edelman on a short toss to complete his 4 touchdown day, one of his best statistically on the season. Brady spread the ball well to other receivers, and had adequate time to throw the ball. Game situation also made it somewhat of a breeze in the second half. The Pats will need a performance like this to advance in the playoffs.
2018 Week 19 vs LAC (34 / 44 / 343 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Talk about a vintage performance. Though there were ups and downs during the season, Tom Brady and the Pats team as a whole absolutely dominated the Chargers. Perhaps the biggest surprise was how dominant the o-line was, manhandling the Chargers vaunted d-line in run and pass protection. Give the GOAT quarterback time, and he's bound to beat you up. Brady particularly zeroed in on Julian Edelman and James White, who the Chargers had no answer for. In fact, those two alone received a whopping 30 targets. The running game was also firing on all cylinders, which kept the Chargers off balance. Brady 'only' had 1 touchdown, and it was a relatively easy score to Phillip Dorsett, who beat his man right off the line. That said, there were a number of 'wow' throws from Brady, including a few absolutely pinpoint lasers into tight spaces. There isn't much else to say about the performance, though the Pats will need a repeat to have a chance against a much more difficult Chiefs team.
2018 Week 20 vs KC (30 / 46 / 348 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It wasn't his greatest performance, but Tom Brady came up clutch when it mattered most, aided once again by a good run game and amazing o-line performances. By far the most egregious play was Brady's red zone interception, which was a poor throw and poor display of vision. The play came off play action in a run formation with a tight end running up the middle. However, two defenders were in position to make a play, and Brady still threw the ball anyway. It erased sure points from the board. His second interception was a throw off Julian Edelman's fingertips. The ball could have been placed better, but Edelman should have caught the ball regardless. His touchdown was a deep ball to Phillip Dorsett, who had a great concentration grab while being covered to go along with a great catch. However, Brady's performance will likely be remembered for overtime, where he absolutely drilled three critical third down passes to keep the engine humming and eventually cap off the win. These included two 3rd-and-10 conversions and a 3rd and 5 that went to Julian Edelman and Gronk, his most trusted veteran receivers. As aforementioned, his offensive line played absolutely stellar, as Brady was barely touched at all on the day, allowing his receivers to get open. The hunt for ring number 6 is one game away.
2017 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 36 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
If it seems like it's been years since Tom Brady has played this poorly, you're right. It was clear that the offense missed safety valve Julian Edelman, and Brady showed some serious rust, missing several throws he would normally make. It started with the first throw of the game, when Brady overthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen on a medium length pass. To be fair, there were often times his receivers were blanketed throughout several plays. The 27 points the Patriots put up were also aided by an inordinate amount of Chiefs penalties. Make no mistake ñ the offense did not look good. Brady zero touchdowns could have been different as there were two P.I. instances in the end zone, which gave the running game the scores instead. Danny Amendola was also concussed during the game, which takes away an additional safety blanket for Brady. Going forward, Brady is too good to have more performances like this, but the offense may take some time to gel.
2017 Week 2 vs NO (30 / 39 / 447 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
After struggling in Week 1, Tom Brady and the offense looked better against the Saints defense. Brady had over 200 yards in the first quarter alone, and his day could have been a lot bigger had the game turned into a shootout. Brady's first touchdown was a 19 yard lob to Rex Burkhead, who beat a linebacker in coverage. Both the throw and catch were on point. Brady's second touchdown, a 53 yarder to Gronk, was all Gronk, who beat a defender in coverage, then broke a tackle on his way to a spectacular run-after-catch touchdown. Brady's throw was off his back foot, so he did well to throw the pass accurately, though. Brady's final touchdown of the first quarter (and of the day) was off a pick play between Chris Hogan and Philip Dorsett. Dorsett was initially flagged for pass interference, but the refs picked up the flag, ruling the touchdown to Hogan good. There were also a couple other missed opportunities, including a touchdown that went right through Gronk's hands. Still, the performance was much better than Week 1's dismal showing. The key now is health, as plenty of Patriots skill players are already banged up.
2017 Week 3 vs HOU (25 / 35 / 378 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brady did well against the Texans considering he was under pressure for most of the day. The Texans pass rush clearly got the better of the Patriots offensive line, and vice versa. Still, Brady's stat line was one of his best, for a whopping 5 touchdowns and a big chunk of yardage. That was also in part because the running game couldn't get much going. One of Brady's best plays on the day was a 45 yard deep toss to Brandin Cooks as the quarterback was getting drilled by a defender. His first touchdown was to Rob Gronkowski, who beat a defender 1 on 1 with a short out route, something he's done with regularity over the years. His second was an easy pitch and catch to a wide open Chris Hogan due to busted coverage. Not done, his third touchdown also went to Hogan on busted coverage, this time on a long toss. The final two touchdowns were to Brandin Cooks, who finally broke out for the Pats. The first was a long slant route, and was a pure showcase of Cooks's speed. The second was an insane deep touchdown with time ticking down in the game, with an amazing toe tap and catch by Cooks. Brady's big blemish was a fumble as he was getting sacked, something he no doubt would have liked to have back ñ especially since the Texans returned it for a touchdown. He also nearly lost another as he was getting sacked, and there were a couple plays he didn't have his normal pocket sense. Still, given the amount of pressure he was under, an admirable day.
2017 Week 4 vs CAR (32 / 45 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Once again under pressure throughout the day, Tom Brady did well to help guide the offense to 30 points considering the Patriots awful defense once again forced a shootout. Brady did have a couple missed opportunities, but some of his passes, such as his two touchdowns, were great throws. Early in the game, Brady missed Cooks on a potential chunk touchdown, and later underthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen for what would have been a huge gain. However, his first touchdown was a thing of beauty to Chris Hogan. The pass was a pure laser on a short touchdown with pinpoint location that only his receiver could have caught. The second was a 4th down score to Danny Amendola, once again with great location to a receiver in stride. It's clear the bad defense and bad protection from the start of the season are not a mirage, and if that's the case, it might be a long season for Brady.
2017 Week 5 vs TB (30 / 40 / 303 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Through 5 weeks, Tom Brady has taken more sacks than the entirety of his 2016 season. That fun little stat showed up in spades against a Buccaneers team who had barely sacked anyone on the season, highlighting the abhorrent state of the New England offensive line. Under constant harassment, Brady was not able to put many points on the board, leading his team to one touchdown. He was playing without Rob Gronkowski, who may have done well against Tampa Bay's backup linebackers, but alas, had an injury to deal with. Brady's only touchdown of the day was a short score to Chris Hogan, who has suddenly become a prime red zone target, perhaps due to fairly consistent route running and good cornerback matchups. Brady did fumble once due to a thunderous blindside hit. His interception was one of the worst you'll see from any quarterback, vastly overthrowing his intended receiver with absolutely no pressure in his face. The safety he threw to did make a great catch, but it was no excuse for an ugly throw. Brady also had a couple chunk gains to Brandin Cooks, including a 35 yarder when his receiver beat two cover men. Still, it was a fairly shoddy day for the offense.
2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (20 / 38 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady was finally afforded better pass protection than in weeks prior, but that didn't show up on the score board. Part of this was actually on Brady's shoulders, who threw a few silly passes, including a terrible interception into double coverage. Brady's intended receiver, Philip Dorsett, was smothered in coverage on the play, and it was a throw no quarterback could have made or should have attempted. Brady also had another throw that should have been picked, but wasn't. Credit where credit is due as well - the Jets played sound defense for the most part, save for a few chunk throws and against Gronk. Interestingly, Brady took a bunch of deep shots on the game, even more so than usual, and connected on a few. One went to Brandin Cooks for 42 yards, while another was a deep pass to Gronk on an out and up route. Brady's other touchdown also went to Gronk, who beat a defender on a short out route for a score. Regardless, a win is a win, the Pats will take it any way they can get it.
2017 Week 7 vs ATL (21 / 29 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)
With the Falcons not playing their best football and the Patriots starting to gel, Tom Brady was able to get a fairly uneventful win, and actually went into clock killing mode for much of the 4th quarter. As a result, he didn't rack up insane stats, but still played relatively well. Of note is that Brady once again had one terrible decision that should have cost the team, something that seems to be happening once or twice per game. Brady chucked up a deep ball into double coverage, had it picked off, but got saved by a roughing the passer call. Had the call not happened, it would have been an end zone interception. Other than that one terrible throw and decision, it was mostly smooth sailing. Protection was up and down, but better than in some of the early season weeks. Brady's first touchdown to Brandin Cooks wasn't really a 'pass' - Cooks ran a sweep, and Brady literally dropped the ball into Cooks's hands, who proceeded to run the ball into the end zone behind some good blocking. But in the stat sheet, it still counts. His second was much better, as he pump faked right, looked left, and fired to James White for a short score. As has been a theme this year, there were also some intermediate and deep shots and connections, something the offense is clearly building around. All in all, attempting 29 passes and winning convincingly sounds good to the Patriots.
2017 Week 8 vs LAC (32 / 47 / 333 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Though he played well, Tom Brady's biggest blemish may have been converting in the red zone. The Patriots were able to move the ball fairly well, but should have had many more points considering they attempted 6 field goals. The defense also aided the efforts, as 21 points is less than usual for the Patriots. Brady's sole touchdown was an easy cross route to Rob Gronkowski off play action. Play action was actually something the Pats ran a ton of and with good success, which was worth noting considering the running game wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire. Many of Brady's passes were checkdowns or plays to running backs ñ in fact, backs had 14 of Brady's 32 completions. There were a couple missed connections here and there, but nothing huge from Brady's department, which is a nice sign after an egregious throw or so per game as of late.
2017 Week 10 vs DEN (25 / 34 / 266 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
With good protection, complementary defensive and special teams plays, and all-around success, Tom Brady had it easy against the Broncos, something which almost never happens. Brady never really needed to put his foot on the gas, as the Patriots ran away with the game from the start, sporting a 27-9 lead at halftime. Brady was efficient, especially when targeting Broncos linebackers in coverage, a matchup he exploited continually. Over half his completions went to backs or tight ends, as he took what the defense gave him. His first touchdown was to Rex Burkhead, who beat a defender on a slant route that he first sold like an out route. His second was an 11 yard out route to Dwayne Allen on a play that was actually Allen's first catch of the season. His final touchdown was an easy one to James White thanks to some great juking by the running back. The Pats did do a better job of converting in the red zone, something that has been underwhelming this year. Brady could have also had a fourth touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, but the play was called incomplete when it likely shouldn't have been. All in all, this is the type of performance Brady wants ñ clean, efficient, and not too high stress.
2017 Week 11 vs OAK (30 / 37 / 339 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another week, another dynamic performance by the ageless Tom Brady. Brady masterfully picked apart an overmatched Oakland secondary that started safety, Obi Melifonwu at left corner. New England played high-tempo from the start as Brady completed his first 12 pass attempts, culminating with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Dion Lewis on an option route. Lewis made the first defender miss before accelerating and 'corkscrewing' into the end zone. Overall, the game plan revolved around using speed and agility to win against Oakland's bigger corners and linebackers--and that game plan was executed perfectly. Brady targeted Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola on half of his pass attempts--and this dynamic duo had no problems winning. In the second quarter, Brady hit Amendola for a 5-yard touchdown on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. The pocket broke down, but Brady stepped up, and found a streaking Amendola in the back of the end zone. This scoring play gave New England a 14-0 advantage. While Amendola was a fixture over the middle of the field, Cooks brought a big play element. Brady and Cooks hooked up for two 50-yard plays, which included a 64-yard touchdown against Melifonwu, who was playing corner without safety help. Cooks also had a 52-yard gain on a deep seam route where he literally ran by double coverage and caught Brady's strike in-stride. Brady completed passes to all three tight ends, but the smaller, shifty receivers were the focal point of the attack.
2017 Week 12 vs MIA (18 / 28 / 227 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)
Brady opened with two incompletions to Rob Gronkowski, so the team called a fake punt that worked to keep the drive going. Brady then hit Phillip Dorsett all alone downfield, which set up the first score of the day on a Rex Burkhead carry. Brady moved well in the pocket despite his achilles issue coming up earlier in the week. He drove the team down the field easily, keying on Gronkowski to get into the red zone, and then going back to him for the second score of the day. A botched snap led to a Miami defensive score, but Brady bounced back quickly, with some help from defensive penalties and then Brandin Cooks getting open easily downfield. A quick flip to Burkhead finished off the third scoring drive. Brady was picked on a downfield throw to a well-covered Danny Amendola near the end of the first half, but recovered for another easy scoring drive to open the second half, mostly on the back of Dion Lewis, with a pass to Gronkowski as the finisher. The last score of the day was also on the back of Lewis's runs, but finished by Brady on a short flip to Cooks on what was basically a jet sweep.
2017 Week 13 vs BUF (21 / 30 / 258 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what you could call a rarity, Tom Brady didn't need to do much against the Bills. That is because the run game and defense dominated the day. In fact, Brady didn't throw a single touchdown, and beyond his connection with Gronk, most passes were shorter gains. The two plays that will stick out from this game for most people were lowlights for Brady. One, he missed Brandin Cooks on a deep throw, but had other receivers open. That resulted in a screaming match on the sideline between Brady and his offensive coordinator, but that doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Brady's interception was the other big play, as he underthrew Gronk on a deeper route. However, Gronk delivered a late hit to the defender after the play, and there's a chance he's suspended for the shot. Beyond that, protection was adequate against Buffalo, and Brady may have bigger days going forward.
2017 Week 14 vs MIA (24 / 43 / 233 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an ugly, ugly day for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Brady absolutely did not help the cause, throwing a host of totally off-target passes, getting rattled in the pocket, making poor decisions, and more. His two interceptions were bad underthrows, an oddity considering how well he's thrown the deep ball this year. Brady started off the game poorly, underthrowing several balls, and it went out of control from there. The Patriots didn't convert a single third down, which is history in the bad way for Brady. The line was constantly caving in as well, though even when he had time, Brady was off. His lone score was a short play action toss to James White in the flat. In fact, running backs were a theme on the day, as Brady completed most of his passes to backs instead of wide receivers due to limited time and great coverage on many plays. Rob Gronkowski's absence was also very noticeable, as without him and Julian Edelman, Brady barely threw to the middle of the field. There wasn't much else to say about the performance other than it was abysmal, but maybe it was a 'get it out of the system' kind of game. Unless the Achilles injury bothers him, he should be back to form soon.
2017 Week 15 vs PIT (22 / 35 / 298 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
It wasn't the prettiest of days, but Tom Brady found a way to get it done, thanks in large part to Rob Gronkowski. Coming out hot, Brady and the Pats offense eventually played their way to an up and down day. There was plenty of pressure, a couple terrible decisions by Brady, and more. Brady's pick was that of the terrible decision variety, as he just chucked a pass up for grabs under pressure. The defense came away with a fairly easy pick with no Patriot in the immediate vicinity, continuing the theme of the questionable Brady interception here and there. There were also a few plays where Brady missed a few wide open players period as he locked onto other receivers, a rarity for the star quarterback. On the flip side, Brady's touchdown to Brandin Cooks was a thing of beauty, as he stepped up in the pocket and fired a pass with a small window to operate. Pittsburgh did have a couple extended drives, including a 9 minute drive and a 7+ minute drive, as they dominated time of possession by 10 minutes, which led to Brady's lack of volume. Regardless, going into Pittsburgh and winning is no easy task, and the Pats managed to do it by the hair of their teeth.
2017 Week 16 vs BUF (21 / 28 / 224 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady struggled for much of the game against Buffalo. Brady threw an interception intended for Kenny Britt that was undercut by Safety Jordan Poyer. Brady was late on the throw as he scanned back to the middle of the field off his first read, allowing Poyer to undercut the throw. Brady also missed a big play to Brandin Cooks on a go route. Cooks beat Tre'Davious White on a go route, and Brady overthrew him. He also threw behind Rob Gronkowski on a slant route. Brady was also to convert two touchdowns, the first a back-shoulder throw to Gronkowski who made a highlight catch, and the second, a screen to Dion Lewis. Both scores were more the work of his receivers than Brady himself. Brady could have had a third touchdown but Gronkowski was interfered with in the end zone, which set up a rushing touchdown.
2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (18 / 37 / 190 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady capped an MVP-caliber season with an easy win over an uninterested New York Jet defense. New England's offense opted to play 'full tilt' in the first half while methodically calling plays in the second half. During the first quarter, Brady took turns playing pitch-and-catch with Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks, and Dion Lewis. In fact, Brady hit Amendola on a key fourth down to extend a drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown run by Lewis. In the second quarter, Brady delivered touchdown strikes to Cooks and Lewis. Midway through the second quarter, Brady hit Cooks on a post route for a 5-yard touchdown. Brady and Cooks benefitted from some good fortune as Buster Skrine and Mo Claiborne collided on the play, leaving Cooks uncovered. Late in the second quarter, Brady hit Lewis on a shallow crossing route for a 5-yard score. On the touchdown strike, Brady waited for Lewis to streak across the line of scrimmage before hitting him in stride and allowing him to use his speed to beat a defender to the pylon. New England held a 21-3 lead at halftime and orchestrated a very conservative second half game plan.
2017 Week 19 vs TEN (35 / 53 / 337 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
After struggling through the regular season, Tom Brady turned in a great performance against an overmatched Titans squad. The first quarter saw some mild rust, but it was game on after that. Brady's first touchdown was a shovel pass to James White that simply utilized White's speed and good blocking. His second was a short pass to Chris Hogan who ran a semi-slant route from the inside slot. Credit the gameplan with the formation on a 4 wide set, as Tennessee defenders were a step behind with the initial look. His last touchdown was a lob to Gronk, and Gronk simply outmanned his defender, which is nothing new. Brady's biggest miss was to Brandin Cooks on a deep throw that could have put him over the 400 yard passing mark, but given the conditions at the stadium, perhaps the cold and wind came into play. His best play was easily a scrambling cross-body throw across the field to Danny Amendola, something you simply don't see from an elder statesmen like Brady. He will have a MUCH tougher test against Jacksonville next week, but if he can repeat this performance, look out.
2016 Week 5 vs CLE (28 / 40 / 406 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Rust? What rust? Tom Brady was absolutely masterful against the Browns, passing for 277 yards by halftime and over 400 for the entire game. His footwork was great, the offensive line held up reasonably well, he went through progressions. In fact, he came out with 6 minutes left in the game because of the lopsided game score. All 3 of Brady's touchdowns were to Martellus Bennett. The first was a walk-in play action fake, where Bennett was so wide open that he literally walked to the end zone for a short 7 yard score. The second touchdown was a nice pitch and catch in heavy traffic, with perfect ball placement and an even nicer clutch grab. The third was an out and up for 37 yards where Bennett simply beat his defender in coverage. Brady also had numerous other deep connections, a promising sign after some struggles with the deep ball over the last couple years. Several were to Chris Hogan, including a 63 yarder in which he could have scored if he didn't have to dive for the ball. Brady also connected on a couple 30+ yard gains to Gronk, who's clearly back from his hamstring injury. With a tough road ahead, Bradyís return came just in time for the AFC East favorites.
2016 Week 6 vs CIN (29 / 35 / 376 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Brady and the Patriots offense. The first half saw Brady under continuous harassment by the Bengals defense, and the offense scored all of 10 points. With some halftime adjustments, the offense then rattled off 25 points in the second half, with some savvy plays by Brady himself. Brady's first touchdown was an easy pitch and catch to James White, who beat a linebacker in coverage for a score. White's second touchdown catch from Brady was nearly identical, beating a defender on an out type route. Brady's touchdown to Rob Gronkowski was a thing of beauty even though it was a short score. Gronk ran a curl route in the end zone, and Brady placed the ball low and away from the defender. You couldn't have handed the ball in a better spot, and it was a perfect location with a solid hands catch by Gronk. There were no major blemishes that were Brady's fault on the day besides a narrow Edelman overthrow in the end zone, and though he's only played 2 games this season, he's in late season form already.
2016 Week 7 vs PIT (19 / 26 / 222 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Another day at the office for Tom Brady, who wasn't out of this world good, but played well enough to secure a win. Brady had a rougher first half in terms of pressure and receiver separation, but was still able to toss two touchdown passes during the game and continue his streak of turnover-free football. Brady's first touchdown was a short screen to James White who did most of the work, weaving in and out of defenders. His second was a deep shot to Rob Gronkowski on a classic seam route, beating his defender and a safety in coverage. Game script did call for a heavy dose of runs against the Steelers, as the Patriots actually had more runs than passes overall on the day. Brady himself also scrambled a few times, a rarity for the slow-footed star. Brady was also the victim of a couple critical third down drops by Julian Edelman and Brandon Bolden, and the Patriots also had two fumbles which limited further scoring.
2016 Week 8 vs BUF (22 / 33 / 315 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
At the ripe old age of 39, Tom Brady is in a class by himself. He put on an absolute clinic against the Bills on the road, putting the game out of reach by the 3rd quarter. Brady's first touchdown was a thing of beauty, stepping up through the face of pressure and firing to an open Danny Amendola. Had Brady's not been able to slide in the pocket, the play would have resulted in a sack. His second touchdown was another example of mental toughness. Brady had completed a long pass from midfield to Julian Edelman that went to the Bills 1 yard line. However, a holding penalty negated it, so on the very next play, he did nearly the same thing, with a 53 yard touchdown to Chris Hogan. Since that 53 yard touchdown wasn't enough, Brady decided to throw another one, this time to Rob Gronkowski on another deep shot. Brady capped off his scoring with a 12 yard touchdown to Julian Edelman that saw Edelman catch a short pass and narrowly dive into the end zone. Brady had numerous other good plays, and interestingly, played well despite taking several big hits throughout the day. The Patriots go on bye next week, and it's a well deserved one.
2016 Week 10 vs SEA (23 / 32 / 316 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Though the Patriots offense was trending up and the Seahawks defense trending down coming into this matchup, you wouldn't know it based on yesterday's game. Brady and the offense had a rough go of it, with Brady pressured several times and finally tallying his first interception of the season. Brady's interception was actually just a terrible decision, as he threw straight into coverage while scrambling under pressure. There was no reason for the throw, and it was a pretty easy interception for the Seahawks. The one thing Brady did do well was throw the deep lob several times with pinpoint accuracy. Brady's no touchdowns weren't entirely his fault, as it just so happened LeGarrette Blount was able to score three times. However, there were a couple missed goal line connections. The most notable was a 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. Brady threw a fade route to Gronk, and there was plenty of contact between him and Kam Chancellor. The officials decided not to call a foul on Chancellor, which was questionable at best, and the Seahawks won the game. On the prior play, Brady also botched a goal line sneak, as he moved too early and fumbled the snap. Regardless of the outcome, it wasn't a panic moment for the Patriots offense, as much of the damage came against the defense.
2016 Week 11 vs SF (24 / 40 / 280 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
The west conditions were definitely a factor for the Patriots in San Francisco. The game was close through halftime as Tom Brady missed multiple deep routes with inaccuracy and took an untimely sack to stall a first half drive. However, Brady's pocket movement was at an all-time high this week. Brady eluded multiple defenders before firing a strike to James White on a comeback route. With pressure bearing down in the red zone, Brady faded to his left and floated a perfect pass to an open Danny Amendola crossing in the back of the end zone. Finally, in a scramble drill moment, Brady delivered a strike right past a defender's helmet to Malcolm Mitchell streaking down the seam for a long catch-and-run touchdown. On a day where the overmatched 49ers hung around for most of the game, Brady's pass-making skills beyond the construct of play design was pivotal to New England winning in the second half. Without Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski, Brady matched his season high with four touchdowns. Once the pair return, Brady will be operating at full weapons capacity with Dion Lewis returning to action in this game. With the Rams, Ravens, and Broncos on the schedule over the next month, Brady will need all of them to continue to thrive.
2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (30 / 50 / 286 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Tom Brady, who looked ordinary for much of the day. The first half of the game was one of his worst of the season, as he barely cleared 100 yards in the air. However, in the final 10 minutes of the game, Brady was 10 for 15 with 132 yards and a touchdown. His first touchdown was a bizarre one, as Brady fumbled a shotgun snap, but somehow the ball bounced right back into his hands, and he fired a laser to Malcolm Mitchell running towards the back of the end zone. Brady's second game winning touchdown also went to Mitchell, who ran a quick out to the left for a score. Notably, Brady also had a near-touchdown on a deep ball to Mitchell, but the defending cornerback knocked the ball out at the last second. Mitchell also had another long touchdown barely go through his hands. It was notable that the Patriots couldn't convert several red zone or near red zone opportunities, something uncharacteristic of the offense. Brady was under pressure for much of the game, which has been a theme throughout his career against the Jets, who always play him tough. Brady was also without top target Rob Gronkowski for much of the game, as Gronk suffered a back injury in the first half. One also wonders if Brady's knee injury coming into the game limited him in some fashion, though this is something we'll never truly know. The 50 pass attempts were a massive amount, but Brady and company did just enough to win.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (33 / 46 / 269 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady didn't need to be otherworldly against the Rams, as the Patriots defense by and large stymied the Rams offense. In fact, the Rams had 3 points nearly the entire game, scoring their touchdown in garbage time with the game winding down. As a result, Brady played a fairly controlled style with tons of short passes and quick hits. The offense did bog down a bit in Rams territory, which meant Stephen Gostkowski had more field goal attempts than Brady would have liked. Brady's lone touchdown was a nice back shoulder throw to Chris Hogan with pinpoint ball placement. Pass protection was adequate, and Aaron Donald was notably held in check, something teams have struggled to do this season. Without Rob Gronkowski, expect a bunch of short passes going forward, and more variation in receiver packages and sets.
2016 Week 14 vs BAL (25 / 38 / 406 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Besides one egregious blemish, Tom Brady was pretty darn good against the Ravens. Deep in the red zone, Brady was under pressure nearly immediately on a pass play, and heaved the ball in the general direction of a receiver right before he was about to be sacked. That receiver happened to be double covered, and the Ravens intercepted the ball with ease, preventing the Patriots from scoring. Since it was 3rd down, one would have expected Brady to take a sack, but that was not the case. Beyond that, Brady was surgical for much of the day, and the game would have been a blowout if not for special teams miscues that gave the Ravens 14 points in a matter of seconds. Brady's first touchdown was a strike to Malcolm Mitchell on a short slant route, and ball placement made it so the defense had no chance at defending the play. The second touchdown was a 19 yard lob to Martellus Bennett, who snagged the ball away from a defender on a great throw by Brady. The third touchdown of the day iced the game, and it came at a time when the Ravens had scored 20 straight points. It was a bang-bang deep shot to Chris Hogan, who ran right by a defender who had slipped on the play. Brady was also the victim of a series of drops early in the game, yet still found a way to toss over 400 yards. All in a day's work for the living legend.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (16 / 32 / 188 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had an off day, folks. Luckily, his run game and defense helped prop up a lackluster passing effort, though expectations were in check due to Denver's good pass defense. He started off the game 0 for 7, which was a historic low for Brady in that regard. He had several throws that were off target, and whether it was the cold weather, lack of Gronk, defense, injuries, or some combination thereof, there wasn't much to write home about for the superstar. Not much was working besides the short passing game, and Julian Edelman saw nearly half of the team targets. The pass protection held its own, as Von Miller was nearly invisible when rushing the passer, a stark contrast to the last playoff game against the Broncos. The Patriots did cash in on a short field due to a turnover by the Denver special teams, and got to the red zone a couple times. Things will get better going forward, though there are two tough divisional rivals ahead.
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (17 / 27 / 214 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In this case, the scoreboard did in fact reflect how both teams played. The Patriots dominated the Jets in every aspect of football, so much so that Tom Brady didn't even play the third quarter. When he was in, for the most part, it was all systems go, with the line holding up relatively well, receivers doing their jobs in general, and a few great throws. The defense and special teams also put the offense in amazing position to win, with 4 turnovers generated. Tom Brady's first touchdown was a short seam route to Martellus Bennett, who looked like Rob Gronkowski on the play in the sense that Gronk tends to dominate the seam. His second touchdown went to Matt Lengel, he of the 0 previous career catches. Lengel wasn't the first read, but he came open on an 18 yard post route, and caught a good ball with a defender in coverage. Brady's last touchdown was a 25 yard deep toss to James White, who simply outplayed his coverage. It was a great deep lob by Brady as well, who has really improved his deep passing versus the last couple years. Perhaps Brady's best pass was a rare display of athleticism from Brady, who did a 360 spineroo in the pocket before finding Julian Edelman for 28 yards. Brady and Edelman also narrowly missed a touchdown early in the game, while James White suffered a deep drop as well. Beyond that, fairly few blemishes as the Patriots look to wrap up the 1 seed.
2016 Week 17 vs MIA (25 / 33 / 276 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
In Week 17 last year, the Patriots frittered away the #1 seed with an odd gameplan and poor execution as they lost to the Dolphins in Miami. This year, they took care of business, and as usual, they were led by trusty Tom Brady. Brady was in full rhythm, particularly with Julian Edelman, as the offense took care of business for the most part. Brady's first touchdown was a shorty to Martellus Bennett, who simply scampered up the seam and beat a defender off the snap. His second was a slant to newcomer Michael Floyd, who willed his way into the endzone, dragging defenders in the process. It was an amazing display by Floyd, and a key play in the game. Brady's final touchdown was a 77 yarder to Edelman, who received help on a crushing block by the aforementioned Floyd. The game was all but over as the 4th quarter churned on, and eventually Brady was replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo. There were no huge negatives to speak of for Brady, as most of his missed connections were due to pressure or decent coverage. Another year, but the same story for Brady and company: onto the playoffs.
2016 Week 19 vs HOU (18 / 38 / 287 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Though the final score doesn't show it, Tom Brady has had better games. Under pressure for much of the game, Brady was out of sorts minus a few drives. In fact, he matched his season interception total (2) in this game alone, something that won't fly if the Patriots want to win their next playoff game. His first INT was a pass to Michael Floyd that was equal parts blame assigned to Brady and Floyd. Brady led Floyd a bit too much on a slant route, and though Floyd could have caught it, the end result was a turnover. Brady's second interception was entirely his own fault, as he threw a very questionable pass into heavy traffic for a deflection and pick. On the plus side, Brady did connect on several deep balls, including one to Chris Hogan and two to Julian Edelman. His touchdowns were both to running backs. The first was a simple swing pass to Dion Lewis, who sped by a linebacker for a score. The second was a great stutter route by James White, who, like Lewis, beat a linebacker in coverage. Despite that, the theme of the game was a subpar Patriots offense helped out by an opportunistic Patriots defense.
2015 Week 1 vs PIT (25 / 32 / 288 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Anger. Revenge. Drama. Whatever fueled Tom Brady's fire, he was on his game against the Steelers, and started out with a bang. The generation's best quarterback eviscerated the opposing defense with quicker throws and targets primarily to his favorite targets, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. His offensive line's performance should also be noted, as it held up remarkably well given that it contained 3 rookies. Running back Dion Lewis also provided a spark with pass catching and running chops. Brady's only real blemish was an overthrow of a wide-open Danny Amendola on a deep pass, but other than that, his stat line, which included 19 straight completions, was an indicator of how well Brady played. Brady's first touchdown was a 16 yard toss to Rob Gronkowski that somehow had Gronk uncovered at the snap. You do that, you're gonna have a bad time. Gronk eluded a tackler, while another made a smart 'business decision' to not bother tackling Gronk properly and let him score. Brady's second touchdown was a play action touchdown to Gronkowski from 6 yards out in a tight end heavy set. Brady lobbed the ball over defenders down the middle, and the big tight end grabbed it. The third touchdown of the day was a 1 yard flat pass to Scott Chandler that barely saw Chandler score. Brady's last touchdown was of course to Gronk again on a fade from the 1, because the Steelers decided a linebacker could match up with Gronk, which is obviously wrong. All in all, a great day for Tommy Boy.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (38 / 59 / 466 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
For a second week in a row, Tom Brady showed why he's one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, absolutely shredding the Bills defense to the tune of multiple touchdowns and 466 yards. Brady operated the short and intermediate passing game masterfully, although huge credit should go out to his offensive line. Considering Brady attempted a whopping 59 passes, only 2 sacks allowed was a testament to the young group battling against a high-paid Bills defensive line. Game script obviously favored passing, as the 59 pass attempts were coupled with 15 rush attempts. Brady's first touchdown came to Julian Edelman on a play that was mostly Brady, as he scrambled left and threw to his receiver on the run. The 2 yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski saw a tight run formation flex Gronk and Scott Chandler out wide. For some reason, the Bills double teamed Chandler and stuck a small cornerback on Gronk. Not the best decision, but it worked out for the Patriots. Brady's third touchdown was a short toss to Edelman that saw Edelman rack up YAC and dive into the endzone for a score. Brady did have several deeper completions, whether depth of target was short or far, including chunk plays to Gronk, Edelman, Dion Lewis, and more. Aaron Dobson even got involved in the intermediate game. Brady's only blemish was a fumble on a strip by a defensive lineman, but all in all, another great day at the office.
2015 Week 3 vs JAX (33 / 42 / 358 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
The Patriots scored on every single offensive drive they had, which should probably tell you all you need to know about Tom Brady's performance. At 38, Brady has been dominant this season, and Jacksonville was no exception. Brady attempted more deep balls in this game than prior games, and some connected, some didn't. Seam routes to Rob Gronkowski worked on a couple occasions, as did a deep pass to Aaron Dobson that drew pass interference. Brady's stat line could have been much gaudier, but three New England touchdowns were cashed in at the 1 yard line by the running game, which won't always happen. Though the game was a bit more balanced than last week, the Patriots still went pass heavy when the game was in-hand, and ran consistently only when the score differential was 30 or 40 points. Brady's first touchdown was a play action set up that saw Danny Amendola wide open in the end zone, the definition of pitch and catch. Brady's second touchdown was next to brand new receiver Keshawn Martin. On the play, Brady was forced to awkwardly scramble to his left. Martin eyed his quarterback, saw he was in trouble, and smartly broke left, allowing Brady to throw it to Martin on the score. Credit goes to both quarterback and receiver on the play. Brady completed passes to 9 different receivers, and continues to excel as the season progresses.
2015 Week 5 vs DAL (20 / 27 / 275 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
In a way, the game against Dallas was a tale of two halves for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. In the first half, Brady was pressured relentlessly, suffering five sacks and being pressured, hit, or sacked on all of his first 10 dropbacks. In the second half, the short passing game came into focus much more, and Brady wasn't sacked at all. The Pats' first half touchdown was a sneak from the 1 by Brady, who as usual, executed the play masterfully. Some of the Cowboys didn't seem to see the play coming, which made it even easier, as Brady crossed the goal line with no issues. Brady's touchdown pass to Dion Lewis was all Lewis, who took a short pass and eluded multiple defenders with a spectacular run after catch effort. Similarly, Julian Edelman's long TD was caught maybe 20 yards downfield, and the rest was Edelman eluding 4 tacklers. Because of the nature of the Cowboys pass rush, Dion Lewis was the most targeted Patriot on the day, as he was often the outlet or quick dumpoff. Because of game flow, time of possession and balance, Brady also had only 27 pass attempts, which was his season low.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (23 / 37 / 312 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Though the box score was close, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense outplayed the Colts offense in most facets of the game. One of the biggest takeaways from Sunday is that the Patriots are razor thin at the tackle position, however, as Marcus Cannon left the game with a toe injury. With Nate Solder on I.R., this forced RT Sebastian Vollmer to fill in at left tackle, while newly called-up tackle Cameron Fleming was thrust into a starting role. Given the relative inexperience of the offensive line, Brady held up well, thanks in part to his slick maneuverability within the pocket. On many throws, Brady's ability to step up, slide, or roll out resulted in extended plays that were cashed in for meaningful conversions. Brady's first touchdown was a strike to Julian Edelman down the middle after stepping up in the pocket. However, the play completely mangled Edelman's pinky, which may have led to Brady's first interception of the season later on. On the play, Edelman bobbled an easy catch, the ball popped in the air, and a Colts safety returned the interception for 6. Not Brady's fault at all, but such is life. Brady's second touchdown caused a Gronk spike, as Gronk was inexplicably left open off the snap. You leave Gronk open, and he's going to ignore the tacklers coming his way on his way to the endzone. Brady's last touchdown was created once again by his legs, as he scrambled right because of pressure and found a roaming LeGarrette Blount. Once again, game script called for more passing than rushing as it has been all season, and Brady rose to the challenge despite adverse circumstances.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (34 / 54 / 355 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)
#1 defense against #1 offense? Try #1 defense versus a Madden-like gameplan. The Patriots completely ignored the run and threw the entire offensive load on Tom Brady against the Jets, who as usual, responded like he was the greatest quarterback in history. In fact, for the first time in his career, Brady led the Patriots in rushing with a whopping 15 yards. Patriots running backs ran the ball 5 times, while Brady threw it 54 times, including during clock-chewing mode, something you'll almost never see. Brady's first touchdown was a quarterback sneak that saw Brady display his hops. However, it was set up by an 11 yard scramble on 3rd and 10 from the man himself, who wisely took off when no one was open and pressure was bearing down on him. Touchdown #2 was a stunning catch by Danny Amendola, who jumped in the air while being covered to secure the score. #3 came on an all-out blitz by the Jets, who left Rob Gronkowski uncovered as a result. Whoops. Brady was also plagued by receiver drops, as the telecast counted 10 of them, including 6 from a very rusty Brandon LaFell. Had he not suffered these drops, his totals would have been even gaudier. Regardless, another week, another stellar performance from the league's best.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (26 / 38 / 356 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Though he was under pressure for a decent portion of the day, and considering his offensive line was once again in shambles, Tom Brady once again made it look easy, showing why he's the best NFL quarterback. To no one's surprise, his top targets were Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis, and Julian Edelman, who all caught at least one touchdown pass. The game was essentially over by the 4th quarter, as the Patriots defense showed up big. It's also interesting to note that this was one of the more ëbalanced' Patriots game plans of the year despite the 38:25 pass to run ratio. Brady's first touchdown was a pass to Rob Gronkowski down the middle that saw Gronk stiff arm a defender and race down the sidelines for a long score. Credit to Brandon LaFell on the play for a crucial block. His next was to Dion Lewis that saw Lewis sneak out of the backfield virtually uncovered with the Dolphins in a zone look. Not much to it other than a simple pitch and catch. Brady's first touchdown toss to Julian Edelman was a curl route with a linebacker in coverage. Edelman caught the ball around the 3 yard line and simply dove into the end zone for the score. Deciding he hadn't had enough, Edelman also caught Brady's final touchdown score. Edelman juked outside, slanted inside, caught a pass, and scored. All in all, another masterful day for an offense that keeps on rolling.
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (26 / 39 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
You know Tom Brady is playing well when 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception are a 'floor' for production. There were a couple major storylines for the Patriots, Brady included, during the game against Washington. Sebastian Vollmer, the former right tackle who had to flip to left tackle, left the game with a concussion. This meant Cameron Fleming, someone who hadn't been on the active roster at the start of the season , had to fill in at left tackle. Which meant that Brady's right tackles were a combination of a tight end (Michael Williams) and a 2nd-year center (Bryan Stork). It's amazing Brady was able to do anything at all, but his remarkably quick passing decisions and a good run game aided him. This was easily the most balanced gameplan of the year, with 39 passes compared to 35 rushes. This was partially because Dion Lewis got hurt, which meant a good piece of the passing attack wasn't available. Brady's first touchdown pass was a shallow route to Julian Edelman, who dove into the end zone to barely score. His second came late in the game to Brandon Bolden, who beat a linebacker on a go route. Brady's interception was his biggest blemish, as it was a bad throw to Julian Edelman that went directly into a linebacker's hands. Brady did miss a sure touchdown on a Dion Lewis drop on a deep ball, and also missed Brandon LaFell on another deep connection because he wasn't able to step into his throw. Still, the offensive line bears watching going forward and may be the biggest reason for any failures Brady has.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (26 / 42 / 334 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had what was arguably his worst day of the 2015 season, yet somehow managed to escape New York with a win. Working against him were the NFL's most injured offensive line, his #1 target in Julian Edelman suffering a broken foot, Dion Lewis going down with a torn ACL the prior week, amongst other issues. The offensive line held up at times and was sieve-like at times, but Brady often held the ball for too long, looking for deep shots that simply weren't there. Nowhere was this more evident than the throw that should have ended the game, yet somehow Landon Collins dropped an easy interception while jumping. Brady's pocket awareness was also subpar on the day, twice getting sacked and fumbling. Brady's interception in the endzone was also just a plain bad throw behind Brandon LaFell on a slant route, a throw Brady normally makes with ease. Brady did have some positives, including a couple good deep balls, though some of the deep balls were plain bad as aforementioned. Rob Gronkowski's touchdown was a great throw and effort by receiver, who caught a deep ball, shed a tackler, and raced to the endzone for 76 yards. Brady's 4th and 10 conversion to Danny Amendola was also the stuff of pure mettle, as Brady's first three throws on the drive were awful. Though his stat line wasn't bad, Tom Brady didn't have a great day, and it will be interested to see how his offensive line and the loss of Edelman impacts the team going forward.
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (20 / 39 / 277 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Talk about a rough day. Tom Brady was harassed all day by the Bills for a myriad of reasons. One, the Bills had a great defensive gameplan, and confused Brady and the offensive line at times. Two, the offensive line was in tatters, particularly the right side, which was consistently beaten on almost every pass play. Three, Tom Brady lost Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson to injuries at points in the game, leaving Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper as the only available wide receivers by the 4th quarter. Needless to say, this meant the offense had an extremely tough time moving the ball for most of the day. Brady was pressured on 23 of his 40 dropbacks, by far the worst mark of the season. He had an early interception bounce off Rob Gronkowski's hands, but luckily for him, the play was negated because of offset penalties. His actual interception was just an awful throw and decision into double or triple coverage. Worse yet, it was to Chris Harper, who was just called off the practice squad and isn't a deep threat. There was some good, such as a few good throws while getting drilled by a defender. His touchdown was a dumpoff to James White, who broke a tackle to scamper in the endzone. But by and large, this was a very ineffective and inefficient day for the Patriots, who won because of great defense and special teams more than anything.
2015 Week 12 vs DEN (23 / 42 / 280 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Some days, everything works against you. For Tom Brady, that day was against the Broncos, resulting in the first Patriots loss of the season. In consecutive weeks, Brady has lost Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Rob Gronkowski to injury. The offensive line is still thin, and the defense has lost core players such as Jamie Collins and Donta Hightower. Adding to that was some tickytack officiating that the normally reserved Brady questioned after the game, and it was a recipe for failure in many respects. Though Brady was definitely pressured at times during the game, it's clear the biggest obstacle to a huge day was simply receivers getting open. Wide receivers who weren't named Brandon LaFell were targeted exactly twice, meaning Brady tried to funnel most of his passes to tight ends and running backs. In theory, the gameplan was sound since Denver's linebackers aren't as good as their cornerbacks in terms of coverage. However, Brandon Bolden and James White aren't worldbeaters, which meant half of Brady's targets went to Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler. Brady's first touchdown was a curl route to Gronk, who slipped past two defenders for a nice chunk score. His touchdown to Scott Chandler was a simple go route by Chandler with some defensive confusion in zone coverage, allowing the tight end to secure a fairly easy touchdown. The long Brandon Bolden touchdown was simply beating a linebacker on a wheel route, slipping a tackle, and running into the endzone. Brady's final drive in regulation was a masterpiece given the situation and talent around him, as he needed to drive down the field with a minute left and get in field goal range. He did just that at an astonishing pace. He did have some off throws, including a huge missed connection to Rob Gronkowski on a crossing route. He also inexplicably kept trying deep balls to Brandon LaFell, none of which worked. Still, Brady's success going forward is highly dependent on the cast around him.
2015 Week 13 vs PHI (29 / 56 / 312 / 3 / 2 pass, 6 / 17 / 1 rush)
2015 is turning out as an exact opposite of the 2014 season for the Patriots. In 2014, the Patriots started off with numerous duds, then starting getting hot, eventually winning it all. In 2015, the Patriots started off on fire, but have played like a pedestrian team over the last month without any convincing wins. Though his o-line and receiving corps continue to stink up the joint partially due to injuries, Brady had his fair blame in the game against the Eagles. His most egregious plays were his two interceptions, which were absolutely baffling, particularly his 100 yard pick 6. Brady tried to thread a ball to Danny Amendola, one of the dumbest decisions and throws you'll see any quarterback make. The ball was deflected, popped in the air, and returned for a pick 6 for a complete momentum shift. One of the better plays of the day involved trickery that saw Danny Amendola take a snap and use Brady as a wide receiver for 36 yards. Who knew? After that play, Brady promptly threw another interception on a deep ball to Brandon LaFell, as there was clear miscommunication on the route. Why Brady keeps throwing deep balls to LaFell is anyone's guess, as LaFell has played simply terribly this year, but he keeps trying to force the issue with absolutely no success. These gaffes, along with special teams miscues, allowed the Eagles to rattle off 35 unanswered points. In spite of that, Brady did throw for 4 touchdowns, though they weren't enough to make up for the gaffes. His first was a short toss to James White, who leaked out of the backfield. His second touchdown was a beautiful route by Danny Amendola, who blew by a cornerback on a corner route for an easy score. Brady's third touchdown came in near garbage time on a Scott Chandler corner route, while his 4th was a quarterback sneak. Brady also constantly sensed phantom pressure in the pocket, something you don't see often from him. He and the entire team needs to get their act together, or they'll be one and done in the playoffs in spite of Gronk and Edelman's returns.
2015 Week 14 vs HOU (22 / 30 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Compared to the last few weeks, this was a great game for Brady and the Patriots offense. There was more balance, the offensive line held up better (especially in the first half), and Brady seemed more at ease in general. The Pats were also able to absolutely stifle J.J. Watt, making him look like a pick-up off the street with their gameplanning. His stat line doesn't show it with gaudy numbers, but Brady himself also had a very solid game. Smart decision making, limiting unnecessary risks, and getting the ball to the right people were key. The Pats also played the horizontal game well. Brady's first touchdown went to Keshawn Martin, who ran a great inside-out double move to get wide open in the endzone. His second was a 1 yard corner fade to Rob Gronkowski, who dominated his safety in coverage for an easy score. Besides a couple big gains to Gronk, most of Brady's throws were short and intermediate, though he was afforded time to throw on most occasions.
2015 Week 15 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 267 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
A fairly efficient Brady for Tom Brady, though at points in the 2nd and 3rd quarter the pass rush did get to him. He started off 7 for 7 with a clockwork-like touchdown to Rob Gronkowski . Gronk ran an out route with a linebacker in coverage, and we all know who that works out for most of the time. Bradyís second score was a screen pass to James White, who scampered his way to the end zone from 30 yards out. The Brady to White connection also missed a monster 70 yard touchdown on a dodgy OPI call against Keshawn Martin. As the game was 24-3 by halftime, Brady spent much of the second half handing off and simply managing the game. There were a few off throws here and there, but quite frankly, this was a pretty understated and workmanlike day from the Patriots quarterback.
2015 Week 16 vs NYJ (22 / 31 / 231 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
In a day where Tom Brady was missing key receivers and more offensive linemen went down with injury, it's a wonder he was able to stay upright at all. Brady faced plenty of pressure, both due to good coverage as well as sieve-like offensive line play at times. The fact that the best wide receiver for the Patriots was Keshawn Martin speaks volumes. Brady only hit 5 players with passes, which is abnormal considering how much he usually spreads the ball around. 21 of his 22 completions went to 4 different receivers. Brady's interception looked like a miscommunication with Rob Gronkowski, who ran a slant while Brady threw the ball well behind him. He also narrowly missed Gronk on a flea flicker that would have resulted in a monster gain. He did have several good plays, including a beautiful lob to Gronk on a deep ball, a great conversion to James White after a solid pump fake on 4th down, and a threaded dart to Keshawn Martin with a defender draped on him. His touchdown was an easy toss to James White, who was wide open out of the backfield. It was hard to take much away from this game, but Brady played admirably given the circumstances.
2015 Week 17 vs MIA (12 / 21 / 134 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a bad day for the Patriots offense as a whole and an odd day for gameplanning, as the Patriots went fairly vanilla for much of the game. The first half saw a slew of runs compared to only a few passes from Tom Brady, whereas the script was flipped in the second half despite a Brady ankle injury. When the passing game was in session, it was so bad that Tom Brady was actually yanked at the end of the game, something you never see. He was relentlessly harassed by pressure and his receivers weren't getting open, all of which has been nothing new over the last month or so. Brady did overthrow a few deep balls, and almost half his yardage came on one James White slant. Other than that, it was short passes or throwaways to avoid pressure. Brady didn't complete more than 2 passes to any receiver, which is very rare. As long as the Patriots get healthy for the playoffs, that matters most, but the way the Patriots have limped into the playoffs is fairly sobering for their outlook.
2015 Week 19 vs KC (28 / 42 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 6 / 1 rush)
In stark contrast to the last month or 6 weeks of the season, Tom Brady was fairly effective this game barring a few opening drives yips. The reasons? Great offensive line play (a rarity), and healthy receiving weapons, especially Julian Edelman. With those two areas of the offense operating at full go, the gameplan called for Brady's arm to deliver, and that it did, with running backs receiving a mere 7 total carries. One of Brady's best plays was early in the game on a 3rd and 14, where he eluded the pass rush and converted to Gronk for a big conversion. Brady later converted an easy stick route touchdown to Gronkowski, who teams continue to leave in single coverage in the red zone for some strange reason. Later in the first half, Brady missed a fairly easy throw to Danny Amendola that may have gone for a long touchdown. Beyond that, he was money, and many of his incompletions were receiver drops. Brady's second touchdown was a patented sneak touchdown, but that was set up by a 10 yard Brady ëdad run' that narrowly missed scoring in the first place. Brady's final touchdown was a beautiful pump fake that shed a defender off Gronk, allowing the tight end to score his second touchdown of the game. Overall, this was a big improvement on the end of the regular seasons, and the Patriots will hope to keep the momentum in the AFC Championship (which Brady has made in 10 of his 15 seasons, by the way).
2015 Week 20 vs DEN (27 / 56 / 310 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Pick a synonym for awful. Terrible? Ghastly? That's the summation of the final game of this season for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. The absolute meltdown started with Brady's line, which had an all-time historic bad performance by many metrics, including number of QB hits (most in any game in over a decade), pass rusher time to quarterback, and more. The Patriots could simply do nothing on offense because of the Patriots line. As a result, Tom Brady was rattled, consistently got no time, and made some horrible decisions and throws. On one of his interceptions, he stared Von Miller down and threw the ball right to Miller. The problem was, Von Miller is in the other team. It was one of the worst passes you'll ever see. Brady's other interception was a silly ball to a double covered receiver. He definitely deserves part of the blame, as these decisions shouldn't have been made even with the offensive line in shambles. The game plan was also highly suspect. No variations in snap count, no hurry-up, predictability in critical situations, and more. Brady's lone touchdown came late in the game, and would not have happened in most drives, as it was a 4th down pass to Rob Gronkowski. It was a sorry wrap-up for what was a good year for Tom Brady, and the Patriots will need to invest in their offensive line if they want any modicum of postseason success in 2016.
2014 Week 1 vs MIA (29 / 56 / 249 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
We're often told not to overreact to Week 1 games, and most of the time, that statement is absolutely true. With that said, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense experienced so many flaws and errors it's fair to wonder how Brady will fair going forward, especially in the near term. Let's start with the biggest issue: the offensive line. The Patriots were constantly shuffling personnel in and out, putting different linemen in different spots, which meant no continuity and rhythm. It showed. This was one of the worst performances from an offensive line you'll ever see, and hopefully the good news is that there's nowhere to go but up. However, if the issues aren't corrected soon, there is no reason to think Brady will live up to his draft slot in fantasy circles. Brady himself also had a bad game, sailing multiple balls and showing the deep ball issues that have plagued him the last couple years. On throws of more than 20 yards, Brady was 1 for 10 in completions. Even on throws 10-19 yards away, Brady was 3 for 14. It was also notable that with all the pressure on the day, Brady tried to force feed Rob Gronkowski, with many of the throws often ending up way off target or chucked into double coverage without the receiver open. The running game was all but abandoned in the second half, as Brady had 56 pass attempts compared to 19 rushing attempts on the day. It allowed a great Miami defensive line to pin its ears back against a wretched offensive line and wreak havoc. Brady's lone touchdown came on a crossing route to Rob Gronkowski, who was left alone in coverage against Brent Grimes. Gronkowski will win that matchup every time, and did so on Sunday.
2014 Week 2 vs MIN (15 / 22 / 149 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Weeks 1 and 2 were night and day for Tom Brady. Though his paltry stat line doesn't show it, he was more accurate, pass protection was much better, and he made good decisions throughout the day. In stark contrast to Week 1's 56 pass attempts, Brady only attempted 22 in Week 2, as he simply needed to manage the game and let the running game and defense take over. In 23 dropbacks, Brady was only sacked once and hurried a few times, and the relatively clean pocket combined with no drops allowed an efficient day. Brady had a couple solid throws, including a great back shoulder laser to Aaron Dobson and a solid 44 yard bomb to Julian Edelman. Brady's touchdown came off an audible where the Vikings stacked the box. This left Edelman 1 on 1, and a corner route executed to perfection turned into 6 points. Brady did narrowly overthrow Edelman on another deep ball that would have given him a more respectable stat line, and had a huge gain to Danny Amendola called back due to a penalty. Although the stats weren't gaudy, the Patriots would take this performance over Week 1 every single Sunday.
2014 Week 3 vs OAK (24 / 37 / 234 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -7 / 0 rush)
Although it was a more balanced game than the last two weeks, this Patriots offense looked more ugly than good throughout most of the game against the Raiders, and Tom Brady had plenty to do with it. However, the first thing to take note of, once again, was the offensive line. It certainly made good use of the word 'offensive' in 'offensive line', as the pass protection for Tom Brady was just about as bad as it was in Week 1 against Miami. Brady took pressure after pressure, hit after hit. One wonders how his body will be able to hold up at this rate through the course of the season. Terrible protection notwithstanding, Brady himself looked off on several throws. The first three plays of the game were all passing plays, and on all three plays, Brady showed no touch on shorter passes and instead rifled them like lasers, making the receptions either tough or impossible for his receivers. He missed Rob Gronkowski on a notable wide open crossing route that would have picked up big yardage, and as usual, was ineffective throwing down the field. Another trend that reared its head was the Julian Edelman showed, as Brady showed no rapport with anyone but Edelman on the field. Brady's lone touchdown was a fairly easy toss to Rob Gronkowski from 6 yards out, no frills attached. He also could have had another touchdown, but had two dropped balls by receivers in the endzone. Gronkowski dropped a tipped ball that was still very catchable, and Brady narrowly missed Danny Amendola for a touchdown that he could have located a bit better, but was still very catchable. Brady also led one of the worst clock management performances you'll see at the end of a half, getting lucky to escape the half with a field goal. Three drives bogged down in the red zone, and simply put, 16 points won't be enough to win on most weeks for the Patriots.
2014 Week 4 vs KC (14 / 23 / 159 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
No two ways to put it: Tom Brady is playing atrociously, and if he didn't have his pedigree, there would be a quarterback controversy brewing for yet another AFC East team. His offensive line is still a work in progress - against the Chiefs, the Patriots started two rookies and continued to play musical chairs throughout the game. His receivers aren't getting much separation. Both of these issues aren't likely to resolve themselves anytime soon, and that certainly isn't helping things. Despite all that, Brady has simply been terrible in isolation. Once again, Brady missed throws, made poor decisions, looked skittish, felt phantom pressure, and a host of other things you simply don't expect from a starting caliber NFL quarterback. His lone touchdown was all Brandon Lafell, who took a slant 44 yards to the house after ripping through 2 tackles. His fumbles were a product of quick pressure, but the first one shouldn't have been a fumble at all, as he saw the pressure coming. Brady's first interception was an ugly miscommunication between him and Julian Edelman, who stopped a good 10 yards short of where Brady placed the ball. No one knows whether that was on Brady or Edelman, but considering the rapport those two have, that was very unexpected. Brady's second interception was one of the worst NFL throws and decisions you'll ever see, as a defender was standing about 15 yards deep and not moving at all when Brady rifled it to him on a pass in the general neighborhood of Danny Amendola. Amendola was about 10 yards from the ball, and one wonders what Brady saw. All in all, an ugly game, and at this point, fantasy owners and Patriots fans alike have plenty of justification to worry about their quarterback
2014 Week 5 vs CIN (23 / 35 / 292 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
There is nothing quite like an angry athlete. And boy oh boy, was Tom Brady an angry athlete against the Bengals. He, the offensive line, and the Patriots as a whole delivered what was easily their best performance of the season, jumping out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looking back. Perhaps most importantly of all, the offensive line was much better than it's been all season. As a result, Brady was more confident, stood longer in the pocket, was fired up, and all the other things you want to see from a starting quarterback. His attitude was evidenced by plays as simple as taking off for runs when no one was open, something he passed up against Kansas City. The game plan was also a huge success, as the trenches and being physical were the main components for the Pats. The running game was wildly effective, opening up the passing game. Brady also utilized his top two tight ends extremely well, something we haven't seen since Aaron Hernandez was on the field. The middle of the field, seam routes, and crossing routes were all there for the taking, and that was how the majority of the passing game damage was done. Brady's first touchdown was a strike to Tim Wright that saw Wright make a very nice grab for 17 yards. Nothing fancy, just a good read with a mini go route working the seam, which was a theme for much of the night. Brady's second touchdown toss was a Rob Gronkowski seam toss, and as usual, the man-child dodged a defender and waltzed into the end zone. There were a couple blemishes on the day for Brady. On maybe four or so passes, he was behind his intended receiver. He should have been intercepted on a bad throw to Julian Edelman, but the linebacker from the Bengals dropped an easy catch. His deep ball was a bit wobbly and off as well, but the intermediate game was clicking. This was a statement game for Brady and the Patriots, and they sure made one.
2014 Week 6 vs BUF (27 / 37 / 361 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, the Patriots offense was extremely solid as far as the passing game was concerned, with decent protection, good receiver separation and Tom Brady stepping into throws with accuracy, highlighted by his 15 for 17 second half. Promisingly, Brady also hit several deep balls, something that hadn't happened going back to 2013. Game flow dictated a more pass heavy attack as the Bills run defense was completely stuffing the Pats running backs, and the Patriots and Brady responded, completing passes to a whopping 10 different receivers. As expected, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were Brady's top two targets, with 21 of his 37 attempts going their way. Brady's first touchdown of the day was a simple one yard play action fake to Tim Wright, who was as wide open as any receiver you'll find in the end zone. A simple pitch and catch if there ever was one. Brady's second touchdown was one of the best deep balls he's thrown in possibly years, and that's not an exaggeration. Brian Tyms streaked down the field being blanketed by three Bills defenders. Brady still tossed the ball his way about 40-45 yards in the air, and it landed right in Tyms's lap, who managed to secure the catch even with a defender swatting at the ball. Beautiful play by both quarterback and receiver, and a welcome sight for the Patriots who desperately need a lid-lifting deep threat at receiver. Brady's third touchdown toss was an 18 yarder to Brandon LaFell on 3rd and 12. LaFell was open against a zone defense in the middle of the field, and waltzed in the end zone nearly untouched despite the down and yardage. This was more of a defensive coverage lapse than anything, but credit LaFell for finding a spot where he would be uncovered. Brady's last touchdown, the dagger of the game, was a 56 yard pass to LaFell, who dodged a tackler and ran down the sideline about 30 additional yards before somersaulting into the end zone. Again, a solid deeper ball by Brady, who's had his issues in that area. Brady also had a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski called back by an offensive holding. All in all, besides a few pressure plays and offensive penalties, a very solid night for Brady and the Patriots passing game.
2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (20 / 37 / 261 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It may not have been as pretty as the Bengals game, but Tom Brady was still effective against the Jets. There was plenty of pressure from a very solid Jets front seven, but given how solid the Jets are up front, there were certainly plays where the offensive line for the Patriots dominated the defensive line for the Jets. One such play was Brady's first touchdown to Shane Vereen, a 49 yard deep throw that was almost overthrown if Vereen hadn't made a great leaping grab. Pass protection on the play was stellar, allowing Brady time to roll to the right and find Vereen. It did help that the Jets only rushed 3 defenders and there was a busted coverage by the safety. Brady's second touchdown was a fairly easy toss to Vereen from 3 yards out. Vereen cut left on a route and found space at the front of the end zone, Brady found him, touchdown. Nothing complex. Brady's third touchdown was to Danny Amendola, and it was perhaps the highlight play of the night. Brady was forced out of the pocket, rolled to his left, and saw Amendola improvising on his route. Brady fired the ball on the run, and Amendola made an amazing leaping catch, snagging the ball behind his body as he twisted in mid-air. Great job by both quarterback and receiver on the play, especially considering it was 3rd and goal from the 19 yard line. Brady did miss several throws either behind or too high for receivers, but was also victimized by a couple drops from Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, his two most reliable targets. While he didn't play at an elite level, Brady was solid against the Jets, which is what the Patriots need, especially on nights when time of possession is 40:00 to 20:00 in the opposing team's favor.
2014 Week 8 vs CHI (30 / 35 / 354 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Apparently the media and Chiefs angered Tom Brady. Brady had another stellar game against the Bears defense, combining good pass protection and a great gameplan to carve up their linebackers and secondary. Most of Brady's passes were of the intermediate variety, mixed in with liberal play action and Rob Gronkowski getting back to animal status. Brady had no off-target passes, and four of his five incompletions were due to receiver drops. It's clear that Brady has reverted back to top shelf form as Gronkowski has regained his form and as the offensive line has become infinitely better than it was early in the season. Brady's first touchdown pass was a 6 yard toss to Gronkowski from under center. Gronkowski faced one-on-one coverage and ran towards the corner of the endzone. In a great display of trust, Brady threw the ball before Gronkowski had even turned around, and the big tight end did the rest. Brady's second touchdown was a simple 1 yard play action pass to Tim Wright stemming from a run formation which found Wright wide open, as most of the Bears defense bit on the fake. Brady's third touchdown was another 1 on 1 situation with Gronk where the tight end beat his defender on a fade route, jumped up, snared the ball, and barely made the catch. The ball was bobbled at the bottom, but replay upheld the touchdown ruling. The fourth touchdown of Brady's day was again a 1on1 situation from the 9 yard line. This time, Brandon Lafell simply beat his cornerback off the snap, making the connection an easy one. The last touchdown was easily the highlight play of the day, but it was all Gronkowski. A 46 yard connection, Brady threw the ball to Gronkowski about 12 yards down the field, and Gronk beat one defender while running the route, stiff armed another defender like a ragdoll, and outran a third defender en route to one of the best touchdowns of the week. This was easily Brady's best day from an individual standpoint on the season, and there were really no blemishes to speak of.
2014 Week 9 vs DEN (33 / 53 / 333 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
The turnaround continues, as the Patriots offense continues to hum on all cylinders. Gameplan dictated a pass-heavy game as the Broncos shut down the running game, and Tom Brady responded with 53 pass attempts and another great game from the passing attack as a whole. The protection was admirable given the quality of pass rush in Von Miller and company, and Brady receivers routinely won their battles, although there were at least 5 drops on the day. Brady's lone interception, his first since the brutal Chiefs game, was more on Danny Amendola and his line than him. Denver blitzed, forcing Brady to throw the ball quicker than he wanted to, resulting in a throw slightly behind Amendola. Amendola tipped the pass in the air, and the ball was picked off. Brady also narrowly overthrew Brandon Lafell on two deep balls which would have easily put him over 400 yards on the day. On the positive side, Brady had a 4 touchdown day, marking his 4th straight game with 3 or more touchdowns. In his last 5 games, Brady has a whopping 18 touchdowns combined with the 1 interception. Brady's first touchdown was thanks in part due to a short field because of a Rob Ninkovich interception. The score went to Julian Edelman, who ran an in cut and made a solid sliding catch. Brady located the ball where only Edelman could catch it. Brady's second touchdown went to Shane Vereen on a simple slip route from the backfield. Vereen faked a block, then leaked out, causing him to be uncovered for the most part for an easy 5 yard score. Brady's third score was again a short field set up by a Brandon Browner interception. On the first offensive play of the series, Brady found Brandon Lafell on a play action mini slant route. Lafell simply beat his coverage, and Brady threw a good ball. Brady's fourth touchdown of the day was a 'reward' of sorts to Rob Gronkowski on a simple 1 yard slant route with 1 on 1 coverage against a linebacker. On the prior play, Gronkowski made a ridiculous one handed grab with his left hand for 20 yards and got to the 1 yard line. Brady later called it the best catch he's ever seen. One of the other notable things on display from this game and the prior few has been Brady's mobility. Brady has never been a mobile quarterback and never will be, but he's been much more willing to roll out and scramble when the situation calls for it, and this has helped immensely on several broken plays over the last couple weeks. Credit Brady for continuing to improve despite going down arguably as the NFL's greatest quarterback.
2014 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 30 / 257 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
For the first time in several weeks, Tom Brady didn't look like the best quarterback in the NFL. That's not to say he played badly, although his first half left a lot to be desired. Rather, this was a game completely controlled by Jonas Gray and the run blocking, so Brady didn't need to do a ton. Brady attempted 30 passes, while the Patriots dialed up 41 rushing attempts. The Colts could do nothing to stop the run game, so the Patriots kept coming back to it with major success. The Colts used stunts and disguises to disrupt the Patriots' pass protection in the first half, and the pressure was most noticeable on Tom Brady's second interception that was arguably one of the worst decisions of his last several seasons, although luckily it didn't really affect the game outcome. On a 3rd and 1 with Jonas Gray running like a train, Brady checked from a run to a pass. He was immediately pressured as the Colts had stacked the line, and threw a horrible floater off his back foot in the general area of Rob Gronkowski. The ball hung in the air forever and was underthrown, giving a Colts defender one of the easiest interceptions you'll ever see. Brady's first interception was again a result of pressure and a questionable decision. While he was about to be hit, Brady threw a deep ball in the direction of Brian Tyms who had three defenders near him. Three is generally better than one, and the ball was a bit underthrown and picked off, although it basically acted like a good punt. Brady was the victim of a couple drops from Brian Tyms and Julian Edelman, but he did have two touchdowns on the day as well. The first was a play action fake from the goal line that showed off nice timing and a nice catch from Tim Wright, as the Colts were playing the run hard because Jonas Gray had been mauling the defense. Brady's second touchdown was all Rob Gronkowski, who caught a shallow pass and Gronk'd his way to the end zone from 26 yards out. It's getting repetitive, but he sloughed off a tackler, stiff armed another, and outran a third. The first half was likely just a blip in the radar for the Patriots passing attack, and no one will be surprised if the passing game is the leader in the clubhouse against the Lions or Packers in the coming weeks.
2014 Week 12 vs DET (38 / 53 / 349 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
On a day where the game plan dictated extremely heavy passing game usage, Tom Brady and the passing attack came through very well. The 53 to 20 pass to run ratio doesn't tell the entire story, as several of those runs came on the last couple clock killing drives. Considering that the Lions were touted as the best defense in the league by many, the offensive line gave Tom Brady amazing protection, as he wasn't sacked once and barely hit. In particular, Brady continued to connect with Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman, targeting them a whopping 27 times. In fact, only one of Brady's targets wasn't to LaFell, Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen or Tim Wright, as those five players are clearly the passing game pecking order. Both of Brady's touchdowns came on very easy tosses to Tim Wright. Both plays highlighted blown coverages by the defense, the second in particular being very egregious, as there was no one within yards of Wright. You've seen it plenty of times by now, but the passing attack clear has its players carved out in various roles. Edelman is the underneath guy, Vereen operates out of the backfield in mismatch routes, LaFell is the best play action/chunk guy, and Gronk usually operates in the intermediate middle or seam. That's how the attack was against the Lions, and by and large they had no answer. Brady's lone interception came on a throw to Rob Gronkowski where Gronkowski was interfered with but the refs didn't give a call. Regardless, the Lions safety would have likely intercepted the ball either way, and it was mostly a case of good recognition and reaction by James Ihedigbo. Brady did show off his improved scrambling ability on a couple plays, including the play before his interception where he scrambled to his left and found Tim Wright for 16 yards. All in all, a solid but not spectacular day for Brady made better by his line.
2014 Week 13 vs GB (22 / 35 / 245 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The box score may not show it, but this was arguably Tom Brady's worst game in several weeks, though much of it wasn't his fault. Pressured with regularity on the day, especially up the middle, Brady missed several throws he would have normally made. An odd gameplan also ensured he was chucking the ball much more than the Patriots backs ran the ball even though the run game did have success. One of his favorite targets, Julian Edelman, was also gimpy for much of the game with an injured thigh. Regardless, the pressure did get to Brady at times, as on several plays he threw balls when he had a bit more time to spare, causing off target passes. The only target Brady connected with for meaningful gains with regularity was Rob Gronkowski. Brady did have two touchdowns, both to Brandon LaFell. The first was a great route by LaFell, who faked inside then cut outside, giving plenty of separation for a short touchdown. The second touchdown was a good show between QB and WR, a 15 yard back shoulder toss that Brady helped out with a shoulder fake to the middle of the field to buy more time. Brady could have also had a third touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, who barely dropped a ball in the end zone after a great play by a Packers defender to break up the play. Brady also had moments where he avoided pressure well, particularly when it came from the outside. His ability to step up in the pocket is markedly difference from moving away from pressure up the gut, and his lone toss to Michael Hoomanawanui was a prime example of good pocket movement. Give credit to the Packers defense - they made life tough for Brady and his line, and his day could have been better as a result.
2014 Week 14 vs SD (28 / 44 / 317 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, Tom Brady struggled here and there, mostly because of subpar pass protection. In particular, Melvin Ingram was dominating the Patriots offensive line, with Nate Solder giving up a little too much in the pressure department. Still, Brady himself mixed in the good with the bad. The worst was easily some of the decisions he made, the most egregious being the interception he threw in the end zone in the area of Rob Gronkowski. On the play, Brady was pressured a bit, but got off his mechanics and threw flat-footed with his momentum going backwards. He severely underthrew Gronkowski, and a Chargers defender made an easy interception. Probably a throw that shouldn't have been made, but the throw itself was awful as well. Brady also had two other near picks in the end zone on poor decisions, and at times 'phantom pressure' showed up as one could tell Brady was uncomfortable in the pocket for much of the game. However, there was some good. On two plays, Brady scrambled for critical first downs, including a solid pump fake to freeze a defender who would have surely tackled him before the first down. Brady's first touchdown to Rob Gronkowski was a laser that was simply taking advantage of a mismatch, as Gronk had a cornerback who was a good 9 inches shorter covering him. Brady placed the ball well, and it ended up as a simple pitch and catch. Brady's second touchdown was a long one to Julian Edelman, but the play was mostly Edelman, who speared a high throw and dodged two defenders while racing to the end zone. Game planning dictated a pass heavy game, and Brady responded reasonably given the circumstances minus a few choices bad decisions. Credit should also be given to the Patriots defense, who bailed out a stagnant Patriots offensive for almost the entire game, limiting the Chargers offense to just 7 points.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (21 / 35 / 287 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
A tale of two halves for Brady and the Patriots offense, as their only points of the first half were off a short field interception. In fact, defense and special teams helped the offense out immensely, as field position was often great thanks to turnovers or the field position battle. Brady's day as a whole was reasonable given the circumstances, though he had a mere 70 yards after the first half along with his interception. The interception seemed to be a case of simply not seeing a defender, as the defender was engaged with a lineman then peeled off to bat the ball in the air and come down with a pick. Most of the credit should be given to the defender with a heady play, but also a ball Brady should have thrown a bit higher or pump faked on, assuming he saw the defender. Besides touchdowns, Brady did have a couple key plays, the most notable being his 17 yard scramble on a 3rd and 11. Even though Brady has the speed of a cement truck, he still managed to juke a defender, then plowed into another with his shoulder instead of sliding. It was definitely a momentum changer, as the Patriots went on to score a touchdown soon after and never let off the gas. Brady attempted a couple deep shots, but overthrew one to Brian Tyms and underthrew one to Gronk. Both had a step on their defenders, and his numbers would have looked a lot gaudier had they been connections. He was also a victim of a couple blatant drops by Julian Edelman and Michael Hoomanawanui. Brady's first touchdown was probably his best throw of the day, a laser to Rob Gronkowski placed perfectly between two defenders as Brady was about to get blasted by Jared Odrick. Gronk ran a simple go route up the seam, but the rest was Brady. Brady's second touchdown was off play action to Julian Edelman, who beat his defender 1 on 1 with an out route. Pass protection was decent on the day, though the line did allow plenty of pressure, it held steady in several other instances.
2014 Week 16 vs NYJ (23 / 35 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 10 / 0 rush)
The Jets always play the Patriots tough, and Week 16 was no exception. Under siege all day, Tom Brady took 4 sacks from the Jets as his offensive line was simply overwhelmed for most of the day. Prior to this game, Brady had taken 4 sacks combined in the prior 8 games. The offensive line issues have been a trend over the last few weeks now, and a Bills matchup in Week 17 means things aren't going to get any easier. Because of the pressure, Brady was off for much of the day, but credit the Jets defense, as the front seven played well and the secondary overachieved for a group without any truly good players. Brady's interception was an ill-advised throw while backpedaling in the area of Brandon LaFell. LaFell was open, but pressure caused Brady to fire the ball behind LaFell on an out route, causing LaFell to tip the ball right into a defender's arms. Brady made a number of off target throws because of the pressure he faced, with most of the missed balls short hopping his receivers, including a potential touchdown to Shane Vereen. The Jets really clamped down on the Pats run game as well, creating an imbalance in the run/pass game, as Patriots running backs had 17 carries to Brady's 35 pass attempts. Brady did have what's apparently becoming a signature move - a scramble during a critical part of the game to convert a first down. This time, 'Crazy Legs' Brady took an 11 yard scramble to set up a first and goal for his team. Some say the run was so slow it still goes on to this day, but all kidding aside, Brady's scrambling 'ability' is something new for this season that's been a big boost to his team at times. It's definitely worth pointing out that Brady didn't have Julian Edelman in the game, so he was missing arguably his biggest security blanket. However, Danny Amendola played relatively well in Edelman's place. Brady's lone touchdown was to Rob Gronkowski on a back shoulder fade against a smaller defender. Nothing fancy, just solid recognition and execution on both ends. All in all, the Patriots should consider themselves lucky to escape with a win considering how well the Jets played them defensively.
2014 Week 17 vs BUF (8 / 16 / 80 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Though he only played one half, the story for Tom Brady was the same as it's been over the last few weeks: pressure. Playing without Dan Connolly and playing with a vanilla offense against an amazing defensive front, Brady was under siege as usual. Brady also didn't have his two best weapons in Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, so this wasn't truly a day for evaluation, as the Patriots already had the #1 seed locked up. On one of the more amusing plays you'll see, Brady tried a designed rollout and misfired the ball horribly to Brandon Bolden. It's clear there's still a gap in athleticism between Brady and Russell Wilson. It also looked like Brady specifically targeted Brian Tyms on a number of plays in order to get Tyms more seasoning or in case of injury in the playoffs. Two Patriots receivers had big drops that could have gone for 15-20 yards, and the offense stalled in the red zone multiple times, which wasn't surprising given the lack of weapons and turnstiles at offensive line. Chalk this one up to the situation and don't look at the stat line for Brady as any sort of indication as to his ability or good/bad play.
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.
2013 Week 1 vs BUF (29 / 52 / 288 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)
A quarterback's worst nightmares are constant pressure, drops and sloppy route running. Tom Brady faced all three against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, yet still gutted out a win on the last drive of the game. Brady did show great rapport with Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, but the offense did indeed come out looking like one that needs time to gel. When Brady did get time to throw, he showed his usual zip and didn't have many mistakes, although one of the more critical ones was a fumbled snap on 4th down at the Buffalo 1 yard line. Brady's lone interception of the day came on his lone target to Zach Sudfeld. Sudfeld couldn't handle the pass, and it bounced off Sudfeld right into a defender's arms. It's tough to blame Brady for the play, but it still shows up as his fault on the stat sheet. Brady did account for two touchdowns, both to Julian Edelman. The first touchdown was a 9 yard leaping grab by Edelman with great ball placement by Brady. Edelman did well to stay in bounds, as his leap was vertical towards the back of the endzone. Brady's second touchdown to Edelman was a much easier go of it, as Edelman found a soft spot between zone defenders in the endzone. Brady also did well on the play to sidestep pressure and sling it to Edelman. The other notable thing during the game is how much Brady missed Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, as without them, there wasn't an obvious, solid endzone target despite Edelman's two touchdowns. The stat line may not show it, but Brady performed well.
2013 Week 2 vs NYJ (19 / 39 / 185 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ever seen an angry quarterback? If not, watch the replays from this game. Although Brady wasn't at his best by any means and received adequate protection, his receivers kept him from having a solid day for the most part. Victim of countless drops and questionable routes, Brady sorely missed Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen, as he only developed rapport with Julian Edelman on the day. Brady overthrew a couple potential touchdowns to Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins, and those mistakes were squarely on his shoulders. Playcalling was also quirky at times, as the Patriots passed the ball in situations where they very well could have run the ball. Considering that the Pats didn't score at all in the second half once rain started coming down more, it's fair to wonder whether this factored in as well. Brady and company did show trust in the offensive line, particularly throwing on multiple plays from his own endzone despite the aforementioned lack of trust and rapport with his receivers. His lone touchdown came on one of the best play action plays you'll see, throwing to Aaron Dobson about 15 yards from the line of scrimmage with no one near him that turned into a long touchdown. Brady also missed a couple other long touchdowns thanks to overthrows, and a few more thanks to drops and bad routes. Brady's performance was probably mediocre in his book, but the receiver troubles dropped that grade to downright awful.
2013 Week 3 vs TB (25 / 36 / 225 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)
Once again, Brady and the New England offense was not the high-powered machine of recent years, but they did enough to beat a struggling Tampa Bay team rather easily. The passing game struggled early on as New England punts on their three first quarter possessions and totaled just 31 yards in the opening 15 minutes. After Brady was sacked twice in that span, the pass protection improved and Brady got the ball out quicker. The timing was better with his rookie receivers than in the first two games and Brandon Bolden was a factor as a pass-catching back. The second quarter was vintage Brady as he engineered two long drives for touchdowns as he consistently found the open receiver through his progressions. Despite just 139 total yards at the half, the Patriots had a comfortable 17-3 lead. It was an ugly third quarter for Brady as he missed Aaron Dobson coming wide open in the end zone on a double-move and subsequently threw a red zone interception right to Mark Barron at the goal line. Luckily for Brady, this was a game where the Tampa Bay offense could barely move the ball and were no threat to mount any level of a comeback. Brady and the offense were content to milk the clock with a few situational throws for first downs as they shortened the game in the fourth quarter. The chemistry with the young receivers has improved through three weeks, but the infusion of a healthy Rob Gronkowski and, later in the season, Shane Vereen will be welcome sights for Brady and the passing game.
2013 Week 4 vs ATL (20 / 31 / 316 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / -2 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a solid game overall, and looked improved upon what many would consider a subpar Week 3 performance relative to his lofty standards. Brady was given amazing protection by his line much of the game. He had numerous throws with several seconds holding the ball, and wasn't sacked once. Brady only attempted 9 passes during the first half, as the gameplan clearly dictated a run heavy approach. Results were moderately successful, but Brady started to throw it much more in the second half. Brady's first touchdown was a threaded bullet on play action to Matthew Mulligan between two defenders that most quarterbacks would have had no business throwing. This was after Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley missed touchdowns by inches on first and second downs. Brady's second touchdown was a beautiful diving catch by Kenbrell Thompkins, who Brady displayed much better rapport with, especially after Aaron Dobson went down with an injury. On the down side, Brady did miss Brandon Bolden twice on what would have been likely touchdowns in the redzone. Instead, he threw to other receivers as he never looked Bolden's direction, and the team ended up settling for a field goal. Brady also narrowly overthrew Josh Boyce on a go route that could have well ended up in a touchdown. Brady did see very solid success off play action, which made sense given the solid run game.
2013 Week 5 vs CIN (18 / 38 / 197 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what's becoming a theme on the season, Tom Brady once again had an abysmal day by his standards. There were a few drops here and there, especially when rain started absolutely pouring, but he was off the mark on many throws with several missed chances. The pass protection he received was also pretty atrocious, especially in the first half of the game. This was a stark contrast to the majority of the season since the Patriots o-line has by and large held up well for Brady through the first four weeks of the season. Brady's interception came on a duck towards the end of the game. By and large, this was a result of a massive downpour that started in the first quarter. It was blatantly obvious that Brady had no grip on the ball on multiple throws, so the interception wasn't a huge surprise. It was, however, a poor decision given the weather and the fact that his receiver, Aaron Dobson, was double covered. Brady's receivers weren't getting the best separation during the game, but this was partially because routes weren't given full time to develop because of the pass rush. The Bengals defense was stellar the entire game, and full credit goes to them in the effort. As mentioned, there were a few drops, including a dropped screen pass by Brandon Bolden that would have been a massive gainer. Brady also nearly threw a second interception on a throw that was well behind Michael Hoomanawanui, and would have had Aaron Dobson on a long TD had he and Dobson not miscommunicated mid-route. Julian Edelman did drop a tough touchdown catch on a fade route on the goal line. In all likelihood, the Patriots could have QB sneaked in the touchdown, and why they didn't remains a mystery given how the offense was operating as a whole.
2013 Week 6 vs NO (25 / 43 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Sometimes, all it takes is one drive, play or throw to erase a forgettable day. On Sunday against the Saints, Tom Brady had exactly that. Prior to the game's final drive with 1:13 left on the clock with no timeouts, Brady had thrown for less than 200 yards with no touchdowns and a pick. A lot of the same storylines we've seen pop up on the year showed up today. Brady was off on several throws, his receivers had a comedy of drops (including 3 straight brutal drops on what many thought would be the last drive of the game), and his pass protection was more Jekyll and Hyde this season than in any game in recent memory. On some throws against standard rush fronts, Brady had all day to throw. When the Saints blitzed, Brady was pressured and sacked often. In fact, he took a season-high 5 sacks against the Saints, and has taken 16 sacks already this season through 6 weeks. The most sacks Brady has taken since being installed as fulltime starter was 32 in both 2003 and 2011, a number he's on pace to blow past. However, this year, Saints game included, Brady has been more hesitant on throws and late on several noticeable throws. His deep ball has also been atrocious this year, and Sunday was no exception. Brady narrowly overthrew a wide open Danny Amendola on what would have been a gimme 85 yard touchdown. He also hesitated on a deep ball to Kenbrell Thompkins, allowing the DB to catch up and bat the ball away. If he had thrown it when he saw it, the result would have again been a touchdown. Brady was also victim to some curious playcalling, including three straight goal to go plays from about the 8 that were all run plays, including a draw play to Brandon Bolden from the 5 on 3rd down. Why not take a shot with a throw there? What Brady did extremely well yesterday was avoid pressure on several plays to make key throws, including several first down conversions on third down. Credit also goes to the defense for giving the Patriots offense three possessions within the final few minutes of the game. Most people assumed the game was over when the Patriots turned the ball over deep in their own territory on 4th down with about 2:30 remaining in the game, but the defense held tight on the next possession to force a field goal. Then, Brady promptly chucked a completely baffling interception in the general direction of Julian Edelman on a deep ball into double coverage, forcing the defense to come on the field again. Once again, they responded with a 3 and out, giving Brady time to execute on what was the most memorable drive of a game this season across the NFL. Brady's last second touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins was a perfect spiral with perfect placement about 2 inches out of the reach of Jabari Greer. The rest, as they say, is history.
2013 Week 7 vs NYJ (22 / 46 / 228 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Stop me if you've heard this before - Tom Brady had an atrocious game. In what's becoming a disturbingly repetitive theme, Brady was a big culprit in the Patriots loss against the Jets. He overthrew passes, underthrew passes, and threw an ugly pick six on a wretched decision that should never have been considered. Brady seemed to zero in on Rob Gronkowski for most of the day, which is well and good - unless the defense knows it too. However, another ugly theme for the Patriots continued, which was simply bad pass protection. Brady was sacked four times and is still well on pace to shatter his record for sacks taken. The Patriots offense was also terrible on first downs, which led to many obvious passing downs and plays. In total, the pass to run ratio was 46 to 20, which is a recipe for failure in many cases, as the Patriots do well when both phases the game are in balance. The drops weren't as frequent as in games past. What was yet another trend is that Brady's deep ball is on par with the worst in the NFL, as his passes simply don't have the loft and touch they once did. He overthrew a pair of deep balls that could have resulted in touchdowns to Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski. Brady didn't have a touchdown on the day as a result, as the running game cashed in a pair of scores from the red zone and the rest were missed opportunities for the passing game.
2013 Week 8 vs MIA (13 / 22 / 116 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
If you saw that the Patriots won a game 27-17, would you have assumed Tom Brady's halftime statline would have read 6-8, 25 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT? Probably not. Halfway through the regular season, it's clear Tom Brady has fallen into the low-end QB1 conversation as of now. The story was the same as it's been over the course of the season - pressure getting to Brady, terrible throws, terrible decisions. Brady's interception was definitely a bad throw and decision, as he threw at a smothered Rob Gronkowski's direction and the ball was easily picked off. Though Brady didn't zone in on Gronkowski and fail to make progressions like last week, it was clear he still looked Gronk's way as his first read on most of his pass attempts. In fact, a big help to the Patriots was a throw into triple coverage by Brady that was a very poor decision. Luckily, the play was flagged as defensive pass interference on what most considered a questionable call. There were also a couple other plays to the massive tight end that were should-have-beens in Brady's defense. One was another pass into triple coverage that was basically a punt that Gronkowski should have caught but dropped at the last second. The other was a 40 yard touchdown negated by a questionable holding penalty. Brady's touchdown that counted was a 14 yard lob to Aaron Dobson. Dobson ran a great sluggo route, and Brady threw a nice back foot lob. More credit was due to Dobson though, as he was pretty open by red zone standards thanks to the route. Luckily for the Patriots, the running game was working far better than Brady was, and the defense and special teams also had stellar play across the board.
2013 Week 9 vs PIT (23 / 33 / 432 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It finally happened. Against a Steelers defense that wasn't exactly stout, vintage Tom Brady showed up in spades. Brady had good zip, was accurate, and looked comfortable in the pocket for the first time in recent memory. His stat line tells a lot of the story, but there were several plays he likely may not have made even a few weeks ago. For one, it's clear that his level of trust with Rob Gronkowski is much higher than any other receiver on the team, though his rapport with guys like Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola looked much improved on this day. To the offensive line's credit, while they were still mediocre, two sacks were coverage sacks, and they gave Brady more time in the pocket than the last few weeks. Brady's first touchdown was a great play to Danny Amendola. At first glance, it simply looked like no one covered Amendola. However, Brady looked right and completely juked Troy Polamalu with a body fake, then fired to his left to a wide open Amendola. Rob Gronkowski's touchdown catch was a signature seam route. Brady immediately identified that pass rushing linebacker Jarvis Jones was covering Gronk, and simply lobbed it over the slower player. Brady's third touchdown was a great back shoulder pass to Aaron Dobson. It was noticeable in that earlier in the game, Dobson and Brady were off on a back shoulder throw. That was obviously corrected, and it showed. Brady's fourth touchdown pass was a deep pass to Aaron Dobson, who simply used his speed to beat two defensive backs and stick his hand up to signal he knew he would be open. There were a couple drops by receivers, but overall, the Patriots passing game was firing on all cylinders, and Brady had his finest game of 2013.
2013 Week 11 vs CAR (29 / 40 / 296 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a stellar game which will be overshadowed in the media by a questionable officiating call to end the game. The Panthers defense played well, pressuring Brady many a time. The windy conditions also ensured the Patriots didn't attempt a pass beyond 15 yards until the final drive of the game. Brady's lone touchdown was a slant pattern to Rob Gronkowski, who muscled his way into the endzone from 3 yards out, dragging 3 defenders with him. Brady also narrowly missed a touchdown to Aaron Dobson who was held by a defender to prevent the touchdown. In one of the best plays of the night, Brady executed an amazing looking play action fake and threw a strike to Kenbrell Thompkins for 36 yards. Thompkins reached the 2 yard line, and the Pats rushed it in for a score. Brady's lone interception was on the last play of the game, and probably should have been called pass interference on the defense. Brady displayed as much zip and accuracy on his throws than in any other game this season, and this game was one of the few where we can probably say Brady did nothing to cost the Patriots the game.
2013 Week 12 vs DEN (34 / 50 / 344 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
For the third straight week, Tom Brady turned in a stellar performance, this one being one of his best ever. The Patriots started the game off in a quick 24-0 hole halfway through the second quarter, yet Brady's second half saw him lead the team to 31 unanswered points as the Patriots became just the sixth team in history to come back from a 24+ point deficit. In the first half, turnovers made it so that Brady had very little time on the field, as did the Broncos' solid running game. Brady was strip-sacked by Von Miller on a play that Nate Solder got completely whipped on, and ended up being sacked three times overall in the game. Brady also nearly fumbled a second time, but luckily the ball bounced right to him and he completed a pass to his running back. After halftime, the offensive line started giving Brady more time in the pocket, and he absolutely shredded the Broncos defense minus Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, who suffered an injury just before halftime. Brady's first touchdown was a beauty into the wind on a 5 yard toss over the defender's shoulder to Julian Edelman, who also made a solid catch. His second touchdown toss was an 8 yard strike to Rob Gronkowski, who basically boxed out his defender for an easy catch. The third touchdown of Brady's day was a short pass to Julian Edelman, who completely faked out a defender then ran past two more for a 14 yard score. What made Brady's day more impressive was that the entire third quarter was into the wind, yet he was throwing balls with a tight spiral and picture perfect accuracy and depth. Brady also narrowly missed two more touchdowns on slight overthrows to Edelman and Gronkowski in the fourth quarter. The only real danger of an interception Brady had was a hailmary to end the first half, and a ball Shane Vereen bobbled right into a linebacker's hands that the backer somehow dropped. It's now clear that Brady has turned the corner on his early season woes, and having his whole cast of characters healthy is helping out tremendously.
2013 Week 13 vs HOU (29 / 41 / 371 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another day at the office for Tom Brady, and another tale of two halves for the Patriots offense. The Patriots managed a mere 7 points in the first half on Sunday, and put up 27 in the second half in a similar showing to the Denver and Carolina games. Though Brady was only sacked one time, his lowest total since playing the Falcons on September 29th, it was the usual up-and-down in terms of pressure allowed by the offensive line. 228 of Brady's 371 yards went to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, a trend that may not stop any time soon. The lone interception on the day came on a terrible decision and pass under pressure. Brady floated a ball off his back foot in the area of Rob Gronkowski, but the ball had so much air and was so massively underthrown that a defender picked it off easily. On the positive side, Brady's first touchdown came primarily because he had tons of time in the pocket (over 5 seconds). His pass was low in the direction of Rob Gronkowski, who made a sensational shoelace grab, doing nothing to dispel the notion that he has a catch radius from the ground to the sun. Frankly, the touchdown was all offensive line and Gronkowski. Brady's second touchdown was an easy pass to Shane Vereen from 9 yards out, as the defense paid so much attention to Gronkowski that they somehow forgot about Vereen, who walked into the endzone. Vereen also narrowly missed a second touchdown pass when he bobbled a tough back shoulder throw. Still, it was a solid game for Brady minus a couple bad throws and one terrible decision.
2013 Week 14 vs CLE (32 / 52 / 418 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
For 55+ minutes, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense was stuck in mud. Brady had one of his worst, if not his worst, game of the season for the majority of the game, and the offensive line (specifically the left side and middle) were giving up pressure throughout the day. When Rob Gronkowski went down with a torn ACL and MCL and Brady was sacked and fumbled on the very next play, the offense was at what was potentially a low point for the season. Then Shane Vereen entered the picture and altered the course of the game. From 1 minute to go in the 3rd quarter til the end of the game, Vereen racked up a ridiculous 10 c atches for 132 yards. Brady started to find a rhythm with other receivers as a result, and those receivers made plays when need be. Both of Brady's touchdowns were of the short variety, a 2 yarder to Julian Edelman and a 1 yarder to Danny Amendola after a questionable P.I. call. To Brady's credit, once Gronk went down, he realized Vereen was in a constant mismatch the the Patriots offense and playcalling adjusted for much quicker plays and space work. Brady's interception came on an awful decision to Josh Boyce, as he simply didn't see a linebacker 15 yards downfield. The linebacker easily intercepted the ball, and that was that. Brady's fumble was also an absolutely terrible decision, as he tried to flip the ball as he was being sacked but instead just ended up fumbling it to give the Browns the ball. It just was not a play you'll usually see from a quarterback of that caliber. Throughout the game, Brady was plain off even on non-turnover plays, overthrowing deep balls, one hopping screen passes and more. It's also worth noting Brady took two crucial sacks on different drives that knocked the Patriots out of scoring range. The box score doesn't show it, but Brady's stats were absolutely a product of his playmakers and less a product of his mastery of the quarterback position. v
2013 Week 15 vs MIA (34 / 55 / 364 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Throughout the 2013 season, it seems like Tom Brady has either been on his game or off his game with a very small sampling of middle ground. Against the Dolphins, Tom Brady was just that. Decent. Not amazing, not awful. For the most part, he made good throws. He did miss some throws, particularly during crunch time. His offensive line protected decently despite losing Nate Solder to a concussion in the second half, kicking Logan Mankins to tackle and unknown Josh Kline to guard. His receivers did suffer a few drops. However, the biggest reason the Patriots only mustered twenty points was red zone execution (the lack of Gronkowski loomed large) and a relatively solid Dolphins defense on the day. Brady's first touchdown was a nice throw to Michael Hoomanawanui, but an even more spectacular one handed grab by the tight end that many NFL players would not have made. There wasn't much separation, but boy was the catch great. His second touchdown was a toss to Julian Edelman that saw Edelman zigging and zagging his way into the endzone. Without Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Rob Gronkowski, the lack of height was evident, as no passing plays were converted near the goal line. Brady's interception was a bad throw and decision on the last play of the game.
2013 Week 16 vs BAL (14 / 26 / 172 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady did exactly what he needed to do against Baltimore, as game flow dictated a combination of runs and solid defense for the Patriots. As a result, Brady had a mere 26 pass attempts on the day, his lowest total since 22 attempts against Miami on October 27th. The Patriots went up 14-0 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back, allowing Brady to control the game flow with relative ease. The defense also continually put the Patriots in solid field position and consistently harassed the Ravens offense, capping the day with two defensive touchdowns. Brady did have a couple underthrows on intermediate and deep ball, but also could have had a much bigger day thanks to a deep ball drop and pass interference in the endzone on a 40 yard pass. Brady's lone touchdown was a short toss to Shane Vereen, who received lagged one on one coverage thanks to a solid pick play by Michael Hoomanawanui. Overall, a solid if unspectacular day for Tom Brady, which was exactly what the Patriots needed.
2013 Week 17 vs BUF (14 / 24 / 122 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
There are times when as a quarterback, all you have to do is manage a game and not turn the ball over. With the way the running game was operating and given the absolutely sloppy rainy conditions, that was what Tom Brady needed to do. With that said, this was a subpar game by his standards, as Brady was off with his receivers on many throws, showing communication errors abound. Combined with the tough weather, this wasn't a day for the New England passing game. His counterpart, Thad Lewis, arguably had a more effective game, as this was Brady's lowest yards per attempt since the October 20th loss to the Jets. All but two of Brady's completions went to Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman, and he only completed passes to four players. It's worth noting Aaron Dobson went out early in the first quarter and never returned, and there were also a few drops partially due to the weather. Brady's lone touchdown was a short swing play to Shane Vereen with textbook execution and results. His interception was also on a throw to Vereen, though it was almost all Vereen's fault, as he bobbled a pass and allowed a defender to snag it off the bobble. Pass protection was adequate on the day as Nate Solder returned. Logan Mankins suffered a scare as he was assisted off the field, but returned later in the game to keep the line intact. Brady's only sack of the day was arguably because he held the ball too long, but credit the Buffalo defense for solid coverage on the play and throughout the day.
2013 Week 19 vs IND (13 / 25 / 198 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady wasn't asked to do much in this game, but when he was, he usually came through. Early on, Brady had easy short passes to convert first downs, and the establishment of the run helped fuel the play action passing game. That play action pass broke through for a long gain to Danny Amendola, right after one of the moments when Indianapolis tightened to within a score. Brady enjoyed good protection on most passing plays, and he was very comfortable in the pocket. He did move under pressure once to convert a key third down in the second half, but mostly, Brady handed off and watched his running backs rumble through the Colts defense in this one.
2013 Week 20 vs DEN (24 / 38 / 277 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)
The numbers don't look all that bad. 277 yards, two total touchdowns. Dig further though, and you'll see this was one of Tom Brady's worst games in the latter half of the season. Let's talk about the bad. Brady was pressured in spurts throughout the game, and the Patriots rushed a mere 16 times versus 38 pass attempts (credit to the Denver run defense and Denver offense controlling time of possession here), a stark contrast to how they'd been winning over the last several weeks. Brady also missed a few key plays. The biggest one was a missed deep pass to Julian Edelman that would have easily gone for a long touchdown. Instead, he overthrew Edelman, and the Patriots eventually punted. This happened in the first half, where the Patriots could only muster 3 points. In fact, the Patriots didn't get on the board until Denver was in prevent mode, and as such, the game wasn't as close as the score indicates. Brady's other big miss was another overthrow to Austin Collie towards the end of the first half that would have put the Patriots in scoring range and given then some halftime momentum. Brady also sailed a wide open Edelman on a possible touchdown score, and although he hit Edelman for a score on the very next play, one wonders if the altitude combined with his regressing deep ball did him in. He did have some nice throws, as all quarterbacks do on most days, but with Peyton Manning carving up a Talib-less Patriots secondary, Brady needed to be on his A game, not his C- game.
2012 Week 1 vs TEN (23 / 31 / 236 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a solid game, and many are going to point to this game as evidence that a fundamental change has happened in New England. Brady's post-game interview where he said that they'd like to only throw 25 passes a game may throw panic into the hearts of NE fantasy owners. But the truth doesn't always lie with the box score. Early in the game, Brady tried to hit a deep ball on the first drive. He went play-action and delivered a deep strike to Brandon Lloyd. It was a perfectly thrown ball that Lloyd completely played wrong and should have been at the very least a long gain, and if Lloyd had just kept running, would have been a TD. Later on the next drive, he hit Gronk crossing the field on play-action for 28 yards which setup the touchdown to Hernandez on the next play. As the Titans defense focused on Gronkowski, Brady bought time, stepped forward into the pocket and threw an easy TD to Aaron Hernandez. In the first half, the Patriots offense scored 2 out of 4 drives, and the Titans actually did a pretty good job on two of the drives, sacking Brady once, and playing good defense on the back end. Then the Patriots opened up the second half with two punts, and when they finally scored in the third quarter, it was primarily on the back of a short field and some nice runs by Ridley. The real reason Brady's numbers were down is because the Patriots were up 21-3 at the end of the half, and he just didn't throw it all that much in the 2nd half. The defense was able to keep Tennessee out of the endzone until the game was well in hand, and whether the Patriots continue to run the ball this much will greatly depend on how well their defense plays in upcoming weeks. The one fundamental change that I did see in this game was Brady looking downfield more than he did last season. In previous seasons, the dump-off pass to Welker was a staple of the offense. With Gronkowski and Hernandez running the middle of the field, and Lloyd finally bringing a downfield threat to the WR corps, Welker's role was significantly cut back, although we'll have to see if that was a one-week aberration or a trend.
2012 Week 2 vs ARI (28 / 46 / 316 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
His very first pass was deflected at the line, and intercepted. Brady's yardage stats were okay in the end, but it turned out that first play was harbinger of things to come. The Arizona defense was tough, not giving Brady much time to throw. Brady for his part was accurate but often hurried, and the majority of his throws were of the shorter variety. Even when Aaron Hernandez went down, he still had four reliable targets to choose from. But the big play eluded him. His best chances came with Gronkowski, who eventually did catch Brady's lone TD pass. Brady spread the ball out well, but when the chips were down, it was pretty clear that a) on third downs, Welker was his first look, and b) Gronkowski is his man on all downs when going for the last minute score. In fact, near the end, Brady was really heating up on that final drive, but then threw out of reach on the 2-pt conversion that would have tied the game.
2012 Week 3 vs BAL (28 / 41 / 335 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brady was as good as the stats indicate. He hit a season high in completions and passing yardage while tossing balls to eight different receivers. The Michigan product was accurate and poised despite receiving just 75 yards rushing from his running backs. He only tossed one touchdown, but he threw for at least 40 yards on five of the Patriots six scoring drives with the only exception coming on a shortened field thanks to a Baltimore turnover. In fact, both rushing touchdowns came from inside the five yard line, limiting Brady's redzone chances. Also, his obvious rapport with with Brandon LLoyd was hard to miss. Brady didn't miss a beat without Aaron Hernandez.
2012 Week 4 vs BUF (22 / 36 / 340 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 1 rush)
The Patriots struggled more than the scoreline would indicate on offense in Buffalo, but none of those struggles could be blamed on their quarterback. Brady's biggest problem during the day was the play of his receivers. Brady was consistent from the off, but his receivers weren't. Brady's first big play was a typical deep pass to Rob Gronkowski. Brady hung in the pocket, felt some non existent pressure, before readjusted to hit Gronkowski deep down the sideline with an excellent pass. That ghost pressure that Brady initially felt may have been a reflection on his expectations of his depleted offensive line. However, Brady was foolish if he thought they would restrict him. Brady threw from a clean pocket all day. His great pocket presence helped, but there were only a few times when he needed to show that off. The Patriots first touchdown was a running play, but the next two both showed off Brady's awareness of his surroundings. On both plays he had time in the pocket, but the first, a pass to Danny Woodhead, he escaped to his left when no receivers were free and the second he dived into the endzone himself after going through his reads at the goalline. Along with two wide open passes that went for touchdowns, one to Gronkowski up the seam and another to Brandon Lloyd down the sideline, Brady was in typically productive form. With Rob Gronkowski having an inconsistent day and Stephon Gilmore shutting down Brandon Lloyd with excellent coverage, Brady consistently threw the ball to Wes Welker. Welker and Brady were on the same page all day, and outside of the receiver's fumble, their performances were reminiscent of all of last season when Welker put up over 1,500 receiving yards. Outside of one inaccurate pass, that Stephon Gilmore should have intercepted early on, and another when a defender, Gilmore, made an excellent play to nearly intercept the pass, Brady was near perfect in his individual performance.
2012 Week 5 vs DEN (23 / 31 / 223 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 1 rush)
Brady routinely was a step ahead of the Denver defense with his quick decision-making and pinpoint accuracy. He targeted Welker often, as many as five targets on a single drive, which beat the blitz and single coverage. Early in the game, Brady's lone mistake was missing a wide open Rob Gronkowski for a potential big gain. His throw was high enough that the oversized tight end could not make a play on the ball. Most of the game featured Brady in the spread formation, running the hurry up from the shotgun, and controlling the defense at the line of scrimmage. Brady was pressured more in the second half, which contributed to the game not turning into a blowout. In the fourth quarter, Brady was pressured into a would-be interception if not for Von Miller dropping the pass. When attempting to ice the game by going for it on fourth down, Brady was sacked and fumbled, giving Denver a short field to close the gap. Brady's great play early in the game was a big reason for the huge lead that New England nursed to a 10-point win later in the second half.
2012 Week 6 vs SEA (36 / 58 / 395 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Most fantasy footballers fail to look past the box score when they see Tom Terrific drop a stat line that reads: 395 passing yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. They will fail to notice that it took a season high 36 completions on a season high 58 attempts to get there. Many will look past the fact that New England's run game - who put up 200+ yards in their previous two contests - failed to crack 100 yards against a very stout Seattle defence in arguably the toughest stadium to play in, in the NFL. Fact is, what needed to happen for the Seahawks to win, did. Brady played a fairly inefficient game for his standards at Qwest Field on Sunday afternoon and after getting off to a hot start - leading the Patriots to three scoring drives in their first four possessions - things quickly cooled off for the All-Pro QB. Brady threw two extremely inopportune interceptions, one on a forced ball to WR Deion Branch that was beautifully picked off by CB Richard Sherman and the other on a tipped pass intended for WR Wes Welker inside the 5 yard line that S Earl Thomas intercepted in the end zone. Despite the yardage total, the physicality of the Seahawks secondary caused issues for the Patriots WRs all afternoon which resulted in Brady completing just 62% of his attempts. The Patriots played mainly from no huddle and shotgun, limiting Seattle's pass rush to just one sack and a handful of QB pressures. This was strictly a volume game from Brady who we may not see approach 58 pass attempts in a game for the rest of the season. Costly errors in Seahawks territory were the downfall for Brady's bunch, errors that are sure to be corrected before their week 7 clash with division rival New York.
2012 Week 7 vs NYJ (26 / 42 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a difficult time establishing offensive rhythm against a rejuvenated Jet defense. The Patriots tried establishing a more balanced offensive attack, but Brady was plagued by some early Brandon Lloyd drops. During his team's first drive, Brady threw a perfect ball down the middle of the field that ricocheted off of Lloyd's chest. This play would have resulted in a 40-yard gain. On the next play, Brady went right back to Lloyd, but Lloyd ran an incorrect route and Brady threw the ball away. During his team's second drive, Brady allocated all six of his pass targets to his tight ends. Brady capped the drive off with a beautifully thrown, corner route to Rob Gronkowski for a 17-yard touchdown. Brady put the pass over the top of the defense into a place where only Gronkowski could come down with it. Gronkowski dove for the pass and hauled it in. During his third drive, Brady was once again victimized by a critical Lloyd drop on a deep post route. This play would have resulted in another 40-yard gain. Brady was visibly upset after Lloyd's drop. After halftime, Brady made a conscious effort to complete some short passes to develop some rhythm. During his first drive after halftime, Brady threw short screen passes to Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Lloyd for short, intermediate gains. These completions set-up a 21-yard gain to Welker on a quick screen, a 16-yard seam route to Aaron Hernandez, and a 1-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on an out-route. At the end of the game, special teams placed Brady into some difficult situations, but he was able to make plays when his team needed them. With 1:32 to go in the fourth quarter, Brady methodically led the Patriots down the field into field goal range. Brady completed two straight passes to Gronkowski for 27 yards before completing a quick dump off to Danny Woodhead for 20 yards. Brady threw a beautiful deep ball down the left sideline to Lloyd, but the pass once again bounced off of Lloyd's chest. Lloyd was defended by Antonio Cromartie, but Brady fit the ball into a tight window. Lloyd has to make that catch for his quarterback. This drive resulted in a game-tying field goal as time expired. In overtime, Brady continued to nickel and dime the Jet defense, finding his slot receivers and running backs over the middle of the field. These plays set-up Stephen Gostkowski's game winning field goal.
2012 Week 8 vs STL (23 / 35 / 304 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brady took advantage of some pretty horrendous Rams' secondary play for a huge fantasy day. His first touchdown to Brandon Lloyd was as easy as any of them. Lloyd ran a post fade, beating the Rams defense by a good five yards and Brady lofted a pass to the wide open receiver in the end zone. Though the Patriots second drive ended in a touchdown run, it was all on the passing game to get there. Brady hit Rob Gronkowksi twice for 25 yards to move the Patriots quickly down the field. The first connection was another coverage breakdown but the second was just a perfectly thrown ball right over the defender to hit Gronkowski in the seam at the one yard line. Brady hit Gronkowski three more times on the team's third drive, the final two into tiny holes. They first connected on a 15 yard cross that Gronkowski turned into a 32 yard gain, and then Brady squeezed a bullet into tight coverage for a seven yard touchdown. Brady's third touchdown went to Lloyd, who was again wide open on a slant. Brady only played one drive in the 4th quarter but it ended fittingly, with another touchdown. This time Gronkowski ran a seam route and two Rams defenders watched him run between and by them. Brady spotted the wide open target and hit him with a 14 yard touchdown.
2012 Week 10 vs BUF (23 / 38 / 237 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Facing a Bills defense he usually shreds, Brady had a rather unspectacular game on Sunday, relying on a consistent running game coupled with Bills defensive penalties and a short passing attack to get the victory. Brady's first throw was near catastrophe, as Marcell Dareus was able to get his hands into the throwing lane, popping the pass straight up into the air. George Scott had perhaps his easiest INT ever, but couldn't secure the ball and it fell harmlessly incomplete. Just like their first game, Brady went right to his favorite slot receiver on the next play, hitting Wes Welker across the middle for seven yards and the 3rd down conversion. Still working the short passing game, Brady looked to Brandon Lloyd on his next throw three plays later on the quick slant for seven yards. Deion Branch ran a short out for five yards from the slot the following play. With the Bills passing defense on their heels and wary of the short game, Welker burst up the seam essentially uncovered and Brady couldn't have thrown a better ball. Part sun and part stone hands, Welker could not corral the throw, dropping what was sure to be an easy 34-yard TD. After another quick toss to Branch on an out picked up six on 3rd and five, the drive nearly took another turn for the worse as Buffalo just missed another INT. Brady tried to hit Branch on a hitch, but the pass bounced off Branch's hands and shot straight into the air. Leodis McKelvin had the INT in his arms, but Branch made a solid defensive play, ripping the ball out as McKelvin went to the ground and forcing the incompletion. Brady's next drive started deep in Buffalo territory on the Bills' 13, but his only two throws fell incomplete. However, as was the case too frequently in the first half, penalties wiped both out as George Wilson and Stephon Gilmore picked up two pass interference penalties in the end zone setting up a short TD run. Brady's best throw came on the following drive, another that resulted in a TD. After Welker again easily beat McKelvin for 19 yards, Brady dialed up Gronkowski. Working over the middle, Brady's throw to Gronkowski took a tremendous amount of touch as Nick Barnett sat beneath the coverage. Brady was able to drop it just over the leaping Barnett and into Gronkowski's arm for 24 yards (his longest throw of the day). After Welker victimized the coverage again for seven yards, Brady hit Danny Woodhead (the first of three consecutive touches) on a short arrow route for 15 yards followed up with a screen to Woodhead for seven yards. Brady's next drive only saw two completions, but 54 yards in pass interference penalties (the first of which was an embarrassment to the officiating crew) took the offense down the Buffalo one yard line. Working off a play fake to Ridley, Brady lobbed a pass to Gronkowski in the corner of the end zone and the TE made a tremendous diving catch to register Brady's first TD of the game. Like the Bills, the Patriots struggled to get much going on their first drive of the 2nd half. Trying to get Gronkowski in space, Brady hit the TE on a screen, but was chopped down fairly quickly after a five-yard gain. Brady found Lloyd on an 11-yard out four plays later. After two failed runs, Brady dropped back to pass, but the interior of the line crumbled resulting in the lone sack of the day, forcing the punt. Brady started the next drive in Buffalo territory and appeared quite determined after the failings of the previous drive. Working with no huddle and exclusively from the shotgun, a quick strike to Branch for 13 yards followed by another short shot to Welker over the middle for six had the Patriots in the red zone in a mere two plays. Two plays later, feeling pressure from the edges, Brady stepped up and threw a quick strike to Woodhead over the middle. Woodhead took the short toss 18 yards into the end zone for Brady's 2nd TD of the game. Like a broken record, Brady went back to the short game the following drive, finding Branch on a short out for seven to kick the drive off. Welker ran free the next play, picking up another catch over the middle for 12 yards. Solid coverage forced an incompletion to Woodhead before the drive stalled on six-yard slant to Lloyd came up two yards short of the sticks. Taking over at their own one following the Jackson fumble, Brady tried to throw his way out of the poor field position. Dareus was able to get a hand on Brady's first pass, batting the ball down. Welker's stone hands made another appearance, dropping a short drag despite essentially no coverage. Clearly uncomfortable in the pocket on 3rd down, pressure forced an errant throw to Branch, sailing well out of bounds. Looking to drive the final nail in the Bills' coffin, the Patriot offense took over at the their own 32 for their final drive of the game. With pressure again coming from the edges (namely Mario Williams who just missed Brady multiple times) on 3rd down, Brady stepped up and found a sitting Lloyd for 13 yards. After a failed deep strike to Gronkowski that sailed over the TE's head, Welker made amends for his drop on the previous drive. Catching the quick screen in the flat and seeing a flooded field in front of him (with Bills' defenders), Welker came all the way back across the field, slipping a tackle on the sideline before Jairus Byrd finally made the tackle 23 yards down field. Brady's final completion on the day was another short strike, hitting Lloyd on a curl for five yards before the drive stalled with consecutive incompletions to Branch and Woodhead. After lighting Buffalo up in their first meeting, Brady and the offense clearly struggled to finish drives, especially when the penalties dried up in the second half.
2012 Week 11 vs IND (24 / 35 / 331 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady had a typical Tom Brady game. Throughout his career, Brady has had plenty of easy games but this may have been the easiest of all. The Colts' secondary couldn't stick with the Patriots receivers at all, while the pass rush rarely got any pressure on him in the pocket. Big returns from Julian Edelman on special teams and scoring turnovers from the defense meant that Brady never left first gear. Even when throwing into the endzone, Brady didn't get much resistence as he threw two wide open passes to Rob Gronkowski and a well run slant route to Julian Edelman at the goalline. Ryan Mallet likely could have won this game today with the way it went.
2012 Week 12 vs NYJ (18 / 28 / 323 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 1 rush)
For the fifth straight week, Tom Brady delivered a masterful, dominant performance. Early on, Brady had some difficulty establishing rhythm against a motivated Jet defense. However, the Patriot defense and special team units created turnovers that led to three second quarter scoring drives. After a Mark Sanchez red zone interception, Brady engineered a balanced 15 play, 84 yard drive that culminated in a three-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker on a quick out-route. Brady completed just three of his six pass attempts, but each completion went to Welker, who continues to terrorize Ellis Lankster. After the Jets forced a Shonn Greene fumble, Brady hit Shane Vereen on a wheel route for an 83-yard touchdown. Brady recognized Vereen's ideal match-up against Bart Scott and audibled into the play. Brady would finish off his second quarter scoring barrage by hitting Julian Edelman on a deep post route for a 56-yard touchdown. Edelman beat LaRon Landry deep down the middle and Brady hit him in stride. Coupled with additional special teams and defensive touchdowns, Patriots scored 35 second quarter points and took a 35-3 advantage into halftime. After halftime, Brady continued to air it out, completing 10 of 14 passes for 125 yards. The Jets gave Brady all of the easy, intermediate throws and he capitalized. After the Jets cut the Patriot lead to 23 points, Brady engineered a 17-play, 87 yard drive that culminated with a Brady one-yard rushing touchdown. Brady crushed any hopes of a second coming of the 'Miracle at the Meadowlands'. Even without Rob Gronkowski, Brady took 53 of 66 snaps with '12' personnel on the field. Brady had no problem exploiting the Jets' nickel defense without Gronkowski at his disposal.
2012 Week 13 vs MIA (24 / 40 / 238 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Despite the win, Brady did not have a very good day fantasy or otherwise. Aaron Hernandez dropped his fair share of early targets and Brady missed plenty of opportunities. Despite the 40 attempts, Brady did not reach 250 yards. Brady missed Julian Edelman, who was wide open, on a deep route early in the game. His interception was a bad decision throwing to Hernandez on a deep route that was well-covered. In addition to Brady's inaccuracies, he took multiple sacks that killed scoring drives. Brady was sacked in field goal range that turned Gostowski's attempt into a long one, which was missed. Two sacks and Welker dropping an easy touchdown where part of the worst red zone sequence of the day for New England's offense. Instead of icing the game with a touchdown, Miami stayed in the game. Brady was only in a groove once this week. In the late first quarter through the early second, Brady and Welker were on the same page for multiple catches. When it mattered most, Brady came through in the fourth quarter. With a seven-point lead, Brady led a 14-play, 78-yard drive to ice the game. He had timely throws to Welker and Brandon Lloyd down the stretch. Week 13 marked just the second time this season that Brady threw for less than two touchdowns and under 300 yards in the same game.
2012 Week 14 vs HOU (21 / 35 / 296 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Patriots finally decided to quit messing around with a balanced offense and instead put the ball in the hands of their best player, Tom Brady. In response Brady was sensational. He threw for three touchdowns in the first half and completed 14 of his first 16 passes. Brady's first touchdown came on a pass to Aaron Hernandez. On the play, Hernandez lined up in the backfield with Brady in the shotgun. Brady took the snap and threw a strike to Hernandez who was running a quick out. His tight end caught the pass and turned upfield for the score. Brady's second pass came on a toss to the middle of the field to Brandon Lloyd. His receiver had run a deep slant and gotten away from the covering Texan, making for an easy score. Brady's third touchdown was on a quick toss to Hernandez to the left side. Brady took the snap and immediately turned and fired to his tight end. Brady's best throw came on a 63 yard touchdown toss to Dante Stallworth. On the play, Brady stood tall in the pocket and delivered a high, arcing pass to Stallworth in stride for his fourth touchdown of the game. Brady was calm and collected both under center and out of the shotgun. Despite being rushed on most plays, Brady minimized the "happy feet" that had plagued him throughout the season. As a result, he had perhaps his best performance since week 1 of last season. He stood tall in the pocket, hit the open man, and generally had little trouble carving up the Texans' defense.
2012 Week 15 vs SF (36 / 65 / 443 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 11 / 1 rush)
Tom Brady had two separate games, as he was unable to generate any offense in the first 35 minutes of the game. With his receivers unable to gain separation, pressure collapsing the pocket and numerous fumbles by his running backs, Brady's offensive output was severely limited. He showed great accuracy even when his receivers were tightly covered, as a hard throw to a tightly covered Brandon Lloyd hit the receiver right in the pocket, threading an impossibly small needle. But when the pressure tightened Brady's pocket, the quarterback was unable to deliver balls with the same accuracy. On his first interception, Brady ran a play action and locked on to Wes Welker streaking down the middle. Welker was double covered and pulled up, gesturing for pass interference while Carlos Rogers ran past and caught the deep throw. With some drops by Lloyd and Hernandez while the 49ers collapsed the pocket, Brady was completely frustrated. But when the 49ers took a 31-3 lead, Brady seemed to have a complete competitive melt down on the field, spiking the ball while screaming at the referee over a disagreement on whether or not the 49ers got a timeout off in time. After the lead got so wide, the 49ers seemed to relax a bit while Brady became enraged, and the quarterback threw hard quick throws again and again, hitting his receivers and tight ends immediately. The 49ers gave a cushion and Brady was able to exploit the space, running timing routes to perfection and leading the Patriots up and down the field, scoring 28 points in 14 minutes. The second touchdown of this scoring run was a quarterback dive at the 1 yard line, as Brady leapt over his linemen. The third score was a quick out route to Hernandez, delivered perfectly to his tight end's shoulder and Hernandez was able to turn in to the end zone. The Patriots were able to tie the score behind Brady's pinpoint accuracy on quick slants and hooks, but on the final drives the 49ers were able to tighten the coverage and once again generated the pressure that had so disrupted Brady in the first half. With the pocket collapsing and his receivers unable to separate quickly enough, Brady was unable to sustain the offensive explosion. In his frantic attempts to bring New England back and win the game, Brady's 65 attempts were the highest of his season. Brady also threw a second interception when running a screen to Hernandez. The tight end had taken a big hit the play before and flinched, pulling back as the ball arrived at the same time as a defender. With Hernandez recoiled, the ball bounced off a 49er defender and in to the hands of Aldon Smith.
2012 Week 16 vs JAX (24 / 41 / 267 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Patriots dug themselves into an early 10-0 deficit on the road against Jacksonville. Brady struggled with accuracy, pressure in the pocket, and tightly-covered receivers to an ugly 3-for-8, 50 yards, and two interceptions stat line in the first quarter. Both interceptions could be at least partially blamed on the receivers. Stevan Ridley bobbled a wheel route that was popped up in the air for the defender to make a play. Brandon Lloyd failed to come back to the football, which allowed a defender to cross his face on the route over the deep middle. After two turnovers and a three-and-out in their first four possessions, the Patriots offense gained some traction. Brady was visibly coaching up the rest of the offense on the sidelines to turn the game around in the middle quarters. It worked as Brady got into a groove in the third quarter. Wes Welker fueled a touchdown drive before the half and scored himself on a goal line out route to give New England a 23-13 lead early in the fourth quarter. Brady failed to keep the ball away from Jacksonville late in the fourth quarter with an untimely sack on third down with just a seven point lead. Brady rebounded from a poor start to have a solid statistical game (267 yards, two touchdowns), but he was clearly off most of the game.
2012 Week 17 vs MIA (22 / 36 / 284 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
As New England gets ready for another deep playoff run, Brady was on point in the blowout win against Miami. The wind was definitely a factor in the northeast as Brady's accuracy as just slightly off at times. That said, Brady owned the Miami defense with 140 passing yards and a touchdown in the first quarter alone. Each of the first three drives ended in Miami territory as New England passed on field goal attempts in the wind and converted one of two early fourth downs. Brady built a 21-0 lead by halftime behind 279 total yards and 18 first downs. That included missing connections with Brandon Lloyd multiple times deep down the field. The second half was all about controlling the clock and ending the game quickly for the Brady and the Patriots offense. Rob Gronkowski was on the field minimally, but Brady did connect with him down the seam for the cherry-on-top touchdown in the fourth quarter for the comfortable win. Unlike Houston and Atlanta, New England played well and impressed in their final regular season game to get ready for the playoffs. With nine touchdowns in the final four games of the season, Brady got to 34 passing touchdowns for the third straight season to go along with over 4,800 yards.
2012 Week 19 vs HOU (25 / 40 / 344 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Despite a sluggish start, losing what is arguably the best TE in the NFL on the 2nd drive and one of his favorite targets out of the backfield, Brady and the New England passing offense easily waltzed their way to another AFC Championship appearance. A rare three and out to start, Brady clearly had the offense warmed up by the 2nd drive. Brady opened with consecutive completions to TE Aaron Hernandez for a combined 11 yards. Two plays later, with TE Rob Gronkowski lined up in single coverage on the outside against a DE, Brady immediately attacked the mismatch. The throw sailed just a bit and even though Gronkowski was able to make the catch, he was unable to get both feet in bounds. Not only was the throw incomplete, but also Brady lost the TE for the game, as he appeared to reinjure the same arm he broke in week 11. Not to be deterred, Brady connected with Welker on an out for 11 yards and a 1st down on the following play. After a sack pushed the offense backed, Brady went right back to Welker, picking up 11 yards on a quick screen. Brady again found Welker on the following play, who had plenty of room to run after the catch, but the WR who was 2nd in the NFL in drops couldn't make the catch. The following drive, Brady connected with Stevan Ridley for 13 yards to pick up one 1st down before going right back to another RB on the next play. Shane Vereen lined up out wide and ran a quick five-yard curl. With coverage well off, Vereen was able to gather the pass before slipping the initial tackle and get up field for 25 yards. The following play, Brady hit Hernandez as he burst out of the backfield for 14 yards, getting down the Texan one-yard line. Like most expected the Bengals to do the week prior, Brady continued to use Welker underneath to take advantage of a severe mismatch. After missing Welker on 2nd down, Brady went right back to his WR who took the short throw for a 30-yard ride. Welker dropped another short toss three plays later and then Brady short-hopped Brandon Lloyd on his next throw two plays later. Brady went back to Vereen on a screen the next play, picking up 12 yards on 2nd and 25 before overshooting Hernandez on a deep post in the end zone. By far his favorite target, Brady opened the throwing on the next drive with an incompletion to Welker. Undeterred, Brady went right back to Welker on an out for 12 yards. After a quick seven-yard toss to Lloyd, Brady and the Pats had their longest play of the game. After running jagged, short routes underneath, Welker went vertical and Brady delivered a perfect ball. Welker was able to run underneath the deep throw and corral the throw with one hand for a 47-yard gain. Brady dropped back on the following play and easily connected with an uncovered Vereen in the flat for an eight-yard TD. Rare, and conservative, Brady and the Pats had a quick three and out just before half with the QB throwing consecutive incompletions to kill the drive. With the Texans scoring 10 straight, Brady and the offense responded with their 1st drive out of halftime. After a misfire to Lloyd to kick the drive off, Brady hit Welker underneath for six yards and Hernandez on a crosser for five yards. Another quick screen off play action to Welker for six yards on 1st down before Hernandez used a quick out (and blatant push off) to turn the short toss into a 40-yard gain and move the offense into the red zone, resulting in another TD. Another quick three and out followed the TD, but Brady picked the offense back up. Brady hit Hernandez for 14 yards on a quick slant before finding Lloyd on the same route for seven more yards. Three plays later, with the defense clearly struggling to adjust to the quicker tempo, Brady went right to Lloyd on the quick hitter for the five-yard TD pass. With a big lead, and the Texan offense turning the ball over on downs, Brady continued to attack on the following drive. Another perfect throw, Brady saw a mismatch with Vereen lined up out wide and dropped the pass just over the coverage for a 33-yard TD, Brady's 3rd of the game. Brady and the offense followed with another three and out before driving the final nail in the coffin on the Pats' final drive. After a penalty extended the drive on the initial 3rd down, Brady hit Lloyd for a quick eight yards on 3rd and two to all but run the clock out. Brady finished the day with three TDs and well over 300 yards passing and most importantly, no turnovers.
2012 Week 20 vs BAL (29 / 54 / 320 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Because of the wind conditions, the Patriots' passing attack wasn't overly aggressive in the first half. They relied on a combination of Stevan Ridley's running between the tackles and quick passes/screens to the team's receivers. Brady wasn't doing too much, but he was making good, quick decisions to allow his playmakers outside to carry the offense down the field. His first touchdown pass of the game was as easy as a screen pass, as the Ravens blew a coverage at the goalline to allow Wes Welker a free release to the pylon. Regardless of the wind conditions, Brady didn't throw the ball as he typically does. He never really got into rhythm with his receivers and repeatedly missed them slightly throughout the game. While the wind obviously played a factor in that, it appeared to be affecting him much more than Joe Flacco. With his team down by 15 in the fourth quarter, nine minutes to go, Brady couldn't connect with Wes Welker on third down, before scrambling out of the pocket and essentially throwing the ball away on fourth down. At that point, it appeared the game had been lost. On the very next drive, Brady found Wes Welker for a 30+ yard gain, before he had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted. It was an interception that came completely from bad luck on Brady's part and excellent awareness from Parnell McPhee. Fittingly, the game came to a close when Brady underthrew Brandon Lloyd in the endzone for an easy interception by Cary Williams. Brady's deep passing had been off all night. It was a major reason his team lost.
2011 Week 1 vs MIA (32 / 48 / 517 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Shortly after a report appears saying Tom Brady had never even thrown for the 422 yards that Cam Newton threw for this past weekend, low and behold the champion shatters that mark by throwing for 517 yards, a new personal record. That is not a misprint in case you missed the game. Footballguys could fill pages and pages of accolades for Tom Brady but here are some of the highlights from last night. 1st play of the game on offense for the Pats, Miami had just scored on an opening drive lasting 7:30 minutes and what does Brady do? He barks a hard count and draws the Miami defense offsides. That set the tone for the game and was Brady's way of saying that he was going to dictate the game not Miami; that he was in charge of the outcome and not the drive that just happened, just forget about it because I'm Tom Brady and I'm in charge out here. Like a surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic he took the Miami Dolphins secondary apart on an operation table known as the gridiron. Brady hit all of his passes on the first two drives of the game going 8 for 8 and leading New England to a 14-7 lead. When Miami pulled close in the 2nd half Brady started connecting with his wideouts after tearing Miami apart thru the middle with his TEs in the 1st half. We'll go over the 99 yard touchdown when we highlight Welker but everything Brady wanted to do he was able to do. The intensity he brings not just on the field but also the huddle and sidelines is unmatched in the NFL. Brady was able to find Gronkowski early and then Hernandez a lot more in the 2nd half. Brady helped the Patriots rack up over 620 yards of offense, in fact Coach Sparano said after the game the Patriots had 700 yards of offense; he wsn't far off. You know Brady can hit just about every pass play that you can draw up but it's all the other things he brings that separates him form the rest of the league.
2011 Week 2 vs SD (31 / 40 / 423 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
After two weeks, Brady is well on his way towards a career year. He picked the Chargers apart with surgical precision, proving that last week's offensive fireworks show was simply the beginning. For the most part, Brady had loads of time to throw all game long. And with that time, he was able to constantly deliver perfect touch to find holes in the defense wherever they existed. In the first half, the Chargers typically rushed just three at a time - and Brady absolutely had his way with them. He knows exactly what to do at all times when he doesn't have to face a dynamic pass rush, and it was clear the Chargers couldn't stop him using that approach. For the most part, he didn't even really look deep downfield. The vast majority of his damage was done on the underneath stuff, because that's what the Chargers were giving them. His touchdown passes were each better throws than the one that preceded it. The first was a high strike to TE Aaron Hernandez, who did make a great effort to come down with it. He then twice found his other TE, Rob Gronkowski. The first was just a perfect strike over the middle, and the second was stuck in an extremely tight spot that didn't leave much margin for error. About his only semi-negative moment was when he threw a pass that bounced around a bit and was nearly picked off. Every quarterback in the league has about 3-4 of those per game, so it really wasn't a big deal at all and it's a stretch just to call it a negative. Brady did have a very scary moment in the third quarter when he somehow avoided serious injury. He was hit below the knee and his leg began to buckle sideways, which had to cause a collective gasp in New England. But despite the freaky-looking nature of the hit Brady stood up with absolutely zero sign of injury. The league is looking into whether Brady is now a cyborg.
2011 Week 3 vs BUF (30 / 45 / 387 / 4 / 4 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
It started out like a typical game for Brady against the Bills, but this one had a twist ending. Facing little pressure up front, Brady carved up the Bills secondary with ease and finished with 387 yards and 4 TD passes. What made this game different, however, were the 4 interceptions he threw. Several of them were tipped, including the most critical play which came in fourth quarter. The pass deflected off the face mask of Marcell Dareus and landed right in the hands of CB Drayton Florence, who returned the ball 27 yards for a defensive touchdown that gave the Bills their first lead of the game. Brady led the Pats down the field for a tying touchdown on a 4th down pass to Wes Welker, but the Bills were able to run out the clock and kick a winning field goal as time expired. Brady was the victim of some unlucky bounces, but generally ran the offense like a well-oiled machine.
2011 Week 4 vs OAK (16 / 30 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady led his team to a bounce back win in a hostile environment. Brady had a couple drives stall out because of sacks but other than that the Patriots offense was quite productive as a unit. The offensive line played really well today and for the most part kept Brady upright. But at the same time the Raiders do have a decent front seven and did pressure Brady on a lot of his incomplete passes. Brady seems to still have eyes for Wes Welker (40 catches in only 4 games this year), and Welker had almost 50% of the team's total targets (14/30) in this game. The next highest targeted receiver was TE Rob Gronkowski who had 5 targets and could of had a much bigger day than his one catch performance. Gronkowski got deep several times, and while they could not connect Brady was very close on two of the deep targets in the red zone. But today was a much more balanced attack from the Patriots as they ran the ball 30 times and passed the ball 30 times. Therefore, Brady was not asked to throw for 400+ yards again but not to worry as he still looked sharp and just missed on several other plays. One could tell that New England enjoyed out-rushing the most dangerous rushing attack in the league 183 to 160. Brady also did a great job of moving in the pocket when the pocket would breakdown he would step up and often find the open man.
2011 Week 5 vs NYJ (24 / 33 / 321 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
t says something that a 321 yard, 1 touchdown, 1 interception day by Tom Brady is almost underperforming. That's what happens when you set your own bar so high. Kidding aside, this was another classic Brady performance, as the Pro Bowl quarterback once again showed poise and great vision as he tore much of the Jets' secondary up. His one interception wasn't even on him--Brady threw the ball right into tight end Aaron Hernandez's hands but he couldn't hold onto it and the ball popped up and to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Instead of an interception, that should have been a touchdown. A better example of Brady's day was a 73 yard completion to Wes Welker. Brady had all kinds of time in the pocket as he waited for Welker to slip behind the secondary, hitting Welker in stride with a perfect over the shoulder throw for a hug completion. Brady had another outstanding day and he appears to continue to be at the top of his game. Brady's touchdown to Deion Branch tied him for 8th place in the All Time list with 275 career touchdowns and it was his 21st straight regular season game with a touchdown pass, which extends his Patriot record.
2011 Week 6 vs DAL (27 / 41 / 289 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady once again didn't look as sharp as he did in 2010's campaign against the Cowboys. He threw two interceptions that came when he was under pressure and attempting to make a difficult throw in to coverage. At the same time, he came through when it mattered in engineering a final scoring drive that sealed the Patriots victory in a closely contested game. Brady spent much of the day passing out of the shotgun or running play-action from under center. The Patriots used a variety of stacked formations where three and even four receivers were lined up together. That said, Brady didn't try to get too fancy, choosing to make the safe pass underneath to Wes Welker or his tight ends instead of making lots of throws downfield. Brady primarily looked for Wes Welker on drag routes and, in the likely event that Welker was covered, he found whichever of his two tight ends was in single-coverage outside of the hash marks. Brady's best throw of the day came on the game-winning touchdown. On the play, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both lined up on the left side. The Cowboys double-teamed Gronkowski. Hernandez cut to the back middle of the end zone, and with Danny Woodhead releasing from the backfield to the front middle of the end zone, Hernandez was left in single coverage. Brady rifled a throw away from the outside defender which Hernandez hauled in for the game's deciding points.
2011 Week 8 vs PIT (24 / 35 / 198 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
This was one of Brady's "quietest" games in a long time as the Pittsburgh offense was actually its best defense. New England only possessed the ball for 20 minutes in this game. They started each half with three-and-outs as Pittsburgh forced Brady to try to squeeze the ball in tight places. New England rarely even thought of running on 3rd-and-2, which made Brady's job a bit more difficult. He was pressured somewhat regularly by multiple Pittsburgh linebackers and linemen, all while the defensive backs were able to jam New England's wideouts. Pittsburgh used the New York Jets' blueprint of pressure, tight coverage, and the knowledge that New England has no receivers capable of taking the top off the defense . Brady has an elite slot receiver and elite tight ends, but I'm sure deep down, he'd downgrade from elite to average at those positions for a viable deep threat. The Pittsburgh pressure showed multiple times that Brady is not a good passer on the move. One time in particular, he stepped up in the pocket and had no defenders near him. He threw a deep ball while on the move in a forward direction, and the ball wobbled and hung up, causing his receiver to stop and the Pittsburgh defensive back (Ike Taylor) to knock it away. Brady will still have his way with less talented defenses who can't pressure him and execute tight, physical press coverage, but there's a slight blueprint developing on how to hold this team down.
2011 Week 9 vs NYG (28 / 49 / 342 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a strange first half and looked to be extremely frustrated by the Giants defense. Brady threw two first half interceptions on passes that shouldn't have been attempted. Brady attempted to find his WR on a slant but threw into a sea of NYG hands which led to a tipped ball which was picked off. Later in the game, Brady was forcing the ball to TE Gronkowski and threw slightly behind him, which allowed S Grant to tip the ball towards him and make another pick for his team. Brady also had a third turnover as he was strip sacked in the pocket as the NYG front 7 got to him. Despite these mistakes, Brady went on to have a decent fantasy day. Brady did not allow the pressure to get to him after this as he made quick decisions and was attacking the Giants over the middle where they are most vulnerable. Brady relied heavily on WR Welker to get open. He was able to find Welker on many option routes over the middle and to the outside of the field as the Giants could not cover him one on one for long. Brady led a touchdown drive off a NYG turnover and found TE Hernandez on an out route near the goal line which Hernandez took and powered his way over the line. Brady then had to lead another long drive that required a touchdown and almost solely relied on Gronkowski to get the job done in the red zone. Brady could not connect with Gronkowski on 2nd or 3rd down but was able to get the right match up he wanted and fired the ball down the middle to take the lead. Brady had many turnovers and also missed some open receivers with passes that were too low or just not in stride which the Giants more than took advantage of.
2011 Week 10 vs NYJ (26 / 39 / 329 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
For a large portion of the first half, Brady struggled with accuracy and timing. Many of his throws seemed to be just a hair off target and a few sailed on him. When Brady seemed to be most effective was when the Patriots picked up the tempo and went no-huddle in the second half. The no-huddle prevented the Jets from subbing in fresh players and they appeared to quickly get tired while Brady took advantage of it with short passes supplemented with a healthy dose of running. Brady and the offense also managed to confuse the Jets defense further with some bunched formations. Once again, Brady was able to take advantage of the confusion for several big gains even when he was struggling overall. Something does seem a little off with Brady recently but he usually overcomes whatever struggles he has and moves the chains. One of his best throws was Chad Ochocinoc early in the game. The Patriots used one of the bunched formantions which seemed so often to confuse the Jets. Brady saw that Jets CB Donald Strickland was massively out of position, and that CB Darrelle Revis was having to move him and was also out of position because of it. Brady quickly snapped the ball and hit a wide open Ochocinco for a massive gain. It's that kind of recognition and quick thinking which makes Brady one of the game's best even when he struggles.
2011 Week 11 vs KC (15 / 27 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Brady was plagued by dropped passes and terrible protection early on, but for his part he kept plugging away and in the end turned in a slightly better than pedestrian performance. The first quarter was bad, and nearly disastrous. Brady had two passes dropped, fluttered a ball over the middle off his back foot, and had a miscommunication with Aaron Hernandez that cost his team a TD. Hernandez ran a double move and broke wide open in the secondary but Brady threw the ball to the sideline and missed him by a good ten yards. These trends continued in the second quarter as Brady continued to be pressured, even fumbling after one particularly hard hit. He wasn't the only one that couldn't hold on to the ball, as his receivers dropped 2 more passes. However, he finally found a wide open Rob Gronkowski 20 yards down field and Gronkowski beat a defender and tight roped his way down the right sideline for a score. This was obviously a blown coverage and probably one of Brady's easiest TD passes of the year. Gronkowski seemed to be the only one who had a good rhythm with Brady though as Wes Welker was completely uninvolved, Deion Branch was having hamstring issues, and Aaron Hernandez dropped another pass (this one in the end zone) before the half. Brady threw a ball high of Gronkowski's hands in the 3rd quarter that could have been a pick had any Chiefs defender been behind him. Later in the drive, Brady went back to Gronkowski, this time out of the backfield, and the big TE did all the work, breaking 2 tackles and diving in for his second TD. Brady finally connected with Welker in the 4th quarter and lost a trash time TD to Hernandez because of a procedure penalty. Other than that he was pretty much on cruise control handing the ball off the rest of the night.
2011 Week 12 vs PHI (24 / 34 / 361 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
This performance was vintage Brady. He spread the ball out effectively, hitting five different receivers and showing his trademark poise and accuracy all day. The Patriots ran the ball as many times as they threw it and that seemed to knock the Eagles' defense off-balance. Brady had no problem slicing the secondary apart. A team can take its mental lead from its quarterback and when New England fell behind early, Brady showed poise, leading the offense to scores on five out of next six possessions beginning with a 70 yard drive. Several times in the first half, Brady led the offense with a no-huddle look which certainly seemed to keep the defense off guard. Brady was most effective between the numbers, hitting 20 of 23 attempts and a pair of touchdowns in the middle of the field, his biggest beneficiary of course being Wes Welker.
2011 Week 13 vs IND (29 / 38 / 289 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brady certainly wasn't as on target as we've seen him in the past but in the no huddle offense he was absolutely unstoppable. Brady completed 12/14 passes for 140 yards in the two drives bracketing halftime in a stretch that pretty much sealed the game. The Colts were giving him room short and Brady took advantage with numerous throws to Wes Welker under the coverage. The patience he showed in marching the Pats downfield seemingly without even considering looking deep was impressive. Brady's two TDs went to Rob Gronkowski who was wide open on both plays. The first wasn't quite as simple as Brady had to fit the throw between two linebackers underneath the route, but both were far too easy for the Pats duo. It seemed that Brady had a third TD to Gronkowski later in the game, but it was ruled a lateral and the tight end was credited with a rushing TD. In the 4th quarter, Brady was not his normal self, missing Deion Branch badly and then missing a short throw to Welker. In fact, there was really just about a 15 minute stretch that the Pats offense seemed focused, but they scored enough points during that stretch to hold off the hapless Colts.
2011 Week 14 vs WAS (22 / 37 / 357 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Brady made a nice pre-snap read to get Hernandez in a good matchup and then found him for a good completion on the Patriots' 1st play, but then threw 3 straight erratic incompletions. Brady didn't look like himself in the first half, missing a number of receivers very badly, and collecting most of his first-half yardage on 2 big plays where TE Rob Gronkowski picked up most of the yardage after the catch. The Redskins were getting good pressure early on Brady, both with their base 3-and 4-man rush and with blitzes. He does such a good job, though, of dealing with that pressure and finding open receivers, that it was just a matter of time until Brady would eventually settle in and make his trademark throws. One of his best moments was when he avoided the rush, moved around in the pocket, stepped up, and delivered a strike to WR Wes Welker on the run. Welker would do the rest beating CB DeAngelo Hall for the go ahead TD. Brady made one more uncharacteristic mistake, though, late in the 4th quarter when he turned the ball over inside the 10 yard line. He was looking for WR Tiquan Underwood in the back of the end zone on 3rd down, but the route was undercut by CB Josh Wilson, who made the interception. The turnover gave the Redskins life as the Patriots not only failed to score the TD, but had an easy FG opportunity wiped out, prompting a fued on the sideline that HC Bill Belichick had to break up. The defense bailed Brady out, though, with an interception of their own to seal the win on Washington's final possession.
2011 Week 15 vs DEN (23 / 34 / 320 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 2 / 1 rush)
Brady was the benefactor of some amazing YAC totals in this game and did an excellent job of taking what the Broncos were giving him. He connected repeatedly with Aaron Hernandez on short crossing routes and then watched as the tight end turned them into big gains. The first of these came on the first drive as Hernandez picked up 46 yards. Two plays later Brady didn't need any YAC as he found Chad Ochocinco streaking down the left side line wide open for the touchdown. It was a great route from Ochocinco and perfectly thrown ball from Brady. On the next drive Brady was fortunate to avoid an INT when he overshot Rob Gronkowski over the middle. The ball bounced harmlessly off the Broncos DB's face mask for an incompletion. He just overthrew Tiquan Underwood streaking down the right sideline later in the drive. On the next drive Brady had a TD pass called back when Wes Welker was ruled down on a diving catch at the 1 yard line. 2 plays later he found Hernandez wide open in the back of the end zone for the score. Brady had Hernandez open again in the end zone on the next possession but bounced the throw and the Pats had to settle for a FG. On 4th and 1 towards the end of the quarter, Brady again found Hernandez open, this time in the flats. Hernandez turned the short pass into a 25 yard gain and set up a 1 yard plunge from Brady on a QB sneak for 6. After an uneventful first drive of the second half, the Pats marched in for another TD, keyed by a 21 yard dump off to BenJarvus Green Ellis. The Pats final TD drive of the game included a pair of TE crosses that went for 38 yards (Gronkowski) and 22 yard (Hernandez). Brady was denied on back-to-back QB sneaks before handing the ball off for the final score of the game. Brady was certainly fortunate to have so many yards padded on by his TEs after the catch but it was really a brilliant performance showing the patience to keep throwing underneath and letting the talent around him do what they do best.
2011 Week 16 vs MIA (27 / 46 / 304 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 17 / 2 rush)
Like so many NFL Quarterbacks, Tom Brady showed he is not immune to looking human when you can get pressure on him. The 1st half of this football game, Tom Brady was under a lot of pressure and was being sacked and hurried a lot early in the football game. The Patriots first 4 drives of the day all ended up in a punt as they could not convert 1st downs and Miami was making life miserable for Brady early in the game. The 2nd half was completely different as Brady was back to his old tricks and taking everything the defense was willing to give him. His pass protection picked up some and suddenly it was a different game. He made an incredible throw with 2 Miami defenders in his face to find Branch in the back of the end zone. Brady showed tremendous leadership as always. That said he was under no pressure or duress in the 2nd half which had a lot to do with his success. He had 2 short plunges for touchdowns that really put the cherry on top for his owners this past week.
2011 Week 17 vs BUF (23 / 35 / 338 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady wound up playing nearly the entire game as the Patriots clinched home field advantage through the playoffs. They fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter but quickly chipped away and eventually won the game rather easily in the end. Brady was in fine form as he carved up the Bills for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns while only tossing a single interception. Brady finished the year with 5,235 passing yards, which is good for second most in NFL history behind only Drew Brees this year.
2011 Week 19 vs DEN (26 / 34 / 363 / 6 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Brady was just about perfect, connecting with just about everyone just about any time he wanted to. Early on he had no reason to even look down field as he picked the Broncos apart with hitches and slants. He completed his first 8 passes including 2 TDs in the first 8 minutes of the game. The first TD was a 7 yard slant to Welker, hitting the small target right in stride in the end zone. The second was a ten yard pass to Gronkowski, thrown just a little wide of the huge target that made an amazing diving catch in the corner of the end zone. There was a little hiccup for the star QB as he badly overthrew Gronkowski over the middle on the next drive. The poorly thrown pass landed right in the gut of a Broncos safety. Two passes later Brady should have been picked again when LB Joe Mays jumped the route and dropped an easy INT. On the very next throw he badly overthrew Aaron Hernandez, forcing the Pats to punt. It didn't take long to get back on track with Brady completing 3/3 on the next drive capped by another TD pass to Gronkoswki. Brady finally looked deep with just over two minutes left in the half and threw an absolutely perfect bomb to Deion Branch for a 61 yard score. The ball hit Branch right in stride down the left sideline. Brady finished the half with a 19 yard bullet to Gronkowski between two defenders for his 5th TD pass. After hitting Aaron Hernandez with a 17 yard TD pass to start the 3rd quarter, Brady put it on cruise control for the rest of the game. He threw just 6 more passes the rest of the way and coasted to the AFC Championship Game.
2011 Week 20 vs BAL (22 / 36 / 239 / 0 / 2 pass, 6 / 2 / 1 rush)
Brady had one of his worst playoff performances, but by no means was his game bad. He missed a wide open Rob Gronkowski for a TD and was also off on a few other throws. He had two interceptions, one on a miscommunication with Julian Edelman, and the other on a terrible decision to throw deep to Matt Slater in double coverage. Brady was also let down by his pass protection (specifically rookie Nate Solder) a few times in the red zone, resulting in field goals. Still, he scanned the field in an instant and released the ball with decisiveness, keeping the Ravens on their heels for most of the game. Brady did score the go-ahead TD on a QB sneak, and moved the Patriots offense well all day. Speculation that he is playing through an injury will continue, and he faces the only team to defeat him in a Super Bowl, so expect him to be tested in Indianapolis.
2011 Week 21 vs NYG (27 / 41 / 276 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady's day started off with a costly safety on his first snap from center. After one of three Steve Weatherford punts inside the Patriots 10, Brady dropped back into his end zone and soon found Justin Tuck bearing down on him. He threw the ball over the entire defense, but no Patriots receiver was in the vicinity, so he was flagged. By the time he got the ball back again, Brady was down 9-0 and the first quarter was almost over. He completed three passes in quick succession to get into field goal range, but a Jason Pierre-Paul batted pass stalled out that scoring drive. After a three and out that happened when Wes Welker caught the ball just short of the marker, Brady got the ball back one more time in the first half and led a masterful touchdown drive capped by a Danny Woodhead TD catch when Brady had forever to scan the field, and the Patriots somehow went into the locker room with a 10-9 lead. They got the ball back again to start the second half, and, once again in the no huddle, Brady dissected the Giants, even hitting Chad Ochocinco to get the drive jumpstarted. The Patriots led 17-9 and everything looked great until the next drive, when Tuck once again got to Brady and hurt the QB's left shoulder badly enough that Brian Hoyer warmed up for a few moments. Brady and his receivers were never quite the same, struggling with bad throws and drops. The next drive ended with an interception on an ill-advised deep ball to Rob Gronkowski, and by the time Brady got the ball back with less than ten minutes left, the score was 17-15. The running game and some short throws got them into the Giants end of the field, and Wes Welker broke free for a long pass that could have basically iced the game. Instead, the throw was off. Welker adjusted and got both hands on the ball, but couldn't bring it in. The Patriots got one more chance with a minute left. Brady got them to midfield with throws to Branch and Hernandez, but a hail mary was just missed by Gronkowski on the rebound. Overall, the performance was perfect bracketing halftime, and choppy for the rest of the game. Brady will feel like this one got away.
2010 Week 1 vs CIN (25 / 35 / 258 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
With all the attention that the Jets have received this off-season, the Patriots have assembled an exciting group of additions to this Patriots offense. On Sunday, Brady used them all to his advantage, carving up the Bengals with precision. Brady completed 70 percent of his passes, and looked completely in control of his offense. Before the Bengals had a chance to blink, Brady had the Patriots out to a 17-0 lead. And as good as it was, the first half could have even been better. On two separate drives, the usually sure-handed Kevin Faulk dropped key 3rd down swing passes inside Bengals territory, both leading to Gostkowski field goals, only one of which was made. Brady also was kept off the field for a long portion of the game by TD's by the Pats defense and a kickoff return by Tate. However, Brady was at his best on a drive that started right at the end of the 3rd quarter. After the Bengals scored and pulled within 14, the Patriots offense took the field, took 7+ minutes off the clock and ended in a TD when Brady hit his new giant tight end, Rob Gronkowski for a 1 yard touchdown. This looks like a season where Brady can attack the record books again. He has two new weapons at tight end, what looks like a reliable number 3 WR in Brandon Tate, and of course, Moss and Welker. The line gave Brady plenty of time in this one, and he shredded the highly touted secondary of the Bengals for 3 td's with absolutely no difficulties. If you can find an owner willing to part with Brady, do it now, because he could easily lead the league in passing in 2010.
2010 Week 2 vs NYJ (20 / 36 / 248 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It says something when you can honestly say Tom Brady was outplayed by Mark Sanchez, but it's not mere hyperbole. The first half was pretty much classic Brady as he threw for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including one to Randy Moss over Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis' head. It was a perfect throw, placed exactly where he wanted it and where it needed to be. What happened in the second half is hard to say. The Jets didn't appear to have more of a rush. Revis was out with a hamstring injury and replaced on the coverage of Moss by Antonio Cormartie who spent the previous week alternately torched and penalized all night long. However, Brady's accuracy appeared to completely break down. He spent most of the second half overthrowing his wide receivers and both interceptions came on throws he missed Randy Moss on. On the first, the ball was so overthrown you might have mistaken Cromartie as the target. On the second, Moss might have been able to do a better job of batting it down, but it was still well off target. By the end of the game, the Jets finally got their hands on Brady, adding insult to injury as Jason Taylor sacked him and stripped the ball away. Whatever the cause, Brady had one of his rougher outings on Sunday.
2010 Week 3 vs BUF (21 / 27 / 252 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Patriots went to the ground attack in this game racking up 38 total rushing attempts. But Brady did his damage when called upon. His offensive line did a fantastic job of pass blocking, giving him all sorts of time to scan the field and hit his targets. His first scoring strike came on their opening drive, a 7 yard pass to Randy Moss, who snuck behind the Bills soft zone defense. With 18 seconds left in the first half, Brady made two huge throws downfield to set up a last second FG to end the half. Brady's 2nd TD pass was another brilliant throw to Randy Moss into the teeth of the defense where he threaded the ball between defenders and dropped it right onto Moss' lap. Brady flawlessly moved the chains all game long and sealed the deal in the 2nd half with a 3rd TD pass to TE Rob Gronkowski. He did overthrow a streaking WR Slater on a deep route in what could have easily resulted in a 4th TD, and was one of his few misses on the afternoon. Brady is clearly enjoying his two new targets at TE and is spreading the ball around, taking the pressure off his dynamic duo of WR's.
2010 Week 4 vs MIA (19 / 24 / 153 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Dolphins defense brought pressure and reeked havoc on Brady during the early stages of this game, setting the tone and tempo on both sides of the ball, making it difficult for Brady to find a groove. Fortunately for New England, there are three phases to the game, and special teams saved the day. After a rough 1st quarter, Brady came out in the 2nd quarter with a much more controlled game plan, casting off the up-tempo high volume, open backfield formations, for a more ball controlled approach, in an attempt to regain control of the pace, but was ineffective. Brady did have a clever trick play late in the first half where he shook his facemask, tipping Randy Moss, faked the spike and threw to Moss in the end zone. It was almost a last second TD, but it was broken up by Vontae Davis and dropped by Moss. It wasn't really until the 2nd half, after New England's special teams stole the momentum that the Patriots found their stride and regained control of the game, which allowed Brady to settle down and fall back into a game manager role, coasting the Pats to victory.
2010 Week 6 vs BAL (27 / 44 / 292 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
The Patriots new look offense resembles more of a dink and dunk game without a legitimate rushing attack or anyone to stretch the field. Brady's first pass was nearly picked as he looked to the Patriot's new addition, WR Deon Branch, which quickly resulted in a three and out situation, playing right into the Ravens ball control scheme. New England quickly came back on their next possession though when Brady took command of the offense, spreading the ball around and marching them downfield for the 2 yard Ben Jarvis Green Ellis TD run to take an early 7-3 lead. Brady was 0-3 on third downs in the first half and was stifled for the most part by a prepared Ravens defense. His first INT came on the first drive of the 2nd half when he was pressured by an all out blitz which caused him to overthrow his receiver and was an easy pick by the Ravens defense who brought constant pressure. His 2nd INT was the result of a desperation throw at the end of regulation where he chucked it up for grabs in the end zone as time expired, looking for Branch or Hernandez. But it was Brady's heroics and quick screens to Welker and Branch late in OT that won this game, stealing one away from the Ravens.
2010 Week 7 vs SD (19 / 32 / 159 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brady struggled with the San Diego pass rush, and never was able to get into a good rhythm. More than anything, he really seemed to be lacking a go-to option in this game. Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez was the closest thing to a go-to guy, but he didn't have a single wide receiver step in and lay claim to the role. Deion Branch had a somewhat productive second half, but didn't have a single catch before halftime. Wes Welker caught just four irrelevant passes. And Brady was never comfortable looking consistently to anyone but Hernandez. The Chargers sacked him four times, and caused a quick trigger finger on several other occasions. Brady stood in as well as he could on most plays, but the constant swarming on third down took its toll. The continuous pressure is the only reason the Chargers were even still in the game in the fourth quarter, because the Patriots were settling for field goals instead of touchdowns. Brady's only touchdown pass of the game came off play-action to a wide open Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. Brady was nearly intercepted by Quentin Jammer on a double reverse flea-flicker early on, a play that was covered a lot better than one might have expected considering all of the moving parts.
2010 Week 8 vs MIN (16 / 27 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brady had a solid game after enduring some pressure early. He created the best play of the game by spinning away from pressure and finding a wide open Brandon Tate downfield for a 65-yard TD. Brady also missed a wide open Deion Branch deep and should have had one picked by Madieu Williams that instead turned into a Brandon Tate catch, but otherwise didn't make any big mistakes. He didn't throw much in the second half when the running game took over. Brady's owners have to be disappointed with his production as it doesn't look like the Pats will go away from this newfound balance on offense any time soon.
2010 Week 9 vs CLE (19 / 36 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brady had to battle long drives and an inconsistent running game throughout the day against the Browns and never could find this rhythm. The Patriots no longer have a deep threat and Brady was looking at only short and intermediate passes for most of the game. Tate and Welker were left one on one on the outside at times, and the middle of the field became crowded as nobody could demand double coverage. This allowed Cleveland to double cover Brady's targets over the middle and put them off their routes with bump and run techniques. He struggled to connect with Gronkowski reliably and Tate was not the threat deep he needed. Brady used play action effectively, trusted his protection at times and got rid of the ball fast. Too many balls fell incomplete however as Brady was throwing in to a lot of tight windows and throwing a lot of high risk balls. Brady rarely looked on the outside, concentrated over the middle with hot and cold success but could never sustain drives. His second touchdown was helped out by a pass interference penalty on 4th down and he had respectable numbers, but his passing attack was ineffective throughout the game. Brady had no explosive plays down the field and the lack of a deep threat will always give the defense an advantage on how to play the Patriots.
2010 Week 10 vs PIT (30 / 43 / 350 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 1 rush)
Brady looked as good as he (or any other quarterback in the league) has looked since Randy Moss left New England. Using a combination of their standard "dink-and-dunk" offense with a very effective intermediate passing game, Brady was able to stand in the pocket and find open receivers pretty much all night long. The best way to describe Brady in this game was "surgical." The Patriots conceded the fact that no one can run on the Steelers, giving Brady 49 pass attempts compared to just 16 rush attempts for the team in a game that they led the whole way. It was vintage Brady, as he ducked his head perfectly with each play action fake he carried out, then snapped it around and threw accurate passes. In fact, the Patriots may have executed more play action fakes than actual handoffs, yet each one seemed to freeze the Steelers defense just enough to open up passing windows.
2010 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 25 / 186 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)
It was a pleasure to watch Tom Brady and Peyton Manning duking it out on Sunday. With each drive, it was as if the quarterbacks were exchanging messages of who is better. Brady was definitely the better quarterback to begin the game, and he didn't throw a pick on the day unlike his opposite number. Brady started with a short field on his first possession after a Manning interception and made short work of the Colts defense with a nice 22 yard pass to Wes Welker down the seam. Brady was efficient against every defense the Colts tried to run in the first half, finding the single coverage outside with precision when the Colts blitzed. The second half was different as the Colts pressure began to get to Brady and the Patriots offense sputtered somewhat. Brady was almost flawless on the day, however.
2010 Week 12 vs DET (21 / 27 / 341 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady was as close to perfect as you may ever see against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, completing all but six of his 27 attempts for 341 yards and four touchdowns. His big game came mostly because of Detroit's fast start and halftime lead as New England had to throw their way back into the contest, a game situation that favored Brady's fantasy numbers. Brady connected with the newest but oldest Patriot, Deion Branch, for two scores, including a 79-yard catch and run for a long touchdown. His other two scores went to possession receiver Wes Welker who scrambled his way to the end zone on two short strikes. Brady even attempted to sneak into the end zone twice, reassuring anyone who believed his minor foot injury might pose an issue. Brady looked confident and poised and faced little pressure as he surgically sliced through the Detroit secondary all game long.
2010 Week 13 vs NYJ (21 / 29 / 326 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brady made completing passes against the Jets defense look easy and really made them look very mediocre as a unit. Brady moved very well in the pocket and had his usual impeccable pocket awareness. He knew exactly how much time he had in the pocket on most plays and used every last second to find a receiver. Brady frequently enjoyed very generous pass protection, especially against 3 man rushes and picked apart the Jets defense short and over the middle with ease. When the Jets rushed 3 men he would wait, slide and find a man open. If the Jets blitzed, he would read it pre snap and find a hot receiver to punish the Jets. Brady was on form all game hitting Welker underneath and letting him gain huge yards after the catch. Brady also communicated very well with Branch and he was his go to guy often times. He never looked rattled and scrambled at the right times, keeping his eyes downfield. Brady hit Branch for a quick pass and run on a hot route after he identified the blitz and scored again with Hernandez on the goalline after a well-executed PA. Brady threw very well in the cold and the short passing game he is executing at this time would trouble any defense.
2010 Week 14 vs CHI (27 / 40 / 369 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The problem with playing the Patriots in the snow is that they don't change their playbook at all. Many teams tend to "feel out" the conditions, being very conservative and starting slow. Brady took the opposite approach, coming out firing right from the start. He has in a real comfort zone with Welker and Branch, two of his favorite receivers of all-time, on the field together. Brady basically hit whichever of the two was open, and dissected the Bears' defense for 369 yards. The backbreaker came at the end of the first half, with just a few seconds to go, when Brady hit an unsuspecting Bears defense for a 59 yard bomb to Branch who outran a defense expecting a run to end the half. Brady is in complete command of this offense, and has this team focused on getting another ring.
2010 Week 15 vs GB (15 / 24 / 163 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady didn't spend much time on the field in week 15 as the Packers controlled the clock all night. However with that being said Brady still managed to get his team a win on a night when he was under a lot of pressure. The stat line will be a tad deceiving as he had a couple of near INT's early on. He didn't really settle in in the 1st half despite throwing a short TD to Hernandez when he had all day to survey his options. On more than one occasion he over and under threw options he would usually hit with accuracy. In the game he set the NFL record for most consecutive passes without an INT. Brady has now thrown a ridiculous 425 passes with only 4 INT's on the season.
2010 Week 16 vs BUF (15 / 27 / 140 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Brady actually struggled like many other quarterbacks do in the NFL when they visit Orchard Park. Early on it looked like New England might have problems but Buffalo's inability to keep their offense on the field mixed with turnovers and mistakes eventually set Brady up a couple times from point blank range and when you give him those types of opportunities he will make you pay dearly for it. Once Brady got his first touchdown it seemed like he was in a rhythm form that point on. With such a lopsided score there wasn't a need for him to pass for a lot of yards plus the running game was gashing the weak Buffalo run defense pretty well to boot. Next week Brady might not play all that long because the Patriots have wrapped up a playoff spot, their division, and home field throughout the playoffs. Pay attention to FBG updates throughout the week.
2010 Week 17 vs MIA (10 / 16 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He didn't have Welker, Branch, or Hernandez to throw to because they were all inactive and yet he still shredded the Miami defense for the time he was in the ball game. He was pulled at times for Hoyer to gain some experience but Brady could have thrown for 300 yards and 5 TDs if New England had wanted to do it. Brady gets super pass protection and makes great decisions. He has had a tremendous year and will now make a run at his 4th ring.
2010 Week 19 vs NYJ (29 / 45 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady was uncharacteristically ineffective, save for one drive in the third quarter. He had plenty of time to throw, but rarely found open receivers. Brady's day started off ominously, with his first INT in over 300 attempts on an overthrown screen pass. David Harris would have taken it to the house were it not for a terrific effort by Alge Crumpler to run him down. Brady was sacked five times, but it was more due to good coverage than risky blitzes or relentless pass rush. He failed to convert a lot of key third downs, and he never really got in a rhythm. Brady was unstoppable in the second half of the season, but the fact remains that he has been very unimpressive in his last three playoff games.
2009 Week 1 vs BUF (39 / 53 / 378 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brady's night got off to a rough start. The Bills brought good pressure early, and Brady was uncharacteristically off on some of his first half passes. He tried to lob a ball over Aaron Schobel on a screen deep in Pats territory in the second quarter, and Schobel deflected it to himself and returned it for a TD. Brady settled down in the second half, and got in a great rhythm with Wes Welker and Randy Moss, basically moving the offense at will. Brady didn't really air it out all night, but he had that same look of perfect harmony with his receivers and the offensive scheme that he had in 2007. He will live up to his ADP as long as he stays healthy.
2009 Week 2 vs NYJ (23 / 47 / 216 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Rex Ryan brought relentless pressure on Brady, especially early and late in the game, and that plus Wes Welker being inactive kept the Pats passing offense from really getting on track all day. Brady's knee looked ok as he evaded pressure a few times, but he also too a lot of hits, often just to throw the ball away to avoid a sack. When he wasn't throwing the ball away, he was often rushing into throwing inaccurately, and he even had a few unforced errors, putting too much mustard on some throws, including one at the goal line to a wide open Julian Edelman. It was one of Brady's worst performances in a long time, but it seems like Rex Ryan and the Jets had his number during the record-breaking season of 2007, too. He only took one deep shot to Randy Moss, and it was intercepted by Darrelle Revis, who blanketed Moss all day. On the few plays that Brady did have time to survey the field, he found nothing open downfield and had to settle for shorter throws. He even had a few uncharacteristic delay of game penalties. With the exception of the very end of the week 1 game vs. Buffalo, we still haven't seen Brady dissect opposing defense like he with ease in 2007.
2009 Week 3 vs ATL (25 / 42 / 277 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
It's clear that in some aspects of his game, Brady isn't himself. He surveyed the field, moved in the pocket, and made good decisions all day, but he overthrew deep balls for most of the game. He didn't seem to be affected too much by the absence of Wes Welker, using Randy Moss to move the chains. Brady could have easily had 350 and two touchdowns in this one, even though the Pats decided to run more in the second half. Brady's ball-handling and execution of the offense were both precise and confident, and his numbers should only improve going forward.
2009 Week 4 vs BAL (21 / 32 / 258 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 1 rush)
Brady did the best he could against a very tough Ravens D. He faced pressure a lot of the time, and when he didn't he couldn't find anything open downfield. He was very calm in the pocket and moved around very well when he needed to. The TD he surrendered on a fumble came on a play action pass. Brady didn't feel Terrell Suggs coming on his blind side after Suggs owned Matt Light. Most of his throws were perfectly on target, and he improvised on a floater to Randy Moss, letting Moss adjust to the ball and creating an easy TD. Brady almost ran a scramble into the end zone in the first half, and called his own number to get the score on the same drive. His one bad miss on the day was a high throw to Wes Welker on a play that would have allowed the Patriots to milk more time and possibly get a game-clinching field goal in the fourth quarter.
2009 Week 5 vs DEN (19 / 33 / 215 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady was only sacked one time, but the Broncos defense did a good job of getting to the quarterback. Even after he delivered the ball, the defense would get a hand on him, just to let Brady know that they were there. Brady was looking underneath on most of his throws, but did take a few shots downfield. Again, the Broncos blitz got to him as he overthrew Moss wide open in the end zone as cornerback Jack Williams came in and made Brady change his throwing motion at just the last second. The Patriots picked up most of their passing yardage in the first half, as Brady only threw for 63 yards in the second half. When left tackle Matt Light left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter it forced the Patriots to leave one more man into block, thus taking one receiving option away. The Broncos were regularly lining up 7 and 8 men in the box, and knowing Brady's tendencies based on the pre-snap coverage shown really helped Denver know where the ball would likely go.
2009 Week 6 vs TEN (29 / 34 / 380 / 6 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady finally returned to 2007 form against the Titans, torching the defense for 380 yards in 35 minutes of work. Included in the torrid outing were 5 - FIVE - touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, an NFL record. The two most impressive things about Brady were his accuracy in snowy Foxboro weather (he completed 19 of his first 20 passes) and his ability to get both Randy Moss and Wes Welker involved. Brady's two favorite receivers combined for 5 touchdowns and each had well over 100 yards receiving. Brady took advantage of a bad Titans defense that was moving tentatively through the snow. Brady was accurate on throws all over the field and was particularly impressive throwing outside the hashmarks. Just as impressive, Brady seemed to find the most wide open receiver every time he dropped back to pass. The Titans' pass-rush was non-existent so he had plenty of time to scan the field, make the right decision, and follow it with a great pass. The rest of the AFC is in for a long season if conditions continue to develop that allow Brady time to find his favorite targets, regardless of down and distance.
2009 Week 7 vs TB (23 / 32 / 308 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
For a while, Tom Brady was nearly perfect. He Relied on Randy Moss and Wes Welker early on for big gains, but also spread the ball around to keep the defense off balance. Once the Patriots were ahead, he got a little too confident and the Bucs proved that he is human after all. A poor decision to throw into double coverage in the end zone, when he could have easily run it in, resulted in an interception. His second pick was the result of an underthrown deep ball to Brandon Tate. Both interceptions were athletic defensive plays, but it was a reality check of sorts for Brady. In the second half, he seemed to take the lesson to heart, and didn't try so hard for the big play. The Patriots moved the ball efficiently, and put the game away on a 10-play drive in which Brady picked apart the defense with short passes.
2009 Week 9 vs MIA (25 / 37 / 332 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady looked right at home in the pocket in Week 9, throwing deep often to Randy Moss and underneath to Wes Welker and TE Ben Watson. Brady could have had more than just one touchdown on the afternoon, but Randy Moss was forced out at the 1-yard line. Moss was also open deep a few times but Brady was just off on those targets, resulting in his first quarter interception. His accuracy is not what it was before the knee injury, but he continues to get more comfortable and is starting to ratchet up the production and the fantasy numbers.
2009 Week 10 vs IND (29 / 42 / 375 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady got off to a fast start in Week 10, connecting with Randy Moss deep for a big play to set up Laurence Maroney's first touchdown and then coming back to Moss for a 63-yard bomb in the second quarter. Brady continued to carve up the Colts defense as Indianapolis lacked any good coverage for most of the night. Brady spread the ball around some later on, connecting with third WR Julian Edelman from close range before his second TD pass to Moss. Brady nearly saved the game by converting on 4th-and-2 with just over two minutes left in the contest, but Kevin Faulk's bobble cost the Patriots the first down. Brady and the Patriots host the Jets in Week 11.
2009 Week 11 vs NYJ (28 / 41 / 310 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brady led another balanced offensive attack as the Patriots ran the ball 35 times against the Jets. His only touchdown of the game came on a four yard quick out to Randy Moss. Brady nearly got his 2nd TD of the first half hitting Wes Welker who was tackled at the five yard line, (who had a monster game as Brady's outlet receiver all afternoon). The Jets defense brought good pressure on Brady in the 2nd half and he took some bruising hits that appeared to make him uncomfortable with his protectios. He did have his number called twice at the goal line on back-to-back QB sneaks, but failed on both attempts. Brady didn't have to do too much in this game offensively as the Patriots defense collected five Sanchez turnovers, setting the Patriots up with excellent field position to go long with a defensive score.
2009 Week 12 vs NO (21 / 36 / 237 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady was frustrated all night, even though he had time to throw on most plays. During the first half, he was relegated to nickel and diming the Saints defense, and he missed Randy Moss open deep on an early play-action pass, choosing instead to go to his outlet. Brady had two uncharacteristic interceptions based on nothing more than very poor decisions. In the first half he threw to a well-covered Randy Moss and was picked by Mike McKenzie, and in the second he threw to no one in particular even though he had enough time to make a sandwich and eat it on the play. The Saints were dropping seven and eight into coverage, and Brady could find nothing open downfield. Brady also overthrew Sam Aiken when he got free down the sideline on a play that could have tightened the contest to a seven-point game in the second half. Brady just looked off his game mentally, but credit has to be given to Gregg Williams and the Saints secondary - who covered the Pats receivers well all night despite missing three of their top four corners and playing two street free agents.
2009 Week 13 vs MIA (19 / 29 / 352 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
There were some real concerns about Tom Brady's injured finger late in the week, but Tom "Terrific" came out of the tunnel still steaming after last weeks demoralizing loss. On the very first drive, he went to the play action pass and threw a perfect rainbow that found Randy Moss on a 58 yard TD strike. After the throw, fantasy owners panicked as they watched Brady jog into the locker room after a body blow on the play by Miami defender, Randy Starks. A sigh of relief was heard all across New England as he ran back out on the field shortly there after. On the Patriots next possession, Brady elected to play under center and seemed to abandon the shotgun formation to some extent. They appeared to get up to the line quicker and executed the drive with flow and fortitude, moving the offense down the field for another score that was capped off by a 6 yard dash by Kevin Faulk. The offense had a 3rd opportunity late in the half but failed to convert on 4th down at the Dolphins 10 yard line, which would prove costly. Brady's 2nd TD pass of the day came on an arcing toss up to Sam Aiken on the sideline where his receiver made a Randy Moss like grab over the defenders head for the longest TD play for New England this season (81 yards). Both of Brady's interceptions came in the 4th quarter when the Patriots looked like they were pressing a bit. His first pick came on a 4 yard toss in the end zone intended for Randy Moss and stolen by Vontae Davis. Brady's 2nd INT came after being hit on the throw with 42 seconds remaining, allowing the Dolphins to preserve a 1 point victory. The Patriots clearly have no margin for error the rest of the year.
2009 Week 14 vs CAR (19 / 32 / 192 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
The Patriots sent out a banged up and beleaguered Tom Brady and watched the offense shoot themselves in the foot with costly turnovers. The game started with NE failing to convert yet another 4th and 1 play on their first drive, turning the ball over on downs near midfield. Brady couldn't get anything going early on and tossed an interception intended for Moss, who appeared to come out of his break a little slow, allowing CB Chris Gamble to pick off the pass. The second half saw the Patriots offense return to form as they eluded the rather flat play of the first half and gained control of the tempo and the game.
2009 Week 15 vs BUF (11 / 23 / 115 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
In what was probably one of the worst performances of the season, Bardy led the offense to two TD's, which was just enough to overcome the penalty-plagued Bills. Buffalo was flagged for 11 penalties, including two pass interference calls in the end zone, which set up both Patriot scores. Brady didn't even complete a pass until two minutes into the 2nd quarter when he hit Randy Moss for a 13 yard TD. He ended the first half with only 5 completions, his fewest in an opening half since September 10th, 2006 against, you guessed it, Buffalo. He finished the game with just 11 completions. And without the 124 yards in penalties, that the Bills so graciously gift-wrapped, New England didn't move the ball that well. Brady's lone interception came in the 1st quarter when he was pressured, looking for Wes Welker, but threw it behind him. It was an ugly game for the New England offense and those fantasy owners that were hoping for big plays saw nothing of the sort. Brady did get Randy Moss involved early and was looking to test the defense deep, going to him on several occasions. But his favorite target, Wes Welker, was held to a meager 4 receptions for 40 yards causing the offense to sputter. Brady did attempt a QB sneak at the goal line, trying to catch the Buffalo defense off guard, but failed to even get back to the line of scrimmage in a busted play.
2009 Week 16 vs JAX (23 / 26 / 267 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brady and company were unquestionably in rhythm against Jacksonville in the all important fantasy league championship week. The Pats offense rolled up 464 yards and scored 35 points before lifting the foot off the gas in the 4th quarter. Brady had all sorts of time in the pocket, and his Offensive line gave him perfect protection as he took command of a play-off ready unit. Three of his 4 TD's went to Randy Moss, and the other to TE Chris Baker. Brady had his way, finding Welker and Moss 17 times with a sprinkling of grabs from his other receivers in what he claimed was their best 60 minutes of football this season. He really had but one bad throw the entire afternoon and was clicking on all cylinders. This offense looks primed and ready for January and will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
2009 Week 17 vs HOU (17 / 26 / 186 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady had a strange day against Houston, starting the game then coming out then being reinserted as the Patriots tried to rally for a win. He finished the game watching backup Brian Hoyer from the sidelines as the Patriots' final drive resulted in a turnover. Brady's best throws Sunday were on short routes in the middle of the field. He keyed in on Julian Edelman once Wes Welker went down to injury and seemed satisfied taking the safe, short yardage option over the deep pass (outside of one long throw to Randy Moss). Brady finished the season with 4398 passing yards and 28 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. His 65.7% completion percentage was the second best of his career, as was his passing yardage total.
2009 Week 18 vs BAL (23 / 42 / 154 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady had a nightmare performance, starting with a Terrell Suggs sack/strip/fumble, and going further downhill with a bad pass under pressure that was picked. Brady threw a second interception when he tried to hit Sam Aiken in double coverage and the ball was tipped and picked by Ed Reed. His third interception came off a big hit and deflected ball. In general, the Ravens brought the heat all day and Brady never looked comfortable. Even when he had time to throw, he was rarely finding any open receivers and was forced to settle for short, quick passes to get any kind of gains in the passing game. Obviously, Brady missed Welker, but even Welker wouldn't have been able to stem the tide of this overwhelming defensive performance by the Ravens.
2008 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 11 / 76 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady looked to be in usual MVP form early on, going seven for eleven for 76 yards. Then, Patriots' fans' worst nightmare came true. Matt Cassel would replace the starter after what the replays showed as a knee injury that was eerily similar to the one Carson Palmer suffered in the 2005 playoffs. As of Sunday night, there were reports circulating that Brady would be out for the year. However, none of those reports have been confirmed by the team.
2007 Week 1 vs NYJ (22 / 28 / 297 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brady provided much of the offense, tossing three touchdown passes and amassing 297 yards. He looked sharp with his passes, completing 78% of them while spreading most of his looks out to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. His highlight of the day was a perfectly thrown deep ball that allowed Randy Moss to run under it for a 51 yard touchdown reception. Brady seemed to have all day to pick apart the New York defense and was able to step up in the pocket to deliver pinpoint accurate strikes.
2007 Week 2 vs SD (25 / 31 / 279 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady spread the ball around to six different receivers with surgical precision. His favorite target was Randy Moss, but Brady appeared to have his choice as to which open Patriot receiver he wanted to complete a pass to. He wasn't perfect, hitting 25 of 31 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, but he was very close. It's difficult to evaluate his performance in just one word, but unstoppable, methodical, and mechanical are all accurate.
2007 Week 3 vs BUF (23 / 29 / 311 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady had all day to pass as the Bills only mustered a single sack and very little pressure. It seemed as if Brady was exercising his will against the depleted and inexperienced Bills' defense. His 45 yard touchdown toss to WR Randy Moss was perfectly placed as Moss only had to reach up and snatch the ball out of the air as he scampered into the endzone. He also hit a wide open Moss earlier in the game for another 45 yard pass. He fumbled the ball on the Bills' goal line in the second quarter while trying to sneak into the end zone. He continued to spread the ball around - throwing balls to eight different receivers and handing off to four different running backs.
2007 Week 4 vs CIN (25 / 32 / 231 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Brady and the offense opened the game by spreading out the defense in a four wide receiver set. He led the New England offense down for a field goal on the first drive. After a long run that gave the Patriots the ball near the goal line, Brady got his first touchdown pass by hitting LB Mike Vrabel on a one yard pass. On the Patriots second touchdown drive of the first half, New England pounded the ball on an injury depleted Bengals' defense until they got inside the ten yard line. Brady got his second touchdown pass when he hit WR Randy Moss in the corner of the left end zone on pass he threw up for Moss to go get. He finished the first half 13 for 18 for 105 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Brady and the offense not only scored points in the second half but, controlled the ball much of half by putting together long drives. He topped off the night with his second touchdown pass to WR Randy Moss on 14 yard pass late in the fourth quarter. Brady looked very comfortable in the pocket all game, and it was another stellar performance.
2007 Week 5 vs CLE (22 / 38 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady's three touchdown passes tied Steve Young's record of throwing at least three TD passes in five straight games to begin a season. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers and had plenty of time to throw on practically every play. He ran some no-huddle offense mixed in with traditional play calling and completed 22 of 38 passes for 265 yards. He was not sacked nor did he throw an interception.
2007 Week 6 vs DAL (31 / 46 / 388 / 5 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Brady is having a phenomenal season. With a career high five touchdown passes, Brady has now thrown for 21 touchdowns in six games. He has thrown for at least three touchdown passes in each of the initial six games of the season and is the only quarterback in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Brady has been deadly accurate as well. He has completed better than 72 percent of his passes and has thrown only two interceptions. Brady had been sacked only three times entering the game, but the Cowboys were able to get to him three times. Greg Ellis' sack forced a Brady fumble that was recovered by Jason Hatcher and returned 29 yards for a touchdown. Brady ran twice for three yards each and converted a first down. He was also credited with a one yard loss, when he kneeled down to close out the first half.
2007 Week 7 vs MIA (21 / 25 / 354 / 6 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady continued his dominating season with six touchdown passes against the hapless Miami Dolphins, a new career high. Five of those touchdowns came in the first half as the Patriots looked effortless while throwing the ball down the field. Brady threw two jump balls to WR Randy Moss in which the athletic wide receiver timed his leaps perfectly and snatched the ball from the air despite being in double coverage on both catches. He started out perfect on his first eleven passes before intentionally grounding it while escaping pressure. With only 1:31 left in the first half, Brady led the team 71 yards in 66 seconds to make the score 42-7 at the half. Brady was removed from the game after the third quarter but following QB Matt Cassel's interception he returned. He once again led his team down the field with precision going 59 yards on four plays culminating with the sixth touchdown pass of the day. Brady and the offense appear like they can turn it on and score at will. The team seemed to ease up after the six first half touchdowns, but after a couple of quick scores by the Dolphins, the Patriots were able to score again with ease and put the final nail in the coffin.
2007 Week 8 vs WAS (29 / 38 / 306 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 2 rush)
Brady continued his record breaking season with another fantastic performance. On top of his three passing scores, he added two rushing touchdowns. His preferred targets were Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk. His three touchdown passes went to Mike Vrabel, Welker, and Randy Moss. With the team leading 38-0 in the fourth quarter, New England elected not to kick a field goal and went for it on fourth and one from the seven. They made it and scored soon after. Brady left the game with New England up 45-0 in the fourth quarter.
2007 Week 9 vs IND (21 / 32 / 255 / 3 / 2 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)
Brady struggled a bit in the first half, where he was eight of 12 for 59 yards with one touchdown and one interception. However, he picked it up in the second half, leading the club on two scoring drives that resulted in Brady touchdowns and another ending with a successful field goal to lead the Patriots comeback. Brady also added 14 yards on five attempts on the ground and had a long run of 19 yards. His first touchdown came on a four yard connection with WR Randy Moss and his two fourth quarter touchdowns were caught by WR Wes Welker and RB Kevin Faulk.
2007 Week 11 vs BUF (31 / 39 / 373 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Late in the first quarter, QB Tom Brady was called for an intentional grounding penalty. As soon as the official threw the flag, Brady began barking and complaining about the call. Later in the first half, he screamed at them again following what he perceived as a non-call against the Bills after he slid for a gain. Otherwise, Brady was impeccable against the Buffalo Bills. He had all the time in the world to make his passes and he hit his receivers all over the field including four first half touchdowns to WR Randy Moss. The offensive line allowed very little pressure from the Bills. He led the team down the field for a touchdown on their first seven possessions including five scores through the air. He was relieved by QB Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter.
2007 Week 12 vs PHI (34 / 54 / 380 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Brady started off hot on New England's first drive of the game completing six of seven passes for 72 yards in leading the offense to their first touchdown of the game. On the Patriots' next touchdown scoring drive, Brady was six of nine for 54 yards and he finished that series by hitting WR Jabar Gaffney for a 19 yard score. Over the final two quarters, he would only complete 15 of 29 passes, but those 15 completions went for 176 yards. On the go ahead drive, Brady was clutch connecting on six of eight passes for 56 yards. In addition to his throws he also had two rushes in this game, both of which resulted in first downs.
2007 Week 13 vs BAL (18 / 38 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Brady put in a good nights work against the stingy Ravens' defense. He had to deal with the wind, but never made any huge mistakes because of the wind. His receivers dropped a lot of catchable balls. The interception he threw was a high throw through to Wes Welker that got through Welker's hands and was caught by Ed Reed, who returned it about 50 yards before losing the ball to Kevin Faulk.
2007 Week 14 vs PIT (32 / 46 / 399 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brady did what he's been doing all season - torching defenses. Brady was the star of the show as New England only ran the ball a grand total of nine times. The Steelers were helpless against the quick paced passing attack of the Patriots. In the face of constant pressure, the Patriots switched to a short-passing game with Brady finding Wes Welker, Randy Moss, Jabar Gaffney, and Kevin Faulk on slant routes, screens, and routes over the middle. Brady also took advantage of the absence of DB Troy Polamalu with two deep strikes of over 50 yards. After hitting Moss for the first touchdown of the day, Brady quickly located DB Anthony Smith on the field for a little chat (likely about Smith's guarantee of a Steelers victory).
2007 Week 15 vs NYJ (14 / 27 / 140 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brady came crashing back down to earth, and mostly due to the fact that the New England Patriots committed and stuck to the run early and often. Throwing only 27 times, Brady completed less than half of his pass attempts for 140 yards and no touchdowns. Brady also provided the Patriots only turnover of the game, as Jets corner back Darrelle Revis on a ball intended for wide out Randy Moss intercepted him. It was the first time all season that he has failed to throw a touchdown in a game.
2007 Week 16 vs MIA (18 / 33 / 215 / 3 / 2 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
Brady looked human for the first time all season. Brady threw two picks and fumbled once in the victory. He still managed to complete three touchdown passes, including two to WR Randy Moss. His other touchdown pass looked intercepted as DB Lance Shulters jumped in front of the pass and appeared to reel it in but the ball went through his hands into the gut of WR Jabar Gaffney who trotted into the end zone for the score.
2007 Week 17 vs NYG (32 / 42 / 356 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns. For much of the game Brady seemed content looking to his receivers on intermediate routes, as the Giants did a very good job of keeping the Patriots in front of them. While the Giants pass rush was all over Brady, he stayed composed in the pocket and looked accurate on his throws. In the fourth quarter Brady broke it open, finding Randy Moss deep down the right sideline for a 65 yards touchdown, which gave the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish.
2007 Week 19 vs JAX (26 / 28 / 262 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brady was superb, throwing just two incompletions as he took what Jacksonville's defense gave him, which was shorter passes. He settled into a rhythm quickly and although he targeted Welker the most, distributed the ball to whoever was open. Although he only attempted one deep pass - which he completed while running outside the pocket - Brady put his receivers in position to gain a few yards after securing the ball with excellent placement.
2007 Week 20 vs SD (22 / 33 / 209 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
There were a couple of long streaks that came to an end for Brady in this game. He threw his first home interception in last 124 playoff attempts. He also threw his first red zone interception in 215 pass attempts. Finally, he tossed three interceptions for the first time in eighteen games. But the streak that he managed to keep alive is the only one that matters, and that's the now 18-game winning streak the Patriots find themselves on. Despite the turnovers, Brady didn't play horribly. The interceptions were isolated plays. Two of them were terrible decisions and even worse passes, but they were isolated nonetheless. The other interception was Donte Stallworth's fault, as the ball deflected off his hand and into the waiting arms of Drayton Florence. So, it wasn't as if Brady repeatedly made poor pass after poor pass all game long. He did start out shakily and seemed very affected by heavy wind gusts that were swirling throughout the stadium. But as the winds calmed down, so did Brady. He coolly found a streaking Jabar Gaffney over the middle for a touchdown, a play on which Brady seemingly had all day to throw. He later connected with a wide open Wes Welker for a score, and was seemingly unaffected by the fact that Randy Moss was being blanketed all game long by CB Antonio Cromartie and company. He nearly connected with RB Kevin Faulk for a score early in the second quarter, but Faulk was taken down at the one yard line. The Brady to Faulk combo was a highly effective one, as the two hooked up eight times for 82 yards, including two critical third down conversions on the Patriots' final possession to run out the clock.
2007 Week 21 vs NYG (29 / 48 / 266 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady was pressured all night and it was obvious it was affecting his play. He was 29 for 48 on the night for 266 yards, but most of his incompletions were due to errant throws. He hit Wes Welker 11 times on the night and Welker caught ever one of those passes.
2006 Week 1 vs BUF (11 / 23 / 163 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brady opened the 2006 season with a fumble that led to an early opposition touchdown. He struggled throughout the first half of the game completing three of 11 attempts. One of the completions was a touchdown pass to Troy Brown. Truer to form Brady was much more accurate in the second half and led the team on a 93 yards scoring drive on the team's first possession of the second stanza. He punctuated that touchdown drive with a perfect 17 yard strike to running back Kevin Faulk.
2006 Week 2 vs NYJ (15 / 29 / 220 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady did not have a stellar game, but he played well enough to win. He completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 220 yards. His 15 completions went to seven different receivers. Brady's one touchdown pass was a 13 yard strike to rookie Chad Jackson, who had dropped what could have been a 50 yard touchdown earlier in the drive. Brady threw some perfect touch passes, including a 29 yarder to Jackson down the left sideline early in the game. Another pretty throw to Daniel Graham culminated consecutive 29 yard receptions by tight ends. However, Brady also missed some wide open receivers. He slightly underthrew a potential touchdown pass to Ben Watson in the third quarter. Watson was open, but Kerry Rhodes made a nice play on the ball and was able to reach high to knock the pass down. Brady's interception resulted when he tried to force a deep ball to double-covered Doug Gabriel. Brady is now 56-1 as a starting quarterback when taking a lead into the fourth quarter. He has won on six straight trips to The Meadowlands.
2006 Week 3 vs DEN (31 / 55 / 320 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brady threw the ball 55 times in the loss to Denver. He did end up with 320 yards and a touchdown but most of it was late in the game when Denver was just allowing them to complete short passes. Brady wasn't intercepted or sacked in the game. New England ran just six times in the second half and one of those was a Brady sneak up the middle on fourth down.
2006 Week 4 vs CIN (15 / 26 / 188 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Brady was picked off in the first quarter when he threw a bit high and behind Doug Gabriel, who tipped it up for DB Tory James for the interception. That's about the only mistake Brady made in this game as he moved well in the pocket, scrambled 22 yards for a first down and took no sacks. His 15 of 26 for 188 yards stat line is nothing to write home about, but he did record a pair of touchdown passes and did everything his team needed to pick up the win.
2006 Week 5 vs MIA (16 / 29 / 140 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brady had a mediocre game as he only had 140 yards passing on 29 attempts. He did salvage a below average day passing by getting two touchdowns passes after two Miami turnovers. He hooked up with Troy Brown two plays after Joey Harrington's first interception for a ten yard touchdown pass. Brady's second touchdown came after another interception as he hit fullback Heath Evans on a one yard touchdown pass. Even though Brady was unspectacular in the game he did not make any key mistakes unlike the Dolphins' quarterback.
2006 Week 7 vs BUF (18 / 27 / 195 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady marched the Patriots down the field on their opening possession. He executed the short passing game with his normal precision. However, he overthrew two balls missing potential touchdown passes and missed a third on the goal line during the next possession. He recovered halfway through the third quarter hitting WR Chad Jackson on a deep ball for a 35 yard touchdown. Jackson got behind the defense and was alone on the play. At the start of the fourth quarter Brady gave a great fake to RB Kevin Faulk in the right flat. It set up a deep ball to WR Doug Gabriel down the right sideline. Shortly after that play Brady hit Gabriel in the center of the end zone for another touchdown pass. It was a very questionable choice as Brady was scrambling to his right and throwing back to his left. He threaded the pass between three defenders as Gabriel did a great job of working back to the ball.
2006 Week 8 vs MIN (29 / 43 / 372 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brady had an extremely good night, completing 67.4% of his passes. He began the game with six straight completions on the opening drive, ending it with a six yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell. Brady spread the ball around to ten different receivers. Ben Watson was his favorite option with 13 targets and it was Watson that gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead at the half after catching a nine yard pass from Brady. The Patriots made a number of big gains in the passing game and Brady found five different receivers for gains of 20 yards or more. Brady threw a seven yard touchdown pass to Troy Brown in the third quarter, and then completed the victory by finding Chad Jackson for a ten yard score. Matt Cassel took over at quarterback with under five minutes left in the game to mop things up.
2006 Week 9 vs IND (20 / 35 / 201 / 0 / 4 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Brady easily had his worst game of the 2006 season. He threw four interceptions and no touchdowns. To be fair, two of his interceptions weren't his fault, as they were tipped balls that were then snagged by Indianapolis defenders. Brady favorite target was tight end Benjamin Watson, but in reality he threw to whoever was open; he targeted nine different receivers. Brady's numbers would have been a bit better but his receivers had several drops throughout the game. His 13 rushing yards was the second highest for him this season.
2006 Week 10 vs NYJ (24 / 36 / 253 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
On a day when the field was sloppy, Brady was forced to throw 37 times. He completed 25 passes for 255 yards. He threw a touchdown and an interception. His touchdown throw was tipped at the line and Reche Caldwell made a nice catch and broke a couple of tackles to get to the end zone. Brady's interception was not a good pass, thrown behind his receiver over the middle. He was also picked off again but was given a reprieve after Victor Hobson drove him into the turf and got flagged for a penalty. Brady took advantage and led the Patriots to a field goal on that drive. Brady tried to lead the Patriots to a game tying field goal with time running out. He ended up getting sacked and fumbled the ball. The Patriots recovered but time had expired.
2006 Week 11 vs GB (20 / 31 / 244 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brady completed 20 of 31 for 244 yards and four touchdowns while hitting eight different receivers. His 54 yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell in the second quarter was the longest Patriot pass play of the season.
2006 Week 12 vs CHI (22 / 33 / 267 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 12 / 0 rush)
Brady threw for over 250 yards and also a touchdown to his main target TE Ben Watson. He connected with seven different receivers including Watson and RB Kevin Faulk six times apiece. Brady completed six passes of 20 yards or more, two to WR Reche Caldwell. Brady mixed the deeper pass well with short passes to his running backs, connecting with Faulk, RB Corey Dillon and RB Laurence Maroney 11 times for 85 combined yards. Brady's 269 yards passing helped New England to gain over 300 yards, which was significant as it was the first time that Chicago yielded 300 or more yards to an opponent all season. Brady did turn the ball over twice with two interceptions, but both came on deflections or tipped passes rather than errant throws. His touchdown pass to TE Ben Watson gave Brady 20 touchdown passes this season, his fifth straight year with 20 touchdown passes. Brady also contributed on the ground, something rather uncharacteristic for him. He ran twice for important first downs in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive, which resulted in the game winning touchdown to Watson.
2006 Week 13 vs DET (27 / 38 / 305 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 9 / 0 rush)
Brady hooked up with WR Reche Caldwell early and often during the second Patriots' drive. Caldwell pulled in four passes on the drive and was open in the end zone for a potential touchdown, but Brady threw the ball into the ground well short. The Patriots started their first two drives by pounding the RB combination of Dillon and Maroney, but weren't able to move the ball effectively until Brady started dropping back and picking apart the Lions' secondary. The Patriots only ran five plays from scrimmage during the entire third quarter. Two of the five plays were turnovers from Brady. He threw an interception on an out route intended for Caldwell. He was sacked and fumbled in the end zone on their next series. They got the ball back again in the fourth quarter and Brady proceeded to complete thirteen of fourteen passing attempts putting fifteen points on the board to avoid the upset. Brady utilized several short and underneath routes to RB Kevin Faulk and short routes to WR Reche Caldwell to keep the sticks moving.
2006 Week 14 vs MIA (12 / 25 / 78 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady completed just 48% of his passes for an average of 3.1 yards per passing attempt to finish with a passer rating of 55.1, largely in part because he didn't throw any interceptions. Brady got off to a good start, but an aggressive Dolphins pass rush kept him from getting anything going all afternoon, as he finished just three of 14 in the final three quarters of the game. Brady's best play of the game was on a trick play which would have went for a thirty eight yard touchdown to Daniel Graham, though the lateral which he received from Kevin Faulk was ruled to be an illegal forward pass.
2006 Week 15 vs HOU (16 / 23 / 109 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady missed out on a quick touchdown at the start of the game when he hit WR Jabar Gaffney in stride down the right sideline at the end of the first Patriot drive, but Gaffney dropped what should have been a touchdown. Brady kept everything short in the game. He completed nearly half of his passes to his running backs and attempted only long pass in the game other than the long incompletion to Gaffney. Brady appears to be building a special connection to WR Reche Caldwell, especially on third down.
2006 Week 16 vs JAX (28 / 39 / 249 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 31 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady was asked to control the Patriots' attack by using the short passing game rather than the run. He dropped back into shotgun formation on first down for most of the day and distributed passes underneath to anyone that was open. Brady ran two sneaks for first downs on the Patriots' opening drive. He then found Jabar Gaffney for a 22 yard gain, but the call was reversed after a challenge showed that the ball was bobbled as the receiver went out of bounds. Brady ran another sneak from the six yard line at the end of the half, but he was stopped a yard short of the goal line and Corey Dillon got the touchdown. On the Patriots' opening possession of the second half, Brady had his longest completion of the game. David Thomas was the recipient, gaining 36 yards, with over 30 yards coming after the catch. Brady then completed the drive by throwing the ball into the end zone for Thomas to make a diving catch for a 22 yard touchdown. Late in the game, Brady attempted to scramble on third and six. He tried to dive for the marker but came up short and took a helmet in the back as he was stopped. Brady had to miss one play but returned for the remainder of the game. Brady threw very few errant passes, although he did miss a wide open Troy Brown near the end of the game and the Jaguars got the ball back.
2006 Week 17 vs TEN (15 / 24 / 225 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady was physically beat up in the win over Jacksonville last week, to the point that he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. He looked to be in fine health Sunday, however, as he took advantage of the rainy day, soggy field, and aggressive Titan defense, to lead New England to a convincing win. He completed 15 passes to eight different receivers for 225 yards, before being lifted in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 18 vs NYJ (22 / 34 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
With more consistent play from his receivers, Tom Brady's stat line might have been outstanding instead of merely very good. As it stands, he completed 65% of his passes, went over 200 yards, and threw two touchdowns. The first touchdown pass gave him a TD in his tenth straight playoff game, tying him with Ken Stabler and Joe Montana for the third most consecutive games with a touchdown pass in the playoffs. Only Brett Favre (16) and Dan Marino (12) have more, and Brady will have the chance to tie Marino next weekend in San Diego. As for his performance, Brady played pretty much as we've come to expect him to. He consistently found the open man, didn't try to force anything foolish, and saved his best for last. Early on, his receivers did him no favors, especially Daniel Graham (dropped a 27 yard touchdown) and Jabar Gaffney (dropped a 41 yard touchdown). Yet Brady still was able to move the ball downfield with mostly shorter passes. His best play of the first half wasn't even a pass at all. With LB Jonathan Vilma charging hard off the edge, Brady stepped up in the pocket to avoid Vilma (who whiffed on a fumble attempt) and took off for a 12 yard scramble and a first down to convert a key third down situation. In the fourth quarter, New England led by seven and faced a third down from the New York seven yard line. New York sent an all-out blitz, but Brady coolly hoisted a pass over the rush to RB Kevin Faulk in the flat, who waltzed into the end zone untouched for the score. Brady's miscues were few and far between, as he was nearly intercepted on two occasions in the end zone. But each time, the Jets' defender was unable to make the play.
2006 Week 19 vs SD (27 / 51 / 280 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Brady was far from perfect, but as usual, he made the plays when his team needed them most. Of course, he was also helped along by a little bit of luck. He uncharacteristically threw what could have been the game clinching interception late in the fourth quarter when trying to rally his team to tie. S Marlon McCree picked Brady on a fourth down pass, but McCree fumbled the run back during the return. It was recovered by New England, who scored on a pass from Brady to Reche Caldwell later in the drive. On their ensuing possession, Brady made one of the best passes you'll see all season when he hooked up with Caldwell again on a 49 yard bomb down the right sideline on a critical third and ten pass. That play helped set up the game-winning field goal and the victory. Now for the bad part: He was nearly intercepted very early on by Clinton Hart off a deflection, but Hart dropped a sure interception in his hands. It was a sign of things to come for Brady, as he would go on and actually be intercepted on three occasions. The three picks are the highest total he's ever had in a playoff game, and he added a fumble (which New England recovered) and two more near-interceptions to boot. He made terrible decisions on his interceptions by Donnie Edwards and Drayton Florence, and at times he seemed more visibly frustrated than we're used to seeing him. He misfired on what should have been a touchdown to a wide open Ben Watson in the flat, and later threw another interception when he tried connecting with Watson deep down the seam. When San Diego opted to put pressure on him, they got to him for most of the game. But late in the contest, the pressure just didn't seem to bother him as much as he was able to have his way with the Chargers pass defense. And as mentioned earlier, late in the first and second halves is when Brady was at his best. He led three scoring drives over the last five minutes of the halves, resulting in 18 of the Patriots' 24 points.
2006 Week 20 vs IND (21 / 34 / 232 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tom Brady threw a critical interception in his opponent's territory as he tried driving his team for the game winning score. Only this time, the DB didn't fumble the ball away during the runback to give him another chance. Brady's ill-advised final pass of the game sealed the loss for New England and will keep the Patriots out of the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Brady just didn't seem very crisp in the game, and was definitely a bit off. New England made mention this week of how much the San Diego game had taken a toll on them, and perhaps he was simply showing the effects of two emotional, cross-country flights, and the hard fought victory of a week ago. For a time in this game, it appeared as if Brady was headed to his fourth Super Bowl in six seasons. With the Patriots up 21-3 and cruising, the offense lost a bit of its urgency to keep putting points on the board. When New England went three and out on its opening drive of the second half, the momentum shift was complete. Brady was able to lead New England downfield for what could have been the game winning score. Following a three and out by the Colts, Brady and the Patriots got the ball with 3:22 remaining in the contest. However, two short passes and an incompletion later (not to mention a costly penalty for having too many men in the huddle), New England punted the ball right back. Peyton Manning then did what he hasn't been able to do in the past, which was to lead his team downfield for the game-winning touchdown. The Patriots got the ball back at their own 21 yard line with just under one minute remaining. Despite driving 34 yards in 30 seconds, Brady was unable to finish the deal as he threw the game-ending pass over the middle that was intercepted by Marlin Jackson.
2005 Week 1 vs OAK (24 / 38 / 306 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady started the game slowly; he overthrew three of his receivers during the opening drive of the game. During that same drive though, he connected twice with Ben Watson for 55 yards. But when the second series started, Brady displayed the poise and confidence that he is known for. During the Patriots' second drive, he completed four passes for 77 yards, finishing with a touchdown strike to Deion Branch. Brady led the Patriots down the field again, and threw a touchdown pass to Tim Dwight. He spread the ball throughout the offense, targeting eight different receivers. Brady went over 300 passing yards with 306 yards, making this game the ninth in his NFL career to surpass 300 yards. Basically, he was as great as we've come to expect spreading the ball around and making the right decisions. QB coach Josh McDaniel looked to be calling the plays and while they may be missing departed OC Charlie Weis, it wasn't apparent on the field.
2005 Week 2 vs CAR (23 / 44 / 270 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady had a mediocre game, throwing for one score and turning the ball over twice. He didn't get any help from the running game, and was pressured for most of the game. Penalties killed the offense and it seemed like every time they got something going, a penalty killed their momentum. Brady completed passes to seven different receivers and connected with Troy Brown for the offense's only big play, but never got into rhythm. Both of his turnovers led to Panther scores.
2005 Week 3 vs PIT (31 / 41 / 372 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brady started slow but improved as the game wore on. In fact, Brady was perfect in the fourth quarter, completing all 12 of the passes he attempted. He showed impressive mobility within the pocket, eluding Pittsburgh's blitz for most of the afternoon. Brady's passes became an extension of the run as Corey Dillon struggled to find holes, passing on a number of dump plays to Kevin Faulk. David Givens was Brady's favorite target all game, and he was open across the middle on a number of occasions. Brady had a pass intercepted deep in Steelers' territory late in the second quarter. His throw was tipped by Kimo von Oelhoffen and intercepted by Chris Hope. He showed impressive accuracy as usual, with a completion percentage of 75.6%.
2005 Week 4 vs SD (19 / 32 / 224 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brady looked solid early in the game. It should come as no surprise, then, that that time period is when he had ample time to throw the ball and step in the pocket. In the second half, Brady's receivers had a hard time gaining separation and the Chargers did an excellent job of pushing the Patriots back out of manageable passing downs. Often, Corey Dillon would be bottled up for a loss on first and/or second down, resulting in long third downs for New England. In the first half, they were able to convert those, but in the second half it just proved to be too much. Brady made a beautiful pass on the touchdown to Tim Dwight, but long completions like that one were few and far between in this game. He looked to David Givens a lot, and wasn't able to get in synch with Deion Branch very often. The one time the two came close to hooking up on a touchdown wasn't even intentional; Brady's pass was nearly intercepted by Drayton Florence at the goal line, but it deflected to the back of the end zone, where Branch was waiting. It zipped past him and fell incomplete, and would have been a remarkable catch had Branch been able to haul it in. Brady came out of the game late when the outcome was well in hand.
2005 Week 5 vs ATL (22 / 27 / 350 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady was, well, Tom Brady. He was nearly perfect on a day when the team really needed him to be. Brady threw just five incomplete passes all game long, with one of those coming on a drop and another a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage. Brady was so good for so long that at one point in the third quarter, his passer rating was perfect. He threw an interception shortly thereafter, which ended any shot at finishing with a perfect rating, but even the interception wasn't entirely his fault. The ball was batted at the line and knocked into the air, where it fell directly into the waiting arms of Demorrio Williams. Brady's two big moments of the game both came in the second half. The first was when he engineered a very brief, two play, 1:01 drive that consisted of 45 and 33 yard completions. The second was when he hung in the pocket long enough to deliver a perfect strike down the sideline to a streaking Bethel Johnson for a 55 yard touchdown. The pass to Johnson in particular was a thing of beauty, as it is very doubtful that many other NFL quarterbacks could even make that pass, let alone stand in the pocket with an oncoming rush to deliver it. Brady lost a total of 49 yards passing on various penalties, though it should be noted that none of the plays would have gone for any yards unless the penalties occurred.
2005 Week 6 vs DEN (24 / 46 / 299 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
While Brady was hurried and under pressure most of the game, he still displayed his trademark poise and brought New England back to within one drive of tying the game. Despite the pressure, Brady made the right decisions most of the day in terms of who his open receivers were. A combination of dropped passes and him missing his receivers due to the relentless pass rush pressure he faced, led to his numbers not being quite as impressive as they were in his previous game. Brady looked to his two starting wide receivers the most, often targeting Deion Branch and David Givens. He made a wide variety of throws including several impressive ones in the face of extreme pass rush pressure, and looked to have his usual high command of the Patriots' offense.
2005 Week 8 vs BUF (14 / 21 / 199 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brady, and the entire Patriots' offense, was stymied for the entire first half. Brady came out a different quarterback in the second half, immediately leading his team on a scoring drive where he found Deion Branch for a 33 yard touchdown. He led the team on two other touchdown scoring drives in the second half, earning another come from behind victory.
2005 Week 9 vs IND (22 / 33 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady had a great night from a fantasy perspective, despite not being able to lead his team to victory. He threw a lot, especially in the second half, and for the most part was very effective. He distributed the ball to six different receivers, hitting Deion Branch, Troy Brown, and Daniel Graham for touchdowns. He threw no interceptions.
2005 Week 10 vs MIA (21 / 36 / 275 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brady's stats were less than spectacular until he hooked up with Ben Watson for a pair of touchdown passes, but it was his gritty play that helped lift the Patriots to victory on the road against the Dolphins, where Brady was just 1-3 in his career entering this game. Brady completed 58.3% of his passes, with an average of 7.6 yards per passing attempt en route to a passer rating of 77.9 in this game. His leadership was most evident when the Patriots fell behind 16-15 with less than three minutes, and with two quick strikes (to Tim Dwight and Ben Watson), he had put the Patriots back on top.
2005 Week 11 vs NO (15 / 29 / 222 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Brady was responsible for all three of the Patriots' touchdowns. He led the team 98 yards down the field on its opening drive, resulting in a two yard touchdown pass to Deion Branch. Mike Vrabel was the recipient of the second touchdown pass from a yard out. The third score was a beautifully thrown 60 yard pass that led Andre Davis clear of the defender and on to the end zone. Brady looked long for Davis on several occasions. He underthrew him on one play that was almost picked by Mike McKenzie. He looked for Davis on the opening drive of the second half and overthrew the receiver for what could have been a score. He just missed him again for another possible long touchdown later in the game, and it looked as though interference should have been called. He made a final attempt on the Patriots' last drive but was not close to completing the pass. Brady scrambled once for a first down and fumbled once after being sacked by Will Smith.
2005 Week 12 vs KC (22 / 40 / 248 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Brady distributed the ball well. He completed passes to nine different Patriots' receivers during the contest. He stood in strong against a very good pass rush and was able to find second and third passing options. His final quarterback rating was the second worst ever for him as he finished with four interceptions. However three of those picks came after the ball bounced off of one of his receivers' hands. Without those missed chances, the final results could have been decidedly different.
2005 Week 13 vs NYJ (27 / 37 / 271 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Brady started the game leading the NFL in passing yardage. He added 271 to that total while completing 73 percent of his passes to seven different receivers. Brady did not complete any touchdown passes, but led the Patriots on four scoring drives. He did not have any turnovers. He also added 19 yards rushing on four scrambles. Brady threw a pass behind an open Troy Brown in the end zone forcing the Patriots to kick their first field goal. That pass was an aberration, however, as Brady was sharp throughout the game.
2005 Week 14 vs BUF (29 / 38 / 329 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 17 / 1 rush)
Brady took his record to 14-0 when the temperature is 35 degrees or lower. He opened the scoring on a three yard run, but appeared to be hurt in the process. He was seen on the sidelines getting treatment for a leg injury. He didn't miss any playing time however, and hit 29 of his 39 passing attempts for 329 yards and two touchdowns. He found Troy Brown on a five yard wide receiver screen for one score, and then connected with a wide open Christian Fauria for a two yard score. Brady threw two interceptions in the game. The first was intended for David Givens and the second was tipped by Mike Cloud before falling straight to London Fletcher. Brady was limping noticeably early in the game and Doug Flutie was seen warming up. Flutie finally saw action for the last seven minutes after the Patriots had established a 28-0 lead. Brady seemed in good spirits on the sidelines and later said that he hopes to be able to play next week.
2005 Week 15 vs TB (20 / 31 / 258 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brady was questionable for this game, but started for the 85th consecutive time and played like he was fully healthy. Brady entered the game leading the NFL in passing yardage. He added 258 to that total with three touchdowns. Brady did a nice job of moving around the pocket and buying time before he found Corey Dillon for a two yard touchdown flip. Brady's 20 completions were spread among nine different receivers. He has now thrown touchdown passes to twelve different Patriots this season. He did not have any turnovers, though Juran Bolden dropped an easy interception on a ball that Brady underthrew badly off of his back foot. Brady did not show any signs of his shin or shoulder injury. His three rushes for six yards all came on sneaks.
2005 Week 16 vs NYJ (18 / 29 / 185 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brady had a good game and was able to pick apart the Jets defense. His 185 yard performance gave him over 4000 passing yards in a season for the first time in his career. His one blemish on the night was on an ill-advised pass towards the right sideline. Ty Law read the pass and jumped in front of the receiver, and ran 73 yards the other way for the Jets' first score. Other than that, Brady played well. He received some pressure from John Abraham and the rest of the Jets' defensive line, but was able to sense it and get out of the way most of the time, only getting sacked twice. He threw two touchdown passes, both to converted linebacker Mike Vrabel in goal line situations. Brady also asserted his rushing ability on fourth and short situations, converting a couple of first downs that way.
2005 Week 17 vs MIA (3 / 8 / 37 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady only played for two series of the game through the first quarter. He was intercepted, but the pass was deflected into the air by David Givens. His second drive resulted in a touchdown pass to David Branch.