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There was plenty of time for fist pumps during New England's rout.
A week after throwing two interceptions and reportedly yelling at his teammates to motivate the locker room, Tom Brady looked poised versus Miami.
Brady wasted little time deciphering the Dolphins defense.
With a nine-yard completion to Wes Welker in the first quarter, Brady NFL)" target="_blank">surpassed legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass with 48. That number is the active record behind New Orleans Saints gunslinger Drew Brees, who saw his streak end at 54 contests.
By game's end, Brady had completed 22 of 36 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. While his stats weren't eye-popping, the eight-time Pro Bowler did what he had to do to keep the offense rolling.
In his postgame press conference, Brady's focused mentality was on display, according to Patriots.com's transcript:
We’re just going to keep battling. I think that’s why you play them all. You don’t make, at the halfway point, at Thanksgiving, you kind of see where the teams are positioned, but you have to play all 16. After you put them all together, you see where you stand. We compete against everybody, so we’ll take out time to get some guys healed up and hopefully get ready to go whenever we find out whoever we play.
It's vital to have No. 12 rolling on all cylinders headed into the postseason. And right now, he is.