His 17th win put him ahead of Joe Montana (16), Terry Bradshaw (14), John Elway (14), Brett Favre (13) and everyone else.
That’s an impressive feat, but is it as impressive as adding another Super Bowl victory to his resume? The ability for the Patriots to dominate the NFL during Brady’s tenure is not like anything we’ve seen in recent memory.
Brady has started in all but 17 games for the Pats in the past 12 seasons. Over that span, the future Hall of Fame QB has led his team to an incredible 133-40 while he was behind center. New England was 144-46 overall over the past 12 seasons, including the 2008 season when Matt Cassel recorded an 11-5 season as the team’s starter.
His efforts have led to three Super Bowl victories (2001, 2003, 2004), five Super Bowl appearances and 10 total playoff appearances.
The Pats might not have won the title every year, but they’ve been right there fighting for it.
Brady and his team aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either. The QB is just 35 years old and could finish off his legendary career with a few more hoists of the Lombardi when all is said and done.
Predicting the Patriots to walk away with the trophy doesn’t take away from any of the other three teams competing in the upcoming conference championship games.
That’s just how highly I think about what Bill Belichick’s team has been able to accomplish this season.
Baltimore will be a big challenge, especially because it is riding the emotional roller coaster of Ray Lewis’ impending retirement.
Furthermore, after the Ravens await two teams that could easily pick the Patriots apart in the Super Bowl. San Francisco had their way with the Pats in the first half of their 41-34 win over New England in Week 15.
But all of that is thrown out the window. There is only the here and now. Brady is the only seasoned playoff quarterback of the bunch. Joe Flacco has been there, Matt Ryan finally got over the hump by getting his first playoff win and Colin Kaepernick has yet to start a full season behind center.
The Pats are also the best and most complete offensive team in the league.
That’s partly due to Brady’s efficiency and the team’s new-look offense that incorporates a more hurried approach.
Brady and the boys have some unfinished business in the Super Bowl and they’re on a mission to get it done.
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