It's the great divide when it comes to debating quarterbacks.
What tells more about a quarterback's excellence? Do the first 58 minutes weigh more than the final two? Would you prefer to have Brett Favre, who will put you in position to win but likely make the Forrest Gump mistake at the end? Or Ben Roethlisberger, who'll look average for much of the night before blossoming for a final drive?
For about 57.5 minutes, Brady's play didn't match the number on his jersey or the name on his back. He was always on the ground. He was erratic. He was skittish. He looked like a student taking a test he forgot to study for.
Then he was Tom Brady. Just in time, he was Tom Brady.
We'll evaluate Mr. Brady's performance, and we'll look at more than one drive. But that drive deserves a little more attention. After all, what counts more, a pop quiz or the final exam?