"It's in his DNA, his clutch gene. He's got it," Edelman said when asked how the 41-year-old Brady continues to thrive in pressure-packed situations, per Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Brady led the Patriots to a 37-31 overtime victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. He finished 30-of-46 for 348 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and clinched his ninth career Super Bowl appearance in the process.
He displayed that clutch gene multiple times, leading the Patriots to a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in regulation after the Chiefs went ahead 28-24 and again in overtime with the game hanging in the balance. Brady converted three separate 3rd-and-10s during the overtime drive alone, preventing Mahomes from ever stepping back on the field after the Patriots won the coin toss.
Two of those first-down completions in overtime went to Edelman, who finished with seven catches for 96 yards.
Brady and the Patriots also caught a significant break when what appeared to be the game-clinching interception for the Chiefs was overturned because Dee Ford lined up in the neutral zone.