FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had clarified Sunday’s regular-season finale as a play off game, and he then went out and flipped in among his trademark postseason-type performances.
His purpose was that if the Patriots acquired, it basically supposed they won on wild-card weekend by not having to play with a game.
Brady, clearly, is uniquely qualified to comment on playoff football as he’s played in a NFL record 37 career postseason matches; this ’s longer than two full seasons worth of football.
As he begs for his 38th, he does thus coming off one of his best matches of this season — 24-of-33 for 250 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against a busted Jets defense that did little to interrupt him. Brady’s 29th career four-touchdown video game was indicated by it.
Brady’s strong departure day proved to be a noteworthy shift from 16, when Brady was held to 126 yards passing against the Bills, who entered the final week of this summer season as the NFL’s No. 1-rated pass shield.
What stood out against the Jets was the decisiveness with the ball left his palms , and the accuracy of some tight-window throws. His second quarter touch down pass to running Rex Burkhead was impressive as any throw he’therefore made in 2013 — flawless touch — while he had been always stepping up in the pocket along with bringing down lasers the field.
With Brady and the departure offense clicking entire, it had been complemented by way of a defense that has played best at home this season, where the Patriots have been 8-0 (the NFL’s only undefeated team in home in 2018). A forced fumble and retrieval that resulted in a touchdown, also two fourth down ceases against rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, emphasized a critical performance from the D.
Therefore today it’SON to the playoffs, where the Patriots aren’t even the favorite at the AFC like theyrsquo;ve been in past decades.
But , with Brady playing a key role, a well-deserved and most coveted bye — to its ninth straight season.