Tom Brady worked longer than many folks expected Sunday, and left with a lead big enough to ensure the Patriots’ 14th victory.
Brady was replaced by backup Brian Hoyer midway through the third quarter with the score 31-0 Patriots. Hoyer actually played a series in the first half too, but Brady closed out the second quarter and led the team on a touchdown drive to start the third.
Hoyer promptly threw a 42-yard touchdown to Brandon Tate to make the score 38-0. Brady finished with two touchdowns on the day, making him the 6th player in NFL history to throw a touchdown every game in a 16-game season.
Barring a surprise return, Brady should finish the season with 36 touchdowns, four interceptions, and an MVP award.
A desultory performance on Sunday by Chad Henne should further help ensure the Dolphins look to replace him next year. And Miami’s performance will make it even tougher for owner Stephen Ross to keep coach Tony Sparano.