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Tom Brady turns in third straight playoff disappointment

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For a player with a reputation for being great in the clutch, Tom Brady sure has gone a long time without a good playoff game.

The New England Patriots’ stunning 28-21 loss to the New York Jets today makes Brady 0-3 in his last three games as a playoff starter. He hasn’t been on the winning side in the postseason in three years, and he hasn’t played well in defeat in any of the three losses since then.

The Patriots’ last three playoff losses — today against the Jets, last year against the Ravens and the Super Bowl against the Giants — haven’t been entirely Brady’s fault, by any stretch of the imagination. But they’ve certainly been partially Brady’s fault.

In those three playoff games, Brady has completed 81 of 135 passes for 719 yards, with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Terrible numbers? No. But don’t you want a future Hall of Famer, all-time great player to do better than 240 yards a game, with almost as many picks as touchdowns, in three straight losses?

And for all the talk that Brady is at his best when the chips are down, Brady turned in an ugly fourth quarter on Sunday against the Jets. Brady’s clock management was terrible: When the Patriots got the ball down 21-11 with 13 minutes to play, that should have been the time for Brady to show off his mastery of the hurry-up offense. Instead, Brady took his sweet old time, and the Patriots’ offense took almost eight minutes off the clock on a drive that ended on a fourth-down incomplete pass from Brady to Deion Branch.

Brady’s career is often measured against that of Peyton Manning: Part of the fun of being a sports fan is arguing about who the best is, and we want to state definitively which one of them is the best quarterback of his generation. Those who side with Manning cite his superior statistics, while those who pick Brady point out his better postseason record.

But if you think Brady is the best quarterback of this era because of what he’s done in the playoffs, then you have to grapple with the fact that what he’s done in the playoffs hasn’t been all that good lately.

No one can ever take away Tom Brady’s three Super Bowl rings, the regular-season MVP award he received following the 2007 season or the second MVP award he’ll surely receive in three weeks. But make no mistake: The Patriots’ three-game postseason losing streak means that Brady’s clutch reputation has been tarnished.

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  1. worstwebsiteever says: Jan 16, 2011 8:01 PM

    Great, now we have to listen to the Jest run their mouths for another week.

  2. steelerzzzrule says: Jan 16, 2011 8:01 PM

    Good night sweet heart wellllll its time to go.

  3. chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    I love how the Jets pull off the victory by stopping Manning with great defense and yet this website, and I will assume every other one will focus on the Patriots as opposed to giving the Jets and Rex Ryan the credit they deserve.

  4. pattunya says: Jan 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    Congrats Jets. Now someone take my shoelaces away from me now please!

  5. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    Rex just wiped his behind with Tom Brady’s face.

  6. SteelTown6 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    Hey Pats fans, what are you guys gonna do with all the Championship t-shirts & books you had printed up this year?
    Looks like the kids in Nicaragua are getting another CARE package.

  7. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    When he doesn’t have that videotape he is not so Terrific

  8. belicheckyoself says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    belicheckyoself says:
    Jan 16, 2011 7:58 PM
    Jets played a great game, those coverages were perfect, and you fried Brady.
    Sanchez did what he does well, an LT finally had a great postseason game.

    Congrats!
    Go Steelers then Packers!

  9. pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    After scrutinizing the match ups and numbers I have come to a shocking conclusion. The Jets are going to winning in a stunning upset tonight! Bank on it.
    ======================================
    Yoda has spoken! I have already seen the Steeler-Jet winner in a dream. Stay tuned..

  10. nyjallgodamnday says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    tom brady seems like the kind of guy that would F someone in the @ss and not even have the common courtesy to give him a reach around

  11. assman12 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    I’m neutral, but i cant be the only one who wanted to kick braylon edwards in the head. cartwheels……f@#k off.

  12. gbfanforever says: Jan 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    He didn’t seem to play that bad but had no receivers that could get open. Moss would have helped in this game.

  13. pghguyy says: Jan 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    i love toms pissy face.. might be better than mannings.

  14. buckeye044 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    But the Pats are a dynasty…….aren’t they?

  15. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    That clock management was absolutely awful. Make no mistake, Brady wasn’t good at all today, but he wasn’t helped by the dropped TD, the awful fake punt, and the D letting up the TD right after they got back into it. While the Pats had their mistake, the Jets deserved this one completely, congratulations for playing an excellent game.

  16. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Colin Cowherd try to defend Brady…

  17. contract says: Jan 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    All of Tom Brady’s iconic wins were won by Vinatieri on long game winning FGs.

  18. dotnukem says: Jan 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    JETS DID IT!!!! Now all you little fruits can find something new to hate us for HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA

  19. drizzo311 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    I don’t know if it’s happened before, but next week in the Steelers/Jets game, the two starting QBs, Roethlisberger and Sanchez, both reached the AFC Championship game in each of their first two years in the league. Anyone know if it’s the first time?

  20. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:06 PM

    Pats fell right into the Jets trap, they were more concerned with talking smack then making plays.

    Oh well, Brady still gets to go home in his Ugg boots to a supermodel. Not bad.

  21. moneymike23 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:06 PM

    wow, thumbs up if you thought this was possible.

  22. permiepoo says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    As an Indy fan, I’m glad you brought this up… however, do NOT disparage Brady, please. He is in the top 2% of QBs that have ever played the game. Just like Manning… he is one of the best to ever play.

    People don’t seem to get it that it isn’t *easy* to win a super bowl. Things have to go your way, teams have to play together, a little luck and getting back to the playoffs every year to give it another try is the only way to win them.

    This should be a prime example in why people need to stop doing the worthless QB comparisons in postseason. Does the fact that Mark Sanchez has a 4-1 postseason record but can barely hit the ground with the football if he drops it… mean that he’s better than Manning or Brady, or can even be *compared* to them? No.

  23. postfixer says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I agree, Tom’s coming back down to earth a little bit. At the same time, I’m really questioning some of the playcalling on offense – that fake punt? Running it up the middle with 5 minutes left on first down (for no yards) when you’re finally starting to crack some holes open with the passing game? The Patriots made a lot of mistakes and the Jets took advantage. This hurts like hell, but good luck next week, NYJ.

  24. juddgr says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    Tne to retire brady and stick to your other hobbies

  25. promin1 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    Great another week of having to see fat ass Ryan and his bunch of mercenaries on the TV

  26. righthereisay says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    Great article. As long as Brady is out of the playoffs, I will enjoy them.

  27. geezohman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    like Ryan says… he (Brady) needs to study more like Payton !

    They ran seven minutes off the clock and didn’t get any points?

    Should be interesting Jets playing Steelers !

  28. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 16, 2011 8:07 PM

    I’d like to give a shout out to RichM (who graciously admitted defeat) MistrezzRachel and TiffPats4Eva. You all made this even better than it was.

    How does deFEET taste?

  29. herokravon says: Jan 16, 2011 8:08 PM

    This just further spurs the Spygate debate.

  30. belicheckyoself says: Jan 16, 2011 8:08 PM

    He’s getting older, and can’t be as hungry as he used to be. I really think the coverages had him freaked all day. He looked freaked all day. Of course with CBringonlyonecameraS usual terrible game coverage, I’ll never know. I’m disappointed, but I really thought the Pats would be crap this year so it could be worse.
    I wish it wasn’t the MTV team winning but it was. Straight on no BS win. Congrats.

  31. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:08 PM

    Bad weekend for Brett Favre, both the Pack and Jets advance putting an exclamation point on his irrelevance.

  32. brooklynsjetfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:08 PM

    Is James Farrior still saying J E T S?
    Although the score didn’t show it, the Jets kicked the living crap out of the patsies.
    I’M LOVIN IT!!!

  33. jajho says: Jan 16, 2011 8:09 PM

    Any Given Sunday…. it is unbelievable how such a mediocre team like the jets can beat a team as the patriots. Hopefully the steelers will show what kind of team the jets really are

  34. 3octaveFart says: Jan 16, 2011 8:09 PM

    Thank God.
    If for no other reason than to get the NE bandwagon fanbase to finally STFU.

  35. sdboltaction says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Great, another steeler stupidbowl

  36. pajoe says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Get a haircut, you freakin hippie…. Maybe you will see the field better!!

  37. 12thstreetcompanies says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Have the Patriots been overrated all season long? Did they play above themselves? Did the bye hurt them? Is Tom Brady not feeling well? Did they not take this as serious as they should have? Did they stop respecting the Jets after the 45-3 blowout?

    I do not have the answers to those questions, but here are a few observations of today’s AFC Divisional Playoff game.

    The Patriots offensive line gave up 5 sacks today. Brady is not his usual cool self, throwing an uncharacteristic interception and a lot of throw away balls (Brady did have good stats 299 yds, 2 TD’s, 1 INT). The special teams played anything but special. It’s not that the Jets redeveloped their whole team in one week, they just came out and played hungry football. Scoring a touchdown late in the third quarter did show some moxie on the Patriot’s part and going for two was more about the Offense than the Special Teams. The Patriots Defense giving up an early fourth quarter touchdown is not a team exhibiting a level of intensity that we have come to know in the last ten years. At fourth and 13 late in the fourth the Patriots should have gone for the field goal, with or without Revis in the game. The onside kick was probably the nail that the Jets needed to seal the coffin for the Patriots. The late Jets touchdown didn’t help either. And again, the Patriots showed serious ‘True Grit’ in scoring the late touchdown in the fourth but came up short on the onside kick for the second time today.

    Maybe Rex Ryan took it to heart and decided that he had to coach one great game against, in his opinion, maybe the best coach ever. Before we start with the proclamations of ‘ best ever’, because that is a big phrase and crazy to be handing out, let’s remember what Lombardi did in one decade.

    I don’t believe Belichick and his staff came to this game unprepared but this Patriots team played uninspired football today. That has a lot to do with the coach, but it also has to do with the players. These men are professionals that are paid a lot of money to do their jobs. The players are just as accountable as the coaches.

    The Patriots re-loaded on the fly this season and I’m not sure there is an organization in the league that is capable pulling that off. One thing is for sure – the Patriots are a great football team that just didn’t play great football today. It there is a season next year-this Patriots team will remember tonight. Boy, are the Patriots going to be even better next season.

  38. pudgalvin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    Brady’s at his best when his offensive line plays well and his defense plays well. Just like Manning, just like Cutler, just like every qb. That hasn’t been the case in the postseason the last three years. Doesn’t completely absolve Brady, but it’s really hard to win in the postseason. There’s a reason even he doesn’t win the Super Bowl every year.

  39. jvw1982 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:11 PM

    This game was not about Brady, it was about the Jet D…..give credit where credit is do…..they did to Belicheat what Belicheat did to the best show on turf in the SB…….Impressive!!!! Give the fat boy his due he deserves it…….I loved his press conference when he said same old Jets going back to the Championship game, wow this guy has balls lol

  40. pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:11 PM

    Looked like Childress was coaching the Pats in the final minutes!

  41. 8man says: Jan 16, 2011 8:12 PM

    Tony Mazz spelled it out in his column.

    TB has been a bit of a no show for 6 of his last 7 playoff games. Obviously not all on him.

    Tonight it struck me that if Brady had taken off and ran a few times, it might have changed things.

  42. patriotinvasion says: Jan 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    Patriots fan here…terrible end to a great season. We just got beat today. Give the Jets credit though…they just beat Manning and Brady on the road…that’s a tough feet, I mean feat

  43. ginop7690 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    all I got to say to Bear fans and Jets fans is pass the hot sauce extra spicy I can’t eat crow straight up the taste is sickening especially when it comes to the Bears I still have faith the Pack and Steelers will crush you both. Well I guess T Sizzle and Brady will each have equal time to play stalker and stalkee together since Brady failed to play like a MVP

  44. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    I didn’t even read this story, I didn’t have to.

    No sour grapes here, this Patriots fan never even considered that the Jets could win (no more “Yets” here, today they proved themselves).

    Forget the score, from the second quarter on the Jets dominated New England. Sanchez wasn’t great, but he was good enough to win with 3 TDs. The Jets defense DID confuse Brady – I didn’t think that was possible – and the Patriots shot themselves in the foot enough times to seal the win for the Jets. Sacks, fumbles, dropped passes, and some horrible tackling on New England’s defense.

    And Bill Belichick – the legend – going for it on 4th and a mile instead of taking the FG, the horribly botched fake field goal, and finally, the first onside kick…….

    If you Jets fans want to celebrate making Patriots fans feel empty, go right ahead. We’ve got it coming. Give credit where credit is due, the Jets were the better team today.

    I still can’t stand the Jets or their fans, but I would hate like hell for the Jets to make this all count for nothing by losing to Pittsburgh next week.

  45. eastcoastconnection says: Jan 16, 2011 8:15 PM

    Maybe Brady SHOULD have been at home studying the Jets beating Indy last week. Looks like NE just couldn’t cheat enough this week. 5 sacks and an INT. NE fans certainly had room to talk after that horrible outting from the Jets on MNF but now it’s all in the past. Brady remains one of the all-time great QB’s in NFL history but Sanchez has a superior playoff record compared to Brady in the 2 years he’s been in the league!!!….And the mother effin JETS!!!!

    Onward to black and yellow!

  46. ontboltfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    The reality was many of NE’s players were getting their first playoff experience. Woodhead, Gronkowski, Hernandez, Tate, Volmmer.

    Welker is an idiot and should have shut his mouth. He was a non factor.

    Not surprising because the NYJ are > then NE in almost very area except QB. The adj to dumb the offenxe down for Sanchez is really working. Classic Martyball in action here.

  47. heybeerman95 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    nyjallgodamnday says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM
    tom brady seems like the kind of guy that would F someone in the @ss and not even have the common courtesy to give him a reach around

    ————————————————–

    LMAO!! Good one!

  48. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    Maybe it’s time we re-evaluated the “greatest ever” rep some of the hypesters have tried to lay on this guy.

    He’s won nothing since Spygate, as has been pointed out. In the non-conspiratorial vein, he’s won nothing since Bruschi, Vrabel and Law were there to hold the fort, when the Pats couldn’t score (see: first Super Bowl vs. Rams).

    He fizzled out his first game last year, he fizzled out his first game this year. But keep on riding his jock.

  49. kom2k10 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    I don’t know how Brady got sacked 5 times… it seemed like he had 10 seconds to throw the ball sometimes! I think the announcers said it best when they called some of those sacks “coverage sacks”. Overall, O-line played well, but that ball has to come out within 3.5 seconds…

  50. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    WTF, no refs called any tucks for Tommy………….

  51. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM
    pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    After scrutinizing the match ups and numbers I have come to a shocking conclusion. The Jets are going to winning in a stunning upset tonight! Bank on it.
    ======================================
    Yoda has spoken! I have already seen the Steeler-Jet winner in a dream. Stay tuned..

    ———————————————————

    Aren’t you the same jackass who was predicting a Viking’s Super Bowl back in September?

  52. joetoronto says: Jan 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    So much for comparing him to Joe Montana.

  53. holeinone09 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    Another great playoff game by AFC teams! Congrats to the Jets on a really well-deserved victory. Although I said a number of times I would have loved to play the Pats and Brady next week, I am looking forward to getting revenge for the loss to the Jets earlier this year. Steelers get a home game for the AFC Championship! Another defensive blockbuster coming up!

    GO STEELERS!!

  54. jimmy1smith says: Jan 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    How is it that Brady is the greatest QB in the game today and is Mr. Clutch in the playoffs but when you take away Matt Walsh and the video tapes, he sucks?

    Maybe its because the cheating went further than anyone cared to admit to which help explains why the League front office burned the tapes before everyone discovered on sleazy an organization the Pats really were.

    Ya, we heard the excuses that everyone does it but Brady’s performance with the aid of illegal taping is Exhibit A in why all the Lombardi trophies should be returned. Tainted at best, but returned to restore some honor.

  55. ninjapleazee says: Jan 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    The Patriots just aint who we thought they were! I’m laughing about how “unstoppable” the Patriots were.. how all the Superbowl talk..

  56. mborz says: Jan 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    Hats off to the Pats fans who are here offering congrats.

  57. patssmelllikepoo says: Jan 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    Have the Patriots been overrated all season long? Did they play above themselves? Did the bye hurt them? Is Tom Brady not feeling well? Did they not take this as serious as they should have? Did they stop respecting the Jets after the 45-3 blowout?

    I do not have the answers to those questions, but here are a few observations of today’s AFC Divisional Playoff game.

    The Patriots offensive line gave up 5 sacks today. Brady is not his usual cool self, throwing an uncharacteristic interception and a lot of throw away balls (Brady did have good stats 299 yds, 2 TD’s, 1 INT). The special teams played anything but special. It’s not that the Jets redeveloped their whole team in one week, they just came out and played hungry football. Scoring a touchdown late in the third quarter did show some moxie on the Patriot’s part and going for two was more about the Offense than the Special Teams. The Patriots Defense giving up an early fourth quarter touchdown is not a team exhibiting a level of intensity that we have come to know in the last ten years. At fourth and 13 late in the fourth the Patriots should have gone for the field goal, with or without Revis in the game. The onside kick was probably the nail that the Jets needed to seal the coffin for the Patriots. The late Jets touchdown didn’t help either. And again, the Patriots showed serious ‘True Grit’ in scoring the late touchdown in the fourth but came up short on the onside kick for the second time today.

    Maybe Rex Ryan took it to heart and decided that he had to coach one great game against, in his opinion, maybe the best coach ever. Before we start with the proclamations of ‘ best ever’, because that is a big phrase and crazy to be handing out, let’s remember what Lombardi did in one decade.

    I don’t believe Belichick and his staff came to this game unprepared but this Patriots team played uninspired football today. That has a lot to do with the coach, but it also has to do with the players. These men are professionals that are paid a lot of money to do their jobs. The players are just as accountable as the coaches.

    The Patriots re-loaded on the fly this season and I’m not sure there is an organization in the league that is capable pulling that off. One thing is for sure – the Patriots are a great football team that just didn’t play great football today. It there is a season next year-this Patriots team will remember tonight. Boy, are the Patriots going to be even better next season.

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    as-sphincter says what? Dude get a hobby!

  58. drumbug7 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    I’m one to think that the Patriots in general werent prepared for this game. I’ve said before on here (to a lot of ‘thumbs down’) that Welker had to spend a lot of time thinking up those foot metaphors, time that could have been spent planning or studying the Jets’ defense. And, if you beat a team 45-3 6 weeks ago, what’s not to say that you can’t do it again?

    Definitely glad to see the Patriots lose this game, but not too crazy that the Jets won :)

  59. layinlow says: Jan 16, 2011 8:32 PM

    Take away the video cheating, adam vinatieri, and the patriots terrific defense of old and Brady is not too great in the playoffs.

    No way the Rams lose that first superbowl without these cheaters video taping their walk thru. Imagine how pissed kurt warner and marshall faulk were when they found out. Those guys would have two superbowl rings instead of one.

    When I hear people try and say Brady is the best QB ever it ticks me off. Joe Montana was the best I ever saw play the game and he is 4-0 in superbowls without the cheating.

  60. thegreatwhitemidget says: Jan 16, 2011 8:33 PM

    You know what as a pats fan this game really made me realize how many holes the team had and how Brady has carried the team all year but I saw improvement at the end of the season especially with the defense and to tell you the truth I missed Randy moss at the end of that game

  61. nflisrigged says: Jan 16, 2011 8:35 PM

    This whole NFL postseason screams one thing to me … the NFL is RIGGED!

  62. discosucs2005 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:38 PM

    Someone yesterday posted that Ben is the best clutch QB. I have no counter argument. (Before the math geniuses say Brady has more SBs, he has also been in the league longer.)

  63. Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    jwil444 says:

    Bad weekend for Brett Favre, both the Pack and Jets advance putting an exclamation point on his irrelevance.
    ————————————————–
    Irrelevant? Is that why so many Pack fans are still obsessing over him on PFT threads? Whatever his personal failings, his great career remains. Since you can’t appreciate it, learn to suck it up.

  64. aaronitout12 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    After scrutinizing the match ups and numbers I have come to a shocking conclusion. The Jets are going to winning in a stunning upset tonight! Bank on it.
    ======================================
    Yoda has spoken! I have already seen the Steeler-Jet winner in a dream. Stay tuned..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    “The Jets are going to winning in a stunning upset tonight! Bank on it.”

    Not to sure I would have copied and pasted something that shows how “intelligent” you are. Learn to type using correct lingo.

    Give it up for the rest of the year and continue your annual “Vikings are going to the Super Bowl” prediction you make every training camp.

  65. hcgraves says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    The look on cry baby Brady’s face was priceless. Now the meathead Patriot fans can crawl back in there hole for another year.

  66. halftermguv says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    The two most over confident teams and fans are sent packing. Buh bye NE and Baltimore.

    @aaronrodgerschokes
    Colin Cowherd raised my IQ by 10 points….I turn the dial to NPR whenever ferret face’s show is on.

  67. swinbun says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    Lets face it, Brady hasn’t got it done when it counted in the playoffs. Giants kicked his @$$ in the Super Bowl. Ravens destroyed him last year( By the way, the Colts tore them up in the next game), and now against the Jets!!!

  68. stixzidinia says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    Looks like the Pats shot themselves in the foot today. Such a shame to have them caught with their foot in their mouth and be forced to put their best foot forward back into the tunnel as losers. Perhaps if they’d jumped in today with both feet they’d have been more prepared to do battle. Instead their heads were in the clouds instead of having their feet planted firmly on the ground.

    So what’s up Pats fans? You still think everybody’s afraid of your boys? Once again it’s proven that Marsha Brady can’t stand being hit. Put a little pressure on her and she becomes Trent Edwards awfully quick. And she has absolutely zero ability to extend the play and move outside the pocket. She’s only as good as her line (which is pretty spectacular most often)

  69. browningnagle says: Jan 16, 2011 8:41 PM

    Kudos to Pats fans the take defeat gracisously…that’s really cool.

    Go Jets! 8)

  70. whatever897 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:43 PM

    Apparently God hates @ssholes too

  71. Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 8:44 PM

    Congratulations to the Jets for a brilliantly strategized and executed game plan. Looking forward to the AFC Championship with my Steelers in Pittsburgh.

    But permiepoo is right. It is ridiculous to disparage Tom Brady. He didn’t have a great game, but he had an MVP-worthy year–without which the Pats wouldn’t have been in the post-season. He is one of the best ever to play the game, and this loss more the product of what the Jets did right than what Brady did wrong.

  72. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    “She runs real good ‘cept for the clutch. Hate to to give it up, to be honest, but we got unforseen expenses and another kid comin’ along….so….”

  73. afc22 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:51 PM

    gotta agree with mborz – lots of Pats fans on here showing class. not often that happens on these pages so props to you guys

  74. obsession55 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:51 PM

    At least Peyton and Tom are available for the P;ro Bowl now!!

  75. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:52 PM

    nyjalleffingday says:
    I’d like to give a shout out to RichM (who graciously admitted defeat) MistrezzRachel and TiffPats4Eva. You all made this even better than it was.

    How does deFEET taste?
    ———————————————————
    Thank you, I’m glad if I helped make this more enjoyable for you.

    To answer your question, one fan to another, it tastes like a mouthful of sour milk.

    Okay, a whole glassful.

  76. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:52 PM

    Michael David Smith, you are clearly an idiot. To say that those 3 consecutive playoff losses were partly Brady’s fault is the most retarded thing ive ever heard. In the ’07 Superbowl Brady was getting hit every single play. Sure he could have played better but to even doubt Tom Brady shows your intelligence so stop posting stupid articles like this your making Rosenthal look like someone with a high understanding of the English language.

  77. johnnyshore says: Jan 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Without question Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. If you put Manning on a team with a Bellichickian defense, Manning would have amassed more rings than Brady has with that opportunity. Peyton has accomplished a lot with little help from his teammates, while Tom has benefited from great coaching and hall of fame caliber teammates.

  78. stonedwhitetrash says: Jan 16, 2011 8:56 PM

    Brady is just to full of himself, wonder who stands in front of a mirror most Brady or his wife.

  79. patriotinvasion says: Jan 16, 2011 8:56 PM

    I agree with the above. The Jets D just had a great plan for the Patriots. Brady had 36 TD’s and 4 INT’s and his team went 14-2. The Jets beat us today, but this game proves nothing about Tom Brady…congrats to the NY Jets…Should be fun battling this squad for the next 4 or 5 years…good luck

  80. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    hcgraves says:
    Now the meathead Patriot fans can crawl back in there hole for another year.
    ———————————————————
    I’d like to see “meathead” fans of ANY team crawl back into a hole ……but THIS Patriot fan isn’t going anywhere. I won’t disappear just because New England lost.

  81. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:02 PM

    Oh yeah Brady sucks take those rings away from him
    No more banging VS models

    He is done no HOF for him

    Give me a break the Jets got lucky the luck will run out in Pitt or Dallas

  82. pdxninerfan says: Jan 16, 2011 9:13 PM

    One must think somewhere Randy Moss is smiling …

  83. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:16 PM

    johnnyshore says: Jan 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Without question Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. If you put Manning on a team with a Bellichickian defense, Manning would have amassed more rings than Brady has with that opportunity. Peyton has accomplished a lot with little help from his teammates, while Tom has benefited from great coaching and hall of fame caliber teammates.

    Your crazy Peyton has had better wide receivers by far. I am a huge Pats fan but give me a list of all these hall of fame players Tom has had?

  84. stixzidinia says: Jan 16, 2011 9:17 PM

    Without question Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. If you put Manning on a team with a Bellichickian defense, Manning would have amassed more rings than Brady has with that opportunity. Peyton has accomplished a lot with little help from his teammates, while Tom has benefited from great coaching and hall of fame caliber teammates.

    ———————–

    Check the stats dude. Belichick hasn’t turned in a top defense in many years. It’s a total fallacy that he’s some sort of “defensive genius”. And stop mking excuses for Peyton coming up small in big games. He doesn’t have a losing record in the playoffs because of a “lack of supporting cast”. And maybe if he’d take a little less cash on his contracts instead of going to the cap-busting maximum deal every time the Colts might be able to build around him. It’s his own fault they have to put scrubs around him. They can’t afford anything else after with his huge cap hit.

  85. swinbun says: Jan 16, 2011 9:19 PM

    Pats fans, you are right…….Regular season stats and MVP’s really don’t mean $&*^…….ITS ALL ABOUT THE PLAYOFFS!!!! LOL

  86. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:19 PM

    Brady is just to full of himself, wonder who stands in front of a mirror most Brady or his wife.

    Where does this come from have you ever heard him say anything to make you think this?

    Why is it any other qb can lose and there great Brady has a great year loses to a team everyone says is so good but now he becomes no good?

    How many playoff games has Manning or Brees Lost?

  87. kom2k10 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:22 PM

    Manning only had 9 possesions against the Jets and led them to scoring drives on 4 out of the 9 possesions. He scored points on 4 out of 4 of his possesions to end that game.

    Brady gets 12 possesions against the Jets!

    When Colts fans complain about the Colts Defense, this is what we are talking about! Sure they only gave up 17 points last week, BUT they allow teams to just run down our throats and run out the clock and hardly give Peyton a chance.

    Same thing happened in the Superbowl last year… check the stats.

    This proves that Brady lived off of the benefits of Spygate. 2-3 playoff record since they’ve been busted out!

  88. theseaward says: Jan 16, 2011 9:22 PM

    Has not won a SB since 2005 yet we talk about him like he is a God. Get in his face and he is like any other QB. Good riddance for another year.

  89. obsession55 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:22 PM

    @ thenewenglandpatriots

    Its the same thing when the Colts lose…its all Peyton’s fault and it goes against “Peyton’s” postseason record. Its ridiculous, but thats how the media works. Unfortunately we have to get used to all the haters

  90. tangfish says: Jan 16, 2011 9:23 PM

    I just LOVE watching Tom Brady and the Pats flop. It definitely made me feel better after watching my Seahawks get spanked at soldier field.

  91. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jan 16, 2011 9:24 PM

    No kidding. What is up with being all fired up for regular season match-ups but coming out flat in the playoffs? Tom… wtf? Where was all the screaming and yelling from the Steelers game and the December Jets game? Lame. Congratualtions Jets and Jets fans. That was a stoning, and it will suck to listen to you all for the next several months. Not much to say though. One team wanted it and one team didn’t. Good luck going forward.

  92. leftysmoke says: Jan 16, 2011 9:27 PM

    Look at the teams Brady has been on. The comparison between him and Manning is a joke. First of all, Manning’s stats completely trump Brady’s. Secondly, Manning undoubtedly runs his offense. Brady listens to Belicheat and does what he’s told. Brady is a good QB, but he will never be on a level sufficient for comparison to Manning. I don’t care how many rings he has. Teams win championships.

    The Patriots came out and choked with a “championship team” lol. Patriot fans want to talk smack to Jet fans saying they won their Super Bowl back in August, well take a look at yourselves. Just goes to show the regular season means absolutely nothing besides a playoff birth. Even home field advantage is overblown.

    On a final note, next year: Colts get home field advantage and play the Super Bowl in their house. And win.

  93. whatever897 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:31 PM

    I’m gonna give kudos to Richman2256 – the classiest Pats fan I’ve seen on any post. I can’t stand the Patriots and Brady’s smirk and arrogance is the reason. But… I gotta hand it to you Richman… you bring class. Well done.

  94. freddieizzyb says: Jan 16, 2011 9:38 PM

    nflisrigged says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:35 PM
    This whole NFL postseason screams one thing to me … the NFL is RIGGED!

    ————————————————–
    dont worry, i used to think that also when i was in the 5th grade. Then i realized that my team couldnt win every week, and when they didnt, it wasnt no one fault but theirs. The nfl doesnt care who wins and you know it. You will grow out of it eventualy!

  95. deweygroup says: Jan 16, 2011 9:40 PM

    I must take my hats off to the Jets. They outplayed the Pats plain and simple. I am extremely disappointed in the results, but I can accept the fact that going into this year, I was expecting them to go 10-6. They exceeded my expectations in that sense.
    It made for a fun year. They are still in the process of rebuilding the roster from the last couple of years looking to get younger and faster. I have faith they will be very good next year.

    Kudos to the Jets ….. I guess I’ll start looking at all the mock drafts and prospects to give me something to look forward to.

  96. kom2k10 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:50 PM

    As a Colts fan, I love how when the Colts lose, it’s ALWAYS Peyton Mannings fault according to the Pats fans.

    Now that the Pats are losing in the post season, it’s never Tom Brady’s fault at! HA! I love it!

    Truth be told, Brady didn’t look great today, but good enough to maybe get a win. Fact is they just got outplayed…

  97. thehighhat says: Jan 16, 2011 9:52 PM

    To those small minded that were comparing Brady to Joe Montana… You’re wrong… just like Manning last year before the SB!!!

  98. thehighhat says: Jan 16, 2011 9:53 PM

    With that said, at least Brady gets to go home to a Brasileira tonight. Porra caralho!!!

  99. randymossblewit says: Jan 16, 2011 9:54 PM

    How about this…..

    I’m 15-5

    Manning is 9-10.

    check back in 5 years when Manning has 2 more super bowls and I have 5 more 1 and dones, until then I’ll be home with Giselle and you’ll still be jealous.

    Signed

    Tom Terrific

  100. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:06 PM

    kom2k10 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:50 PM

    As a Colts fan, I love how when the Colts lose, it’s ALWAYS Peyton Mannings fault according to the Pats fans.

    Now that the Pats are losing in the post season, it’s never Tom Brady’s fault at! HA! I love it!

    Truth be told, Brady didn’t look great today, but good enough to maybe get a win. Fact is they just got outplayed…

    I agree with you my point was there still the best
    quarterbacks

  101. echoplex89 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:09 PM

    now he’s “tom the terrible”

  102. meattuperello says: Jan 16, 2011 10:11 PM

    c ch cho chok choke

  103. ratedrsuperstar1331 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:14 PM

    If anyone tries to hang this one on Brady, you’re sadly mistaken. The O-Line couldn’t hold up their end of the deal and receivers just weren’t getting open against Ryan’s defense. The Patriots as a whole got beat, not just Brady.

  104. realfootballfan says: Jan 16, 2011 10:15 PM

    You’re dealing with the same dilemma the Falcons are on a larger scale because we’ve had it beaten into our head that as long as you have a great QB, you can overcome anything. Sure, that’s true in the regular season, but the better players top to bottom win in the playoffs (unless Marty Schottenheimer is your coach).

    The Patriots, like the Colts need to do with Manning, have to get elite players to surround Brady or they’re not winning anything else but regular season coronations every year.

  105. goddamnsnack says: Jan 16, 2011 10:16 PM

    It is quite simple.. don’t like the Jets’ smack talk? shut them up..hasn’t happened yet. Until then, deal with it! =)

  106. ruthlessburger7 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:17 PM

    Here’s the reality people, since ‘Spygate’ broke, the Pats have collapsed. All of a sudden, they’re not unbeatable. All of a sudden, Tom isn’t the 2nd coming of Christ in cleats. All of a sudden Belichek isn’t a genius. Now, any team with the balls to go after Brady beats them. Belicheck looks more like the guy who coached in Cleveland. Don’t get me wrong, Brady is a great technician as a QB, but as soft as soft serve ice cream. You wanna watch a real QB win time and time again? Watch Big Ben, who despite adversity always finds a way to put his team in position to win when it matters most. Next Sunday, Big Ben & the Steelers will contend for an appearance in their 3rd Super Bowl since Brady won his last, and Pats fans everywhere better hope they don’t win it. For, if they do, the Steelers-cheating scandal=Team Of The Decade, or ‘The Real Dynasty Of the 2,000’s’. New England fans need to come to the realization of just how irrelevant your team has become. You’re turning into the Colts. Great regular season, early exit. You went from being a powerhouse to a punchline. Don’t like it? Too damn bad…

  107. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 10:21 PM

    Brady has traditionally been spoiled by protection, and having time to eat a sandwich back there. You see what happens when the other guys put a little pressure on him, when he doesn’t get all day to set and throw. He looks, frankly, pretty average.

  108. johnnyshore says: Jan 16, 2011 10:23 PM

    Put Peyton Manning on any of the 20 teams that didn’t make the playoffs and they are instantly a playoff caliber team with the classiest quarterback to ever don pads. Put Tom Brady on one of those teams and they instantly have a whiney dou chebag overrated quarterback.

  109. joecool16280 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:25 PM

    He’s no Montana and he never will be

  110. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:25 PM

    Come on because the steelers never lose playoff games?

  111. tbfootballer says: Jan 16, 2011 10:35 PM

    Congrats to the jets for today…

    But anyone bringing up spygate is grasping at straws. The 2007 a**kicking season was post any video…if that even really made a real difference. Its just extremely hard to win a superbowl…i would think most jets fans would know that though…ha

  112. kom2k10 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:44 PM

    Big Ben’s D also stepped up and gave him 3 turnovers and possessions that gave him starting field position inside the opponents 30 yard line.

    I think either Tom or Peyton could have faired better had they been given that type of defensive performace.

  113. scytherius says: Jan 16, 2011 10:46 PM

    You get credit for the wins as a QB then you shoulder the blame for the loss. this absolutely is laid at Brady’s feet. If not, let’s not give him credit for those 43 Super Bowls.

  114. blitzburg10 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:48 PM

    So sick of the Brady,Manning,and Brees talk as the elite 3 QB’S…All are among the best of their generation,especially in Brady and Manning’s case…They are both legendary players and first ballot hall of famers…

    After Brady’s 3 superbowls,the next guy that should be talked about is Ben Roethlisberger..What the hell does this guy have to do to prove he belongs in this group? Maybe just win his next 2 games,huh?? Dont bet against him!! Lets take a look at this guy’s resume,ok?

    6 years in the league,only 27 years old….15-1 as a rookie,going to the AFC title game…AS A ROOKIE,21 YEARS OLD!!!! He is 77-31 as a starter in the regular season…has 2 superbowl victories,is 9-2 in the postseason..Is going to his 4th AFC TITLE GAME….has NEVER lost a road playoff game,has 19 4th qarter combacks,with 25 game winning drives….including a classic game winning drive 2 years ago in the super bowl against Arizona….

    How is all that, at the age of 27? And playing for an adequate ,at best ,offensive line for the last 4 years…..In a few weeks,he may have his 3rd Lombardi,and is just now in the prime ,of what just may be one of the greatest quarterback carreers in the league’s history…Seriously,has anyone noticed just what this guy has accomplished??….An I think he is far from finished…

  115. meattuperello says: Jan 16, 2011 11:01 PM

    Roethlisberger isn’t in the conversation for the same reason Bradshaw isn’t. Look at the defense he played with. While the current group isn’t exactly Greene, Lambert, Blount and company, but they have carried that team for quite some time…

  116. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:03 PM

    I think the off the field stuff hurts Roethlisberger justified or not

  117. hahahapats says: Jan 16, 2011 11:17 PM

    where is tom “the homer” curran? how will he justify another pats loss in the playoffs?

  118. nickster2k says: Jan 16, 2011 11:18 PM

    Brady was probably nervous because he was going scuba diving after the game.

  119. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:21 PM

    johnnyshore says: Jan 16, 2011 10:23 PM

    Put Peyton Manning on any of the 20 teams that didn’t make the playoffs and they are instantly a playoff caliber team with the classiest quarterback to ever don pads. Put Tom Brady on one of those teams and they instantly have a whiney dou chebag overrated quarterback.

    Your such a joke ask those 20 teams if they want Tom Brady

  120. TylerD says: Jan 16, 2011 11:22 PM

    A quarterback is just one man, there are 10 other players on offense. No one was getting open, and Brady tried to force the ball on so many plays it wasn’t funny. Plus the play calling was terrible. So many runs when the Jets were jamming the middle. Very few 2TE or 3TE sets. No real use of Edelman’s speed to break coverage on underneath routes. The Pats just laid an egg.

    That being said, Tom does seem to be coming down to earth a bit. He’s turning out to be more Dan Marino than Joe Montana: Gaudy regular season stats followed by utterly disgraceful performances in the playoffs. It’s not just Peyton Manning anymore.

    Oh well, I was a fan during the Bledsoe era, so I can be satisfied with the Pats just being another great team. Looking forward to the draft.

  121. johnnyshore says: Jan 16, 2011 11:22 PM

    @blitzburg10, the difference between Big Ben and Manning/Brady is only one of the three belongs on the sexual offenders list. I think you know who I mean. At least the other two are law abiding citizens. Oh, also..those two are significantly better players. The rapist has been blessed with a top defense every year he has played. Joey Harrington would have had as many rings as the rapist had he been fortunate enough to have been on that team.

  122. drescon says: Jan 16, 2011 11:23 PM

    @blitzburg10

    Funny that you mention all of that about Big Ben but the Steelers won those superbowls in spite of Ben’s play.

  123. tatum064 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:23 PM

    As enjoyable a game as i have ever watched. They talked, came and backed it up. J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!!!!

    14-2 was impressive, but same result as last year. They need to get a running game, and another dynamic player out of the backfield – like FA Darren Sproles… they had a good season, but Jets were the better team tonight…

  124. hooterdawg says: Jan 16, 2011 11:30 PM

    I wonder when Brady will hang the cleats up? He canot reach the level of past glory, and there is nothing left for him to prove unless he can win another Superbowl. The regular season is a boredom for him – his ‘only’ purpose for him to tear himself away from his celebrity role as Mr. Bunchen is to win another Superbowl. He must realize now how difficult that is when he has to face 3 or 4 really good teams playing at the top of their game. If he were a franchise baseball pitcher, he wouldn’t join the Pats until midseason…Brady is a family man who divides his time between 4 or 5 different cities – depending upon which child he is visiting and where his wife is working. He doesn’t need football as much as the Pats need him. How long will this first ballot Hall of Famer keep playing before he realizes that his heart isn’t as committed to the game as much as it needs to be?

  125. TylerD says: Jan 16, 2011 11:34 PM

    BTW, media and Pats haters, please say “Belichick hasn’t won anything since spygate” as many times as you possibly can all through the offseason. We need Belichick to have a chip on his shoulder next season.

  126. bigbear12 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:37 PM

    Funny how at the start of the start of the year this was a reloading year for the Pats with a bunch of rookies on Defense.
    14-2 and smashing most opponents in the regular season is merely consolation when you lose in the playoffs.
    Were the Pats spying when they roasted the Jets 45-3?

    Can’t win it all every year.

    Jets fans enjoy it while you can. Pats are going to be good for awhile, maybe if you’re lucky you can squeak in with a wild card next year.

  127. john0756 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:37 PM

    He is not committed come on Jets were better today thats it. I think your reaching big time

  128. gnyj85 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:40 PM

    Defense wins championships. If their D wasnt so nice, Big Ben wouldnt be ish. Not to mention his off field activities. The boy is not a role model.

  129. blitzburg10 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:50 PM

    Some of you are on crack…you gotta be! First of all I am talkin football here,quarterbacks accomplishment ON THE FIELD!!

    Joey Harrington could win like Ben ,if he was a steeler? Thats your argument? You shouldn’t even be allowed to wath football,let alone watch it..

    Someone said we win in spite of him? Oh yeah that 90 yard drive against Arizona just really sucked….anyone could have done that!

    Please,if you wanna hate the guy for what he has been accused of off the field…thats fine, but its a non-football issue …but if you wanna make a complete jackass of yourself,by comparing him to Joey Harrington,or saying the Steelers won 2 superbowls in spite of him…then there is no hope for your complete hatred for the guy, or your total ignorance of the sport itself…

    Keep hating morons,and Ben will just keep winning,and we in Pittsburgh will keep laughing at you…

  130. shadowgm1 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:53 PM

    The end is near, finally.

    Brady alone is put on a pedestal, year in and out, and the team is just along for the ride. He garners far too much credit for what the Patriots accomplish than his line or receivers get. Glad to see his overrated self got bounced today.

    This is an average QB playing on an above average team of players with a top notch coaching and front office running the organization. The whole is more than just the part, get real.

  131. drescon says: Jan 17, 2011 12:01 AM

    lol i dont hate big ben, just saying that Brady or Manning will do so much better with the team he has .. thats why he doesn’t get the accolades that those two have been getting.

  132. john0756 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:02 AM

    When did Pittsburgh become this elite winning team? I keep reading win like Pittsburgh.There is no elite team in the nfl right now. How many back to back Superbowls have you won lately?

  133. stixzidinia says: Jan 17, 2011 12:04 AM

    the difference between Big Ben and Manning/Brady is only one of the three belongs on the sexual offenders list. I think you know who I mean. At least the other two are law abiding citizens. Oh, also..those two are significantly better players. The rapist has been blessed with a top defense every year he has played. Joey Harrington would have had as many rings as the rapist had he been fortunate enough to have been on that team

    ———————

    Congratulations! You have been awarded the honor of creating the dumbest post in PFT history…..a real accomplishment. Joey Harrington? Even for a Steelers hater, that’s about the dumbest thing that’s ever been posted on the internet.

    Oh and you might want to review the evidence at hand regarding the the Georgia “incident”. A full rape kit proved no intercourse ever even took place…..despite the “victim’s” claims of unprotected sex in her barely legible drunken statement. And as for Nevada……kind of diminishes the validity of a rape claim when the accuser is caught sending emails bragging to friends and co-workers about having slept with him. Now run along and go to bed before Mommy realizes you’re up after bedtime playing on the computer.

  134. john0756 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:19 AM

    shadowgm1 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:53 PM

    The end is near, finally.

    Brady alone is put on a pedestal, year in and out, and the team is just along for the ride. He garners far too much credit for what the Patriots accomplish than his line or receivers get. Glad to see his overrated self got bounced today.

    This is an average QB playing on an above average team of players with a top notch coaching and front office running the organization. The whole is more than just the part, get real.

    So the best qb in the regular season is average now?

  135. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 17, 2011 1:12 AM

    John0756 wonders when Pittsburgh became an elite team? WTF? Do you watch football? They only have the NFL’s all time best winning percentage in the playoffs in the Super Bowl era and have been to five AFC championships in ten years.

    As for Brady, pretty hard to be any good when you are flat on your back. All QBs can look like stars when they have time and bums when they don’t. And that makes the case for Big Ben so overwhelming. Guy spends more tme being chased around then another QB and still puts up good numbers and wins big games.

    As for the Pats and their fans, this is why you have to stop taking wins for granted. Belichick does not have some super sauce recipe for winning and Brady isn’t infallible. The regular season means nothing other than getting you to the dance. And as if you haven’t noticed, still no Super Bowls since you were caught cheating.

    And yes, we will be bringing that up over and over until you can prove you can win without cheating.

  136. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 17, 2011 1:34 AM

    meattuperello says:
    Jan 16, 2011 11:01 PM
    Roethlisberger isn’t in the conversation for the same reason Bradshaw isn’t. Look at the defense he played with. While the current group isn’t exactly Greene, Lambert, Blount and company, but they have carried that team for quite some time…
    ————————————————————-

    Foolish comment of the week.

    1. Bradshaw IS in the conversation, and always has been.

    2. Check the numbers — Roethlisberger carried the Steelers through both playoff runs to the Super Bowl. The run game disappeared. And oh yeah, that defense sure “carried” the team in Arizona when it collapsed in the 4th quarter. Or did Ike Taylor QB that championship-winning drive?

  137. quentincosta says: Jan 17, 2011 1:35 AM

    My prediction that the Pats would win convincingly was totally wrong and all credit to the Jets for a well-deserved win.

    Off to buy something that says Steelers on it! LOL

  138. mystereo says: Jan 17, 2011 2:41 AM

    It’s kind of ironic that Brady is 0-3 in his last three playoff games since Spygate penalty was handed down. I’m just saying…

  139. voxveritass says: Jan 17, 2011 3:00 AM

    john0756 says:
    Jan 17, 2011 12:02 AM
    When did Pittsburgh become this elite winning team? I keep reading win like Pittsburgh.There is no elite team in the nfl right now. How many back to back Superbowls have you won lately?
    _____________________________________

    Pittsburgh has won 2 Super Bowls since the Pats last won one and are in the AFC Championship game. I think it’s safe to say it was about the time New England became slightly above average a few years back.

  140. jasoncnz says: Jan 17, 2011 4:35 AM

    Brady has lost his last 3 playoff games! He also failed to win for the 2nd time with the NFL’s best team and best offense! It’s been a long time since those Superbowls he won on the back of the best coach and best defense. If he doesnt win another ring, the 3 he got in the first 4 years of his career, when he was not yet a great QB (which he is now!!), are going to lose a lot of meaning and even more value!

    BTW: Brady is now 4 and 5 in the playoffs over the last 6 years, with 13 INT’s and a QB rating of 73.8

    NOT GOOD!

  141. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 17, 2011 5:00 AM

    Tom Brady overrated? You betcha!

  142. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 17, 2011 5:07 AM

    First, the Steelers are not currently a dynasty No team is right now. That is difficult to achieve in the modern game. But, they are an elite team. Have been for 40 plus years. They have gone to 7 Super Bowls. Won 6. Been in countless play-off games. And, have won 2 of the last 5 Super Bowls. And, have now at least made it as far as the AFC championship game. They’ve only had 3 head coaches in over 40 years. What does that tell you?

    Second, Roethlisberger did not play great in the Seattle Super Bowl. But, played great in the one against Arizona. Some of you people are forgetting that last drive, concluding with that perfect pass to Santonio Holmes.

  143. MTLighthouse69 says: Jan 17, 2011 7:17 AM

    assman12 said on Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM:

    “I’m neutral, but i cant be the only one who wanted to kick braylon edwards in the head. cartwheels……f@#k off.”

    I think it was fantastic, and I hate the Jets and Pats. I guess you don’t remember when the Pats did the Lights Out dance in San Diego in Jan 2007. If the Pats are going to dish it out, they need to learn how to take it. It will be interesting to see how many Pats’ fans whine over Edwards celebration.

    So, the Patriots have won how many SBs since Spygate?

    Zero?

    Brady cost them that game more than anyone. He is a veteran QB and he can’t run a hurry up offense?

    There were several openings for Brady to run the ball himself, but he just sat back waiting for someone to get open so he could throw them the ball, what a dope.

    Watching Belichick’s post game news conference acting all butt hurt, what a baby.

  144. no1dman43troy says: Jan 17, 2011 7:29 AM

    Another playoff loss for Tommy and Billy. Since being found out as the cheaters they are (spygate) they have not won a thing. Early exit in the playoffs, or have not made it to the playoffs at all. Oh yea they did make to the big dance once and they let the Giants kick them around the field for three hours. They might have won one title if they were playing on an even playing field with everyone else. Hines Ward said after losing the AFC Championship game ” It was like they knew are plays”. Uh… Hines, THEY DID.

  145. runtheball says: Jan 17, 2011 7:39 AM

    It has been said time and time again. Pressure Brady and he wilts. Hopefully every team took notice adn will continue this strategy.

  146. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 17, 2011 8:10 AM

    The Patriots lost this game in Brady’s head. Ryan and the Jets defense and maybe the NJ Jets-Jerry Springer show this week seems to have fried his brain. In every shot of him he looked like he was stoned. He looked like someone had just run over his dog. There was no emotion. He had a constant blank look. He buried his head in the defensive photos like he didn’t want to be there. When Brady throws to a receiver who doesn’t turn in time, you blame the receiver. When it happens multiple times, you blame the quarterback. The most telling sign that Brady could not handle the Jets was the fourth quarter clock management. Down 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Patriots ran an 8-minute, Donovan McNabb Superbowl-like clock killing drive. Instead of letting Brady run the hurry up offense that he does best, the Pats ran the offense as if they were trying to protect a rookie quarterback. Then Brady gives a Jim Caldwellesque answer to the clock management question in the post-game press conference. Something about if they had got in the end zone, they would have been down only 3 with four minutes left. Hey Tom, how about getting in the end zone and being down 3 with 7 minutes left? Or if you failed on that drive, possibly leaving time for another possession? The bottom line is that the Jets created the circumstances that led to this meltdown and deserve to be playing for the AFC title next week. Kudos to them. Or maybe Brady’s dog did really die.

  147. chetwynnr says: Jan 17, 2011 8:31 AM

    Brady and the Pats looked like they’d been drugged. There was no fire. No enthusiasm. It is clear that Belichick didn’t have the offense ready to play. Perhaps coming down on Wes Welker for the foot comments wasn’t that great an idea!

  148. bears5683 says: Jan 17, 2011 8:46 AM

    No one can ever take away Tom Brady’s three Super Bowl rings, the regular-season MVP award he received following the 2007 season or the second MVP award he’ll surely receive in three weeks. But make no mistake: The Patriots’ three-game postseason losing streak means that Brady’s clutch reputation has been tarnished. I was going to post the same thing, but the geius writer here at PFT beat me to it. Go Bears

  149. lixsme says: Jan 17, 2011 8:57 AM

    Bottom line is Little Tommy Tuck Rule is a wuss and always has been.

  150. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:14 AM

    Brady did look pedestrian. I think you can easily correlate the quality of the wins with Brady at the helm to the quality of the Patriots defense. After their last SB win, between an aging defense, an incompetent defensive coordinator in Dean Pees, and most recently, a young defense with zero pass rush…you see where this is going…especially in the playoffs.

    Ben Roethlesomethin’ (good pick Cowah) has been blessed to have the best defense, year in and year out. He’s also a heck of a QB that makes some amazing plays (making lemonade from lemons with his scrambling around)…and yes, if his defense is there, the sky is the limit for his post season numbers.

    Brady’s rep is definitely tarnished and Bert Breer actually said something smart. With the focus of the team being Brady’s arm since 2006, that formula does not work in the playoffs. You need to have a solid defense on the other side of the ball to really pick up the slack. Manning has been the poster boy for this wretched formula…which is why his teams have gone 1 and done many times.

  151. gregjennings85 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:44 AM

    One word: OVERRATED.

  152. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 11:36 AM

    Oh it’s another day of censorship at PFT. What are you soooooooo afraid of???? Pity you don’t have the backbone of the boys at CFT who just let us post and let free and open discourse take its course. How sad for you.

  153. jimeejohnson says: Jan 17, 2011 11:57 AM

    richm2256: you’ve got real character, and I commend you on showing up on this board. Unlike some of your Patriot compatriots (ampats in particular), you give credit where credit is due, and continue to support your team. This is the mark of a higher character, and a true sports fan, rather than some lowlife bigmouth who cannot handle the truth: the Jets win the big games while the Patriots do not (any more). I can skip those lame, loudmouth comments by phony, fair weather fans in favor of intelligent, positive, and fair comments. My team, the 49ers, is pathetic, and I am able to enjoy these playoffs without caring who wins or loses. But it’s cleat that some arrogant fans are the biggest losers of all!

  154. meattuperello says: Jan 17, 2011 12:08 PM

    @ampatsisahypocrite

    Bradshaw might be in the conversation about best Steelers quarterback.

    But that is about it.

    If he is in the discussion about best qb ever, then so is Aikman.. Neither are.

    That is Brady, Mannning, Marino, and Montana, in alphabetical order of course…

    right or wrong, that is how it is….

  155. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 12:18 PM

    @meattuperello …

    Believe it or not, today’s defense is statistically superior to Mean Joe, Lambert, Blount, and company.

  156. meattuperello says: Jan 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    @Deb… Not so much..

  157. patsfiend says: Jan 17, 2011 1:18 PM

    You have to look at Brady’s whole playoff career, and it’s hall of fame unquestionably. He didn’t lose the game last night. There were 3 or 4 passes for 3rd downs or touchdowns that hit Branch, Crumpler, others on the hands and they dropped ‘em.

    Yeah, he looked a little shaky at times, but only made one big mistake, and that was in the 1st quarter. At the end of the game, they had time to get a FG and a TD, and if Branch catches that ball they are in business, as planned, to tie or win the game.

    You want to see a scared QB? Look up “Tony Eason” back in ’86, okay? You really think Brady isn’t as tough as Big Ben? They are different players, different bodies. Other than having his whole knee ripped up, Brady has been in there just about every play for years. He’s a pocket passer, like Montana or Marino or Manning… he’s not a run-around and huck it up there guy like Ben or Young.

    I’ll still take Brady and Billy B over the next 3 years vs. Ryan and Sanchez. Brady is a stand-up guy, and I know he’ll take blame for his screw ups last night, and I also know he’ll be ready to roll next year. Haters go ahead and hate, but the Pats will be back again next year, and even better.

  158. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 1:36 PM

    @meattuperello …

    Historically, no. Statistically, yes.

  159. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    @censors …
    :P

  160. meattuperello says: Jan 17, 2011 5:05 PM

    @Deb

    Like I said, not so much.

    Steelers 73-79 won 76% of their games, 90-27-1.
    Steelers 04-10 won 69% of their games 86-37 and counting.

    4 Super Bowls, to 2 with the possibility of a 3rd.

    Steelers 73-79 gave up 250.1 ypg.
    Steelers 94-10 gave up 275.5 ypg.

    Steelers 73-79 gave up 13.7 ppg.
    Steelers 04-10 gave up 16.7 ppg.

    So like I said…. NOT SO MUCH!

    00

  161. gallyhatch says: Jan 17, 2011 8:51 PM

    Congrats Jets, Jets fans & Patriot haters…..until Belichick & Brady win another ring the cheater comments are all fair game. (coming from a Pats fan)
    Jets have earned the right to run their mouths all they want in the direction of the Pats. My hat’s off in particular to Ryan & Sanchez, they’ve handled this win with grace & dignity. Not a Cromartie Edwards or Scott fan, but what can I say? Jets wrecked the #1 seed.

    Anyone who wants to say the Pats are frauds, good luck making the argument….at worst they are a great regular season team & chokers in the playoffs in recent years. (post spygate win percentage proves my argument)

    thanks to the other Pats fans on here also giving props to the NYJ, I knew not all of our fanbase were delusional idiots.

    While I’m here, what’s the criteria for this site deleting comments?…I thought it deleted one of mine two days ago for saying ‘effing game’ and STFU, but I saw several comments here talking about reacharounds….what’s the criteria here huh?

    Go Packers.

  162. mborz says: Jan 17, 2011 9:41 PM

    meattuperello said: “That is Brady, Mannning, Marino, and Montana, in alphabetical order of course…

    right or wrong, that is how it is….”

    ————————–

    It’s laughable that your list contains no players who played before the 1980s.

    Stating your opinion as fact doesn’t make it so. That’s just what people do when they have a weak argument.

  163. meattuperello says: Jan 18, 2011 12:13 AM

    Borz,
    It’s laughable that you think someone from the 60’s/70’s could compete today.

    John Unitas would be the closest, and he and his counterparts didn’t come close to seeing the defenses that Manning and Brady and the current group go against, by that I’m talking about scheme and talent. I’m sorry that the truth hurts.

  164. stetai says: Jan 18, 2011 2:36 AM

    Say what you want about Brady, but he can go 0-5 in the playoffs and he’s still a level above Peyton Manning who is completely awful in the postseason. he loses near every year, and the year he did win the SB, he played like crap but the defense and running game won the games.

  165. gamustangdude says: Jan 18, 2011 12:30 PM

    @stetai

    This game just proved how overrated Tom Brady is. Peyton is a better manager and tactician than Brady. You, my friend are a Patriots Fan and are delusional; I’m neutral and see reality. Manning is light years ahead of Brady.

  166. davexucc says: Jan 20, 2011 1:54 PM

    I bet it is because Vinitari is gone, yup that is it.

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