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Tom Brady aiming for his 10th conference championship game

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If the Patriots beat the Chiefs today, they’ll play in the AFC Championship Game next weekend, and it will be the 10th time they’ve done so with Tom Brady at quarterback. That’s an incredible accomplishment.

How incredible? Consider this: Only four of the NFL’s 31 other franchises have played in 10 or more conference championship games.

That would be 10 conference championships in 14 seasons that Brady has been the Patriots’ starter (Brady became the starter during the 2001 season and suffered a season-ending injury in Week One of the 2008 season.) The Chiefs, Lions and Cardinals have all been in the NFL for all 45 seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and those three teams have each played in just one conference championship game.

An AFC Championship Game would also be the 31st postseason game of Brady’s career, also an NFL record. Brady is currently at 29 career postseason games played and will tie Adam Vinatieri’s NFL record of 30 when he takes the field today.

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  1. steeltroll says: Jan 16, 2016 2:07 PM

    Pretty astonishing feat.

  2. thenflzone says: Jan 16, 2016 2:08 PM

    It won’t get any better than this era for us Pats fans. Thank you Tom and Bill

  3. dexx57 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:11 PM

    The G.O.A.T

  4. stealthjunk says: Jan 16, 2016 2:11 PM

    It’s funny that this post gives no mention of Belichick. He’s the one who coaches the hell out of that team and deserves all the credit. If I had to pick between Belichick and Brady, I’m taking Belichick all the way and plugging in a smart QB to run the system.

  5. fumblenuts says: Jan 16, 2016 2:13 PM

    Let’s go K.C. !!!!!!

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 16, 2016 2:13 PM

    This franchise is done after the 2017 season. Back to 4-12 where they belong for the forseeable future.

    Cheating only gets you so far, and haven’t won since spygate.

  7. mikeytoth says: Jan 16, 2016 2:14 PM

    Goat. Nuff said.

  8. surfinbird1 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:14 PM

    Not only that , but if the Patriots do happen to make it to the Super Bowl it will be the seventh time with the same coach and qb. That is insane!

  9. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 16, 2016 2:14 PM

    Goes to show what a cakewalk division he’s had his whole career.

    Meanwhile Baltimore-Pittsburgh had to constantly face each other with Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Polamalu in their primes.

    Big Ben is way better than Brady.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:15 PM

    Hope you have a great game today Tom !

  11. badmude says: Jan 16, 2016 2:15 PM

    I don’t like Brady or the Pats, but Wow! that’s a pretty impressive stat.

  12. concrete998 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:16 PM

    Train keeps rolling!! This young man has truly been a pleasure to watch!!!

    Orr, Bird, Williams and Brady

  13. cambam15 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    GOAT

  14. babyjunkie says: Jan 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    Joe Montana was great, but Tom Brady is the best. Those 49ers teams had better players than Tom ever had, and Bill Walsh was no slouch.

  15. ybthatway says: Jan 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    See what CHEATING can do for you kids!!!

  16. rootpain says: Jan 16, 2016 2:18 PM

    And this is the guy Goodell the Narcissist was trying to railroad.
    There is never a guarantee that a team will win one game or another. But if there is anybody I would want under center, Brady is the man.
    They win a double digit victory today.

  17. cross300 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:18 PM

    Greatest ever!!!! And its not even close.

  18. 6superbowls says: Jan 16, 2016 2:19 PM

    Confirmed cheater

  19. billymutt says: Jan 16, 2016 2:19 PM

    Incredible achievement.

    Go Pats!

  20. terrier92 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:21 PM

    The guy shows up to work everyday, prepares like a true professional, takes care of his body, says and does all the right things and jealous haters ridicule him. Rather than celebrate his greatness many try to tear him down exhibiting a pathetic dark side to their makeup. Sad really

  21. bradybbgoat says: Jan 16, 2016 2:22 PM

    When his career is over and the haters finally give up their tired act Tom Brady will be universally accepted as the greatest player in NFL history.

  22. mccourtyisland says: Jan 16, 2016 2:24 PM

    Kiss the rings

  23. realestateguy1983 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:25 PM

    And get this, they have had very few PED suspensions. Truly an amazing run.

  24. directdriver says: Jan 16, 2016 2:26 PM

    Simply the greatest coach/QB combo ever. Consider it’s in the salary cap era, even more impressive!

  25. gbatap says: Jan 16, 2016 2:26 PM

    Will have to wait until next year.

  26. rufustfirefly1303 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:26 PM

    Even the haters have to admit that is an incredible stat

  27. jason9696 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:26 PM

    What happens if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt?

  28. runtheball says: Jan 16, 2016 2:27 PM

    Belichick is the key. Brady has always played for the same coach in essentially the same offense. If not for that Brady would not be a future hall of famer.

  29. whywerule says: Jan 16, 2016 2:28 PM

    I would argue that the fact that Tom Brady has already helped lead the Patriots to 9 AFC Championship, and 6 Super Bowls is already an incredible accomplishment.

    The fact that he has helped them win 4 of those Super Bowls is just more gravy.

    If Tom Brady retires before the game today he is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time.

    If Tom Brady plays today, win or lose he is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time.

    Best of all, Tom Brady is a better person than he is an NFL player.

  30. headwoundharry says: Jan 16, 2016 2:28 PM

    Not this year as time is running out for Tammy and her pretty ruby slippers. Tick tock.

  31. pastabelly says: Jan 16, 2016 2:30 PM

    stealthjunk says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:11 PM
    It’s funny that this post gives no mention of Belichick. He’s the one who coaches the hell out of that team and deserves all the credit. If I had to pick between Belichick and Brady, I’m taking Belichick all the way and plugging in a smart QB to run the system.
    =================================
    Belichick’s record is not as good as Brady’s. That’s the reason. If you had plugged Tom Brady into those Colts teams instead of Manning, the Colts would have won more than once.

  32. drunkraider says: Jan 16, 2016 2:30 PM

    babyjunkie says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    Joe Montana was great, but Tom Brady is the best. Those 49ers teams had better players than Tom ever had, and Bill Walsh was no slouch.

    —————————

    you mean back when the QB’s would get demolished and not get up crying like a brady for a flag?

  33. whywerule says: Jan 16, 2016 2:30 PM

    6superbowls says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:19 PM
    Confirmed cheater…

    You really should stop trolling Pats related threads to post your opinions about your Steelers.

  34. broncodanny says: Jan 16, 2016 2:34 PM

    Ugg…. Not Pats day today, I am afraid. Chiefs on some kinda roll!

  35. patsfan1820 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:36 PM

    We Patriots fans are truly spoiled when it comes to the amount of games they win. I hope that Brady is able to play for at least 3-5 more years and Belichick to coach for that long as well. Oh and for the Religionisforidiots guy you mean the same Ben Roethlisberger that didn’t even throw a touchdown in his first Super Bowl? As for the argument that Belichick is the reason for Brady’s success maybe, but I didn’t hear that much praise for Belichick until Tom Brady came along (maybe from Giants fans, but that’s it) both of them need the other to thrive.

  36. billymutt says: Jan 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    And right on cue, the usual suspects show up. Religious Idiot and his friend Canadian Sports Bra entertaining us with their tired drivel.

    You guys are so adorable.

  37. florioisaliar4hire says: Jan 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    Brady is a fraud, he played for a serial cheating coach his entire career.

  38. j0esixpack says: Jan 16, 2016 2:42 PM

    If Brady makes it back to the Super Bowl it will be the 7th time in 14 years

    That must infuriate the fans and owners of other teams

    No wonder they tried to keep Brady off the field by asserting the cold doesn’t lower air pressure

  39. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 16, 2016 2:42 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:14 PM
    Goes to show what a cakewalk division he’s had his whole career.
    ————————-

    Brady’s career division winning percentage is .779 outside the division it’s .767 a .013 differential. Going out on a limb here but guessing that would get him in the playoffs no matter the division.

    Having to play the Patriots twice a season is the reason the other teams in the AFCE look bad.
    Let’s look at that and see how much better the AFCE team records would be without having to play NE and how it compares to other divisions. Taking division winners out of the equation the AFCE was 1st in winning % this year and 3rd in winning percentage in the last 15 years.

    vancouversportsbra, the next time he’s right about anything having to do with Brady or NE will be the first.

  40. bleck5 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:43 PM

    People saying Bellicheck deseeves all the credit. You all do realize that Belichick was there for some time before Tommy and it was not till Tommy came to town that the Patriots became the most dominant force in the NFL for the 15 year span so far.

  41. theringisthething says: Jan 16, 2016 2:44 PM

    VancouverSportsBro

    ‘Big Ben is way better than Brady.’

    So I guess thats why Brady is 9-2 against the Steelers, including 2 Conference Championships victories AT Hienz field.

    I guess that’s how a person thinks who is all hate and no facts.

  42. tattooit says: Jan 16, 2016 2:45 PM

    Incredible. And I can admit that without the blind hatred of most non patriots fans.

    -Giants fan

  43. mrkbuilders says: Jan 16, 2016 2:46 PM

    You claim camera LOCATIONS and defense were the first 3 and ball inflation levels was the result of the last one. Cant wait to hear what reasons for Brady’s wins this year.

  44. stipez says: Jan 16, 2016 2:48 PM

    Every time I get a look at what other teams are trotting out behing center I hope that Brady plays until he’s 60. He rarely makes game changing mistakes. Most of the other team’s fans are just sitting there waiting for gut punch.

  45. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 16, 2016 2:57 PM

    bleck5 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:43 PM
    People saying Belichick deserves all the credit. You all do realize that Belichick was there for some time before Tommy and it was not till Tommy came to town that the Patriots became the most dominant force in the NFL for the 15 year span so far.
    ——————————

    Uh, they both arrived in 2000.
    They are a package deal. At this point it is impossible to separate the success of one from from the other

  46. cross300 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:59 PM

    This franchise is done after the 2017 season. Back to 4-12 where they belong for the forseeable future.

    Cheating only gets you so far, and haven’t won since spygate.
    ________________________________
    Hey dude we won a championship last year. Ooops I guess you forgot about that one.

    These fans of other franchises keep predicting Patriot demise. Go root for your team and stop hating on others.

  47. golforepar says: Jan 16, 2016 3:12 PM

    He likely would have made to 7 or 8 without cheating! #weakafc

  48. tigerlilac says: Jan 16, 2016 3:13 PM

    For real fans of professional football, the Belichick – Brady led Patriots have been one of the real joys. From running on to the filed as a team in the super bowl against the Rams, the undefeated regular season, the head to head matchups between Brady and Manning, the fans throwing snow in the air to celebrate winning the division vs. the Dolphins, the greatest super bowl play of all time in Malcolm Butler’s interception, and stuffing deflategate up the backside Goodell with a super bowl 49 victory and Brady MVP.

    Win or lose today, Patriots fans will be saying : thank you!

  49. patsfantransplant says: Jan 16, 2016 3:18 PM

    Just the title of this article has Goodell all sorts of PO’ed. the last thing he wants to do is look TB12 in the face and have to present a trophy to him and BB.

  50. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 16, 2016 3:18 PM

    Joe Montana was great, but Tom Brady is the best. Those 49ers teams had better players than Tom ever had, and Bill Walsh was no slouch.

    ———————————

    Montana was pretty beastly his whole career but did have Rice.

    Also was 4-0 in the big dance. Belichick to me is better than Walsh.

  51. stipez says: Jan 16, 2016 3:20 PM

    The Seahawks lost an AFC Championship game, in ’83, to the Raiders, in the Coliseum

  52. tedmurph says: Jan 16, 2016 3:24 PM

    I wonder if the remaining few hard core haters know how weak they sound. Never mind, who cares. Reporting from CL7, Foxboro

  53. docsmith54 says: Jan 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    He told Kraft, at first meeting, that he was the best personnel move Kraft had ever made. How often do you see/hear a high claim like that which turned out to be the biggest understatement in sports history?

    His Rushmore was completed when the Eagles were beaten eleven years ago – when he was, what, 27? Train keeps a rolling.

  54. headwoundharry says: Jan 16, 2016 3:43 PM

    Belichick is a total failure without Brady. Anyone remember Cleveland?

  55. nhpats says: Jan 16, 2016 3:47 PM

    headwoundharry says:
    Jan 16, 2016 3:43 PM
    Belichick is a total failure without Brady. Anyone remember Cleveland?
    ———–
    Yeah….he took the Browns to the playoffs for the first time in many years…. Your team should be so lucky.

  56. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    babyjunkie says:
    Jan 16, 2016 2:17 PM
    Joe Montana was great, but Tom Brady is the best. Those 49ers teams had better players than Tom ever had, and Bill Walsh was no slouch.
    ****
    Not even close. Those 49er teams had to go through a gauntlet. Bears, Redskins, Giants, Cowboys. They had to play other dynasties, not the fluff the Patriots get to play against week after week, playoff after playoff. And don’t forget that the rules weren’t slanted to favor offense back then. Brady would’ve gotten his receivers killed, that is if guys like LT and Dexter Manley didn’t snap him in half. And he wouldn’t be able to whine for a flag after every hit. The Patriots are a dynasty in a watered down league, plain and simple.

  57. golforepar says: Jan 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    QB is set up to succeed in New England. Even Matt Cassell looked like a superstar. Brady best ever?? NO! Top 10 maybe. Terry Bradshaw must be one of the best ever also since his team had so much success!

  58. the8man says: Jan 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    I could actually waste my breath and respond to you haters, but to coin a phrase from a big credit card company, “Whose gear is in your closet?”

    Go Patriots!

  59. SilentMajority says: Jan 16, 2016 3:54 PM

    I never liked the Patriots, but there is really no arguing that Brady is one of the best of all time if not the over all best.

  60. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 16, 2016 3:58 PM

    Worst division in football for the last 15 years

  61. patsfan1820 says: Jan 16, 2016 4:01 PM

    golforepar says: Jan 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    QB is set up to succeed in New England. Even Matt Cassell looked like a superstar. Brady best ever?? NO! Top 10 maybe. Terry Bradshaw must be one of the best ever also since his team had so much success!
    ———————————————————-
    Tom Brady’s 2007 Season: 50 Tds 8 ints
    Matt Cassel’s 2008 Season 21 Tds 11 ints
    Cassel didn’t even make the playoffs even with Moss, Welker and the dominant Patriots defense he wasn’t exactly a superstar that year.

  62. flash1287 says: Jan 16, 2016 4:06 PM

    headwoundharry says:
    Jan 16, 2016 3:43 PM
    Belichick is a total failure without Brady. Anyone remember Cleveland?

    Who is the head coach in Cleveland the last time the Browns won a playoff game? oh yeah Bill B.

  63. flash1287 says: Jan 16, 2016 4:13 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 16, 2016 3:58 PM
    Worst division in football for the last 15 years


    Wrong

    That would be the AFC South

  64. jag1959 says: Jan 16, 2016 4:20 PM

    hivelocityimpactsplatter says:
    Jan 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    Not even close. Those 49er teams had to go through a gauntlet. Bears, Redskins, Giants, Cowboys. They had to play other dynasties, not the fluff the Patriots get to play against week after week, playoff after playoff. And don’t forget that the rules weren’t slanted to favor offense back then. Brady would’ve gotten his receivers killed, that is if guys like LT and Dexter Manley didn’t snap him in half. And he wouldn’t be able to whine for a flag after every hit. The Patriots are a dynasty in a watered down league, plain and simple.
    ________________________

    It’s an apples and oranges comparison. The 49ers dynasty not only did their damage pre salary cap but the team was built before true free agency as were the great teams they played against. Those teams couldn’t exist today. We can’t even reasonably compare teams built in the salary cap era pre Polian/Manning and Carson Palmer rule changes with teams built since never mind compare them with teams that didn’t have to contend with FA and the cap. Could Montana do what Brady has done with that cast? Hard to say but I’d like his chances. Could Brady have done what Montana did playing on a virtual all star team? Have to believe he would. Keep in mind Brady won 3 of his SB’s BEFORE the Polian/Manning rules changes wussified the game.

    Montana would have been great in any era as would Brady.

  65. j0esixpack says: Jan 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    Both Montana and Brady are great

    I just think it’s hilarious when someone gives the edge to Montana for failing to make it as far as Brady has more often

    It’s like Montana gets extra credit for losing earlier in the playoffs – and Brady is penalized for making it to more Super Bowls

    It makes no logical sense – and yet it’s cited as “proof” that Montana is the best

    Amazing

  66. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    patsfan1820 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 4:01 PM
    golforepar says: Jan 16, 2016 3:49 PM

    QB is set up to succeed in New England. Even Matt Cassell looked like a superstar. Brady best ever?? NO! Top 10 maybe. Terry Bradshaw must be one of the best ever also since his team had so much success!
    ———————————————————-
    Tom Brady’s 2007 Season: 50 Tds 8 ints
    Matt Cassel’s 2008 Season 21 Tds 11 ints
    Cassel didn’t even make the playoffs even with Moss, Welker and the dominant Patriots defense he wasn’t exactly a superstar that year.
    ****
    You’re proving the point about weak competition. What was their record that year, 11-5? Whenever another team was playing very well, Steelers 3 times, Colts 2, Ravens, Broncos, the Patriots fell short.
    They’re the Houston Rockets of the NFL, winning championships when Jordan was down.

  67. bert1913 says: Jan 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    cheaters can win

  68. varangia says: Jan 16, 2016 5:21 PM

    Brady is the greatest, at least in the modern era. This is especially amazing considering the rules intended to help running QBs.

  69. dreemeagle says: Jan 17, 2016 2:10 AM

    bet cleveland could win, too, if they could videotape the other teams during championship week, run moving picks like the Havlecek Celtics, put whatever condition balls most beneficial in play, monkey every season with the injury reports, get the NFL to change the rules when their QB gets hurt first game of a season so he cannot be touched, the benefit of outrageous homer calls like the Tuck Rule Game…and all the while have the commissioner so cozy with the owner that he burns up all the evidence of their criminal-level cheating…

  70. j0esixpack says: Jan 17, 2016 11:57 AM

    Brady will have been to 10 AFC championships in 14 years – and possibly 7 Super Bowls in the last 14 years.

    That’s one every other year

    Is it any wonder that AFC owners in particular are furious with the lost revenue a roadblock to the Super Bowl like Brady has cost them??

    It’s no wonder the Colts, Ravens, Jets and other owners would stoop to framing Brady to create “parity” of forcing him to sit 4 games

    We are talking hundreds of millions in profits that other owners would have if not for Brady – and now Goodell admits in court the NFL never had any evidence and asserts that the Laws of Physics don’t apply to the NFL

    This is all ripe for a John Oliver expose’

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