Brady, Vinatieri, Gostkowski moving up career postseason games list

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Three of the eight players who have played the most postseason games in NFL history will take the field this weekend.

When the Colts take the field on Saturday, kicker Adam Vinatieri will play in his 32nd career postseason game. That’s the second-most in NFL history.

The record for the most ever belongs to Vinatieri’s former New England teammate Tom Brady, who will play his 38th career postseason game on Sunday against the Chargers. Also playing for the Patriots in that game will be Vinartieri’s successor as New England’s kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, who will be playing in his 26th career postseason game.

Only eight players have played in more than 25 postseason games in NFL history, through this weekend. Here’s the full list:

38 Tom Brady*
32 Adam Vinatieri*
29 Jerry Rice
27 Peyton Manning
27 D.D. Lewis
26 Larry Cole
26 Bill Romanowski
26 Stephen Gostkowski*
* counting this weekend’s divisional round games.

It’s possible that the Colts and Patriots could meet in the AFC Championship Game, which would be Brady’s 39th postseason game, Vinatieri’s 33rd and Gostkowski’s 27th. That would put the winner in the Super Bowl, which could be a whopping 40th career postseason game for Brady.

57 responses to “Brady, Vinatieri, Gostkowski moving up career postseason games list

  1. Go Pats !

    Should be a great game which is all I want win or lose. We don’t need a post season blowout

  2. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 11:40 am
    Go Pats !

    Should be a great game which is all I want win or lose. We don’t need a post season blowout

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    Regular season, absolutely.

    Playoffs, I want my team to have a TD on every play offensive play, turnover on every defense play, and the plague to strike the opposing team just to be sure. The more boring the playoff win the happier I am.

  3. Brady with 38…. that’s 2+ additional years of regular season football added to his 41 year old body……imagine how many he would have if he had to play wildcard weekend??!!
    LETS GO PATS!!!!

  4. It’s mind boggling to hear Brady’s teammates and other players saying they used to watch Brady when they were 6, 7 years old. What’s even more mind boggling is Brady looks almost as old as they are now.

  5. Some interesting careers there. Brady and D.D. Lewis were both 6th rounders. Larry Cole? 16th rounder. And Vinatieri was an UDFA.

  6. It it pretty amazing to consider that in over 20 years, the Patriots have had TWO kickers. There are teams in the NFL that had gone through more than 2 kickers this season before Thanksgiving.

  7. Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

  8. Truly herculean numbers in an era where everything works against this possibility, we may never see his like again!! Appreciate the magnificence!!

    GO PATS!!

  9. Considering they’ve had the bye around 10 times so the max number of games he could play has usually been 3 (games to glory) this is just amazing.

  10. Gostkowski has more playoff wins on his resume than 17 NFL teams have on theirs, Vinatieri more than 21 and Brady more than all but 5. No matter what team you root for their career playoff records are staggering.

  11. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.
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    Not really. By this logic if they stunk so bad they’d have lost the first game if the playoffs every year and Brady would have at most 16 games played.

    Instead, what happens is they beat good teams multiple playoff rounds most years and end up playing 2 or 3 games.

  12. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

    Well if it’s so easy, then why don’t the Jets, Dolphins and Bills do it?

  13. Not only did the Patriots have Vinatieri and Gostowski, Belichick signed Robbie Gould as a rookie free agent to compete with Adam in preseason. When he cut Gould Bill said the kicker would have a long NFL career and he was right. Bill knows kickers (and, yes, i know Adam was drafted when Parcells was here).

  14. Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

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    1. Research the Pats winning percentage inside their division versus the % against the rest of the league .

    2. They play the best teams each year too.

    3. Sounds like sour grapes. What is your team’s record against the Patriots?

  15. Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills.
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    If you had internet access you could have easily looked up the Jets were in the AFC title game in 2008 and again in 2009. So the AFC East has been in the AFC title game 14 out of the last 17 years.

  16. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.
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    Just another fool that refuses to look at the records of the other divisions. Not to mention the Patriots records against them as well. Keep telling yourself the Pats are a product of their division when the division is really a product of them. All those coaches and players have been fired and replaced for not being able to beat the Patriots.

  17. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

    Here we go again, same old lame excuse. Come up with something better next time.

  18. patsfiend says:
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    Not really. By this logic if they stunk so bad they’d have lost the first game if the playoffs every year and Brady would have at most 16 games played.
    Instead, what happens is they beat good teams multiple playoff rounds most years and end up playing 2 or 3 games.
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    By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that. The Patriots, on the other hand, will have RESTED for two weeks straight, and now they can spend ALL week preparing for the Charges without traveling anywhere. Switch this scenario around the other way and the Patriots wouldn’t have near the same chance of coming out with a win next weekend. If you think they would have the same chance, then you are refusing to accept reality.

  19. t it pretty amazing to consider that in over 20 years, the Patriots have had TWO kickers. There are teams in the NFL that had gone through more than 2 kickers this season before Thanksgiving.

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    The Detroit Lions hold the record for kicker longevity…Two kickers in 33 years. Eddie Murray 12 years and then Jason Hanson for 21 years.

  20. …It’s possible that the Colts and Patriots could meet in the AFC Championship Game, which would be Brady’s 39th postseason game, Vinatieri’s 33rd and Gostkowski’s 27th. That would put the winner in the Super Bowl, which could be a whopping 40th career postseason game for Brady.
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    I would argue that 38 postseason games is already worthy of the use of the adjective whopping.

  21. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

    Just another lame lazy excuse

    Patriots beat more teams this season with a winning record than ANY team in the league.

    Beat the
    12-4 chiefs
    11-5 Texans (that’s why they are playing the home game )
    10-6 Colts
    12-4 bears
    8-7 Vikings

    Not to mention they play a fort place schedule EVERY year and have almost the exact same win % OUTSIDE the division
    That’s even more impressive since they play more games outside the division.

    And for you other comment the chargers had the option to stay on the east coast after the Baltimore game. They chose NOT too.

  22. Not many NFL franchises have more postseason wins than Tom Brady (27).

    After Dallas won, one of the graphics on TV said it was the 3rd playoff win in 22 years for “America’s Team”

    Tom Brady has 27 playoff wins in a shorter time span. Maybe he is “The Milky Way’s QB”

  23. “That would put the winner in the Super Bowl, which could be a whopping 40th career postseason game for Brady.”

    I’m glad we all recognize that Brady would win if the Evil Colts dare make it back to Promised Land in Foxborough.

  24. That time when Adam Vinatieri ran down Herschel Walker. As a Patriots rookie in 1996.

    No wonder he’s got a white beard now.

  25. By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that. The Patriots, on the other hand, will have RESTED for two weeks straight, and now they can spend ALL week preparing for the Charges without traveling anywhere. Switch this scenario around the other way and the Patriots wouldn’t have near the same chance of coming out with a win next weekend. If you think they would have the same chance, then you are refusing to accept reality.

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    Yeah and if LA won the division – which would have happened if they didn’t lose to the Broncos or the Ravens at home- they would have finished ahead of the Patriots in the conference and would have gotten the bye. They didn’t and now they have to come to Foxboro. Thems the rules.

    I realize Patriot Hater knows nothing about the NFL or the sport of football but surely even they understand such a simple concept. 🙂

  26. Brady wins against all kinds of teams. So please quit grudging and moaning that Brady plays against weak teams in their division. Has it ever occur to you folks that they are weak because of Brady? He broke them. Like him or not, he is THE GOAT.

  27. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that. The Patriots, on the other hand, will have RESTED for two weeks straight, and now they can spend ALL week preparing for the Charges without traveling anywhere. Switch this scenario around the other way and the Patriots wouldn’t have near the same chance of coming out with a win next weekend. If you think they would have the same chance, then you are refusing to accept reality.
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    there’s no reason or logic to switching the scenario around .. that’s why you play for home field and a bye…

  28. harryshavik says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    The great Jerry Rice would be #1 if his QB hadn’t had so many bad playoff games during his prime(’83, 85, 86, 87). A lot of One and Done in there.
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    Rice’s rookie year was 1985.
    Niners played the Giants & their great defense in 85 & 86. 1987 their defense could not contain Anthony Carter.

  29. dejc421 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that. The Patriots, on the other hand, will have RESTED for two weeks straight, and now they can spend ALL week preparing for the Charges without traveling anywhere. Switch this scenario around the other way and the Patriots wouldn’t have near the same chance of coming out with a win next weekend. If you think they would have the same chance, then you are refusing to accept reality.
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    there’s no reason or logic to switching the scenario around .. that’s why you play for home field and a bye…
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    If the Chargers played the Jets, Miami, and Buffalo six times a year, they would have home-field and a bye every year. That’s the entire point. Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point, but that’s okay, you still get to keep your pom-pom.

  30. If the Chargers played the Jets, Miami, and Buffalo six times a year, they would have home-field and a bye every year. That’s the entire point. Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point, but that’s okay, you still get to keep your pom-pom.

    Then your point is wrong.

    They don’t get home field advantage because they NEVER go 6-0 in the division usually it’s 4–2. Just like EVERY team that wins their division
    As I pointed out and EVERY one else did they have the same win % OUTSIDE the division

    Maybe reading compression isn’t your strength.
    And like another poster pointed out if they didn’t lose to Denver (not a good team) they would be home.

  31. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    If the Chargers played the Jets, Miami, and Buffalo six times a year, they would have home-field and a bye every year. That’s the entire point. Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point, but that’s okay, you still get to keep your pom-pom.
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    still no point … why even play the games when you know in advance who will win the division. If the Chargers have to play the Jets, Fins and Bills they may win or they may not. Last time i checked you have the play the games to win.

  32. hedleykow
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    So you’re chalking up the Pat’s playoff success to home field advantage pretty much.

    Fair enough as long as you disregard the points above related to them playing division winners every year, the overall record of AFC East v other divisions, Pat’s record in v out of the division or conference (.750 pretty much across the board), and the inconvenience of them getting “lucky” with playoff road wins in the past against teams like, oh yes, the Chargers.

    All that being said… Definitely an advantage to them playing in Foxboro, which is one they’ve earned year in and year out.

  33. The Pats road game record this year against teams outside their own division (Jets, Bills, Dolphins) is 1-4. Case closed.

  34. Patriots are 4-0 agsinst teams that made the playoffs and 5-2 this year against winning teams, by far the best such marks in the league. Their losses were to non playoff teams.

    Renders the whole “Patriots are only good because they are in the AFC Least division” null and void.

    🙂

  35. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    The Pats road game record this year against teams outside their own division (Jets, Bills, Dolphins) is 1-4. Case closed.


    So now it’s “the road record”
    Teams they beat OUTSIDE the division

    12-4 chiefs
    11-5 Texans
    10-6 Colts
    12-4 bears
    8-7 Vikings
    6-9 Packers.

    So they took care of the Division (that’s what all division winners do)
    And the good teams OUTSIDE the division

  36. Flash1287 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances against the Jets, the Dolphins, and the Bills. The Patriots are handed a playoff bye and home-field advantage year after year. That’s as easy as it gets.

    Just another lame lazy excuse

    Patriots beat more teams this season with a winning record than ANY team in the league.

    Beat the
    12-4 chiefs
    11-5 Texans (that’s why they are playing the home game )
    10-6 Colts
    12-4 bears
    8-7 Vikings

    Not to mention they play a fort place schedule EVERY year and have almost the exact same win % OUTSIDE the division
    That’s even more impressive since they play more games outside the division.

    And for you other comment the chargers had the option to stay on the east coast after the Baltimore game. They chose NOT too.

    It is worth pointing out that 4 of those 5 wins that you allude to were at home, whereas they lost 5 of their 8 road games. This strengthens the point that hedley made in his second post.

  37. Patriots record vs AFC East since 2003 71-19 .788 winning percentage. Patriots record OUTSIDE AFC East 118-32 .786 winning percentage…. almost identical winning percentages…. so much for the gift of the AFC East

  38. It is worth pointing out that 4 of those 5 wins that you allude to were at home, whereas they lost 5 of their 8 road games. This strengthens the point that hedley made in his second post

    Um , no it doesn’t

    His point is they only get home field because of the division
    The fact that they beat other good teams outside the division wether it’s home or away is the reason they got the 2 seed this year and every other year.

    He would only have a point if they went 6-0 in the division every year and won 4 games outside to get in as a wild card.and that’s not the case.

  39. It is worth pointing out that 4 of those 5 wins that you allude to were at home, whereas they lost 5 of their 8 road games. This strengthens the point that hedley made in his second p

    And has another poster pointed out he trying to take a weak shot or diminish there success saying it’s because of the division
    Well if the chargers didn’t lose to a bad division team at home (Broncos) they would have the home game.

  40. Brady’s MOST important win was/will be the ???

    The NEXT ONE

    Simply because TB said: “We’re not finished yet”

    I belive him.

  41. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Brady’s 38 playoff appearances directly relate to his 108 regular season appearances…
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    Poor chip can’t change the facts of the argument so instead changes id’s and presents the same arguments over and over. Brady/Belichick have a .794 win pct in division and .764 out of it. Included in that .03 difference is playing a first place schedule year after year. BTW, Brady has 102 career AFCE regular season games on his resume not 108, The very least you could do is pretend to have looked something up. smdh

  42. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that. The Patriots, on the other hand…
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    You lost us at “By my logic”

  43. collectordude says:
    January 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm
    harryshavik says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    The great Jerry Rice would be #1 if his QB hadn’t had so many bad playoff games during his prime (’83, 85, 86, 87). A lot of One and Done in there.
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    Rice’s rookie year was 1985.
    _____________________________________

    Good catch. But my post wan’t really about Jerry Rice.

  44. “If the Chargers played the Jets, Miami, and Buffalo six times a year, they would have home-field and a bye every year.”
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    Since 2002 the chargers are 15-13 (0.536 win%) vs the Jets, Dolphins and Bills. That’s pretty much the same 0.548 win% they’ve had against their own division in the same time period. so no, the chargers would be about the same mediocre team that the’ve been over the past 17 years.

  45. hedleykow says:
    January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    patsfiend says:
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    Not really. By this logic if they stunk so bad they’d have lost the first game if the playoffs every year and Brady would have at most 16 games played.
    Instead, what happens is they beat good teams multiple playoff rounds most years and end up playing 2 or 3 games.
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    By my logic, the Chargers flew across the country last week, suffered injuries during a playoff win, then flew across the country again to get home. Now they have to prepare for the Patriots on top of flying across the country AGAIN, stay in hotels and all the pain that goes with that.

    —-

    Tons of PAIN. Tons and tons of it.

    Flying in a chartered jet where you can move around and have all the luxuries of your own house. Staying in a 5 star hotel where you literally have to just stroll in and be waited on hand and foot.

    Guess what? If you don’t want to endure all that pain, get the bye on your own merit like the Patriots do. That’s why there is a thing called seeding.

    A bit of trivia: who was the 1st team to win 3 road games to make it to a Super Bowl? The Patriots.

    They somehow got over the pain.

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