Brady has 12 postseason game-winning drives, double any other QB

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In the AFC Championship Game, Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. It felt inevitable because he’s done it so many times before.

Sunday in Kansas City was the 12th time Brady has led the Patriots on a game-winning drive in the postseason: Brady has led a game-winning drive in all five of the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins, four times in the AFC Championship Game, and three times in the divisional round of the playoffs. That’s not just the most in NFL history, it’s double any other quarterback in NFL history.

John Elway led the Broncos on six postseason game-winning drives, which is the second-most in NFL history. Tied for third are Joe Montana and Eli Manning, who led five postseason game-winning drives each. Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino and Terry Bradshaw have four apiece. Kurt Warner, Ken Stabler, Dan Fouts and Drew Brees have three apiece. No one else has more than two.

If the Rams take a lead late in the fourth quarter on Super Bowl Sunday, it will be hard not to think Brady has them right where he wants them.

88 responses to “Brady has 12 postseason game-winning drives, double any other QB

  1. but but but joe montana. hopefully you all will just realize at this point if you dont recognize tom brady as the GOAT quarterback, you are just an unreasonable person.

  2. Brady is the goat but what Elway did was impressive considering he had a stiff old school coach, Sammy Winder as his RB and three midget amigos as his WR’s for most of his career.

  3. Except for QB, the Rams have better overall talent than the Patriots, on both offense and defense. The bookies and casinos favored LA, but a massive inflow of dumb money changed the odds in favor of New England.

    The Rams are the better team. If Brady and Belichick can keep it close, I’ll give them the edge, but I expect LA to lead by two scores in the closing minute.

  4. But…but…but…referees…system QB…OT rules suck…AFCE sucks…pick whichever excuse you want to use, at the end of the day you can’t logically argue against this stat. Either love him or hate, he’s nails when his team is down in the 4th qtr.

  5. terripet says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    Just remember a team with a losing road record has never won a super bowl

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    the 2010 packers say hello

  6. terripet says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    Just remember a team with a losing road record has never won a super bowl
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    The 2010 Packers say you are wrong…again.
    No doubt Brady’s impressive 12 come from behind post season wins are a result of playing in the AFCE as well. (sigh)

  7. Just remember a team with a losing road record has never won a super bowl

    You attempting to predict outcomes makes us giddy with excitement.

    You’d think it would matter that the one to do it could be the best that ever played? You think the Patriots are the same squad that lost some of those games early in the season? Are they ever?

    If you’ve paid attention even a little in the last 20 years….

  8. As a Steeler fan I can honestly say he’s the greatest of all time. At least of my lifetime.

  9. The Saints were close to a game winning drive this past weekend. Couldn’t pull it off though, too bad!!!!!!!!

  10. Michael Edits says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    If Brady loses one more Super Bowl, he’ll tie my all-time favorite QB, Jim Kelly. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
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    Brady has now MORE than doubled up Kelly’s 4 Super Bowl appearances.
    Ridiculous, isn’t it?

  11. zonkerharris213 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    Except for QB, the Rams have better overall talent than the Patriots, on both offense and defense. The bookies and casinos favored LA, but a massive inflow of dumb money changed the odds in favor of New England.

    The Rams are the better team. If Brady and Belichick can keep it close, I’ll give them the edge, but I expect LA to lead by two scores in the closing minute.

    Yeah EVERYONE said the exact same thing about the chargers

  12. @Michael Edits says:
    If Brady loses one more Super Bowl, he’ll tie my all-time favorite QB, Jim Kelly. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
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    And if he wins one more he will have beaten all teams but one, Steelers, with 6.
    Truly Ridiculous

  13. Take a good look at Brady because we’re starting to talk about the draft already. In fact, look at the two QB’s in the super bowl. Are they superb athletes? Not really. Are they runners? No. Are they accurate passers? Yes. Are they smart? Yes. Ok, hold on to those thoughts through the draft. Can you do that? No. Everyone’s going to talk about the athletic guys.

  14. Let’s see, Buf, Mia, NYJ plus 1 equals SEVEN regular season byes each year! That’s why after this game they will be only one game over .500 in super bowls, in Brady’s career.

  15. “Brady is the goat but what Elway did was impressive considering he had a stiff old school coach, Sammy Winder as his RB and three midget amigos as his WR’s for most of his career”

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    Alright, he literally said that Brady is GOAT. All he said is that Elway was impressive. How do you downvote this.

  16. terripet says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    Just remember a team with a losing road record has never won a super bowl

    Stats like this are meaningless as history is being redefined before our eyes.
    Remember that stat a few years ago, that no QB had ever won 5 Super Bowls?

  17. While both Manning and Brady were playing in the league. Manning has 6 1st team All Pros. Brady only had 2. Manning had 5 MVP’s, Brady only had 2. Brady just had better “TEAM” success.

  18. bpurd says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Brady is the GOAT but not the best QB ever. PFM is the best QB I’ve seen.
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    What was it that settled it for you? Was it PFM’s 9 one and dones? Or was it his 2-2 SB record?

  19. @bpurd says:
    While both Manning and Brady were playing in the league. Manning has 6 1st team All Pros. Brady only had 2. Manning had 5 MVP’s, Brady only had 2. Brady just had better “TEAM” success.
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    When you get a chance, please make sure to ask Peyton if he would rather the MVPs/ALL-Pro teams or the Super Bowl Wins.

  20. elrock7 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    Let’s see, Buf, Mia, NYJ plus 1 equals SEVEN regular season byes each year! That’s why after this game they will be only one game over .500 in super bowls, in Brady’s career

    Lame excuse again

    Teams the Patriots beat OUTTthe division

    12-4 chiefs home
    12-4 chiefs away
    12-4 bears
    12-4 chargers
    11-5 Texans
    10-6 colts
    8-7 Vikings

    The Patriots beat MORE teams with a winning record that any team this season.

  21. Quit the AFC East bashing. The only other two teams to go to 3 consecutive Super Bowls were the Dolphins (3) and the Bills (4). Before Belichick, there was the Don.

    Only the Jets truly stink and they are regarded by many journalists as the team that won the most impprtant Super Bowl in history sociologically.

  22. bpurd says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Brady is the GOAT but not the best QB ever. PFM is the best QB I’ve seen.
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    What was it that settled it for you? Was it PFM’s 9 one and dones? Or was it his 2-2 SB record?
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    It was the 5 MVP’s. Funny you quoted team success.

  23. “He’s also lost more Super Bowls than almost any other QB. Statistics are funny things”

    No what’s hilarious is some people seem to think its better for a player to be at home on the couch watching the big game instead of being in it and losing.

  24. Manning consumed most of the cap space whereas Brady did not allowing the patriots to put ample talent around him. Brady being unselfish in that regard has ultimately paid off in having greater success for a long period of time. That’s why you won’t see the Saints, Packers, Cousins (though far from elite) Chargers, Falcons, Panthers and Seahawks legitimately competing for championships every single year.

  25. He would have two or three at most if he were on the Jets or Browns.

    Brady gets all the credit for some reason, as if no one else on the Patriots offense matters or most of the team’s success isn’t related to its great coach.

  26. Manning consumed most of the cap space whereas Brady did not allowing the patriots to put ample talent around him. Brady being unselfish in that regard has ultimately paid off in having greater success for a long period of time. That’s why you won’t see the Saints, Packers, Cousins (though far from elite) Chargers, Falcons, Panthers and Seahawks legitimately competing for championships every single year.
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    The problem with that is when you look at the Patriots roster. You wonder where the money was spent. It doesn’t seem like they used that money wisely. Bill is the best coach ever in the 4 Major American sports.

  27. Michael Edits says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    He’s also lost more Super Bowls than almost any other QB. Statistics are funny things.

    That has to be one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever heard. You do realize that you have to win your conference championship to even get to the super bowl, right? You don’t get to the super bowl by winning a draw? Brady and his team earned those trips by winning playoff games to advance to the super bowl. Can you not appreciate that in sports and in competition it is better to advance further? Duhhhhh!

  28. Hey bpurd,

    It may not matter to you that Peyton has more interceptions than TD’s in the 3 Superbowls he played in, but it’s one of the reasons very few people would agree with you Peyton was better than Brady.

    And as for those 5 MVP’s there were at least 2 that he didn’t deserve it like 2004. He deserves to be in the hall but every year that passes the father down on the MT Rushmore he gets in most people’s opinion especially compared to a guy like Brady

  29. @canedaddy says:
    He would have two or three at most if he were on the Jets or Browns.

    Brady gets all the credit for some reason, as if no one else on the Patriots offense matters or most of the team’s success isn’t related to its great coach.
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    First, a truly great player makes those around him better.

    Second, for you to suggest/admit that Brady would have won two or three Super Bowls if he had been on the Jets or the Browns shows that you also agree that he is the GOAT… especially when you look at where they have been the last 18 years.

  30. Brady has as many Super Bowl appearances as Peyton Manning has one-and-dones
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    And almost as many superbowl losses as Jim Kelly

  31. steelcurtainn says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    Brady has as many Super Bowl appearances as Peyton Manning has one-and-dones
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    And almost as many superbowl losses as Jim Kelly

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    Yeah, I guess it’s much better to not make it or miss the postseason entirely

  32. @bpurd says:
    While both Manning and Brady were playing in the league. Manning has 6 1st team All Pros. Brady only had 2. Manning had 5 MVP’s, Brady only had 2. Brady just had better “TEAM” success.
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    So Manning’s MVPs are individual success? Did he block for himself or throw to himself?

  33. I hate that the lineman was offsides…3ints in a championship game would have been nice.

    I don’t hate the winning Patriots I hate how other teams lose to them.

  34. If not for boneheaded coaching calls by Seattle and Atlanta, Tom Terrific would be 3-5 in the SB.
    And outside Boston, he’ll always be the GOAT** to most people.
    Sorry, just the way it is.

  35. jackedupboonie says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm
    That’s like saying an Astronaut has more travel miles than a United pilot. No way
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    Sure, that’s why one is an astronaut and the other is an average pilot. The pilots want to fly more miles? Then become astronauts.

  36. Tom Brady is the greatest player of all time for many reasons.

    Many attempt to mitigate his overt greatness by saying he had a superior team behind him. It is true, Brady has played with fantastic players and been coached quite well for two decades now. That, in no way, mitigates his greatness. It is illustrated by this statement.

    Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback at making up for team and teammate deficiencies the NFL has ever seen or will ever see. He gives his team the greatest chance at victory under adverse conditions and no other player even comes close.

    From 2001-2018 in the regular season and playoffs combined……

    If a team loses the time of possession advantage they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .309 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .645 winning percentage when the Patriots lose T.O.P. (other NE QB’s are 1-5 since 2001)

    If a team rushes for less than 100 yards they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .304 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .619 winning percentage when the Patriots rush for less than 100 yards. (other NE QB’s are 2-3)

    If a team has more turnovers than their opponent they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .206 and no team is above .350 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .531 winning percentage when the Patriots lose the TO battle. (other NE QB’s are 3-5)

    If a team allows 24 or more points they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .209 and no team is above .400 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .500 winning percentage when the Patriots allow 24 or more points. (other NE QB’s are 3-5)

    If a team needs their QB to throw it 50+ times in a game they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .201 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .679 winning percentage when he throws it 50+ times. (other NE QB’s are 0-1)

    You want to talk stats? Tom Brady has those too. They have little to do with what makes him great. He is the only player that can consistently lift a team to victory under dire circumstance and that includes his own team because they become mortal without him under dire circumstance too.

  37. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm
    If not for boneheaded coaching calls by Seattle and Atlanta, Tom Terrific would be 3-5 in the SB.
    And outside Boston, he’ll always be the GOAT** to most people.
    Sorry, just the way it is.
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    And If Asante Samuel catches that easy pick, if David Tyree doesn’t make a circus catch, If Welker catches a pass he catches 98-100 times, if Patriots defense can hold Foles to 350yds and only a couple TDs, etc…he could be 8-0. See how easy that was.??

    I’d rather deal in real life where he’s 5-3. Seems pretty good to me.

  38. “Brady just had better “TEAM” success.”
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    It’s a TEAM sport. Next thing you will say is that it isn’t Brady responsible for those game winning drives. His teammates are always in awe.

    PFM was a great statistical QB, but when it can to clutch playoff situations, he was still just a statistical QB. Note that one of his 2 SB wins, he wasn’t even the QB.

    Before this SB starts, TB is 5-3 on the biggest stage against the absolute best other team in the league, and that includes at least one Eli Manning Slopper Bowl and a 500+ yards passing with no punts game in the three losses (because yes, it is a TEAM sport). Otherwise TB would have won those games too because he won the PFM stat column apparently. So should TB have a 7-1 individual SB record, but his TEAM is only 5-3 in the SB (by your PFM logic)?

  39. idislikespeciousness says:

    January 23, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Tom Brady is the greatest player of all time for many reasons.

    Many attempt to mitigate his overt greatness by saying he had a superior team behind him. It is true, Brady has played with fantastic players and been coached quite well for two decades now. That, in no way, mitigates his greatness. It is illustrated by this statement.

    Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback at making up for team and teammate deficiencies the NFL has ever seen or will ever see. He gives his team the greatest chance at victory under adverse conditions and no other player even comes close.

    From 2001-2018 in the regular season and playoffs combined……

    If a team loses the time of possession advantage they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .309 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .645 winning percentage when the Patriots lose T.O.P. (other NE QB’s are 1-5 since 2001)

    If a team rushes for less than 100 yards they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .304 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .619 winning percentage when the Patriots rush for less than 100 yards. (other NE QB’s are 2-3)

    If a team has more turnovers than their opponent they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .206 and no team is above .350 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .531 winning percentage when the Patriots lose the TO battle. (other NE QB’s are 3-5)

    If a team allows 24 or more points they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .209 and no team is above .400 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .500 winning percentage when the Patriots allow 24 or more points. (other NE QB’s are 3-5)

    If a team needs their QB to throw it 50+ times in a game they lose regularly. The league winning percentage is .201 and no team is above .500 unless they have Tom Brady who has a .679 winning percentage when he throws it 50+ times. (other NE QB’s are 0-1)

    You want to talk stats? Tom Brady has those too. They have little to do with what makes him great. He is the only player that can consistently lift a team to victory under dire circumstance and that includes his own team because they become mortal without him under dire circumstance too. __________________________________

    All these feats has more to do with Bill not Brady.

  40. stipez says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:21 am
    Of course, he plays in the AFC East every year. Duh
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    It is pretty wild how the AFC East had three representatives in the AFC Playoffs this year:

    New England Patriots
    LA Chargers
    Kansas City Chiefs

    Pats caught a big break that they only had to face their AFC East brothers, the Chargers at home, and the Chiefs on the road, in the playoffs, didn’t they?

    #Duh

  41. bartpkelly says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I hate that the lineman was offsides…3ints in a championship game would have been nice.
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    22 of 35, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 3 Ints.

    That is Joe Montana’s stat line in the NFC Championship game vs Dallas in 1981 – the famous Dwight Clarke catch game.

  42. All these feats has more to do with Bill not Brady

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    Patriots playoff appearances this century without Brady as starter:

    Any questions? 🙂

  43. Pats OL is completely erasing their opponent pass rush and opening up huge holes for the run game.

    If they keep this going for one more game Rams have no shot.

  44. For over ten years now, I have watched these boards light up with anti-Brady sentiment. And yet year after year, Brady continues to carry his teams to the playoffs and often the Super Bowl. Cut his career in half and either half is a hall of fame career. We Patriots fans love the hate and disrespect. And we are sure Brady does too. Its what motivates him. Its what drives him. He will continue to make the other 31 teams and their fanbases miserable by continuing to be a wonderful teammate, solid leader and intense competitor until he has put every team and every player in the rear view mirror of the Patriots organization and his legacy. And the most beautiful thing of all, is he doesn’t care about stats or accolades. He cares about one thing when he plays; just winning that game. So to all of the detractors and haters, thank you for the unkind words and venom. It’s the fuel to the Patriot fire! We in Patriot Nation are so blessed and thankful to have a player like Tom Brady working with Mr. Kraft and Coach B to build what is arguably the most successful period for any NFL franchise in history. Its a wonderful thing! Go Patriots!

  45. Michael Edits says:

    January 23, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    He’s also lost more Super Bowls than almost any other QB. Statistics are funny things.

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    Yea Fran Tarkenton (3), Jim Kelly (4) , and John Elway (3) were real slouches… and Hall of Famers. Making lots of Super Bowls means your doing something right.

    And guess how many times Brady has led the Pats to a 4th quarter/OT lead in the Super Bowl?

    ALL EIGHT TIMES.

  46. tvguy22 says:

    January 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    My favorite play was the “brushing the passer” penalty.

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    I enjoyed the makeup call on the very next play when Gronk almost got his elbow pad stolen well before the pass arrived.

  47. jackedupboonie says:

    January 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    That’s like saying an Astronaut has more travel miles than a United pilot. No way

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    True, but to extend that thought, becoming an astronaut is also more difficult.

  48. bpurd says:
    January 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm
    While both Manning and Brady were playing in the league. Manning has 6 1st team All Pros. Brady only had 2. Manning had 5 MVP’s, Brady only had 2. Brady just had better “TEAM” success.
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    Brady had the better “TEAM” because he was the better TEAM MATE. Paid-a-ton certainly outdid Brady at $omething. In a time where QB compensation has ballooned each year Paid-a-ton, in spite of not drawing an NFL paycheck in the past 3 seasons, remains the highest paid player in the history of the game and his brother is 2nd. Brady is fourth on that list behind Brees even though he has played more seasons than any of them and his teams have had more playoff success than all of theirs put together.

  49. I THANK GOD that Tom Brady is the Patriots QB…., there is not nor has been any other QB that I would rather of had representing my favorite team!!!!! NONE!!!
    Go Tom, GO PATS!!!!!
    Get that 6th Ring!!!!!

  50. Brady holds ALL of the longevity records. He’s stayed healthy, played a long time and BB has hung around. Let me ask a question though. Who owns the records for career passer rating in Super Bowls? TD/INT ratio in Super Bowls? Seeing how Bart Starr holds the records for most titles and best career playoff passer rating, I think he gets vastly undderrated in the GOAT talk. And of course it’s Montana that holds all the efficiency records in the Super Bowl. Even 30-40 years later, despite passing being so much easier now.

  51. SWFLPC.INC says:

    So Manning’s MVPs are individual success? Did he block for himself or throw to himself?

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    The literal meaning of MVP is “most valuable player” in the entire league. It’s an individial award, not a team award. #FanboyLogic

    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Patriots playoff appearances this century without Brady as starter:

    Any questions? 🙂

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    They went 11-5 bro. 11-5 teams usually win divisions. It was a weird fluke that they missed the playoffs. They went 10-6 the following year and won the division. #FanboyLogic

  52. The stats for Brady just keep getting more and more ridiculous. I appreciate his greatness and Can we just all agree to anoint him as the GOAT and move on? So sick of the Patriots.

  53. QB Winning Conference Championship on the road:

    1 – Montana
    1 – Bradshaw
    1 – Kelly
    (and others)
    2 – E. Manning [0 – P. Manning]
    3 – Brady

  54. “My favorite play was the “brushing the passer” penalty.”

    Nobody is saying that was a good call, not even Pats fans. What is sad is pretty much everyone whining about that call is ignoring the blatant DPI on Edelman the same play, and the numerous blatant DPIs by KC’s secondary that were not called a single time.

    If you don’t complain about all the bad calls or non calls no matter which team they were for/against, that’s called a double standard and invalidates any complaint you have.

    BTW Pats 6 penalties for 61 yards, KC 4 for 28.

  55. Michael Edits says:
    January 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    If Brady loses one more Super Bowl, he’ll tie my all-time favorite QB, Jim Kelly. Ridiculous, isn’t it?

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    I hope you are not trying to ridicule Jim Kelley here. To just getting to four superbowls is a staggering accomplishment only very few select qbs have ever achieved. Its unfortunate that he lost all four but how many can you even name that ever even saw four Superbowls? Kelly is one of the all time greats, of course nowhere near leading that list (that would be easily Brady) but still on it.

  56. They went 11-5 bro. 11-5 teams usually win divisions. It was a weird fluke that they missed the playoffs. They went 10-6 the following year and won the division. #FanboyLogic
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    If, but, shoulda,coulda,woulda.

    Going from 16-0 to 11-5 the next year is exactly the same regression as going from 11-5 to 6-10 the following year.

    No they missed the playoffs because they weren’t good enough to make them without the GOAT. Period.

    It really isnt that hard.

  57. Deric Gregory says:

    They went 11-5 bro. 11-5 teams usually win divisions. It was a weird fluke that they missed the playoffs. They went 10-6 the following year and won the division. #FanboyLogic

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    Cassel/Pats also had a fairly easy strength of schedule in 2008 (28th hardest schedule). That was a significant drop from the 2007 team (8th hardest schedule).

    In 2009 when Brady was back, their strength of schedule jumped to the 4th hardest schedule.

  58. Chill_Donahue says:
    January 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    Deric Gregory says:

    They went 11-5 bro. 11-5 teams usually win divisions. It was a weird fluke that they missed the playoffs. They went 10-6 the following year and won the division. #FanboyLogic

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    Cassel/Pats also had a fairly easy strength of schedule in 2008 (28th hardest schedule). That was a significant drop from the 2007 team (8th hardest schedule).

    In 2009 when Brady was back, their strength of schedule jumped to the 4th hardest schedule.

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    So anyhoo, getting back to the original point….

    Brady has 12 postseason game-winning drives, double any other QB

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