Tom Brady’s 66 passes were two short of all-time postseason record

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If Monday night’s game was Tom Brady‘s final contest as a member of the Buccaneers, the Bucs got their money’s worth.

Brady threw 66 passes in the 31-14 defeat. It was the second most attempts in any postseason game in NFL history, behind only the 68 passes thrown by former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a 202o wild-card loss to the Browns.

Quarterbacks have thrown 60 or more passes in postseason games eight times. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have done it twice.

It’s usually not a good sign; a quarterback throws that much when his team is trailing. Indeed, quarterbacks who have thrown 60 or more times in a postseason game are 2-6 in those contests.

One of the wins came six years ago, in Super Bowl LI. That’s when Brady threw 62 passes in order to reverse a 28-3 deficit to the Falcons.

For his career, Brady has now thrown 50 or more passes in 10 postseason games. He’s 6-4 in those games.

He also has completed 30 or more passes in 11 postseason games. Last night’s 35 completions ties Brady with himself from a 2017 win over the Titans for eighth place.

17 responses to “Tom Brady’s 66 passes were two short of all-time postseason record

  1. In all seriousness… if last night really was his last game just wanted to say it was a priviledge to watch him work his craft and play the game at the highest level setting all kinds of records. The game is better off with him.

    So thank you Julio Jones.

    Wait you didn’t think I was talking about someone else did you? As if! Lololol

  2. 66 passes, only 2 TDs, one in garbage time. Can’t blame the D for losing that game. Plenty of tools in the receiving department as well. It may be time for Tom to think about moving to that next stage of his life before this gets embarrassing. I’ve always like Brady, but dang, these guys simply don’t know when to hang up the cleats.

  3. Tampa was bad all year. In a competent division they would have been a last place team. It’s not Brady’s fault, but he’s no longer good enough to do it all himself.

  4. Why BB drafted Garoppolo. Brady would race to 50 passes from 2007-2012 and gas out his own D with so many 3 and outs and predictability.

    Only when BB took away one of the WRs on the depth chart and signed James Develin, did it start to improve. Then, BB drafted JimmyG to really scare Brady back into being a good QB again by being a better game manager.

    What you saw last night was a microcosm of why NE lost 2 SBs to the Giants. Once you become that predictable, it makes it very easy on a defense.

    It took Peyton Manning years and years to figure that out. You have to wonder why Brady copied the failed postseason Manning after having success using a run game to get to playaction for 3 SBs in 4 years under BB’s tutelage.

    BB should have never given Brady what he wanted. Thankfully, BB fixed it and formed a 2nd dynasty.

  5. I don’t know what has caused Brady to be so out of sync with his receivers this season. He can still sling it way down the field, anybody’s who actually watches the games can see that. But his accuracy isn’t as reliable as it was.

    We can all also see that the coaching is poor. I know Arians wanted his legacy to be Bowles and Leftwich, but for sure Bowles isn’t HC material, and Leftwich is mediocre. The other problem I don’t see talked about much is the character of the players. Way too many of them just don’t seem to want to work hard. I’ve felt that way all season, but it’s gotten worse. I’ve seen Brady often having to get them pumped up to play harder, not to give up. It’s like they got their ring, so now they can just coast and collect paychecks.

  6. The Tampa offense is the worst modern offense I’ve ever seen and has taken football back 20 years.. Every snap is a disaster. Talk about an offense that deleverages talent. It’s the exact opposite of the shanahan offense. The weird thing is Brady ran an excellent offense in New England and was often competitive having only 1 NFL caliber receiver on the field, but he seems to offer no input in Tampa.

  7. It doesn’t matter if he threw 100 passes. If they don’t hit their mark who cares. What a more impressive stat would be is 66 completions. See ya Brady, don’t let the door hit your backside on the way out.

  8. Tom always said he would play until he sucked.
    I don’t know if last night qualified, but it must have been pretty close.

  9. It took Peyton Manning years and years to figure that out. You have to wonder why Brady copied the failed postseason Manning after having success using a run game to get to playaction for 3 SBs in 4 years under BB’s tutelage.

    Then why did Bill take the Fullback out of the offense this season and run more plays from shotgun?

  10. He should have retired last year. Aside from a few games this year, he has looked awful. He looks like a 50 year old on the field.

  11. Brady being able to elevate his team and carry them to wins is no longer possible. He needs a quality team to support him and this was definitely not it. Lots of talent on the Bucs but talent does not make a team. Starts with the oline and trickles to all other aspects of the team…..oline can’t block, backs can’t run, play action non existent, no separation for receivers, no mobility from qb….disaster all around.

  12. The Analytical Kid says:
    January 17, 2023 at 10:21 am
    66 passes, only 2 TDs, one in garbage time. Can’t blame the D for losing that game.

    Brady didn’t play great, but you can definitely blame the Bucs defence for losing that game. After their first two three and out series, the Cowboys basically moved the ball at will for the rest of the game. Giving up 3 80+yard TD scoring drives, and not getting Prescott to turn the ball over once despite his recent trend turnoveritis, was the bigger reason for their loss last night.
    Tampa’s defence had been mediocre to bad the entire season, last night was just another example of that.

  13. I don’t know what has caused Brady to be so out of sync with his receivers this season.

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

    It is very simple : he didn’t have a receiver who could see what he saw (I think it is because he didn’t work with his receivers during offseason).

    Without such a receiver, his dink n dunk simply didn’t work. In Patriots, he didn’t have running games most of the time except 2004 and 2018 seasons, his dink n dunk was Patriots running game. Then his O-line (Micah Parsons) didn’t give him the time a pocket QB needs in pocket to make deep throws.

    Just watch 3rd and goal when score was 6-31, watch Bucs #6 (this is exact Edelman’s catch for easy first down in middle field in the TD drive in 2019 SB against Rams) : THE SPACE BEHIND THE RECEIVER WAS WIDE OPEN. But Bucs #6 didn’t turn around, and Brady took a sack.

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