For the first time in a 14 year NFL career New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played every snap for the team.
The form of the Patriots star man is a double edged sword for the Pats, previous seasons backup Ryan Mallet would step in to cover during blowout games but this seasons numerous tight games means the backup couldn’t step in to finish off games.
Brady is widely known to dislike being pulled out of games by head coach Bill Belichick preferring to finish his games in style.
Brady is one of only four other quarter backs to play every snap for their team this season. Brady has remained strong throughout what has proven to be one of his most difficult seasons as an NFL starter.
The season started with star tight end Aaron Hernandez being arrested and the loss of veteran small man wide receiver Wes Welker to now rivals The Denver Broncos, and it continued much the same, nearly all of the Pat’s main weapons have experienced some time out of the team for one reason for another.
All this means Brady couldn’t get any accurate reads and couldn’t get up to his natural rhythm. Five fourth-quarter comebacks helped lift the Patriots to the top of the AFC East yet again but it wasn’t easy work.
Going into the playoffs Brady spoke to the Boston Globe about the season saying: “I think there’s a whole 16 weeks to determine those strengths and weaknesses.
"Hopefully now that we’re going into the most important time of the year, we’re playing to our strengths.”
“The amount of times that we’ve come back, that’s really unique. It’s hard to do. When you put yourself up against . . . when your back’s against the wall and to pull our way out of it like we did on a number of occasions is pretty amazing.
And really, we had a chance to do it a few other times, too. So, that’s been one of the coolest parts about the year.”
The Patriots will now face old rivals the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs after the colts themselves rallied to pip Kansas City to the next round of the playoffs.
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