With a 27-20 Divisional round victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night, future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and his New England Patriots continue its postseason success.
Head coach/QB duo Bill Belichick and Brady have seen the most success of any HC/QB duo in NFL history. Over the last 15 seasons, the Patriots have won 13 AFC East division titles, put up 14 double-digit win seasons), gone to 10 Conference Championships, and won four Super Bowls in six appearances.
The seven-point victory over Kansas City gives Brady a 22-8 postseason record, and puts the Patriots in its fifth consecutive Conference Championship game (only one other team has done so during the SB era). It’s incredible, really. And, perhaps what’s exciting about this is that there’s a pretty good chance that we get to see yet another Brady-Manning showdown next week. Peyton will need to take care of business tomorrow, first, in order for that to happen.
With his 302 yards and two touchdowns through the air against a top-tier Chiefs defense, Brady has nine 300-yard playoff games (tied with Manning for most all-time) and 55 postseason touchdown passes (most all-time). Brady’s tight end Rob Gronkowski caught both of those TD passes, surpassing Vernon Davis and Dave Casper on the all-time playoff TDs by a tight end list (8)––Gronk is only 26 years old.
Belichick has 23 career playoff wins as a head coach (22 in New England, 1 in Cleveland). That’s three more career postseason wins than the second-place Tom Landry. If New England ends up repeating as SB champs this year, Bill would surpass legendary Steelers head coach Chuck Noll for most Super Bowl wins as a head coach, with five.
While most everyone outside of the New England area despises these Patriots, there’s no denying the greatness that we’ve been able to witness in Foxboro over the last decade and a half.
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