By: Ian Logue
Brady set a playoff franchise record with his 23rd start Sunday. (FILE:USPresswire)
Taking another quick look at Sunday’s win over the Texans, here’s a short list of some of the milestones reached by the Patriots as they get set for yet another AFC Championship game this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens:
– Tom Brady started his 23rd career postseason game on Sunday, setting a new franchise record. The previous record had been 22 by former linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
– Brady’s 3rd quarter 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd was his 40th career postseason touchdown pass, making him the 3rd player in NFL history with 40 or more postseason touchdown throws.
– Brady’s 33yd 4th quarter touchdown strike to Shane Vereen put Brady over 300 yards passing on the afternoon, giving him his 5th career postseason game with 300 yards passing.
– That same touchdown was Vereen’s 3rd of the day, tying a franchise record with former Patriots running back Curtis Martin, as well as current tight end Rob Gronkowski. Fans may remember that Gronkowski scored three touchdowns during last year’s AFC Divisional round against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
– Finally as most fans probably know, after beating the Texans Brady won his 17th postseason game, setting a new NFL mark after passing childhood idol Joe Montana. That brings him to 17-6 overall during his incredible career in New England, and he and the Patriots will be looking for #18 this weekend at home against the Ravens.