This final exhibit could be just the push the jury needs to reach a verdict.
The Patriots faced a big game on a national stage against a top AFC opponent. We still get excited about these games, but it’s never too big for Brady.
The Patriots quarterback went a sizzling 21-of-35 passing (60 percent) for 296 yards (8.46 YPA), four touchdowns and a 125.4 passer rating. Considering the strength of his opponent, it may have been his finest performance of the season. The Texans ranked third in defensive passer rating, eighth in total pass defense and fifth in sacks headed into this game.
Brady started off hot, capping off the Patriots’ first three drives with touchdown passes. The Patriots cooled off in the second quarter and into the third quarter, with three consecutive three-and-outs, but got back on track with a 63-yard deep bomb to wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth.
It wasn’t 60 minutes of total domination, but when the Patriots were moving, it was vintage Brady.
We even saw the 35-year-old 13-year veteran put his elusive skills on display with a rare scramble for a first down. The play, and his subsequent reaction, created quite the stir in the stands at Gillette Stadium.
Fans are chanting “MVP” for Brady. It’s looking more and more like they may have a point.