Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth.” Tim Tebow has shown that he is worth plenty as an athlete, a NFL spokesman, and a person in society, but not as a professional quarterback. God gave Tebow the gift of a successful rookie season and a playoff win over the defending AFC champs, but that was enough. Brady wanted to destroy “Tebowmania” and remind everyone who the best quarterback in the NFL is.
Brady has almost every playoff passing record there is. He also has the most playoff wins as an NFL quarterback. Brady wants to extend his playoff record and perhaps make it unreachable.
I don’t think anyone considers Brady to be an angry or violent person, but he put his foot on Denver’s neck and pushed until he heard it snap. Brady started with eight passes, almost 80 yards, and two touchdowns. I am not sure how they can log this stat into the record books, but it should be. The Pats scored 35 points in the first half. If they can do half of that in the next game, victory will be clinched.
Brady makes his good teammates great. Many people will say that Gronkowski is the best tight end in football, either him or Jimmy Graham. But could Gronkowski really catch for 145 yards and three touchdowns if Tebow, Yates, or even Flacco was his quarterback? Even with Big Ben taking the snaps Gronkowski would be lucky to have 50 yards and one TD. Brady knows how, when, and where to hit Gronkowski. Brady has proven that he can make average players great. Brady has made Deion Branch, David Patten and Givens, and recently Wes Welker all look like pro bowlers. I think that Gronkowski will make a note of sending a “thank you letter” to Brady after he is the Super Bowl MVP.
The Pats need to run the ball like they did against Denver. Belichick will have to use a few “trick plays” and pick up some yards on the ground in order to keep Ray Lewis and company from only focusing on Brady. If there is anything that slows down Brady it is a smack to the mouth, which Lewis would be happy to deliver. The Patriots had 110 rushing yards against the Broncos and if they can get 90 on Sunday they will be sitting pretty going into the Super Bowl.
Brady is just too good. He has been under the radar until this game and that is when he plays his best football. I think a feisty Texans team would have put on a better show than the aging Ravens teams. Reed may get a pick, Lewis may force a fumble, and Suggs may get a sack on third down, but Flacco will not be able to keep up with Brady. The Ravens cannot rely on Brady to perform like a subpar Yates nor can they rely on a muffed punt at the five yard line. Brady will continue his legacy as the best quarterback in NFL history.
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Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.