Category: NFL

Why Tom Brady is the Best Quarterback of All-Time

The greatest quarterback of all time is a title that Tom Brady clearly has earned after his miraculous comeback in Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. If there was any debate over this place in history before Brady’s victory over the Falcons, the debate is simply over at this point. Brady has succeeded at the quarterback position at a level that no one else has ever reached. His number of Super Bowl titles, his record during those seasons, and his career statistics are just part of the reason why you can’t deny him the title of greatest quarterback ever.

For starters Tom Brady has five Super Bowl rings. Only one other player, Charles Haley can make that claim. He is the only quarterback to achieve this title. The closest quarterbacks to Brady would be Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, who each have four rings. Five Super Bowl wins is pretty incredible. Some of the best quarterbacks ever have never won a title. Dan Marion, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts and Warren Moon are just a few. To win this many times during such a competitive era is pretty impressive.

When it comes to playing in the playoffs, Tom Brady’s statistics are as good as anyones. Statistics are clear, Brady is the greatest postseason quarterback in NFL history. It’s really not even close. Tom Brady has more passing yards in the playoffs than any other quarterback, 8,628. He has sixty one touchdowns and more than eight hundred completions. Brady is the leader in all of these categories and if he plays three more years, as he has stated he wants to, he could put himself so far out in front that no one will ever be able to catch him.

Brady’s Super Bowl statistics are just as impressive. Tom has been to more Super Bowls than any other quarterback with seven. This is impressive considering he has played 17 seasons. The first season he was the back up the entire season to Drew Bledsoe. In 2008 Brady tore his acl in the first game and didn’t play the rest of the year. That basically means he played in 15 seasons. With 7 Super Bowl appearances that’s basically an average of a Super Bowl every other season. He also is the leader now in Super Bowl wins 5, MVP’s with 4 and single game completions with 43. He has quite simply been dominant in the big game.

Brady’s case as the best quarterback of all time gained considerable ground after his performance in Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady engineered what is considered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Down 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady was able to lead his team to 34 straight points, including overtime to come back and defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. Brady was outstanding bringing his team back. The Patriots converted two, two point conversions in a row in order to complete the comeback. Brady was clearly driven to win another title.

There have been a lot of great quarterbacks in NFL history. Everyone from Montana and Bradshaw have made their impact on NFL history. Tom Brady’s record in the playoffs and Super Bowl however make him the clear cut choice for the greatest of all time. With three years possibly left to play, Brady should continue to add his incredible legacy.

How Did the Patriots Come Back to Beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl 51 was one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history and represented the first time a team won a Super Bowl without leading at any point during regulation. What started off as a slaughter by the Atlanta Falcons ended up as a jarring comeback win by the New England Patriots that cements the legacies of Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady who now have a record of 5 – 2 in a record seven Super Bowl appearances. But just how were the Patriots able to come back in Super Bowl 51?

Falcons Moving Away from their Strength

In the first half, the Atlanta Falcons were hitting on all cylinders. The Falcons have long been reliant on their dynamic offense led by Quarterback Matt Ryan and Wide Receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons were converting first downs, completing down the field passes, and winning the time of possession. In other words, the Falcons were relying on just what led their team to the Super Bowl in the first place. In the second half, the Falcons moved to a conservative model with a 28 – 3 lead and let the Patriots back into the game. When the Falcons should have been aggressive and put the nail in the coffin, they dialed back, tried to wear out the clock, and the Patriots capitalized with quick tds, two point conversions, and eventually tied the game in regulation and won the game in overtime.

Not Taking The Options Available

The Patriots are an opportunistic team that takes the points that are available to them. When the Falcons were aggressive in Q4 and hit Julio Jones for a beautiful sideline catch that was similar to the David Tyree catch by New York Giants receiver against the Patriots. In field goal range, the Falcons needed to simply nail a field goal and put Super Bowl 51 out of reach for the Patriots. Instead, they tried to pass the ball, turned it over with a Matt Ryan fumble and gave the Patriots new life which they capitalized on. If the Falcons would have simply taken the points available to them they would have won this game.

Providence Coming Through

Sometimes perseverance and hard work are the key factors that turn around a ball game. That and a little bit of providence coming through, of course. The catch that Julian Edelman made had a little bit of both. Belichick has honored Edelman as a hardworking player who will do anything to win and who doesn’t ever give up on plays. Edelman’s 20 yard catch on a tipped pass from Tom Brady that turned into the key play on the game tying drive by the Patriots. This can do and hard working spirit, combined with a bit of luck, is one of the key factors that kept the Patriots in the Super Bowl and allowed them to beat the Falcons in overtime.

A Dizzying Array of Options

When Rob Gronkowski went out with an injury after week 13 many thought the Patriots season was over, with no true offensive threat. However, the Patriots relied on what they always do, a dizzying array of options on offense. While the Patriots defense likes to shut down the first option for their opponents, the Patriots offense doesn’t truly have a one threat, they have a wide range of them. That is what turns Edelman, White, and Amendola a start on any given night. It also makes the Patriots incredibly challenging to defend on two point conversions. The Patriots, facing a two point conversion, went to Amendola on their two point attempt and tied up the game at a critical point.

Coming back from a 28 to 3 deficit against a top flight offense is not easy, but the Patriots were able to do so by remaining aggressive, capitalizing on the docility of the Falcons, and converting their opportunities into a comeback for the ages.

10 Most Unbreakable NFL Records

While some teams are in the hunt for high draft choices, others are aiming for the post-season and for the record books. Here’s some quick hit NFL records that may never be broken.

#1: Jerry Rice’s Receiving Records

The NFL is a sport that honors the ‘in the now’ moments, and there have been some amazing receivers since Jerry Rice retired. Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson to name two. Jerry Rice’s receiving records (197 touchdowns, 1,549 receptions and 22,895 yards) are an average of 10 touchdowns and 100 receptions per year, extended over a 15-year career. While some of Rice’s individual records have fallen (Randy Moss caught 23 TDs in one season in the Patriot’s 2007 campaign), the career and volume statistics are probably untouchable.

#2: Dick “Night Train” Lane’s 14 Interceptions in a Season

This record, set in a 12-game season in 1952, will probably never be broken. While the NFL’s passing offenses have matured, the number of games has increased, and the number of passing plays have improved, film study and rules changes keep defensive backs from running stride for stride with wide receivers the way they used to.

#3: Emmett Smith’s Rushing Yardage

Emmett Smith broke Walter Payton’s career rushing yardage total, and then tacked another 2,000 yards on top of it. Modern NFL offenses don’t run as much, and modern NFL running backs don’t have 18 year careers like Smith did.

#4: Most Sacks in a Single Game

Sacks as a whole are up, due to degradation in offensive line play over the last five years. It’s still unlikely that anyone will beat the 7 sacks Derrick Thomas got on Dave Kreig in 1990.

#5: Most Career Wins

Don Shula’s 347 wins will require Bill Belicheck (229 wins) to get 10 wins per season for another 12 seasons to match it. No other coach is likely to get 200 wins.

#6: Quarterback Starts

Brett Favre’s 297 starts is a testament to grit and a couple of pain killer addictions. Given the reduction in modern offensive line play, and bigger and faster players on defense, this one is unlikely to be touched.

#7: Most Career Touchdown Passes

Peyton Manning took this record from Favre in 2015, and then added 25 TDs on top of it. This, like Rice’s TD total, requires a player to produce at a high level for 18 years or more. Tom Brady is currently at #3 with 438, and would need three 35 TD years to pass Manning. This one might not be out of reach as others on this list.

#8: Most INTs In A Single Season

This is one that won’t change – no NFL offense would keep a QB who threw 3 interceptions per game that George Blanda did in amassing 42 INTs in 1962.

#9: Average Rushing Yards Per Game

OJ Simpson ran for 2,003 yards in a single season, the first RB to ever do so. He did it on a Bills team with few other offensive options, and put up 144 yards per game over a 14 game season. Running games don’t get the love in the modern NFL that they used to, and the defenders are bigger and faster, so this one is unlikely to get touched.

#10: Devin Hester’s 20 Special Teams TDs

Devin Hester has lapped the field on kick return and punt return TDs; the second highest total is 12 to his 20. Hester is still active, and could pad these numbers, though touchbacks in the kicking game going to the 25 yard line, and changes to promote player safety, make it harder to believe this one will ever be broken.