Tom Brady has already cemented his place in NFL history. He has established himself as the greatest quarterback of at least his generation, has won more games than any other passer, and has set numerous other league records. Just this season, he was able to achieve a new standard for passing efficiency as he finished the regular season with 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
Today, win or lose, Brady will set yet another milestone. The New England Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans will be the future Hall of Famer’s 32nd postseason start. This means that Brady will break a tie with former Patriots and current Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri to move into sole possession of the most playoff starts by an NFL player.
Entering tonight’s contest, New England has won 22 of Brady’s 31 postseason games; another all-time record (Vinatieri is second with 20). To put those numbers into perspective, only 14 franchises -- and one of those is the Patriots -- have played more postseason games than Tom Brady in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). And he will move into a tie with the New York Giants for 13th most tonight.
While this number certainly is impressive it pales in comparison to the wins: If Brady were his own franchise, he would be the eighth most successful in the playoffs since the 1966 season (seventh if New England would be disregarded). And if all goes according to plan tonight, Brady will add another victory -- tying the Denver Broncos’ 23 total postseason wins.