On Sunday, the New England Patriots won their eighth game of the season by defeating the New York Jets 27-13 on the road. The Patriots had a solid bounce-back performance two weeks after getting blown out by the Tennessee Titans — and that includes quarterback Tom Brady: the 41-year old completed 20 of 31 pass attempts during the contest for 283 yards as well as a pair of touchdowns.
While the numbers are not overly spectacular, Brady still added a new milestone to his already spectacular résumé: with a four-yard pass in the second quarter to rookie running back Sony Michel, the future Hall of Famer passed long-time rival Peyton Manning to become the league’s all-time leader in career regular season and postseason passing yards. Over his career, Brady has now thrown for a total of 79,416 yards.
When speaking about the record after the game, however, he did not seem overly excited. “Just wins,” Brady said when asked if there is one particular record he would be particularly proud of. “That’s what we’re here for, to win games. I’m trying to be a part of as many of these as I can and I love being out there with my teammates and working hard trying to figure out how to get the job done each week. It’s not easy, but we’re just here to win.”
Brady, of course, knows a thing or two about winning games: he is tied for the all-time lead in victories with former Patriots teammate and current Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri; the two have each won 231 games over the course of their legendary careers. What sets Brady apart from Vinatieri and every other player in league history, however, is rings. No player has won more than Brady’s five Super Bowl titles.
It is fair to say that Brady will add more victories to his total over the course of this season — the maximum when it is all said and done is eight — and likely break another all-time record along the way: he only needs two more regular season or playoff touchdown passes to break Manning’s all-time mark of 578. Chances are that he will accomplish the feat as early as this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Just don’t expect Brady to react differently than after breaking the yardage record.