BOSTON (CBSMiami) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a first-ballot Hall of Famer with three Super Bowl rings to prove his superior game. But, since his last Super Bowl victory in 2004, Brady has yet to win the big game again.
While fans of teams like the Miami Dolphins would love to have the success Brady has brought to the Patriots; it’s beginning to look like he may be past his prime when it comes to winning the big game.
Over his last 10 playoff games, Brady’s Patriots have posted a 4-6 record while he’s thrown 19 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. He didn’t throw but three interceptions in his first 10 playoff games, which included the three Super Bowl victories.
Looking back to the 2008 season, in the games Brady has lost in the playoffs, he’s thrown for more than 300 yards just once, last season against the Baltimore Ravens. Over the same time span, when the Patriots have lost in the playoffs, Brady has thrown 10 touchdowns to eight interceptions while compiling a 6-6 record.
None of that is to say that Brady is not arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the National Football League.
He owns the record for most career playoff wins by a quarterback in NFL history (18) and has the third best playoff winning percentage among quarterbacks who have won at least 10 postseason games.
One interesting side note, since 2004, Brady and the Patriots have lost two Super Bowls and three AFC Championship Games, including the last two in a row. Brady turns 37-years-old this season, but has shown no signs that he’s ready to hang up the cleats yet.
Finally, before writing off Tom Brady, remember this: since 2005, he’s led the Patriots to 26 game winning/fourth-quarter comeback wins. Also, the only year Brady didn’t play for the Patriots was 2008, which not surprisingly is the only season the team didn’t make the playoffs since Brady took over as the starting quarterback.