BOSTON (CBS) – Tom Brady is 43 years old and several years older than the expiration date for nearly every quarterback in football history. Given his performance in 2020, you’d never know.
The quarterback compounded that reality on Sunday when he executed four touchdowns to bring his total to 40 for the season.
Brady set the second highest touchdown mark for a season in his Hall of Fame and GOAT-worthy career. That said, in his 18 other seasons as the NFL starting quarterback, Brady has only executed more than 39 touchdowns once.
Brady, of course, threw 50 touchdowns in the famous undefeated 2007 regular season with the Patriots, which was an NFL record at the time. The 40th. Touchdown Pass broke a tie for the second-highest total of the 2011 season when Brady threw 39 touchdowns.
Brady’s touchdown barrage began when he threw a 50-50 ball for Chris Godwin on the opening drive of the Buccaneers game against the end zone. the hawks.
The 37. Brady’s season touchdown separated the 2020 campaign from a three-way tie for the third-best single-season brand of its career, along with 2010 (36 TDs, 4 INTs, unanimous MVP) and 2015 (36 TDs, 7 INTs).
Brady would have touchdown No.. 38 on the Bucs’ second run, but Mike Evans dropped the pass while sustaining an apparent knee injury.
Brady threw incomplete on a screen the next game and then dumped it in third place. He opted for a Buccaneers field goal to give the home team a 10-3 lead.
Brady got that second touchdown of the day on the Bucs’ next run, tying up with Antonio Brown – who may have cut right in front of an open Scotty Miller in the far corner of the end zone – for a 25-yard run score to To give Tampa a 17-7 lead.
That touchdown brought Brady 38 this year, just one step behind the second best single-season mark.
Brady had a chance to hit no. 39 twice before half-time, but both trips ended in field goals. The Bucs threatened again in the third quarter, but a diving Scotty Miller dropped Brady’s pass and tossed the ball in the air and into the arms of Falcon’s safety Ricardo Allen to intercept it. That was Brady’s 12th. Interception of the season, but its first since week 12.
After the Falcons cut Tampas’ lead to three points, Brady walked 41 yards 4-5 to put the Bucs on the 3-yard line and Ronald Jones dived into the end zone for a touchdown at Tampa to give a 30 -20 lead.
Later in the fourth quarter, Brady finally secured landing No.. 3 that day, Godwin hit for a four-yard score to give Tampa a 10-point lead.
At this point, Brady had 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the season. It didn’t quite compare to MVP’s performance in 2007 when he had 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions, but it was an exact match with his 2011 touchdowns and interceptions.
It looked like Brady’s day might end there, but a falcon turnover returned the property to the home team. It didn’t take Brady long to convert that opportunity into points as he and the Bucs drove 38 yards in just 19 seconds in three games. Brady teamed up with Brown for a 30-yard catch-and-run to give Tampa a 44-27 lead and secure the fifth seed (the top wildcard seed) in the NFC playoffs.
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Brady finished the day with a touchdown of 269 against 41 for 399 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He finished the season with 401 degrees (the second highest in any season of his career) for 4. 633 yards (his fifth highest total).
Brady is obviously not an MVP candidate in 2020, but he started fourth in touchdown passes and fifth in passing yards on the final day of the season. For an old man who looked into the Patriots 20 years ago – his only employer in 20 years – who gives him up, it can surely be an accomplishment to usher in one of the best statistical seasons in his ridiculously successful career.
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