Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tom Brady's Patriot Act

(TD) The Patriots shook up the AFC’s pecking order like a snow globe Monday night, laying a Texas-sized ass whopping on the conference’s “best team.” The 42-14 loss was Houston’s most lopsided of the season, leaving New England with tiebreaker advantages over their two biggest threats for home field in the playoffs, the Broncos and the Texans. The blowout stopped Houston’s six-game win streak dead in its track, and left little doubt as to who the real team to beat will be come January.
Tom Brady, who is in the midst of another MVP caliber season (3,833 pass yds, 32 total TDs, 4 turnovers), tossed a perfect game, completing 21 of 35 passes for 296 yards and four scores. It was Brady’s 18th four-touchdown game of his career, and his 45th consecutive game with a passing touchdown. He shredded the Texans’ secondary from the opening drive on, but it was a play that he made late in the game with his feet, with the outcome already secured, that really blew the lid off the stadium.
With his team already up 35-7, Brady took a shotgun snap on a 3rd-and-5 from the Houston 33 and ran it 6 yards for a sliding first down. The usually-stoic signal called immediately jumped to feet while screaming and pumped his fist several times, much to the joy of the Gillette Stadium crowd. It’s rare that Brady takes off and runs with it (he had just 15 rushing yards on the season coming into Week 14) but the fact that he was willing to put his body on the line with the game already wrapped up did not go unnoticed by the Patriot faithful, and the MVP chants rained heavy.
To read the rest of my article on the Beasts from the East, check out And look, I know I can only suck off the Patriots for so long without getting lockjaw, but the truth is there's not much else going on in the AFC East to write about. Feel free to play devils advocate on New England in the comment section below.

-fresh (@danye33)

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