Tom Brady is over the hill. The dynasty is over. Might as well give the damn harbor back to the British.
The Patriots finished the 2019-20 season 12-4 and then lost 20-13 in the Wild Card to the Titans. With 15 seconds to go in the game, down 14-13 and in the shadow of his own goalpost, Brady threw off the right hash to Mo Sanu. The ball was deflected by Tramaine Brock Sr., and intercepted and returned for a touchdown by the Titan's Logan Ryan. And that was that.
The Patriots started the season 8-0, outscoring opponents by a total of 250 to 61. After an illuminating 37-20 SNF loss to the Ravens, New England went 4-3, prompting Pats Nation to ask, collectively, a question they had not asked in 20 years: Do we have a good quarterback?
The league-wide eye test concluded that Tom Brady indeed looked less accurate and more skittish in the pocket than ever. Statistics, though, paint a slightly different picture. That said, numbers alone don't tell stories. Check out all of Brady's significant passing stats below, watch Ray's SportsCastr stream, and decide for yourself: Is the GOAT cooked?
The 24 passing TDs Brady threw this year represent the fewest he's thrown in a season (not counting the 2008 season lost to injury) since 2006. The '06 Patriots pissed away a lead in the AFC Championship game to Peyton and the Colts, losing 38-34 in the RCA Dome. Was Brady's '06 better than his '19?
Brady has been sacked 500 times in his career. So the 27 sacks he absorbed this year represent, almost exactly, the average number of sacks he absorbs every year. The most times Brady was sacked in a single season was 40 in 2013. The Patriots went to the AFC Championship that year, losing to another Manning-led team, the Broncos, 26-16. Was Brady much better in '13 than he was in '19?
Tom has thrown 179 (regular-season) interceptions in his career, an average of about nine a year. He threw eight picks in 2019. Was it a down year for him?
Brady's worst season-long completion percentage was 60.2 in 2003. That year he threw fewer touchdowns (23) and more picks (12) while absorbing more sacks (32) than in 2019. But the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII 32-29 over the Carolina Panthers. Which was Brady's better season?
Chalk it up to age. Blame it on the lack of weapons. Point the finger at the offensive line. Or simply shrug and say It wasn't their year. Yes, Tom looked old at times. He is old (for a football player). But insofar as the numbers are concerned, Brady was Brady. Looking ahead to his 21st season, which will take place during his 44th trip round the Sun, only one thing is for certain: Number 12 is going to wear his patented scowl like a Watchmen mask from training camp to the offseason.