Tom Brady brings Tebow down to Earth
FOXBORO - Reuters
Tom Brady led his team to a win over the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs. REUTERS photoNew England quarterback Tom Brady notched a playoff win for the first time in four seasons and said victories, not records, are his number one priority.
The three-times Super Bowl winner schooled his highly-touted young opponent Tim Tebow in leading the Patriots to a 45-10 thrashing of the Denver Broncos on Jan. 14 in the AFC divisional playoff game.
“The team revolves around him,” Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said of Brady. “When he’s ready, we’re all ready.”
Brady threw six touchdown passes, matching a playoff single-game record and moving into third place all-time among NFL quarterbacks in the postseason. He threw for 363 total yards, a franchise playoff high.
Brady now owns the second highest number of playoff wins for a quarterback (15) and can tie Joe Montana for the record next week in the AFC Championship game.
The much-talked about dual between the veteran Brady and the upstart Tebow never got going.
The Denver quarterback, whose public displays of Christian faith have made him a phenomenon, had the game from hell.
Sacked five times on the night, Tebow completed only three passes in the first half. At one point Brady had more touchdown passes than Tebow had completions.