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Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:37 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Tom Brady's INT-free streak snapped at 358

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a reason why Tom Brady was the MVP in 2010 -- he closed out the season on a white-hot streak that saw him avoid throwing an interception from October 17 against the Ravens until the end of the season. That streak, obviously, carried over into 2011 ... but it didn't last long as a deflected pass ended Brady's streak at 358 when the Dolphins intercepted him.

On the Patriots first drive of the second half in Miami, Brady went to throw a screen on the left side to Julian Edelman. The pass got deflected and Jared Odrick grabbed it out of the air and streaked -- well, as best a big man can anyway -- to the end zone, only to be stopped by Deion Branch just short of a defensive touchdown.

Brady's streak is remarkable in that it spanned many, many months, but also because it marked an incredible run by the Patriots as a whole -- they didn't turn the ball over a single time in the final seven games of the 2010 season.

Here's some good news, though: Brady's interception-free streak might have been shattered on Monday, but he also crossed some pretty solid milestones as well.

Brady became the 18th player in NFL history to throw for 35,000 yards on Monday night, and with his 35th career 300-yard passing night, he now has the 11th-most 300-plus games in NFL history. John Elway (36 games) and Drew Bledsoe (37) should see themselves leapfrogged soon.

The Patriots franchise quarterback also extended a touchdown streak, having thrown two scores in 10 consecutive games as of Monday night.



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Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 4.15.11: Ochocinco and the book biz



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • An interesting look at what it’s like to work on a book with Chad Ochocinco (full disclosure: the first book I wrote was with Orange Frazer Press. It was not on Ochocinco. Or Chad Johnson, for that matter).
  • We don’t normally think of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis as a stand-up comic, but in a recent roast of Cincinnati restaurant legend Jeff Ruby, Lewis summoned his inner-Jeff Ross. Naturally, that includes a joke at Ochocinco’s expense. Also, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly just kills Lewis and Bearcats coach Butch Jones.
  • The three finalists for the Patriots 2011 HOF induction class are coach Bill Parcells, QB Drew Bledsoe and DL Houston Antwine. Fans can vote at patriots.com through May 15.
  • Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune doesn’t think that agreeing to a home game in London vs. the Bears is such a good idea for the Buccaneers.
  • Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio gave an interesting look into how New England preps for the draft and what happens in the war room during draft day.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:39 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 11:44 pm
 

Brady reaches century mark

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Can we know what would have happened if Drew Bledsoe wouldn’t have been knocked out of a game by the Jets' Mo Lewis, allowing Tom Brady to replace him on Sept. 23, 2001? Would Brady even be in this position?

Remember, Bledsoe was in the first year of his $103 million contract, and he was one of the league’s best quarterbacks at the time of his injury. In the fourth quarter of that game vs. the Jets, Bledsoe was hit hard by Lewis and he sustained a chest injury. Brady, a sixth-round pick who struggled for playing time in college, came in to replace him, and that was end of Bledsoe in New England (minus an important stint in the AFC championship game that year).

After tonight’s 41-14 win against Miami, Brady showed how almost impossibly effective he’s been leading the Patriots ever since. It’s his 100th win in New England, and he becomes only the 22nd QB to accomplish such a feat. And considering it’s his 131st start, that’s the fastest of anybody who began their career in the Super Bowl era.

For what it’s worth, Joe Montana got his 100th win in his 139th game, Brett Favre in his 153rd and Peyton Manning in his 154th.

“I got a great team and a great organization," Brady said on ESPN after the game. "I’m truly priviledged to play for this team. I hope there are a lot of wins left."

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