Tom Brady said the wrong thing. Mind you, that doesn't happen very often, but I distinctly heard the words, "I'm gonna get me two of them" out of Brady's mouth. He and running back Corey Dillon were questioning how many touchdowns each would score.
Tom Brady threw just one touchdown. One measly touchdown in his 24th win in the last 25 games he has started. Tom Terrific threw one itsy bitsy touchdown pass in a 27-19 victory over the Chiefs that improved the Patriots record to 9-1 on the season.
I'm being facetious of course. Tom Brady is a great quarterback. Tom Brady is larger than life. As a matter of fact, he's larger in person than he looks like on television. The Patriots media guide lists him as 6'4, but Monday night he played like he was Paul Bunyan and the Chiefs defense was a forest of weeping willows.
The quintessential Tom Brady moment came on the game's final drive. On third down and one yard to go with just under three and a half minutes to play, Brady kept the ball on a quarterback sneak and pushed his way past the first down marker. After that play it was game, set and match for New England.
The statistics back up the argument that Tom Brady is a great quarterback. Brady has the highest winning percentage (42-13, .763) of any quarterback with at least 40 starts in the Super Bowl ERA (1966). Brady is 18-1 in games decided by six points or less including a 4-0 mark in the playoffs.
The Patriots wunderkind shredded the Chiefs for 315 yards and the touchdown pass to Deion Branch, but he's not close to being satisfied, "We're still trying to improve. We left some points out on the field tonight".
Tom, you just beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead. You've won two Super Bowls in three years and right now your team shares the NFL's best record. It doesn't get much better than this.
Or does it?