Everyone knows the big records Tom Brady's set of the course of an 18-year career. He owns the most playoff wins and Super Bowl rings of any NFL quarterback. He's thrown for more yards and touchdowns between the regular season and playoffs than anyone else who has ever played in the league. He won 16 division titles, single-handedly demoralizing the AFC East in the process.
But Brady's greatness can be found by the league's current statistical categories alone. As he heads into his ninth Super Bowl, his wizardry and impossible presence has leaked into a handful of lesser-known buckets of accomplishment. His postseason summary is untouchable as a quarterback. It even outpaces the bulk of the league's franchises.
So how exactly do you put his consistency in focus? Here are some of the numbers that won't show up in the league's official records that help define just how valuable he's been to a once-moribund New England team.
Tom Brady has played in more than any non-patriots franchise in the NFL
New England Patriots : 1
- Tom Brady : 9 Super Bowls
- Pittsburgh Steelers Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys : 8 Super Bowls
The Jaguars, Browns, Lions, or Texans could make eight straight Super Bowl appearances from 2020 to 2027 and have not played as many Super Bowls as Brady. 19659013] Tom Brady has played in more postseason games than 18 NFL teams
Super Bowl 53 will mark Brady's 40th playoff game. There are 18 franchises that have played that many, including old-money teams and former champions like the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. When he takes the field Feb. 3, he'll have made almost twice as many postseason appearances as eight NFL clubs – the Saints, Lions, Bengals, Panthers, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Texans.
Tom Brady has won more playoff games than 27 franchises
Brady's won 29 playoff games in his 18-year career. If he had the Rams in the Super Bowl, he would be just one win behind his hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Patriots would take over the first (37) postseason victories in NFL history. He won more in the playoffs than the Eagles, Vikings, Raiders, Broncos, Giants, or Colts. He's won more than the Lions, Cardinals, Bengals, Buccaneers, and Texans combined
Hell, his 29 postseason victories are as many as the Browns combined in the regular season between 2010 and 2017.
Tom Brady is tied for the Arrowhead Stadium record for most playoff wins (via Reddit's u / saulfineman)
Brady has one postseason win as a starting quarterback in Kansas City. So do Steve DeBerg (he beat Todd Marinovich!), Joe Montana, Jim Harbaugh, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Marcus Mariota, and Patrick Mahomes.
… this record probably won't last
Tom Brady is the only 41-year-old to ever play in the playoffs
He's dropped back for 90 attempts this January. That output in two games alone would constitute the ninth-most attempts of any player aged 40 or older in the Super Bowl era. His 1,380 passes since turning 40 are the most of any NFL player in his fifth decade of existence.
He is the oldest player to throw a pass in the postseason, however. That honor belongs to Hall of Famer George Blanda, who threw 32 passes and two touchdowns (and kicked two extra points and a field goal) in the 1971 AFC Championship game at age 43.
Tom Brady is the only starting quarterback not to be sacked in the 2019 NFL Playoffs
The Patriots' offensive line came together at the perfect time to keep its finely aged quarterback upright. Brady has not been sacked in either of his playoff games this winter and has only been hit three times. In Bradley's 2003 season – his second Super Bowl championship.
Tom Brady has thrown more postseason touchdowns than Jared Goff has his entire career
Brady has found the end zone 73 times in 39 playoff games. Those 73 touchdowns are more than 90 quarterbacks who were once NFL first-round draft picks had their entire NFL careers – though that includes active players like Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, and his Super Bowl 53 opponent Jared Goff, who has 67 in 41 starts including the playoffs.
That group includes No. 1 overall picks like Tim Couch, David Carr, and JaMarcus Russell. The Miracle of the NFL 2000 has more posts than the top five picks by Rick Mirer, Ryan Leaf, Heath Shuler and Vince Young had over the course of their football lives.
Tom Brady has more Super Bowl match yards than 32 first-round quarterbacks had their entire NFL careers
Brady has thrown for 2,576 yards in the Super Bowl, a number that was significantly smaller before 2018's 505-yard performance in a loss to the Eagles. Extrapolated to a 16-game season, his Super Bowl resume translates to a 5.152-yard, 36-touchdown year . That eight-game sample size is impressive – and better than the career output of 32 forms first-round picks (which could become 33 if Paxton Lynch does not realize his potential after washing out in Denver).
Tom Brady has 2,576 passing yards in the Super Bowl.
* just * the Super Bowl
that's more than 32 other no-longer-active first round quarterbacks had their entire NFL careers, including:
– Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 22, 2019
Yep, that's another tough beat for poor Todd Marinovich. ]