New England Patriots QB Tom Brady entered Sunday’s AFC Championship game needing just 277 yards passing to surpass Brett Favre as the all-time post-season passing yardage leader. Brady set the mark, throwing for 32o yards, but his afternoon was not one of his more memorable performances in his storied career. The Patriots entered the afternoon with the league’s best home winning percentage in home games and had never lost an AFC Championship game in Foxboro. Until Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens made some adjustments at halftime and the Patriots simply had no answers as the Ravens roared back, scoring 21 unanswered points. The lack of a true speed receiver on the outside was made apparent in the Patriots loss on Sunday with basically no threat of a receiver catching a pass over 20 yards existed.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco‘s remarkable run of road playoff wins in his career continued. For the second straight season, Flacco out-dualed Brady on the field during the AFC Championship game. In the last two championship games between these two, Flacco has five touchdowns and one interception while Brady has thrown just one touchdown to four interceptions.Since entering the league in 2008, Flacco now has more playoff wins than Brady.
Brady also saw a remarkable streak come to an end yesterday. Brady had been 67-0 at home when leading at halftime. That streak comes to an end. Wes Welker will be a free agent along with Danny Woodhead.
Bill Belichick and crew are going to have to revamp their offense in the offseason. One has to wonder how much longer the window will be open for the Patriots and Tom Brady.