Another day, another record set for New England Patriots quarterback, and former Michigan Wolverine, Tom Brady. During the second quarter of the Patriots’ game against the Miami Dolphins, Brady completed a two-yard pass to Julian Edelman for a touchdown to become the NFL’s all-time passing touchdowns leader in the regular season and playoffs with 580, a record previously held by Peyton Manning.
What was meant to be a day of glory for Brady and the Patriots ended on a sour note, as the Dolphins scored on a miraculous last-second play to defeat the Patriots, 34-33.
For Brady and the rest of the Patriots, there was no celebration after the game.
Instead, the team is looking back at a missed opportunity and asking itself, what if?
“We get back to work,” Brady told reporters after the game. “We get back to work. If they didn’t make that play at the end, we’d do the same thing. It’s disappointing when we lose games, and I think we all realize we could have done a lot better job in certain areas. I wish I would have done a lot better job on certain plays, but that’s football.”
Brady, 41, is no stranger to the NFL record books as earlier in the season he surpassed another record previously held by Manning, most career yards through the regular season and playoffs with 79,279 yards. As far as the regular season all-time record goes, Brady still has some ground to make up on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees who broke another Manning record this season with 73,707 passing yards in the regular season. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke a record previously held by Brady on Sunday as well, as he successfully completed 359 passes without an interception a record that Brady has held since the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
On top of his regular season and playoff records, Brady also holds a variety of records for performances in the Super Bowl as well. He currently holds the record with most Super Bowl wins for a starting quarterback with 5, among others, making him one of the most decorated players in the history of the NFL.
With his three touchdown performance against the Dolphins, Brady moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time regular season touchdown list behind, you guessed it, Brees and Manning. He finished the game with 358 yards passing.
Brady was a quarterback for the Wolverines from 1995 to 1999 where he served as a back-up for the Wolverines for two seasons. He finished his career with a 20-5 record and, at the time he left the program, sat fourth on the all-time career passing yardage leader list with 5,351 yards. He also finished in the record books in attempts (710), completions (442), completion percentage (62.3) and touchdowns (35).
The Patriots selected Brady with pick No. 199 in the sixth round, a compensatory pick, in the 2000 NFL Draft.