FOXBORO, Mass. — In his previous two playoff games, Tom Brady had completed 52 of his 87 passes for four touchdowns and four interceptions. The Patriots lost both of those games, and Brady and his team carried that baggage into Saturday night's game against the Broncos.
Suffice it to say, Brady exorcised those recent playoff demons. And then some.
Brady tied an NFL postseason record by throwing six touchdowns against the Broncos. More impressive, he did it just 33:08 into the game, leading the Patriots to a 42-7 lead a little more than three minutes after halftime ended. The Patriots went on to win 45-10.
In standard Brady fashion, the 34-year-old downplayed the significance of any personal records.
"I have no idea what records and stuff like that [were set]," Brady said. "We try to go out and execute well. … Everyone is here for one reason and it's to win — that's the reason why guys are here, is to win."
While Brady tied Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young with six touchdowns, he also moved past Dan Marino on the all-time playoff touchdowns list. Brady now sits in third place all time, eight touchdowns behind Brett Favre and nine touchdowns behind Joe Montana. Brady's now second all time in postseason victories with 15, just one behind Montana.
Brady's also now thrown a touchdown in 18 straight playoff games, putting him just two games behind Favre for the most all time. To tie that mark this season, Brady will have to throw a touchdown next week in the AFC Championship Game and repeat the process two weeks later in Super Bowl XLVI.
But when Brady takes the field next Sunday afternoon with a trip to Indianapolis on the line, you can bet he won't care whether he throws six touchdowns or zero.
"It's all about winning," Brady said.