The legend of Tom Brady he is tireless in continuing to extend his legacy. After the weekend’s Wild Card Round match, in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers they defeated 31-15 to Philadelphia Eagles, the experienced quarterback achieved a few more records that join those he had already achieved in the regular phase, to continue being the boss in the history of the NFL.
The win over the Eagles became Brady’s 35th victory in playoffs, where his winning percentage is .760, the highest among quarterbacks who have played at least 15 postseason games. On the contrary, he only has 11 defeats in final phases, figures obtained in 18 years with the New England Patriots and the last two with Tampa Bay.
The interesting thing about this record is that second on the list is a long way off. Joe Montana is the quarterback that occupies the second position and does so with 16 wins, less than half of those of Brady, while the second best of those who qualified for the current postseason was Ben Roethlisberger, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with 13, and there he stayed after being eliminated by the Kansas City Chiefs from Patrick Mahomes, which reached seven wins.
Another record that he increased during the duel against the Eagles was that of scoring passes, reaching a total of 85 in the postseason, although he already had the mark with 83. Thanks to these passes he has also helped his teammates climb historical positions, such as Rob Gronkowski, who reached 15 touchdowns in the playoffs and Mike Evans, who became the first NFL player to add more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of the eight seasons he has played.
Tom Brady is 44 years old and looking for his eighth ring Vince Lombardi, although for this he will have to be a two-time NFL champion with the same team, as he did with the Patriots in 2004 and 2005. For now, he has set the last two records for oldest quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl: he did at 41 with New England (2019) and at 43 with Tampa Bay (2021), leaving Peyton Manning in second place with 39 (Denver Broncos in 2016).
As for the records that he had already obtained in the regular season, he stands out for having joined other historic ones such as Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks with victory against all NFL teams, achieving it on October 3 when the The Buccaneers defeated the Patriots 19-17, in a game full of emotions for Brady’s return to New England.
He also surpassed Brees for the record for passing completions by reaching 7,142 and setting a record for touchdown passes with 700 (regular season only). However, Brees surpasses him by having accumulated five seasons throwing for 5,000 yards or more, while Brady achieved his second season with that figure in 2021.
As for his internal numbers at Tampa Bay, he set a couple more records. First, he finished the regular season with 5,316 yards, the third-most in the NFL and a new mark for his franchise. Similarly, he finished with 43 touchdown passes, the tenth highest amount in history and an unprecedented figure for the Buccaneers.
All of these brands gave Brady a $2.25 million bonus during 2021, adding to his total annual salary, estimated at $27.545 million, according to Spotrac and CBS Sports reports.
Brady’s bonuses at the end of the regular season are divided as follows: $562,500 for throwing at least 40 touchdown passes; 562,500 for finishing in the top 5 of passing yards leaders; 562,500 for finishing in the top 5 of passing rating leaders and 562,500 more for beating last season’s yards per carry average (4.3 vs. 4.12).
Brady’s next opponent in the postseason are Los Angeles Rams, whom they will face on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (Central Mexico). The Rams have the fewest yards allowed in the current playoffs with 183 (in their game against the Cardinals), in addition to two turnovers. That will be the toughest test for the next duel of the historical leader of the NFL, who now commands the Buccaneers.