Tom Brady reminded football fans on Monday Night Football that in a year of emerging rookie quarterbacks, the signal caller from New England is still on top.
Brady threw for 296 yards and had four touchdowns in leading the Patriots to a decisive 42-14 victory over the Houston Texans. At 11-1, the Texans were looking to cement their supremacy in the AFC by beating the Patriots in Foxboro, but Brady proved that New England remains the team to beat.
At 10-3, the Patriots are now within striking distance of taking the top-seed from the 11-2 Texans.
The matchup was a mismatch from the very start, ESPN noted. New England began tearing through the vaunted Texans defense on the very first possession.
“It’s a Monday night game,” Brady said. “We have played in a lot of big games in December.”
For Tom Brady, who just this week became a father again after wife Gisele Bundchen gave birth to a daughter, Vivian Lake, it was a total team win.
“It needs to come together now, this is the perfect time for it,” added Brady.
Brady said the win was a great way to end the week, but the win has the Patriots looking ahead. After stumbling to a 3-3 start, the team has reeled off seven consecutive wins.
The win, and his strong performance in a season where the Patriots are averaging close to 36 points a game, has Tom Brady strongly in MVP consideration. As the Washington Post notes, Brady has the stats (3,833 yards, 29 TDs, four INTs) worthy of a strong place in the MVP race, and his team’s continued presence at the top of the AFC also helps.