Brady missing the 4th quarter magic

October, 18, 2012

In a piece now posted on, Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN's Stats & Information writes on quarterback Tom Brady missing the fourth-quarter magic that was so prevalent early in his career.
With 10 games still to play, New England has already matched the franchise record for losses by less than a field goal in a season (1981).

In all three losses, Brady had the ball in his hands with less than three minutes to go and the chance to either seal the victory or produce a comeback.

It was under these circumstances that Brady emerged as an elite quarterback.

In Brady's first seven seasons as starter, the Patriots went an NFL-best 39-10 in games decided by seven points or fewer.

But since Brady returned from his lost 2008 season, the Patriots are 12-12 in games decided by seven points or fewer. That includes 1-5 in games decided by less than a field goal, tied with the Browns for the most such losses.

In the past 3 years, the Patriots have more losses by seven points or fewer (12) than they did in Brady's first seven seasons combined (10).

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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