FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play in his 10th conference championship game next Sunday, extending his own NFL record. Brady's boyhood idol, Joe Montana, is next on the list with seven.
In ensuring his 10th trip, Brady turned in one of the best divisional-round performances of his career; he was 28-of-42 for 302 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 27-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. The stat line would have been even better if not for a handful of dropped passes.
As for the historical perspective of 10 AFC title game appearances, Brady wasn't taking it for granted.
"It's pretty cool. It's hard to do," he said Saturday. "You've got to grind throughout the entire year. There are only four teams playing next week, and we're one of them. And that game means a lot."
Some more Brady perspective:
Next Sunday will mark his 31st career playoff game, breaking a tie with kicker Adam Vinatieri for the NFL record.
With his two touchdown passes Saturday, Brady now has thrown an NFL-best 55 career playoff touchdown passes. Montana is next on the list with 45.
With 7,647 career postseason passing yards, Brady further distances himself as the NFL's all-time leader in that category. Peyton Manning, who plays today, is next at 6,800.
Brady now has 711 career postseason completions, another category in which he's tops in the NFL. Manning is next, with 598.
Brady's 22 playoff victories as a starting quarterback extends his own record, with Montana next with 16.
His six conference titles as a starting quarterback are the most in the Super Bowl era, with John Elway (five) next on the list.