EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Bill Belichick knows how lucky he is to have a quarterback who has done his job as well, and for as long, as Tom Brady has.
On Sunday, Brady earned his 200th victory, tying Peyton Manning for the most wins by any player in NFL history.
"That says a lot about him and what he's been able to do for this franchise," Belichick said after beating the Jets, 22-17. "That's what it's all about. That's what a quarterback's job is is to win. He's done a great job of that. I think today is a good example of not turning the ball over, some good situational plays that came up that don't show up in the stat sheet, like the fourth-and-one offside, things like that, that are plays that you need for your team to win.
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"Tom does a good job of that. He's a good situational football player. The quarterback's job is to win. He's won a lot. That's good. I'm glad he's our quarterback."
Brady admitted after the game that it wasn't his best performance, and he seemed to be relieved to be through with a week that was both mentally and physically taxing. He missed two days of practice as he received extra treatment for a knee issue and -- either because of the time off or because of his physical limitations -- wasn't as sharp as he's been week-to-week since returning to action off of a four-game suspension to start the year.
He did, however, come through with game-changing plays, as Belichick noted.
* He went 6-for-9 for 83 yards and a touchdown during his team's second-to-last drive to take the lead.
* He barked a cadence in the third quarter on fourth-and-one from the Jets 18-yard line to get Muhammad Wilkerson to jump offsides and give the Patriots a fresh set of downs.
* He served as the gentlest lead-blocker in the history of football, setting what looked like a moving screen pulled from a youth basketball game as LeGarrette Blount reversed field and ran for 10 yards.
* He fumbled a play-fake to Julian Edelman, quickly scooped the ball off the ground, and found Malcolm Mitchell in the back of the end zone for a score.
There were throws he missed, plays he'd like to have back, hits he would've liked to avoid. But he did enough. He went 30-for-50 for 286 yards and two scores. And he won.
"He did a good job," Belichick said.
It's a job he's done as well as anyone else in the history of the league.