FOXBORO -- There was no confetti. No streamers. Just a quick congratulations from running back LeGarrette Blount during the final kneeldown, a brief announcement over the Gillette Stadium public-address system, a quiet moment with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the hallway outside the Patriots locker room. A bro hug.
PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10
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Little fanfare surrounded Tom Brady's record-breaking 201st victory, a 26-10 win over the Rams, just as he wanted. It's a mark he has not been thrilled about discussing, either when he tied Peyton Manning last week for No. 200 or when he set it himself.
"I'm grateful to all my teammates, coaches, family and friends," Brady said. "I've been fortunate to have been on some great teams . . . [And] it's always been about winning."
His head coach and his teammates, however, were more than happy to speak for their quarterback.
"[It's a] a pretty long list," said coach Bill Belichick when asked what traits make Brady a great quarterback. "I don't think you win 200 games by doing one or two things right. You do a lot of them. And he does."
"We're in a locker room with a walking legend," said cornerback Malcolm Butler. "The most wins in quarterback history in the NFL, but he still comes to work like he hasn't accomplished anything. I look up to that."
Blount believed he was the first one in the stadium to shout "201" to Brady when the team was ready to run out the clock with in the fourth quarter. He beamed when asked about the man whose locker is two spots down from his.
"I think that's a record that's probably not every going to be broken," he said. "He's going to continue to build on it this season, and he's looking great while doing it."
Brady completed 33-of-46 for 269 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots move to 10-2. He took a handful of hard hits throughout, but even with the game in hand late in the fourth quarter, he was back on the field to finish things out as those left in the stands chanted his name.
"It couldn't happen to a better guy or a better player," said receiver Julian Edelman, who had eight catches for 101 yards on 12 targets. "Everything he's done, he's deserved. He should be the face of this league with how his story, how he prepared, he's a family man. Couldn't happen to anyone better."