When the Patriots went back to the visitor's locker room at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night -- after coach Bill Belichick told players they had Monday off, but before the room was opened to reporters -- the team took a moment to celebrate its quarterback.
The 22-17 win they'd earned over the Jets gave Tom Brady the 200th victory of his career, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.
"He tied a record?" asked Devin McCourty, who filled in for injured special teamer Matthew Slater as the captain to break the team down after a win. "Oh! Congratulations, TB12!"
As receiver Julian Edelman chanted "TWO HUN-DRED...TWO HUN-DRED..." Brady sheepishly acknowledged his team's salute.
"Man," Brady said, "it's 'cause of you guys. It's 'cause of you guys."
On Monday morning, in his weekly interview with WEEI 's Kirk and Callahan Show, Brady discussed what his 200th victory meant to him.
"I could never have imagined that," he said. "I don’t think anybody could have imagined that. There have been a lot of things over the course of my career where I’ve just been in the right place at the right time. Coming to this team in 2000, and to play for Coach Belichick, who has given me so many opportunities to kind of live my dream, and put a lot of trust in me early in my career, and coached me so hard when I was young.
"And then to have Charlie [Weis] and what Josh [McDaniels] has done . . . Josh has been one of my best friends, and the level he keeps me at as a player, he pushes me every day. And my teammates . . . I've played with just so many great teammates who are so unheralded from Troy and Kevin Faulk, there are too many to mention . . . And the guys who I play with now. It's just unbelievable.
"I've played for so many great teams and so many great players. Offensively, defensively. I feel like we have a great chance to win every time we take the field. I feel like we've shown such great consistency over the years with our preparation and our process. That gives us a great chance to win every week.
"Continuity is huge in the NFL. I've been in the same offense for 17 years and played for just a couple coordinators, one head coach, our system's been in place. Guys come in and they really work hard to do what the coaches ask them to do. I've been just very blessed and been very very lucky over the years to be a part of this. It's really been a great ride."
You can watch the video of Brady celebrating with his teammates on Patriots.com.