EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady set a record, surpassing Brett Favre and Peyton Manning's mark for regular-season wins in a career, yet he wasn't all that happy with how it went down.
Brady's 187th victory -- a 24-17 win over the Jets on Sunday -- puts him alone atop quarterback totem pole when it comes to success in the regular season as a starter.
That kind of achievement means a lot of things. It means Brady has played for a very long time. It means he's been very durable. It means he's been a part of some very good teams.
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Yet when asked about the record, he could only think of Sunday and what had just transpired at MetLife Stadium. It was far from one of the more easygoing of his 187.
"I wish we would have done better," Brady said. "But we won. Probably a lot to learn from it. I wish we could have played a little bit better offensively. We got down early and fought back. We had a good series before the half and hung in there at the end."
Brady fought some intermittent accuracy issues to finish 20-for-38 for 257 yards, two scores and an interception. He led the Patriots on a 96-yard touchdown drive, completing three of four passes for 45 yards (and getting some help from a 33-yard pass-interference penalty), to cut the Jets lead to a touchdown in the second quarter. At the end of the first half, he took the Patriots 63 yards in six plays and 26 seconds to tie the game on a Rob Gronkowski two-yard score.
It wasn't perfect. He was intercepted by Buster Skrine deep down the middle of the field. He should have been intercepted by Skrine on the series prior, but Skrine dropped the sideline attempt to Gronkowski.
But it was enough. Again.
"That's what we're all here for is to win games," Bill Belichick said. "We've been very fortunate to have had Tom at the helm for a lot of those wins. That's what we're all in it for is to win."
Of all the well-established quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers might have the best shot at catching Brady. But it doesn't mean he has a good shot. Rodgers has 94 career wins at 33 years old. He'd have to win about 13 games over the course of the next seven seasons to get where Brady is.
On Sunday, Rodgers suffered what could be a season-ending broken clavicle, putting into perspective just how rare it is for someone at the position to have played in as many games as Brady has and won with such consistency. Other than a torn ACL in 2008, he has not missed significant playing time despite dealing with an array of injuries -- including the left shoulder ailment he's dealing with at the moment.
"I think that's a great thing for any player," Brady said of his durability. "The only way to improve is to stay out there. I think a team can only really count on you if you're out there practicing and playing. Ever since I started playing in sports, I felt like I had to be out there for my team, and I work pretty hard at it.
"I wish I could have played a little better today, but it was at least nice to be out there."