Every regular season and postseason record Tom Brady holds
The Tom Brady era has officially come to an end.
The greatest player in the history of the New England Patriots will be a Patriot no more. On Tuesday, Brady made it clear that he won't be returning to New England. The 42-year-old will now wear a different jersey for the first time in his 20-year career and will look to add another Super Bowl to his resume elsewhere.
Brady's departure will surely hurt the Patriots, as they'll have to find a new franchise quarterback. Bill Belichick will still be in the fold and as long as he is, the team will be competitive. But losing one of the greatest ever to play the game will be a tough obstacle for them to overcome.
As Brady exits New England, it's important to remember just how great and historic his career to date has been. He is one of the most accomplished passers of all time and here's a look at all of the regular and postseason records that the living legend earned during his time with the Patriots.
Regular season wins by a starting QB: 219
The Brady/Bill Belichick tandem is arguably the greatest quarterback/head coach team of all-time. Don't believe me? Just check out Brady's career win total. In 20 seasons, he has won 219 games as a starter. That's an average of 10.95 wins per season, meaning that he basically averages an 11-5 record each season. And if you exclude the seasons in which he made one or fewer starts, he averages a mind-blowing 12.2 wins per season.
Division Titles: 17
This is arguably the most impressive accolade on this list, as it demonstrates Brady's ability to consistently have his team atop the AFC, both the Eastern Division and the conference. The Patriots have won 17 AFC East titles with Brady as the starter. This includes a streak of five straight from 2003-2007 and then a still-active streak of 11 AFC East titles that began in 2009. The one year since 2003 that the Patriots didn't win the AFC East title came when Brady tore his ACL in 2008 and the team still went 11-5.
Playoff Wins: 30
Brady remarkably started off his playoff career with 10 consecutive wins. Had he never won again after that, he would still be tied for a top-10 spot in career playoff wins. But success followed him over the course of the next 15 years and Brady's mark of 30 now looks unbeatable. The second-place finisher, Joe Montana, won 16 games during his storied career.
Playoff Games Started: 41
Given that Brady has the most playoff wins by a wide margin, it only stands to reason that he has started more playoff games than any other quarterback. He has started 41 and holds a 30-11 record in those contests.
Playoff Touchdown Passes: 73
Brady's 73 touchdown passes is 28 more than the second-place finisher on the list, Joe Montana (45). Among active players, Aaron Rodgers trails Brady by 33 and the only player who may have a prayer at catching Brady at this point is Patrick Mahomes (13 passing TDs in five postseason games) because he's so young. But if Brady continues to pile on TD passes in his later years, then this record will be extremely difficult to break.
Playoff Passing Yards: 11,388
Over the course of 41 playoff games, Brady has racked up 11,388 yards -- which is about 4,000 more than the next-closest contender (Peyton Manning, 7,339). And Brady's playoff production is roughly on par with his last 41 regular season games, in which he has totaled 10,781 passing yards.
Super Bowl Apperances: 9
Brady has played 20 seasons in the NFL. His team has made it to the Super Bowl in nine of those seasons. That works out to having a 45 percent chance of making it to the Super Bowl when Brady is your quarterback. Not too shabby.
Super Bowl Wins: 6
Only 13 quarterbacks have won multiple Super Bowls, and since Brady came into the league, only three quarterbacks have achieved that feat. They are Brady (six), Peyton Manning (two), and Eli Manning (two). But an even crazier stat: Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any other quarterback has Super Bowl starts (John Elway comes closest to matching it with five starts).
Super Bowl MVPs: 4
Peyton Manning may have Tom Brady beat on regular season MVPs (Brady has three, Manning has five) but Brady's mark of four Super Bowl MVPs will be hard for anyone to match. Only five players have ever won multiple Super Bowl MVPs. They are Brady, Joe Montana (three), Bart Starr (two), Terry Bradshaw (two), and Eli Manning (two). And Brady may still have a shot at adding another before his career ends.
Super Bowl Touchdown Passes: 18
It makes sense that Brady, who has by far the most Super Bowl appearances in history for a quarterback, would have the most touchdown passes. He is averaging two TD passes per appearance and his personal best of four came during Super Bowl 49 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl Passing Yards: 2,838
Again, since Brady has logged so many Super Bowl appearances compared to other quarterbacks, it's no surprise that he has the most passing yards as well. Fun fact: If you extrapolate his stats from nine Super Bowls over the course of 16 games like a regular season, he would throw for 5,045 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. That's MVP-caliber good.
Most Passing Yards (Postseason Included): 85,959
Drew Brees has a hair under 3,000 more regular season passing yards than Brady, but it's possible that Brady could overtake him if he plays a season longer than Brees. But when you add in the postseason, Brady bests everyone and his mark in this area will be hard to match because, as stated earlier in this gallery, Brady's 41 playoff starts are the most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Most Passing Touchdowns (Postseason Included): 614
This is another area that Brees leads Brady in when the postseason is factored out (Brees has 547 regular-season touchdowns while Brady has 541). But add in the postseason and Brady is well out in front. And he could pass Brees in the regular season category if Brees retires before him or if he just outproduces Brees in 2020.
Most Game-Winning Drives (Postseason Included): 58
Brady has a knack for taking his team down the field and leading key game-winning drives. He has 45 during the regular season (fourth-most all-time) but when you add in his 13 in the postseason, another record, he rockets to the top of the list.
Most Different Pass Catchers to Catch a TD: 77
We can't fit all 77 of the players to catch a touchdown pass from Brady in such a little space. But lucky for you, we do have a list of all the guys to ever catch a pass from TB12. Click here to see everyone on that list from Rob Gronkowski to Alge Crumpler.
Most Passing Yards in a Single Super Bowl: 505
In Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady was able to throw for a whopping 505 yards in one of the greatest offensive Super Bowls ever played. While the Patriots didn't ultimately win the game, Brady is the only quarterback to ever throw for more than 500 yards in a Super Bowl. He broke his own record of 466 passing yards, set the previous season against the Atlanta Falcons, and no other player has more than 414 passing yards in a single Super Bowl (Kurt Warner, Super Bowl 34).
Most Postseason Fourth Quarter Comebacks: 9
Brady also has the second-most fourth-quarter comebacks in regular season history (36) trailing only Peyton Manning (43). When factoring in the postseason, they are tied with 45. Brady has found a way to win late in numerous postseason games, but none were more impressive than his heroics against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
Most Completions, Attempts in a Single Super Bowl: 43, 62
Speaking of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots were famously down 28-3 against the Falcons in that contest before Brady helped to spark a third-quarter comeback to earn his fifth Super Bowl title. Brady completed 43 psases on 62 attempts, both the highest marks in Super Bowl history en route to the stunning overtime victory.