During Thursday night's game against the New York Giants, Tom Brady became the de facto goal-line back for the New England Patriots.
Running the ball 7 times for 6 yards, Brady was able to bull into the endzone for two rushing touchdowns. It was just the third time during his career that he ran for two scores, and he became the oldest player in league history to achieve that feat.
In the wake of Brady's success, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke of Brady's willingness to perform the sneak and noted that few passers do it better than Brady.
"There's an inherent courage and willingness to send your body into a bunch of 300-plus-pound men and push, and not go to the ground and not lose the ball, have an awareness of where you’re at, and also find the sweet spot," McDaniels said, per ESPN's Mike Reiss. "Tommy does such a good job of just burrowing in there. His legs never stop moving, and he has a knack for knowing how far he needs to get."
There is a reason that Julian Edelman called Brady the "GOAT" of QB sneaks after the game on Thursday night.
Brady will likely continue to use the sneak as a weapon, especially if the team continues to need his expertise on the goal line. So far this season, Brady has three TDs on five carries from inside the five-yard-line. Other running backs on the team have a combined four scores on nine carries from that same distance.
Will Brady continue to be the leader in the Patriots' goal-line run offense? It's unlikely. But can he pick and choose when to use the sneak to his advantage? Surely. And that's what we saw happen on Thursday night.
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