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Tom Brady the oldest player in NFL history to do this

Tom Brady the oldest player in NFL history to do this

The New England Patriots have had some issues getting their running game going this season. But on Thursday night against the New York Giants, they found a way to make things work near the goal line.

And a lot of that was thanks to Tom Brady.

During the game, Brady recorded 7 rushing attempts for 6 yards and attempted several QB sneaks. He was able to reach the end zone twice on the ground in this de facto goal-line back role. And that makes Brady the oldest player to ever record two rushing touchdowns in a single game, according to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account.

This wasn't the only milestone that Brady reached on Thursday night. He also moved to second all-time on the NFL's passing yards leaderboard. He surpassed Peyton Manning with a first quarter dump-off to Sony Michel.

Brady had only run for multiple touchdowns twice before Thursday's game against the Giants. He last achieved the feat on Dec. 24, 2011, when he had 9 rushing attempts (the second-highest number of his career) in a 27-24 Patriots victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Brady will likely continue to break records like this as long as his NFL career continues. After all, he is in his 20th season in the league and doesn't appear ready to retire at any point in the near future.

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

Tom Brady is defying the odds. 

The Patriots quarterback is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday and the GOAT is still one of the best players in the NFL. His peers just ranked him as No. 6 on the Top 100 players from the 2018 season.

But Brady isn't ready to call it quits. He has repeatedly cited a desire to play until he's 45, and it would be foolish to bet against him at this point.

He's already had more success after turning 40 than most quarterbacks do over their entire career, but he's not the only athlete to not just play, but thrive, after age 40.

From Robert Parish to Ted Williams to Zdeno Chara to David Ortiz, Boston sports history is full of great seasons from the "over-the-hill" set.

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