For the primary time in his profession, Brady ran out on the Gillette Stadium — house of the New England Patriots — from the away dressing room.
Returning to his house of 20 years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback bought one over his former crew, in addition to former coach Bill Belichick, with a hard-fought 19-17 victory in heavy rain.
It was becoming that on his homecoming to the venue the place he cast his title as arguably the best quarterback in historical past, Brady surpassed Drew Brees to turn into the NFL’s all-time chief in passing yards.
The 44-year-old reached the milestone with a 28-yard cross to Mike Evans within the first quarter, ending the evening on 269 yards to set the brand new all-time benchmark for passing yardage at 80,560.
“I just think it’s an amazing statistic in that so many people can share in it with me,” Brady instructed reporters after the sport.
“A quarterback doesn’t throw and catch, a quarterback can just throw it. Passing yards have to be caught, so I just hope that everybody who caught passes from me over the years had a little smile on their face tonight knowing that they contributed to a very cool record.
“There’s some those that have preceded it … Drew Brees, who I lookup to as a hell of a man, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino however clearly my teammates who caught all these passes over time imply an terrible lot to me,” Brady added.
Victory added another entry in Brady’s never ending log of records — he is now just the fourth quarterback in history to have beaten all 32 NFL teams, joining Favre, Brees and Manning.
Patriots kicker Nick Folk was mere inches away from stripping Brady of the accolade and spoiling the homecoming, his 56-yard field goal attempt with less than a minute to play bouncing agonizingly off the crossbar.
‘Nothing’s really accurate that I ever see’
In the run up to the game, Brady had been coy about his feelings surrounding a return to face the team that he left as a free agent in 2020.
Brady won six Super Bowls with Belichick across two decades, but as a Buccaneer has since gone on to secure a seventh ring. Ahead of of Sunday’s game, the quarterback’s father — Tom Brady Sr — had spoken about his son’s most recent Super Bowl success being a vindication for leaving the Patriots.
Brady referenced Belichik as a “nice mentor” ahead of his return to Foxborough, but questioned speculation over the pair’s relationship in his post-match press conference.
“We had a private relationship, for twenty plus years. He drafted me right here, had loads of private conversations that ought to stay that manner and are very personal,” Brady said.
“I might say a lot is product of our relationship and, as I stated earlier this week, from a participant standpoint you simply count on the coach to provide you with every thing he is bought.
“I’m sure as a player I’m sure that’s what he was hoping for me, but nothing’s really accurate that I ever see — it definitely doesn’t come from my personal feelings or beliefs.
“I’ve loads of respect for him as a coach and loads of respect for this group and all of the totally different folks right here which are attempting to make it profitable,” Brady added.
Thanks for the memories
The 44-year-old was welcomed to cheers at the Gillette Stadium and was honored with a one-minute highlight reel pre-game, but was booed as the Patriots attempted to rally for victory during the match.
“That was fairly cool,” Brady told NBC when asked about his pre-game reception.
“It’s been my house for 20 years. I’ve the very best reminiscences. My children have been born right here. It’s only a nice city, an incredible metropolis, an incredible space. I adore it up right here.
“I have so many people I have relationships with, but this was about this team coming up here to win. This wasn’t about one player. This was about our entire team going on the road beating a good team.
“Yeah they cheered for me a bit of bit however on the finish, they have been cheering for his or her crew and clearly they needed the Patriots to come by means of.”
Victory for Brady and the Buccaneers takes them to a 3-1 record forward of their house fixture with the Miami Dolphins subsequent Sunday, while Belichick’s Patriots will look to flip the tide on their 1-3 begin to the season after they go to the Houston Texans.