The entire first half, Brady didn’t throw a ball more than 20 yards in the air, but it didn’t matter. Their 14-play, 96-yard drive to cap the first half was a thing of beauty.
Purists might miss the days of three yards and a cloud of dust, but the Patriots have reinvented it as seven yards and a blur of action.
But when he did throw deep, it was a disaster. He threw a pick on a deep pass to Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter, and when he needed to make the big downfield strike he couldn’t.
That’s a far cry from the year he broke Peyton Manning’s TD record.