Tom Brady: How High Is the Sky?
ABC noted that Brady has now set several all-time NFL marks. He's the first quarterback to go 10-0 as a starter in the postseason, he's the first to even win 10 consecutive postseason games, surpassing Bart Starr's 9 straight (which includes the bizarre 1965 playoff between the Colts and the Packers, in which Starr was kayoed on the game's very first play).
Brady's 10 postseason wins overall is not a record, but it's easily the highest total among active quarterbacks and in the top five all time. Joe Montana had 16 postseason wins, Terry Bradshaw had 14, Roger Staubach won 12, and Troy Aikman had 11. (Update--Blew the stat; John Elway also had 14, so Brady's tied for #6 with Favre.)
Notice anything about those QBs? Yep, they account for all of the NFL's dynasties since the 1970s.
Brady's won two playoff games on the road, and his statistics in those games (67% completions, 8.2 yards per attempt, with two touchdowns and no interceptions) certainly do not suggest any dropoff in quality. He's shown extraordinary coolness under pressure, twice driving his team down the field in the Super Bowl with less than two minutes left to put the Patriots into position for the game-winning field goal.
So I am reluctant to conclude that Brady will be unable to beat the Broncos this weekend and the Colts next. My dad likes to say that no tree grows to the sky. Tom Brady just might prove that old adage wrong.