Young Tom Brady vs. Old Tom Brady: Week 7 comparison

C’mon now, Tom Brady can’t really be better than ever at age 44, can he? Common sense says no, but the numbers would disagree. Brady’s performance in his debut season in Tampa Bay last year exceeded the 16-game averages for his career. With that in mind, we figured it might be fun to compare Brady’s weekly numbers in 2021 (at 44) with his stats in 2011 (at 34) and 2001 (at 24).

The 24-year-old Brady in Game 7

Perhaps the most un-Brady-like game of Tom’s career. Facing the 3-3 Broncos with Brady’s former Michigan teammate Brian Griese at quarterback, the Patriots were cruising in the third quarter with a 20-10 lead. Yet, when Denver began mounting a comeback, New England fell apart. And a shellshocked Brady played a huge role in the collapse. He had thrown 162 passes in his NFL career without an interception before throwing FOUR! in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six. He finished 25 of 38 for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but the Broncos came away with 31-20 victory.

The 34-year-old Brady in Game 7

When he was on the field, Brady was sharp against the Steelers. He completed nearly 69 percent of his passes without an interception. Unfortunately for the Patriots, he spent most of the day on the sidelines because the Steelers held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. When Brady has a passer rating above 100 in a game, his team has…

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