FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady was smooth Saturday. He broke two individual franchise records for passing in the postseason and helped the team set two team records as well in a 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos.
But walking into his postgame interview, he had no idea what record, if any, he had broken.
“I have no idea what records [I broke],” Brady said. “We try to go out and execute well. I thought offensively we took advantage of some opportunities. That fumble we got was pretty important in the first quarter. Anytime you score points and you score 45, obviously with the help of our defense and special teams played great. Hopefully we can go out next week and play even better.
“Everyone is here for one reason and it’s to win,” Brady continued. “That’s the reason why guys are here, is to win. Coach [Belichick] said last night, ‘Every player that was in this room, it was for this game.’ He puts together a game to win this game and we did that.”
Despite being oblivious to the records he broke, Brady’s six touchdown passes were remarkable in the postseason. Only two other quarterbacks have tossed six touchdown passes in a postseason game, including Steve Young in 1995 for the San Francisco 49ers and Daryle Lamonia in 1969 for the Oakland Raiders.
Five of his touchdown passes were in the first half, an NFL record for touchdown passes in a half in the postseason. And his 363 yards passing were a franchise record, besting his 2004 effort in the Super Bowl win against the Carolina Panthers in which he threw for 354 yards.
He also helped the team set records for points in a playoff game (45) and total net yards in a playoff game (509). The Patriots’ previous highs came from a 41-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005, and also the team’s 2004 Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers, coached by current Denver coach John Fox.
Brady’s third touchdown of the game, a 12-yard strike to Rob Gronkowski, passed Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for sole possession of third place all-time for NFL postseason touchdowns with 33. He currently has 36. He’s only behind Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44).
Brady also now has 450 postseason completions, 31 away from Brett Favre’s record of 481. It’s conceivable that he could break both records this postseason. But despite the individual effort, as great as it was, Brady was intently focused on the win, particularly after exiting the playoffs disappointed the past two seasons. For him, it was satisfying to quench his playoff win drought.
“It’s all about winning,” he said. “You’re right, you lose a few playoff games and it’s a very bitter way to end the season and it sits on your mind for quite a long time. For us to come out and play the way we did, have a very solid performance in the most important game of the year is very gratifying. I think that we have eight days until the biggest game of the year. From this point on, everyone will be focused on what we need to do to be better next week and hopefully come out and play for another championship.”