Tom Brady was hit more Sunday than any other quarterback this season

Malik Jackson of the Denver Broncos pressures Tom Brady in the third quarter in the AFC Championship game.
Malik Jackson of the Denver Broncos pressures Tom Brady in the third quarter in the AFC Championship game. –Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Tom Brady didn’t get the protection he needed on Sunday.

The Patriots quarterback was sacked four times and hit a season-high 20 times by the Denver Broncos in their 20-18 loss in the AFC Championship game. He was hit almost twice as much as his previous season high, 12. In addition, those 20 hits were the most any NFL quarterback has taken in a single game all year, according to the Boston Globe.

The Broncos defense has been outstanding this season, allowing the fewest amount of yards per game (283.1) and ranked first in the NFL in sacks per game (3.25)

The Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7.

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