Watch Tom Brady’s 4th-quarter rushing TD against the Chiefs

"I got close to the goal line, and I figured I’d just try to get it in. We needed it.”

Tom Brady feels the pressure of Breeland Speaks in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Brady ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown on the play.
Tom Brady feels the pressure of Breeland Speaks in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Brady ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown on the play. –Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Tom Brady has mastered the art of the 1-yard touchdown plunge over the years.

Four-yard touchdown scampers, though? Those are a little bit less common for the 41-year-old quarterback.

With the Patriots trailing the Chiefs, 33-30, late in the fourth quarter Sunday night, Brady took matters into his own legs. He pump-faked, avoided pressure from Breeland Speaks, and trotted into the end zone.

“The officials have these guys so trained at this point not to hurt quarterbacks,” color commentator Cris Collinsworth said. “(Sparks) thought the ball was thrown. It was not, and he woke up to his worst nightmare. He let Tom Brady walk into the end zone.”

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Afterward, Brady acknowledged he was surprised he got as far as he did. He said his main focus was on making something happen and maximizing the situation.

“I don’t know what happened,” Brady told reporters. “They doubled three guys on the play, and I’m just glad. I’ve got to watch it tomorrow. I got close to the goal line, and I figured I’d just try to get it in. We needed it.”

The score and ensuing extra point put the Patriots ahead, 37-33, with 5:25 remaining. A Stephen Gostkowski field goal made it 40-33, then the Chiefs tied the game at 40 with 3:03 left, before Brady engineered a game-winning drive capped by another Gostkowski field goal as time expired.

With the 43-40 victory, Brady now has the most combined regular season and playoff wins of any player in NFL history. A total of 227 puts him one ahead of former teammate Adam Vinatieri, and it’s a record that likely won’t be broken any time soon.