Tom Brady did it again. This time, he led his troops from a 24-point deficit to a miraculous 34-31 victory in overtime. It was unprecedented for a variety of reasons. It was the biggest comeback in the history of the New England Patriots. It was also the only time the great Peyton Manning had lost when being up by 21 points or more. He was previously 52-0, counting the postseason.
This is a devastating loss for the Denver Broncos. They looked like they had the game in the bag, but the defense and Manning’s inability to adapt to the brutal conditions helped secure a monstrous comeback victory for the Pats.
What does this mean for the long-term playoff picture? It keeps the Pats in the hunt for the best record overall and a no. 1 seed. At worst, if the Pats win out, which is very possible with a relatively soft schedule going forward, they will secure the no. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
There is another thing to consider. Brady has proven he can play effectively in the wintry conditions that are inevitable come December and January. Manning, judging by what we have seen, looks to crumble in bad conditions. He is 1-5 in his last six cold weather games. It’s a small sample size for sure, but certainly a concerning stat for Broncos fans.
For my money, the Pats are the best team in the AFC. Brady has fought through adversity and a less than spectacular group of playmakers, and has led his team to an 8-3 start. Only Brady, who is clearly the best overall quarterback in the league at this point, is capable of this feat. The Pats are now riding a wave of momentum off a historic comeback victory.
They may ride it all the way to the Super Bowl.