FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As it pertains to his day job as the Patriots quarterback, there’s great irony in the title of Tom Brady’s upcoming six-part documentary about himself, which is soon to be launched on Facebook.
“Tom vs. Time.”
Brady, at age 40 and with aspirations to play a few more years, seems bent on proving to the world he will defeat time just as he’s defeated most of the NFL teams he has faced in his remarkable career. This despite the fact that time is undefeated against virtually every one of the greatest athletes of all time.
And yet there was Brady in the AFC divisional playoff round Saturday night in the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium defying Father Time again, dominating the Titans in a 35-14 New England victory that sends the Patriots to next Sunday’s AFC Championship at home against the winner of Sunday’s Steelers-Jaguars game.
The AFC Championship will be the Patriots’ seventh consecutive trip to the conference title game. Their mission to defend their Super Bowl title and win a third Lombardi Trophy in four Super Bowls marches on.
This thanks directly to Brady, who completed 21-of-31 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns — in the first half. He finished 35-for-53 for 337 yards and three touchdown passes — the NFL-record 10th three-touchdown-pass postseason performance of his brilliant career.
The Patriots fell behind 7-0 on a 15-yard Marcus Mariota scoring pass to Corey Davis with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter. It was after that Titans touchdown (Davis’ first NFL score) climaxed a 95-yard Tennessee drive, when Brady took over the game, leading New England to 35 unanswered points.
Brady’s 5-yard flip-toss to James White tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter
His 4-yard pass to Chris Hogan with 1:52 remaining the first half gave the Patriots a 21-7 lead.
In between those…