FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The G.O.A.T. quarterback began stalking another Lombardi Trophy, began relentlessly chasing the Joy of Six Super Bowl championships Saturday night against the Titans, and you can hold those Death of a Dynasty obituaries.
The 40-year-old Tom Brady is not forever young, but he doesn’t exactly look like he’s ready for the retirement home either.
Tom vs Time.
Time waits for no man.
Tom has somehow made Time wait time after time.
And did one more time on a night when he wanted desperately to show everyone that playoff life begins at 40.
Nothing — not the tension that gripped the power triumvirate that rules the Patriots, not Bill Belichick or Josh McDaniels or the specter of Jimmy Garoppolo grating on him, not the crackdown on TB12 trainer Alex Guerrero, not all the ghastly whispers that the Evil Empire might be finally beginning to splinter and crumble, not the Titans — was going to faze Brady, a 35-14 winner, on his 100-yard field of dreams. His sanctuary.
“Being on the field’s a great place to … that’s where you go prove it,” Brady said.
It was an overturned false start that was reversed to an offside call against Brynden Trawick with a punt looming that led the Titans down the road to ruin in the first half.
It gave Brady (35-for-53, 337 yards, three touchdowns) first down at his 19. Yes, indeed, the Patriots seem to get all the calls. Brady immediately proceeded to shred the Titans defense and capped a 16-play, 91-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan that made it Patriots 21, Titans 7. He already had thrown for 206 yards and two touchdowns. They should have stopped it on a TKO.
Same Old Brady.
“He’s a legend,” Duron Harmon said. “He’s the G.O.A.T.”
Early in the fourth quarter, after Brady had lofted one off his back foot, across the field for 12 yards to Danny Amendola on the left side, they chanted “MVP, MVP, MVP!”
Brady answered them with a 4-yard touchdown toss to Rob…