But Brady, who has also appeared in more playoff games than any other quarterback, once again led the Patriots with ruthless efficiency when it mattered most. Facing a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, he engineered two scoring drives — aided by several Jaguars penalties — and put the Patriots ahead for good with less than three minutes remaining, when he hit wide receiver Danny Amendola with a 4-yard touchdown pass.
“If you look up ‘good football player’ in the dictionary, his picture is right beside it,” Coach Bill Belichick said of Amendola.
As they have done for years, Brady and Belichick did not buckle under pressure when trailing late. The Patriots’ defense provided the necessary support, stifling the Jaguars, blocking passes and rushing Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles in the second half.
That left Brady, 40 years old and showing few signs of slowing down, with plenty of time on the clock. Showered several times by chants of “Brady, Brady” from the Gillette Stadium crowd, he completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
“When things start to crack a little bit, some teams haven’t had the same…