We obviously haven’t played as well as we’re capable of through five games, the Falcons quarterback said after practice Wednesday. But we’re certainly close. We’ve done a lot of really good things at times.
That’s a bit of a stretch.
By just about any standard, Ryan and the Falcons have slipped on the offensive side as they prepare for Sunday night’s game in Foxboro against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the team that eight months ago overcame a 28-3 deficit in the second half to win the Super Bowl’s first overtime game .
Very little of the meeting was about the actual anthem, Jenkins said. We were really more talking about solutions and how we get the results that we want to get.
Completion percentage. Quarterback rating. Interception percentage. Yards per completion. Yard per attempt. Touchdown percentage.
While the turnovers have drawn much of the attention — Ryan has thrown six picks in the last three games, only one less than he had all of last season, and also coughed up a fumble that was returned for a touchdown — the lack of big plays may be the most perplexing statistic.
But Brady doesn’t own many regular-season records. Almost all of the all-time marks that belong to the New England Patriots quarterback are postseason bests. He also owns just about every Super Bowl record, thanks to seven trips to the big game.
Now in his 18th season — and probably not his last — Brady still has time to track down more records before he calls it a career. He wants to play until he’s 45, and if he does, he could rewrite the record books. Even if he plays until he’s 42 or 43, there are a few within reach.
With the wins record now under his belt, here are all the major records owned by the New England Patriots quarterback and the ones he still has a chance to topple.