Tom Brady threw career touchdown passes No. 400 and 401 in Sunday’s win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — Sunday was another record-breaking day for Tom Brady, but just like all the other individual records he’s set over the years, they don’t mean much to the 38-year-old quarterback.
With less than a minute left in the first half, he connected with Danny Amendola for a 1-yard touchdown pass for the 400th of his career, becoming the fourth quarterback all-time to do so.
Amendola, not remembering the significance of the play, gave the ball to a fan in the first row.
“I don’t care. It’s just a ball,” Brady joked after the game. “But I had a lot of fun. Danny can do whatever he wants, so he made a great catch.”
The Patriots were able to retrieve the ball from the crowd, but Brady’s comments signify just how little individual records mean to him and how much it is about the team. The same goes for when he was asked if he’s playing the best football of his career.
“You know, I’m just happy we’re 3-0, so thank you,” he said.
Even when asked about the acknowledgement from the fans on the video board after the score, Brady still had his answer go back to the team and wanting to get better each week.
“We’ve had some great support here over the years,” Brady said. “I always say I hope we can give them something to cheer about out there. We’ve got great fans, and it was great. It was a special day. I’ve been a part of so many great teams and played with so many great players.
“I’ve always said I don’t care whether we run it in or we throw it in. As long as we score points and we’re winning, it makes it fun for me, so I was happy. It’s still early. There’s a lot to improve on. We get a little break here, but we come back to work, and see if we can make some improvements and try to get to 4-0.”
In truth, Brady might be playing the best of his career, at least through the first three weeks of a season. Over the first three games Brady is a combined 96-for-133 for 1,112 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions. As a comparison to last season, he threw his ninth touchdown pass in Week 7 against the Jets.
Going back to the postseason last year, over his last six games the quarterback is 189-for-268 (71 percent), for 2,033 yards, to go along with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.
“It was a good day, so it’s fun to be out there,” Brady said. “I think everyone enjoyed it. It was a good performance by our offense, a good team win. It was a good week of practice. A lot of guys made plays, so I was happy. It was a great day out there for football.”
Brady and the Patriots now will have their bye week and even though it’s as early in the year as possible, the team will look to get the most out of it with the eyes set on the Cowboys Oct. 11 in Dallas.
“I think you just take them whenever they are, and I think we had a good three weeks,” Brady said. “After this week, we have a long stretch ahead, so [we] just try to take advantage of it and use the time, as we always do, to evaluate where we’re at and try to get ahead on some things and try to get ready for a team like Dallas that we haven’t played in a long time.”
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