“What? The Patriots won that game?!”
There will probably be more than a few people asking those questions on Monday morning. In what was the greatest comeback in team history, the New England Patriots erased a 24-0 deficit on Sunday night and wound up on the winning side of a 34-31 victory against the Denver Broncos in overtime. Yeah, that was crazy. If you hung in there for the second half, you got one heck of a treat.
Peyton Manning arguably still leads the MVP race this season after week 12, but after mustering a paltry 150 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, an interception and a 70.4 QB rating on a frigid Foxboro evening, what was once all but a lock is now a sizably smaller lead over the competition. Tom Brady most certainly outshined Manning on Sunday night, throwing for 344 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 107.4 QB rating.
Jamaal Charles, Russell Wilson, Calvin Johnson and Drew Brees are a handful of guys involved in the MVP conversation, but it’s time to toss Tom Brady’s name back into the ring. In a year that has been filled with ups and downs, Brady shined in primetime on Sunday night, proving on the grand stage just how valuable he is to his team – like Manning to his squad – and helped improve the Pats’ record to 8-3.
Working with what now looks like a familiar high-powered offense, the New England quarterback will undoubtedly do everything in his power to keep this 2013 MVP race interesting. Getcha popcorn ready.