New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns against a Baltimore Ravens defense that had held opposing quarterbacks to the third-lowest Total QBR in the NFL this season (56.9).
How did he do it?
Brady was 8-of-10 for 249 yards with two touchdown passes on throws that went at least 15 yards downfield. That’s his second-most such completions in a game in the past 10 seasons (he had nine against the Steelers in 2013).
The eight deep completions are the the most the Ravens have allowed in a game in the past four seasons. Entering the game, opposing quarterbacks had completed only 35 percent of their deep passes against the Ravens this season, the second-lowest completion percentage in the NFL. But Brady has a 55 percent completion percentage on throws that long, his highest within the past 10 seasons.
That included a 79-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan (a play in which Brady said Hogan wasn’t the primary receiver), his longest touchdown throw since an 81-yarder to Aaron Dobson against the Steelers in 2013. Hogan finished with a career-high 129 receiving yards.
Brady has eight touchdowns and no interceptions against blitzes, the most touchdowns without an interception against it this season (surpassing Matthew Stafford, who has seven touchdowns and no interceptions).
Elias Sports Bureau: Did You Know?
Brady now has nine 400-yard passing games, tied for fourth-most all-time, according to research by Elias Sports Bureau. He’s one of five quarterbacks with two 400-yard passing games on Monday Night Football, along with Joe Montana, Drew Brees, Ken Anderson and Randall Cunningham.