Opposite ends for Brady, Sanchez

After the New England Patriots fell behind the St. Louis Rams 7-0, quarterback Tom Brady took over the game as the Patriots outscored the Rams 45-0 the rest of the way.

Brady’s 98.4 Total QBR on Sunday -- he was 23 of 35 for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions -- is tied for his highest in a single game over the last five seasons and is the second-highest for any player in 2012, trailing only Alex Smith's Week 5 performance that netted him a 99.2 Total QBR.

Brady has had a penchant for stepping up in big games on the road the last few seasons. Sunday marked the seventh time he’s had a Total QBR above 90 in a road game since 2010 – most in the NFL.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Brady is New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez. In the Jets’ 30-9 loss to the Dolphins, Sanchez had a Total QBR of 12.1. Since coming into the league in 2009, Sanchez has had 12 games in which his Total QBR was under 15 – most in the NFL.

To put those struggles in some perspective, Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have combined to have one game with a sub-15 Total QBR in that span.

Total QBR can be used to quantify just how important the quarterback position has become to winning in the NFL. Looking back to previous years, the team with the higher Total QBR has won 86% of regular season games since 2008 (as far back as Total QBR goes). That is higher than the comparable mark for teams with the advantage in total yardage, turnover differential, and NFL passer rating.