FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Playing in his 28th career playoff game, and ninth AFC Championship, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became the NFL's all-time leading passer in the postseason on Sunday night.
Brady entered the game against the Indianapolis Colts with 6,791 career passing yards, needing 10 more yards to move past Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (6,800) for the top spot. He achieved the feat on a five-yard pass to Julian Edelman early in the first quarter.
Brady finished with 226 passing yards (23-of-35) and three touchdowns in New England's 45-7 rout over Indianapolis.
"I know we've had some ups and downs this year,'' said Brady, who now has a chance for his first Super Bowl title in 10 years, "but right now we're up, baby, and we're going to try to stay up for one more game."
This marks the second straight week in which Brady set a postseason record. In the Patriots' divisional-round playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens, he threw his 46th career postseason touchdown pass to move ahead of his boyhood idol, Joe Montana.
Brady is also the NFL's all-time leader in postseason wins by a starting quarterback, with 19. Montana is next, with 16.