BOSTON (CBS) — It was sold as a matchup of two of the great quarterbacks in football history — Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady — but only one QB lived up to the hype. In doing so, Tom Brady earned his team a win, and also an extra accolade.
Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Broncos, when he threw for 344 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That he put up such numbers on a frigid night with wind gusts up to 30 mph and with temperatures on the field feeling like 5 degrees made the feat that much more impressive.
It is the 24th time Brady has won the award in his career and the first time he’s won it in 2013. Manning has also won the award 24 times in his career.
The fourth-quarter comeback victory was the 39th of Brady’s career, the third time this season (Buffalo, Week 1; New Orleans, Week 6). Thanks to three first-quarter fumbles, the Patriots found themselves in a 24-0 hole before halftime. Things looked bleak, with some fans heading to the parking lots after two quarters, but Brady and the offense charged back to score 28 unanswered points en route to an overtime victory.
“You’ve got to put a lot of the stuff aside, you’ve got to forget about what happened in the first half because it was a terrible half of football,” Brady said after the game. “I don’t even know what you coach at that point, you know? So we came in and we talked about some of the things they were doing what we needed to do. We needed to put together some good plays, which would make a good drive and if that happened to be a few good drives, we’d be back in the game, which ended up happening.”