It’s official: Tom Brady is a choke artist.
He hasn’t won an away playoff game in over ten calendar years. He is now 1-3 against Peyton Manning in conference championship games. He’s 0-2 against the Giants in the Super Bowl. He’s 0-3 when playing at Denver in the playoffs. Furthermore, he was one and done in 2009 and 2010. He’s never had a 4-0 playoff run in any season.
His completion percentage is lower in the playoffs than in the regular season. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is lower in the playoffs than in the regular season. His passer rating is lower in the playoffs than in the regular season. He wilts under pressure.
In short, his play declines enough that the Patriots formula for getting to the Super Bowl requires a bye week and home field advantage because he simply cannot handle the adversity of an extra game and playing on the road.
The conference championship game against the Broncos is yet another piece of evidence that he cannot deliver under pressure. He couldn’t handle the pass rush, taking four sacks. He couldn’t hit his passes, completing less than 50%. He was 2 of 13 on third down. And, with the game on the line, threw an interception on the two-point conversion. In the biggest moment, he couldn’t get it done.
There’s no doubt about it: Tom Brady just chokes.