Brady Still Fab, Just Not Perfect

Blame game circles around No. 12
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 3:24 PM CST
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after the New York Giants beat the Patriots 17-14 during the Super Bowl XLII football game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tom Brady is used to pulling off daring fourth-quarter rescues, but not last night. Was he to blame? The Providence Journal’s Robert Lee doesn’t think so, and neither does Wes Welker. “He’s everything you want in a quarterback,” the receiver said. "There was no rabbit in the hat," writes the Boston Globe's Bob Hohler.

Brady brought his trademark last-quarter heroics, going 8-for-11 for 71 yards, Lee points out. But for Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Perloff, some of the blame has to fall on the shoulders of No. 12. In the end, Brady is still a system QB, albeit a phenomenal one, Perloff writes, and the Giants shattered that system by overpowering the Patriots' offensive line.