Pass mark: 88
- Ranking among 31 qualified QBs: 8th
- last 3 seasons: 2020: 93 (7th) | 2019: 85 (17th) | 2018: 91 (8th)
- Total EPA pass on attempts: +148.4 (7th)
- EPA/attempt: +0.21 (11th)
- Best game: Week 5 vs Dolphins (92)
At 44, Brady begins his quest for his eighth Super Bowl record. While Brady will make his 46th playoff start this weekend, the other 11 starting QBs have started a total of 44 playoff games. Leading the league in pass attempts, Brady ranked first in completions, yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43). Effectiveness-wise, Brady hasn’t had a stellar season by his high standards. He’s the eighth-best passer this season with an 88 NGS passing score – down slightly from his 93 last season.
It’s important to note that the passing grade doesn’t take sacks into account — perhaps the area where Brady shines the most. Brady has taken just 22 sacks this season, tied for second among qualified quarterbacks, despite leading the NFL in total saves this season (3.0% sack rate). Either way, his position near the top of the sport as a passer remains intact, ranking in the top 10 of 14 key NGS passing divisions in 2021, including six divisions in the top five.
Brady’s mastery of his own offense and opposing defensive tendencies fueled his Hall of Fame career. It’s no surprise, then, that Brady finished as the fourth-best passer on third down, with a score of 96. Brady’s investment in his health has also paid off, with his right arm yet to show any signs. of decline. Thus, despite his advanced age, Brady clearly fits into the offensive scheme of the Bruce Arians who travels the vertical lanes at the highest rate in the league since 2019 (33%). Brady earned a maximum pass mark (99) targeting vertical routes this season. Adding to the defensive coordinators’ headaches when planning the game for the Buccaneers offense this season, Brady also held the second-highest score on passes under 10 air yards.
Key scores by situation:
- Inside the tackle box: 88 (5th)
- Less than 10 aerial meters: 87 (2nd)
- Deep passes: 91 (10th)