MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The outcome no longer in question, Tom Brady knelt on both knees with his facemask in the turf, a beaten man. He had just thrown his second interception of the quarter, a desperate throw, defenders draped all over him. Brady, for so long an embodiment of poise, looked ready to lift himself up. Then he smashed his head to the ground.
Hours earlier, he had eased any concerns about an injured finger while the Patriots took a commanding lead. Now, he had to consider the fate of the Team of the Decade in the decade’s final month.