FOXBOROUGH — Actions speak louder than words, and the gesture by Tom Brady on the final play of the third quarter showed exactly how he felt about yet another dominating individual and team performance on “Monday Night Football”.
After scrambling for 6 yards on a third-and-5 play to extend what would be a fifth scoring drive, Brady bounced up after sliding for the first down and excitedly played to the crowd, pumping his right arm and asking for noise.
He got more than that in response. As the teams made the long trek down to the other end of the field for the start of the fourth quarter, many in the Gillette Stadium crowd serenaded Brady with chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!”
It’s an award Brady is familiar with, winning the NFL honor in 2007 and 2010 and twice taking the hardware in the Super Bowl, the league’s ultimate postseason stage.
The biggest regular-season show comes in prime time on Monday, which Brady has turned into his personal showcase, especially lately. After torching the Texans for 296 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 42-14 rout, Brady once again authored a textbook example of how to be at your best when the entire league is watching. If his latest effort strengthened Brady’s case for another MVP season, consider that a bonus.
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