Tom Brady added another milestone to his already impressive résumé.
The Patriots quarterback hit Danny Amendola with a 1-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of a 51-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, earning him entry into the 400 touchdown pass club.
The crowd at Gillette Stadium began to cheer his name after he walked back to the bench following the score.
“We’ve had just such great support here over the years. I always say hopefully we give them something to cheer about out there. We’ve got great fans and it was great,” Brady said after the game. “It was a special day. I’ve been a part of so many great teams and played with so many great players. I’ve always said I don’t care whether we run it in or throw it in. As long as we score points and we’re winning, it makes it fun for me.”
He is the fourth quarterback to reach the mark, joining Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning.
Manning has the most with 533. Favre finished his career with 508 and Marino with 420.
Amendola said he didn’t realize it was Brady’s 400th touchdown pass until he was on his way back to the sideline. But a team staffer got the ball back from the fan and gave it to Brady.
“He is such a great player,” he said. He’s thrown a lot of touchdown passes, just to have one of those 400 is pretty cool.”
Brady didn’t think much of Amendola giving the ball to a fan after making the catch.
“I don’t care,” he said with a laugh. “It’s just a ball. I’ve had a lot of fun ones. Danny can do whatever he wants with it. He made a great catch.”
Also on Sunday, kicker Stephen Gostkowski set an NFL record for most consecutive extra points successfully converted (423).
“That takes a lot of games. It’s a lot of snaps to do that. And certainly a tribute to both of them, the durability, the longevity and obviously consistent production that both of them have had,” coach Bill Belichick said.
“I feel really fortunate to have coached [them], to have guys like that on our team and those two guys in particular. They have a good day as they have had for many, many days in their career. It’s really fortunate to have those guys on the team.”
Brady threw his first touchdown to Terry Glenn, one of 16 players who caught only one touchdown pass from Brady. His first came at home against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 14, 2001.
Rob Gronkowski far and away has the most touchdown catches on passes from Brady.
The majority of his touchdown passes have been between 4 and 9 yards long.
Brady has thrown more on the road (205) than at home (195).
He threw the most in 2007.
The second quarter has been huge for Brady.
He has had great success against the Bills.
And in non-AFC East opponents, the Colts.
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