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Tom Brady becomes fourth quarterback to throw 400 TD passes

(Boston Globe) Tom Brady happier about the win than his 400th touchdown pass. (By Alan Miller, Globe Staff)
(Boston Globe) Tom Brady happier about the win than his 400th touchdown pass. (By Alan Miller, Globe Staff)

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.

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Manning has the most with 533. Favre finished his career with 508 and Marino with 420.

From where they stood
A comparison of the four QBs when they threw their 400th TD pass.
QB Age Games Ints Attempts Incompletions
Brady 38.055 212 143 7,301 2,654
Marino 37.075 227 231 7,825 3,158
Favre 36.349 228 258 7,730 2,981
Manning 34.284 208 198 7,256 2,548
Source: pro-football-reference.com

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).

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“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.

Rob Gronkowski
57
Randy Moss
39
Wes Welker
34
Deion Branch
24
Aaron Hernandez
18

The majority of his touchdown passes have been between 4 and 9 yards long.

3 or fewer yards
77
4-9 yards
119
10-19 yards
87
20-29 yards
40
30 or more yards
77

Brady has thrown more on the road (205) than at home (195).

He threw the most in 2007.

2007
50
2011
39
2010
36
2012
34
2014
33

The second quarter has been huge for Brady.

1st
80
2nd
133
3rd
90
4th
96
OT
1

He has had great success against the Bills.

Bills
61
Dolphins
45
Jets
36

And in non-AFC East opponents, the Colts.

Colts
26
Steelers
22
Broncos
20
Chargers
14
Bengals
12
Source: pro-football-reference.com

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