Tom Brady isn’t exactly in the MVP conversation.
But his play last week against the Houston Texans showed he’s capable of making the kind of big plays the Patriots needed to overcome a 3-1 deficit, a 2-2 tie and a 1-1 overtime loss.
The Patriots defense, which allowed the Texans to score 17 points in the second half, made big plays down the stretch and had two turnovers in the final 2:40 to seal the win.
The first came in the first quarter.
Brady completed 6 of 8 passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
He threw a pass deep to Martellus Bennett, who caught it at the Texans 2.
Brady then hit wide receiver Eric Decker with a pass over the middle.
He ran it to Bennett, whose left arm caught Brady’s shoulder, and the quarterback hit Decker in stride for a 14-yard score.
Brady’s second interception came in overtime.
He fumbled the ball on the Texans 3, then found Bennett again in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown.
He hit Dez Bryant in stride on a 3rd-and-2 play and then hit Decker again for another 21-year-old touchdown.
It’s just one of the plays the defense made, Brady said, and it’s why he won’t be worried about the MVP.
“I’m a football player,” Brady said.
“I’m not going to worry about anything.”
This was just the second time Brady has gone to OT in an NFL game.
He was at his best last week when he led the Patriots to a 16-0 lead with a touchdown pass to Martrellus Bennett on a 1st-and, 10 from the 4 in overtime, and then got them within 10-6 with a 17-yard scoring strike to Martavis Bryant on a 2nd-and.
He completed 9 of 12 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
The Texans led 16-3 entering the third quarter before Brady’s last-second pass was intercepted by Marcus Johnson, who returned it 43 yards for a touchdown that gave the Patriots the lead for good.
Britton had four interceptions last season, including two last week, and he’s had just one pick in the last two games.
He’s also sacked five times and fumbled once.
But he had four sacks and three forced fumbles, and had six quarterback hits in the previous two games combined.
He also had two sacks and two forced fumblings.
He did not play against Houston because of a strained hamstring.
The Patriots coach said he was just testing the hamstring.
Brick is scheduled to do an interview on NFL Network’s “First Take” Sunday night.