Three quarters of mediocre play.
Over thrown, under thrown and who the hell was that too passing.
I can't disagree that the performance in the fourth was outstanding but for me to call Brady GOAT then the game should have never been in doubt.
It is my expectation that if someone is the greatest of all time they should be automatic, and let's face it, tedious to watch.
I have to agree that a great deal of the blame regarding the incompletions through quarters 1-3 has to fall at the feet of the no name, former college qb receiving core. It is inexcusable to have the ball in your hands and not bring it in. Julio Jones showed you can complete a contested pass but some of the drops weren't even contested.
I was surprised Brady's half-time passing stats and the Patriots overall yardage was higher than the Falcon's at half-time.
I really believe that the system in New England is the greatest strength here. Whatever it is that they are doing to produce the best possible version of each player. Moss, Cassell and others have already been mentioned. You have the 199th pick of his draft class now the subject of this kind of arguement. Something about the mentality of the team is producing bigly self-confident players who seem to be able to leave their ego's at the door and understand better than anyone else that they are a cog in a well oiled machine.
I suppose if I was a real Pats/Brady hater I'd have something to say about three quarters being the time it took for the team to adjust to regulation footballs.