Few quarterbacks in the league are as good as Tom Brady when it comes to catching opposing defenses unprepared. Still, he probably set a new personal record Sunday when he caught the Buffalo Bills with not 12, but FIFTEEN men on the field prior to a third-and-1 play in New England.
Officials technically ruled the penalty on the field as “12 men on the field,” probably because “15 men on the field” is a call NFL executives hadn’t entirely planned for. Curiously enough, Bill Belichick declined the five-yard penalty in order to accept the four-yard gain produced by Tom Brady’s quarterback sneak. That makes Brady the league’s most efficient runner against overstacked, 15-person defensive sets this fall.