It’s Week 17, which means it is time for your final Tom Brady Crud Meter of the regular season. Throughout the year we’ve had dizzying highs and terrifying lows of crud-ness, all thanks to one fancy dog of a quarterback in Tampa.
Today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Atlanta Falcons, a team coming into the game with four wins. Tom Brady quarterbacked the Bucs to a 20-3 lead over the first four drives, throwing a pair of touchdown passes. It looked like Brady would finish the season being definitively not crud.
The Falcons hung around, however, especially after Brady’s second-half interception.
Unfortunately for lovers of crud, that pick didn’t appear to be Brady’s fault. And though the Falcons closed within a field goal three times in the second half, the Buccaneers ended up winning 44-27. In fact, after throwing that interception, Tom Brady led three consecutive touchdown drives. He finished with 399 yards passing and four touchdowns. He was not crud. The Crud Meter reflects this.