Of the 35 career playoff games Tom Brady has played in with the New England Patriots, 21 have come at home in Foxborough. In those home postseason games, Brady and Belichick have compiled an impressive 18-3 record. That means Brady has played in just as many Super Bowls (7) as road playoff games (7), which truly highlights how much the Patriots have dominated the NFL since 2000.
Of those four road playoff losses, three came at the hands of Peyton Manning. The only other quarterback to win a home playoff game against the Patriots? Jake the Snake Plummer. Nobody will confuse Blake Bortles for a future Hall of Fame quarterback. However, that does not mean the Jaguars can’t pull of the upset on Sunday. Here’s a closer look at the five non-road losses the Patriots have suffered since 2000.
As you can see, it does not take an “elite” quarterback to defeat the Patriots at home or on a neutral site. How did those teams do it? Let’s look at five common themes from those games to determine if the Jaguars can repeat the formula.