Brady breaks Montana record as Patriots stay in hunt

Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:17pm EST
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(Reuters) - New England quarterback Tom Brady broke childhood favorite Joe Montana's postseason touchdown record as he threw three TD passes in the Patriots' comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

Brady grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan watching Montana, who retired in 1994 with 45 career postseason touchdown passes to his name.

But not surprisingly he was reluctant to take individual glory on a night when his team booked their fourth straight place in the AFC Championship game.

"I have been part of a lot of great teams, there have been a lot of guys who have blocked and have been on the receiving end of those (passes) too. To me those are team awards," said Brady.

"But Joe and Steve Young were my two idols growing up and so it is pretty special."

Brady passed for 367 yards and also produced a four-yard rushing touchdown as the Patriots overcame deficits of 14-0 and 28-14 behind his majestic passing ability.

New England ran the ball so little that they had just 14 net rushing yards - - the lowest ever total by a winning team in a playoff game.

The Patriots will host the winner of Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos with Brady knowing victory would give him a chance of winning a fourth Super Bowl ring.

But coach Bill Belichick said the team could not afford to let their opponents next week get ahead the way the Ravens did twice.   Continued...

Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds the game ball after the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 35-31. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports