Standing Room Only: Brady's bests

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Standing Room Only: Brady's bests

According to this week's New England Football Night trivia, "Tom Brady averages more passing yards against Pittsburgh (337 yards) than any other team."

I found that pretty interesting.

So much so that I decided to go through the numbers and find some other career statistical bests. (For the most part, like with the stat above, I stuck with averages, because otherwise some combination of the Bills, Dolphins and Jets would finish 1,2,3 in every category.)

Without further Apu, here are a few other Brady bests:

Best career QB rating? That would be the 118.4 career mark that he's posted against the Jaguars. In three games against Jacksonville (we're talking regular season here), Brady's thrown for 744 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Jaguars are actually one of only four teams against which Brady's never thrown an interception. The others are the Raiders, Eagles and Giants. Research shows that he's also never thrown an INT against the Columbus Panhandles, Muncie Flyers or Staten Island Stapletons. (Although, he does have two career fumbles vs. the Panhandles; not that I have to remind you).

Most passing attempts a game? Not surprisingly, that's also the Steelers, at a 43.2 attemptsgame clip. However, the Bears are a close second with 42.6 attempts a game. Brady's only played the Bears three times in his career (as opposed to the five regular season contest vs. Pittsburgh) and is 3-0 with 964 yard, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

The one Brady vs. the Bears game that always sticks out to me was during the lost season of 2002 the year after the first title. The 4-4 Pats headed to Chicago for Week 10, fresh off losses in four of their last five games. After all the success of the previous season, it was an unbelievably frustrating time in Patriots Nation even more so after New England went down 27-6 in the third quarter.

At that point, I remember shutting off the TV. I couldn't take it anymore, and unleashed my aggression on about five straight games of Madden. When that was over, I flipped on NFL Primetime, just in time to catch highlights of Brady's latest fourth quarter comeback. Final score: Pats 33, Bears 30. Too bad the season didn't just end there.

And finally, Tom Brady doesn't run much, but when he does, you know he's always good for a yard. Right over center, just how he likes. In those case, it isn't much of a QB scramble as it is, QB put your head down and lunge, but regardless, it's pretty much unstoppable

Against all but two teams: The Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants are the only teams against which Brady has negative career rushing yards. Five rushes for -1 yards against Oakland, seven rushes for -4 against the Giants.

The team against which Brady averages the most yards per "run"? The Green Bay Packers. Brady's run nine times for 32 yards against Green Bay. That's 3.56 a run.

And with that knowledge, we'll all sleep better tonight.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

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Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.