In decisive fashion Saturday the New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos, 45-10, in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The victory advances New England to the conference championship game where the Pats will host either the Baltimore Ravens or Houston Texans next weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The Ravens and Texas play each other Sunday (1 p.m. on CBS).
However, before New England fans move onto next week, SI.com's Chris Burke graded the Pats' performance in his Inside The NFL column, and with little surprise there were a lot of As and Bs.
Here's what Burke said about Tom Brady's record-breaking performance:
Quarterback: Take away one awful overthrow for an interception, and this was Tom Brady at his absolute finest. He threw for 363 yards and six touchdowns, while spreading the ball around just enough to keep Denver way, way off balance. The TD pass he threw to Deion Branch late in the first half was a thing of beauty. To top things off, Brady even turned in a 48-yard, quick-kick punt late. Grade: A
Also, earning As were linebackers and defensive backs who he said, "the Patriots did, essentially, what Pittsburgh failed to do last week."