Patriots quarteback Tom Brady is fifth in NFL history with 359 career touchdown passes. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says despite an emphasis on statistics in today's NFL, there is only one stat that matters: "To score more points than the other team."
An ESPN.com article with statistical data said that Brady can no longer be considering one of the league's top quarterbacks, but Brady says wins trump all other stats.
And Brady has 148 of them in the regular season since he entered the league in 2000. He also has 18 playoff victories and three Super Bowl championships.
"I think that people watch the games on TV because there is a scoreboard. I think that's what it is all about," Brady said, via the Boston Globe. "If there was no scoreboard, then people wouldn't tune in and watch. There's only one stat that matters, and that's because the competition in the NFL is very high, extremely high on a daily basis."
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Brady completed 60.5 percent of his passes (his lowest percentage since 2003) for 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns (his lowest total since 2006) last season for the Patriots, who have won 10 games more in each of the past 11 seasons.
"You can't sit here and compare one year to another year or compare this player to that player. I think winning games is the most important thing, certainly for this organization," Brady said. "When you come here, you learn that pretty quickly. Whatever matters to you as an individual, it's far distant to what the team goals are."