Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) gets past Jacksonville Jaguars defenders Dwayne Gratz (27) and Josh Evans (26) as Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (17) blocks as Mariota runs 87 yards for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL f
James Kenney
December 08, 2015

Tom Brady is New England's best receiver.

Brady caught a 36-yard pass in a stunning 35-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. With Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski injured, Bill Belichick might want to consider starting Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback and splitting Brady out wide.

After all, Brady has a career average of 29.5 yards per catch. His other reception was for 23 yards in 2001.

It turns out Gisele was wrong. Her hubby can throw and catch the ball all by himself.

Flashback to February 2012 when the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch and Wes Welker had key drops in the 21-17 loss.

Afterward, Brady's supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, angrily responded to hecklers by screaming: ''My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.''

It took him nearly four years, but Brady finally proved her wrong.

Well, sort of.

Brady didn't throw the ball to himself. Wide receiver Danny Amendola tossed a perfect pass to No. 12 on an end-around. But that's enough for Brady to pull a Keyshawn Johnson and start demanding someone throws him ''the damn ball.''

Here are other overreactions from Week 13:

OVERREACTION: Cam Newton and the Panthers are going 19-0. Carolina rallied from two deficits to beat the Saints and remain unbeaten.

REALISTIC REACTION: They have a tough schedule remaining. The Panthers play the Falcons twice and have two games against teams (Giants, Buccaneers) fighting for playoff spots.


OVERREACTION: The Vikings are a fraud. A 38-7 loss to Seattle was Minnesota's third in four games vs. teams that currently have winning records.

REALISTIC REACTION: They're 8-4. That's not luck.


OVERREACTION: The Cowboys will win the NFC Least. They're 4-8, but only one game behind the Eagles, Redskins and Giants and have the best division record (3-2).

REALISTIC REACTION: Tony Romo isn't coming back and the schedule is difficult: at Packers, vs. Jets, at Bills, vs. Redskins.


OVERREACTION: The Bengals and Broncos are headed for an AFC championship game showdown.

REALISTIC REACTION: Uh, there's a team in Foxborough that plays its best football in January.


OVERREACTION: Jeff Fisher will the first coach fired after the season. The Rams went from playoff hopeful to dreadful in a month.

REALISTIC REACTION: He has plenty of competition.


OVERREACTION: Tyson Alualu is the new William ''Refrigerator'' Perry. Alualu, a 310-pound defensive line, had a 16-yard catch on third-and-1 for the Jaguars.

REALISTIC REACTION: He's got a long way to go to catch Perry, who had two rushing TDs and one TD catch.


OVERREACTION: Marcus Mariota is the best running QB in the NFL. The rookie had an 87-yard TD run against the Jaguars.

REALISTIC REACTION: Newton has seven TDs and 476 yards.


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