Tom Brady vs. Panthers secondary
Tom Brady may not be the same statistics machine that brought him MVP awards in 2007 and 2010, but he has shown this season that he can still get the job done. Brady has thrown for 2,256 yards on the season with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Brady is coming off a game where he shredded the secondary of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 432 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The last time Brady played the Panthers – Dec. 13, 2009 – he completed 19 passes for 192 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in the Patriots’ 20-10 win.
Carolina has given up the fourth fewest passing yards in the league, allowing 1,812 on 6.6 yards per completion. They have also allowed opposing QBs a 65.9 completion percentage. The Panthers secondary has been just as stingy at allowing scores, as they have allowed just seven passing touchdowns on the season while bringing in 13 interceptions, both of those stats tied for first in the league.