Aside from being one step closer to a Super Bowl appearance, the New England Patriots' Week 13 win over the Los Angeles Rams meant something more for Tom Brady. For the quarterback, the game cemented his 201st win in his career in the NFL, making him the QB with the most number of victories in the history of the league.
Before Brady entered the game on Sunday, he had 200 wins under his belt, the same as Peyton Manning before he retired as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos after they were able to secure their third Super Bowl championship last year.
But after the Patriots ended the game with a final score of 26-10 over the Rams, Brady was able to establish a lasting legacy as the current winningest quarterback of the league.
Through the course of his career with the NFL and the Patriots, which began in 2000, the 39-year-old quarterback was able to lead his team to a total of 201 wins.
After winning the game against the Rams, Brady was already aware about what the victory meant. But for, he wouldn't have been able to accomplish this impressive feat without the support of the entire New England franchise.
"You know, I'm just grateful for all my teammates and my coaches, and my family and friends," he said according to Yahoo! Sports. "It's been a lot of football over the years, so... it's always been about winning and you know, I've been very fortunate to be on great teams. I'm actually very grateful."
Safety and co-captain of the Patriots Devin McCourty, who has been with Brady in New England since 2010, congratulated his teammate and commended his role as the team's leader.
"I've learned so much from him as a leader, and not always just from talking to him but just getting the opportunity to watch him, whether in captains' meetings, his daily routine on the field, off the field," he said according to The Comeback.
"I think at times you don't really know the true worth of being around a guy like that and I think you see the bigger picture when you see a record like this - 201 wins, most ever by a quarterback, it really forces you to step back and really realize what the guy's done in the NFL and I'm happy to be part of it," he added.