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Tom Brady has played his best football of season since Max Kellerman declared he has a 'noodle arm'

Alex Reimer
December 10, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Don’t let Tom Brady’s boneheaded sack to end the first half cloud your perception of his overall performance against the Dolphins Sunday. It was perhaps TB12’s best performance of the season, punctuated with a laser beam that found Cordarelle Patterson for a long touchdown. 

Time for Max “Noodle Arm” Kellerman to eat some crow. 

At one point in the first half, Brady had gone 16-of-20 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. His production slowed after his knee appeared to buckle, but Brady told “Mut & Callahan” Monday that was just an equipment malfunction. 

All afternoon long, Brady slung the ball to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. The two stalwarts finished with 17 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Edelman’s touchdown grab –– a two-yard curl route in the lower corner of the end zone –– was a replica of the Patriots’ game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. 

There were also several vintage Gronk series, such as when he took a shot to the lower body by safety T.J. McDonald after a third-down completion and then came right back with a red zone touchdown grab on the next play.

In the aftermath of the Patriots’ atrocious loss in Tennessee, Kellerman declared Brady had a “noodle arm.” It seemed like we had finally arrived at the proverbial cliff, more than two years following Kellerman’s declaration.

“Tom Brady has a wet noodle for an arm right now,” Kellerman said. “Let’s just say what it is. They’re dinking and dunking teams to death. … And Gronk isn’t the same. Not the same. So now you don’t have an elite, playmaking difference maker on offense. You have a quarterback who really can’t throw the ball down the field right now. When he tries to put mustard on the ball, it doesn’t look the same. Let’s be honest about it.”

In three games since then, Brady has thrown for 952 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. And if those numbers don’t satisfy Kellerman’s standards, this throw to Patterson should seal the deal.

The Patriots’ humiliating loss, and Brady’s sack, dampens the celebration. But the Patriots’ QB is playing his best football of the season, right on time.