FOXBORO — Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are enjoying another record year.
Belichick set a new bar Saturday night when he coached his 37th playoff game as the Patriots hosted the Titans at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round. Belichick broke a tie with Tom Landry and Don Shula.
Now in his 18th year in New England, Belichick coached two playoff games with the Browns in 1994. He’s now two games shy of the most postseason games with one franchise, as Landry’s 36 tilts were exclusively with the Cowboys.
Belichick advanced to the playoffs for the 16th time as a head coach, so he still has to catch up to Shula (19) and Landry (18). Belichick is peerless in the wins column, though.
The 65-year-old has a record five Super Bowl victories and entered Saturday night with the most playoff victories (26) and conference championship appearances (11), and he could also eventually extend his mark for conference championship wins (seven) and Super Bowl appearances as a head coach or assistant (10).
Of course, Brady has been on a record run of his own. The 40-year-old quarterback extended his mark Saturday night with his 35th playoff start and entered the game with records of 25 wins, 63 touchdown passes, 9,094 yards, 831 completions and a dozen 300-yard games.
Brady, who also boasts a host of single-game records, has already set the bar in the Super Bowl with five victories, seven appearances, four MVP performances, 309 pass attempts, 207 completions, 2,071 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Belichick and Brady are the only coach-quarterback tandem to win five Super Bowls and play in seven. And Brady, who extended his record of 15 division titles in the regular season, also had a chance Saturday night to pile on with his 12th conference championship game appearance, which would be two more than any other player in history.