NFL News: Ranking QB performances from the championship games

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1. Tom Brady

Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Stats: 23-35, 226 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

If Tom Brady hasn’t made it clear already, he sent a resounding message to the football world after picking apart an inconsistent Indianapolis Colts defense en route to a 45-7 victory in the AFC championship game.

He played into the fourth quarter, when the game was clearly already over, and combined with LeGarrette Blount to punish the Colts.

His interception was bad, as he tried to hit his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, throw an impossibly small window. But again, like Russell Wilson, you don’t see Tom Brady making decisions like that very often.

If we’re talking about pure arm talent, Brady will be the best quarterback Seattle has seen all year. Every year, Brady amazes me at the amount of football IQ and arm strength he still has.

And let’s make this very clear before all the speculation: Brady will go after Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell, especially if he knows two of the members of the Legion of Boom are nursing injuries.

But the NFL got its dream matchup: Brady vs Wilson and the Legion of Boom.

Game on.