Tom Brady leads Patriots to AFC Championship Game in 2020 simulation

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Tom Brady leads Patriots to AFC title game in 2020 simulation originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Tom Brady's legacy in Foxboro is unassailable. The Patriots quarterback helped lead New England to six Super Bowl championships over 20 seasons and will go down as the greatest player in franchise history, if not the entire NFL.

Editors Note: Strat-O-Matic, the market leader in sports simulation, has partnered with NBC Sports Boston to build simulation experiences for "What If Wednesdays.” 

But after the Patriots sputtered to a 7-9 record in 2020 while Brady lifted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title, it's hard not to wonder: What if Brady had stayed with the Patriots in 2020?

That's where our partners at Strat-O-Matic come in.

In the first installment of our "What If" series, the sports simulation company played out the Patriots' entire 2020 season with their same roster, but with Brady, not Cam Newton, under center. 

The results go well beyond New England's final record. There are complete box scores for every game, season stats for every Patriots player and a full simulation of the 2020 playoffs.

So, how did the Brady version of the 2020 Pats fare? We dug into the data to share the key takeaways.

What if Brady didn't leave Patriots? Playing out 2020 season with QB