Tom Brady comes off the bench – the bench! – as Patriots play Panthers (Shutdown Corner)

It’s been a long time – a long time – since Tom Brady came off the bench for the New England Patriots. It was the first time since Sept. 23, 2001 that Brady was in uniform for New England but was not the starter. If that date doesn’t quite ring a bell, that’s the day Drew Bledsoe was crushed by the Jets’ Mo Lewis.