Greg Gabriel: Is Tom Brady starting to slow down? He's been hit a ton this year, can Brady stay healthy in a playoff run By GREG GABRIELDec. 12, 2017 If you watched the Miami Dolphins defeat the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, you saw New England quarterback Tom Brady play perhaps his worst game of the season.If you watched the Miami Dolphins defeat the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, you saw New England quarterback Tom Brady play perhaps his worst game of the season. For the night, Brady completed 24 of 43 throws for 233 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. It is the only game this season in which he has thrown two interceptions. In fact, you have to go back to game 12 of the 2015 NFL season to find the last time Brady threw two picks in a regular season game (he threw two interceptions in a playoff game last year). Over the past few weeks, Brady’s play has slipped a little. There is no question that he is still playing at a high level, but he is not playing at the level that we are used to seeing Tom Brady play. In each of the past three games he has thrown an interception and the normal zip on his throws that we are used to seeing just isn’t there.Last year if you recall, Brady missed the first four games of the season because of the deflategate suspension. After he came back he looked great but by the time he got to the playoffs his game started to falter. In the first half of the Super Bowl last year, Brady looked and played like a 40-year-old quarterback before he took over in the second half and led the Pats to a come-from-behind win. This year there was no suspension and Brady has played in 13 straight games and thrown 481 passes. Again going back to last year, Brady didn’t play in his 13th game until the playoffs and it was in the playoffs that his play and the zip on his ball started to falter. Obviously we need a few more games to know for sure, but at 40 years of age is Brady hitting the wall for the season? The mere fact that he is playing at 40 is remarkable and a testament to the way he takes care of himself. Still it is not unusual to see older NFL players slow down in the second half of the season.They play well for a while but then age catches up to them and there play drops off because of the wear and tear on the bodies that football brings about. Don’t forget, Brady has been hit more this year than any previous year I can remember. The Patriots play at Pittsburgh this week in a game that could very well be for home-field advantage in the playoffs. After the Steelers game, the Pats play home games versus the Jets and the Bills. If New England beats the Steelers, could we see Bill Belichick rest Brady in those final two games with the hopes of Brady being fresh once the playoffs begin? It is something to watch closely over the closing weeks of the regular season.