After joining his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Tom Brady is heading back to his tenth Super Bowl. Over his 21 year career as an NFL player, he has won over 200 games as a starter, achieved 33 playoff wins, and claimed six Super Bowl titles while appearing in the Super Bowl a staggering 48 percent of his career.
All of this winning means the G.O.A.T has a fair amount of impressive games under his belt. Before Brady plays in Super Bowl LV, here are five of his best performances.
Number 5: AFC Championship win vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Jan. 20, 2019
On the surface, Brady’s stats in this game were lackluster. While he threw for 348 yards and a touchdown, he was picked off two times by the Kansas City defense. What made this game as one of his best, however. was his late fourth-quarter and overtime drives to lead the Pats to a 37-31 win and punch their ticket to Super Bowl LIII. Brady made three consecutive third down and ten-yard completions in the freezing temperature at Arrowhead Stadium during overtime. Against all odds, Brady came away with another signature win in his career.
Number 4: Week 1 win vs. Miami Dolphins, Sep. 12, 2011
Brady, having a losing record at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, started the game with an early interception against the Dolphins. Brady shook this off and went on to throw for a Monday Night Football record of 517 passing yards. In the New England Patriots 38-24 win, Brady hit Wes Welker for a 99 yard receiving touchdown. The team ended with a franchise record of 622 yards, and doubts that Brady was losing his stride were quickly vanquished.
Number 3: Week 6 win vs. Tennessee Titans, Oct. 18, 2009
After coming off an injury the previous season, Brady was all-business in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in the snow. In the second-quarter alone, Brady threw for five touchdowns, breaking an NFL record. Brady ended the game completing 29-34 passes, throwing for 380 yards while passing for six touchdowns. The weather conditions in which Brady pulled this off, while the Pats’ defense shutout the Titans, made this one of the most notable wins in Brady’s illustrious career.
Number 2: Week 7 win vs. Miami Dolphins, Oct. 21, 2007
The 2007 New England Patriots will be remembered throughout NFL history for having one of the scariest offenses of all time, as the team flirted with a perfect season going 18-0 before losing a heartbreaker to the Giants in the Super Bowl. The offense held true to form in Brady’s Week 7 game against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. In the first half, Brady threw for five touchdowns and ended the game with six. Two of those touchdowns were thrown to Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, including a 50 yard bomb. Brady ended with an unheard of passer rating of 158.3, which is the highest QB rating possible. This game was a perfect example of the dynamic synergy between Brady and Moss.
Number 1: The 28-3 comeback vs. the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Feb. 5, 2017
This was one of the greatest games and comebacks in sports’ history [Editor’s note: The Red Sox 2004 ALCS comeback from a 0-3 deficit to the Yankees wins the award]. After going down 28-3 in the third-quarter and throwing a pick-six, Brady rallied the New England Patriots to a 25 point comeback. With clutch plays from receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, The Pats were able to secure two late touchdowns and make both two-point conversions to tie the game 28-28 and send it into overtime. The Patriots won the coin toss and took the ball straight down the field to win the game on a run by James White. Brady ended the game with 466 passing yards and an NFL record of 62 passing attempts. With this game, the sixth round draft pick, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. cemented himself as the undisputed greatest NFL player of all-time.