The hardest part about being a Patriots fan is waiting the two weeks before the Super Bowl actually arrives. Well, if you want to kill some time, this might help.
We all know the record: 5-3 in Super Bowls for Tom Brady. The NFL Network decided to remind fans of Brady’s past Super Bowl success by airing his five wins spread out throughout the week.
So, let’s take a little trip down memory lane by detailing Brady’s five big game wins.
Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots vs. Rams, Brady’s 1st
Tom Brady is 24 years old. The Patriots are coming in against the Rams as huge underdogs. The Rams did have a great offense with Kurt Warner at quarterback, Marshall Faulk in the backfield, and Torrey Holt along with Isaac Bruce as receivers to throw to at any moment.
Brady and company didn’t care though. Ty Law returned a 47 yard interception to the house for a 7-3 Patriots lead. Brady hit David Patten in the back of the endzone for an 8 yard touchdown pass to make it 14-3. The Rams end up tying it at 17 all with not a lot of time left on the clock. Instead of playing for overtime, Brady brings the Patriots to the Rams 31 yard line to set up a winning 48 yard field goal by future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri. This was the start of the legend that is Tom Brady!
Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots vs. Panthers, Brady’s 2nd in 3 Years
The first one wasn’t a fluke. The Patriots win a 2nd Super Bowl in 3 years, this time defeating the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots take a 14-10 lead into the half thanks to a Brady touchdown pass to Deion Branch (THROWBACK) and another Brady touchdown pass to David Givens. The 4th quarter saw tons of scoring again. 19 points for the Panthers and 18 points for the Patriots saw an action-packed game come down to the wire. Brady led the Patriots down the field again, to the Panthers 24 yard line, to set up a 41 yard field goal with four second left to give the Patriots a 2nd Super Bowl title. This would be the 2nd Super Bowl that Brady was an MVP in as he was the MVP in Super Bowl XXXVI as well.
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots vs. Eagles, Brady’s 3rd in 4 Years
The Patriots go up against Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles and SURPRISE, the Patriots win another close one.
The Patriots didn’t score in the first quarter (where have we heard that before? Hmmm…) and were down 7-0 in the second until Brady hit David Givens on a 4 yard T.D. pass. In the 3rd quarter, the Patriots took the lead on a 2 yard T.D. pass from Brady to Mike Vrabel. The Eagles would tie it up and then the Patriots would retake the lead on a Corey Dillon 2 yard touchdown run. The game would end up being final at 24-21 as Adam Vinatieri put the Pats up 10, the Eagles score again to trim the deficit to 3, and then Rodney Harrison intercepts a McNabb pass late to start the Patriots dynasty. This would be the only Super Bowl where Brady wouldn’t get the MVP honors as Deion Branch took home the MVP award with 11 receptions for 133 yards.
Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs. Seahawks: Brady’s 4th and a guy named Butler
10 years since they won a Super Bowl, the Patriots are finally back on top. However, it wasn’t easy. The Patriots found themselves up 7-0 thanks to a Brady 11 yard T.D. to Brandon LaFell. (gross!) The Seahawks tied it at 7 all before Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 22 yard score to put the Patriots up 14-7. The Seahawks tied it up before the half and then got as far ahead as 24-14 thanks to a rare Brady interception to Bobby Wagner, a Steven Hauschka field goal, and a Russell Wilson 3 yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.
The Patriots would not go down without a fight as Brady responded with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola and a 3 yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to put the Patriots up 28-24 with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks responded with a 31 yard pass to Marshawn Lynch, an 11 yard reception to Tyler Lockette, and a 33 yard freak catch by Jermaine Kearse, to put the Seahawks at the 5 yard line. After a 4 yard run by Lynch, Russell Wilson dropped back to try as pick play to get the ball to Tyler Lockette. You all know what happens next! Malcolm Butler intercepts the ball, the Patriots walk away as champions again and the Seahawks fans were stunned beyond belief. Oh, and Brady got MVP again, shocker!
Super Bowl LI: Patriots vs. Falcons, Brady Has His 5th!
This one doesn’t need much of a review. The Patriots were down 21-3 after the first half concluded, thanks to touchdowns by Devonta Freeman, Austin Hooper and Robert Alford before the Patriots could even kick their field goal. It didn’t get any easier to start the second half as Matt Ryan threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Tevin Coleman from 6 yards out, making the score 28-3. Then all of a sudden, it happened. A 5 yard touchdown pass to James White, a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, a 6 yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, a James White 1 yard touchdown run, and two 2 point conversions later, the Patriots tied the game up at 28, sending it to overtime.
The Patriots were the visitors in this game, so they got to select the coin toss in overtime. Matthew Slater called heads as he always does, and the rest is history. Tom Brady led the Patriots 75 yards down the field, only to end the game with a James White 2 yard touchdown run to end the Super Bowl and give the Patriots their 2nd Super Bowl in 3 years, for the second time in franchise history. You guessed it! Brady won MVP honors for the 4th time in his career.
Tom Brady has had some masterful performances. Sure, he lost a few of the big games too, (2007 and 2011 vs. Giants, 2017 vs. Eagles) but those were not his fault. Brady has shown up for the biggest games of the season and the quest for number 6 will take place in 11 days, on February 3rd, at 6:40 pm EST, in Atlanta. (How IRONIC!!)
-Alan Nahigian (BigAl2793)
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