How does Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LII performance stack up against the rest?
New England fell short in Super Bowl LII, despite an incredible performance from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. How does Brady’s most recent championship performance stack up against his other seven? Find out in the rankings below.
8. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Who could forget when New England’s perfect season was cut short by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII? The Patriots came into this matchup 18-0, poised for a historic finish to their 2007 run.
Fate wasn’t on New England’s side that night. The play of the season came in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when Giants quarterback Eli Manning miraculously escaped pressure to complete a pass to receiver David Tyree, dubbed forever as “the helmet catch.”
Brady struggled against an intense level of pressure from the Giants’ front seven, completing just 29-of-48 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. Brady took five sacks throughout the night from defensive end Michael Strahan and company. The New England offense only managed to put 14 points on the board in a Super Bowl that Patriots fans wish they could forget more than any.
7. Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17
A Super Bowl rematch between the Giants and the Patriots took place four years later. Another miracle pass from Eli Manning (this time to Mario Manningham) prompted a Giants comeback, which was assisted by a dropped pass from Patriots receiver Wes Welker as the Patriots tried to run out the clock.
Brady went 27-of-41 on the night for 286 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also gave up a safety when he received an intentional grounding flag on a pass he threw from the end zone:
6. Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
The Patriots historic dynasty under Head Coach Bill Belichick was sealed as New England won its third world championship in four years over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady completed a solid game, going 23-of-33 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
Even though he led the offense down the field and protected the ball, Brady wasn’t the shining star of his team that night. Pats wide receiver Deion Branch took home MVP honors. This game remains the only Patriots Super Bowl win in which Brady was not named the game’s MVP.
5. Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17
SuperBowl XXXVI saw the St. Louis Rams, led by MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, face off against second-year head coach Bill Belichick and young quarterback Tom Brady, who had replaced injured franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe earlier in the season. The Rams, dubbed “The Greatest Show on Turf,” came into Super Bowl XXXVI as 14-point favorites over New England.
Brady’s game stats were nothing to look twice at (16-of-27 for 145 yards and a touchdown without an interception), but his performance in the game’s final, winning drive showed leadership and poise uncharacteristic of a second-year quarterback who started the season as a backup.
4. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Two years after New England’s stunning upset of St. Louis, the Patriots faced the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Brady stepped up as the team’s leader in his second Super Bowl appearance, going 32-of-48 passing for 354 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
The game ended in a similar fashion to Super Bowl XXXVI, with Brady driving the offense down the field en route to a game-winning field goal from kicker Adam Vinatieri as time expired. Brady took home his second Super Bowl win and Super Bowl MVP award in just three seasons as the team’s starter.
3. Super Bowl LII - Eagles 41, Patriots 33
New England lost Super Bowl LII, but Brady still completed one of the all-time greatest postseason performances by a quarterback in a championship rematch against the Eagles. The 40-year-old wonder went 28-for-48 for 505 yards and three touchdowns. New England’s punting unit never saw the field.
There wasn’t a comfortable Eagles fan in the house that night in Minnesota, despite the fact that Philadelphia led for most of the game, since Brady is known so well for his last-minute comeback drives. Despite having much success through the air, Brady and the offense couldn’t finish the job. The game was all but sealed when Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and teammate Derek Barnett recovered the ball deep in Patriots territory.
2. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
In the Super Bowl XLIX matchup against Seattle, Brady went 37-of-50 for 328 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Brady and the offense overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tearing apart Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” to complete an epic comeback. The win was a deep sigh of relief for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and team owner Robert Kraft, as the comeback ended a 10-year championship drought for the Patriots.
1. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
The Super Bowl LI victory over Atlanta saw Brady complete 43-of-62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. For a 39-year-old quarterback to throw 62 passes in the 19th game of a grueling season is something special in and of itself. To throw for 466 yards without his number one target, tight end Rob Gronkowski, in the game is even more impressive. To engineer a comeback after trailing 28-3 on the game’s biggest stage is what legends are made of.
Super Bowl LI wasn’t Brady’s best statistical game, but the ability of Brady to orchestrate one of the greatest comebacks in the history of professional sports puts this championship performance at the very top of this list.
Every one of Brady’s eight Super Bowl appearances shares a common thread: thrilling finishes. What can we expect if he gets to a ninth?
Edited by Jeremy Losak.
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