Tom Brady announced his retirement, this time for good. Thus it is only appropriate for us to take a look and rank what we think are his best Super Bowl performances. With a massive total of 10 Super Bowl appearances, he has established himself as one the best, if not the best, players in NFL history.
Of course, he has not won all 10 big games, but he won a record seven Super Bowl championships and was named Most Valuable Player of the game five times. He was the key to his teams’ performances in most of those games.
5. Super Bowl XXXVIII Patriots 32, Panthers 29
With a total of 354 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a single interception, Tom Brady managed to outlast Carolina’s Jake Delhomme, who threw for 323 yards while also posting three touchdown passes. Nobody was expecting this game to turn into a head-to-head quarterback battle, but the passing Brady was able to pick up the slack from his inconsistent defense. With New England’s defense extremely prone to Carolina’s passing game, the Patriots needed every single play from Brady to count and he absolutely delivered.
This performance could be higher than the fifth. However, once we get into higher positions, it is hard to deny their worth on the list.
4. Super Bowl LII Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Sometimes things do not go as planned but one thing remains certain, your own performance is all you can give on the big stage. In 2018 Brady lost the Super Bowl against an incredible Philadelphia Eagles team, though fans of both teams could not protest if Brady got the MVP trophy even after the defeat. Instead, Eagles QB Nick Foles was named MVP.
With a passing rating of 115.4, including a massive total of 505 passing yards with three touchdowns, Brady’s only true mistake was not being able to haul in a pass off a trick play from Danny Amendola.
The Patriots’ defense simply was not good enough to contain the Eagles. Brady did everything he could to win the title, but some fans believe this loss is more on coach Bill Belichick due to his decision to bench cornerback Malcolm Butler for the big game.
This remains in our No. 4 spot mainly due to being the highest postseason yardage total by Brady in his career, yet sometimes that is not enough to take the win home.
3. Super Bowl XLIX Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
If you see the stat line for this game, it is easy to think Tom Brady did not play as well as many recalls. Brady posted a total of 328 passing yards with four touchdowns and a high number of two interceptions. Nevertheless, what is often forgotten is that he was going against the incredible Legion of Boom.
This Seahawks’ defense was regarded as one of the best in modern-era football. Just a year earlier, at Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning look like a rookie in a 43-8 rout, so Brady’s performance against Seattle’s amazing secondary was more than impressive.
The Seahawks had allowed an average of just 15.9 points per game throughout the regular season. Going into the playoffs, they allowed 19.5 points in their first two games. Brady provided the Patriots with four touchdowns and he rallied his team from a 10-point deficit in the fourth Seahawks, matching the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to that point.
2. Super Bowl LV Buccaneers 31, Chiefs 9
Brady’s first campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was brilliant from beginning to end. He guided the team to a Super Bowl trophy in a matchup against Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. Brady threw for three touchdowns and had a passer rating of 125.8..
What’s really impressive about this game is that it was Brady’s first year with the Buccaneers and, equally important, his first season without Belichick as a coach. The team was able to find its mojo in the regular season while really pushing for its best performances throughout the playoffs, capped off by winning the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay’s home stadium.
1. Super Bowl LI Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
We are finally here, and it is an obvious one to place at No. 1. The Patriots fell behind by 21 points and were trailing 28-3 midway through the third quarter versus the high-powered Falcons.
Brady set his mind on the trophy and completed the biggest NFL postseason comeback in history. He directed the Patriots on four straight touchdown drives and converted each of the 2-point conversions on the final two drives to push the game into overtime.
After throwing a pick-six in the first half that made it 21-0, Brady was able to calm himself to throw for 466 yards, establishing at the time the record for the most passing yards in a single Super Bowl.
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