Ranking Tom Brady’s seven Super Bowl wins
For those of you unfamiliar with the origin story of the man who would go on to become the greatest player to ever don an NFL jersey, the fact that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick in 2000 is almost unfathomable.
It’s not the start you’d expect for a future Hall of Famer, but like many NFL success stories, the start of the Brady era owed a lot to chance, as a little more a year later, when Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe left the field due to injury. Pats’ second game, at home against the New York Jets.
Brady trotted out for his first NFL appearance and from there never has the term “The rest, as they say, is history” been more apt! Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory that same season and added six more rings, including one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a career stellar, to cement his legacy as a GOAT.
And he may not be done yet after reversing his decision to retire to play at least one more season in Tampa Bay.
In honor of a feat that may never be matched, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to analyze Brady’s seven Super Bowl victories and rank his performances from worst to best.
7. Super Bowl 53 – Patriots 13 – 3 Rams
February 3, 2019 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
- Passing yards – 262
- Touchdowns – 0
- Steals – 1
- Passing Rating – 71.3
Super Bowl 53 was one to forget as the Patriots defense snuffed out Jared Goff and the Rams’ underperforming offense, giving up just 260 yards and three points.
With stats like their defense, the Patriots probably could have taken on Tom Brady Sr. at quarterback and still won. Brady Jr. did just enough to secure the victory on a day when he himself was stifled by Aaron Donald and the Rams pass rush.
Statistically, it was Brady’s worst Super Bowl and was one of two championship games where he was not named MVP. However, he was central in the key moment of the game for the Patriots, orchestrating a 71-yard drive in the third quarter that ended with Sony Michel rushing for the game’s only touchdown.
And his 10 accomplishments to Julian Edelman earned his good friend the MVP award, the first time a wide receiver has won the accolade since Pittsburgh’s Santonio Holmes in 2008.
And speaking of awards, Brady set two more records, winning a record sixth Super Bowl ring and becoming the first man to win the Super Bowl in his 40s.
Just another day at the office for the GOAT!
6. Super Bowl 39: Patriots 24 – Eagles 21
February 6, 2005 – Alltel Stadium – Jacksonville, Florida
- Passing yards – 236
- Touchdowns – 2
- Steals – 0
- Passing Rating – 110.2
Retaining the Super Bowl championship is surprisingly rare and has only been achieved once since the year 2000. And it won’t surprise anyone to learn that Brady and the Patriots were the ones to do it!
However, it was an effective rather than explosive performance from Brady, who helped the Patriots win the turnover battle by a +3 margin and did not throw an interception for the first time in his career. at the Super Bowl.
Brady was not named MVP, but played a huge role in Deion Branch getting the award, connecting with wide receiver 11 times and tying the Super Bowl wide receiver receiving record.
And with the victory, Brady became just the fourth quarterback to win at least three Super Bowls, and also the fourth quarterback to throw a touchdown in three different Super Bowls.
5. Super Bowl 36: Patriots 20 – 17 Rams
February 3, 2002 – Superdome – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Passing yards – 145
- Touchdowns – 1
- Steals – 0
- Passing Rating – 86.2
Heading into Super Bowl 36, even after a great season in Brady’s first campaign as a starter, the Patriots were the underdogs against the St Louis Rams and their famous “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, led by the future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.
However, the Patriots defense limited the Rams to just three points in over 30 minutes of football, forcing three turnovers and building a 17-3 lead in the third quarter.
The Rams came back strong and at 17-17 after the two-minute warning with the Pats in possession and no timeout, many believed Belichick would play for overtime rather than rely on an inexperienced caller.
However, showing a confidence in Brady that seems obvious now but was more of a leap of faith in 2002, Belichick duly put the game in Brady’s hands and the team on his shoulders.
And he was rewarded with a 53-yard drive that ended with an Adam Vinatieri field goal and a famous victory for the Patriots.
Such was the drama of this last-minute drive, even the late, great John Madden, a commentator who had seen and done it all in the NFL, was moved to utter the famous line, “What Tom Brady just did, gives me goosebumps”.
His stats may have been average, but what Brady achieved in his first-ever Super Bowl can’t be overstated and pushes this game up our rankings accordingly.
4. Super Bowl 38: Patriots 32 – 29 Panthers
February 1, 2004 – Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas
- Passing yards – 354
- Touchdowns – 3
- Steals – 1
- Setter Rating – 100.5
Super Bowl 38 is remembered more for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction than the game itself, but the game was actually one of the best Super Bowls of the 2000s.
And that was because of the unlikely duel that erupted between Tom Brady and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, who racked up 677 yards and six touchdowns.
The two signal callers clashed throughout the game, and after a Panthers touchdown locked the two teams together at 29-29 with 1:08 left in regulation, it looked like the game would be the first. Super Bowl go overtime.
In fact, what we should be saying is, “For three seconds it looked like the game was going to go into overtime,” as Panthers kicker John Kasay picked the wrong time to put his kick out of bounds and Brady was able to start his last drive of the game at the 40-yard line.
And sure enough, he took advantage of it, setting up Adam Vinatieri for a game-winning field goal and securing his second ring, as well as a second Super Bowl victory in three years for the Patriots.
3. Super Bowl 49: Patriots 28 – 24 Seahawks
February 1, 2015 – University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
- Passing yards – 328
- Touchdowns – 4
- Intercepts – 2
- Passing Rating – 101.1
Malcolm Butler’s famous interception of Russell Wilson in the final seconds of the game deservedly stole the headlines, but it was a familiar face who was named MVP after another stellar Super Bowl performance.
Brady threw four touchdowns in a Super Bowl for the very first time, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that he faced Seattle’s famous defense, aka the “Legion of Boom”, which crushed Peyton Manning and the Broncos of Denver in Super Bowl 48.
To score 28 points against a Seahawks team that had allowed just 15.9 points per game in the regular season was a great achievement.
And that victory was made even more impressive when put into the context that Brady and the Pats hadn’t won the Super Bowl in 10 years, losing their last two and having to answer the question of whether the dynasty of the Patriots was over.
A question Brady and the Patriots answered in style, and two more Super Bowls!
2. Super Bowl 55: Buccaneers 24 – 9 Counts
February 7, 2021 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
- Passing yards – 201
- Touchdowns – 3
- Steals – 0
- Setter Rating – 125.8
Brady faced perhaps his biggest challenge in 2020, joining a Bucs team that finished 7-9 the previous season at the age of 43, amid a pandemic.
And as if that weren’t enough, the number 12 faced doubts about whether he could recreate the success he enjoyed at the Patriots, without Bill Belichick by his side.
And once again the naysayers were wrong as Brady’s presence galvanized the Bucs on both sides of the ball. The Bucs went 11-5 in the regular season and qualified for their first Super Bowl since 2002, beating both Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers on home turf in the playoffs.
Standing in the way of a famous victory in their own home stadium, a red-hot Chiefs side were looking to claim their second championship in a row.
And in Tom Brady’s battle against Patrick Mahomes, it was Brady who emerged victorious, earning his best passer rating in a Super Bowl and wowing the Chiefs with three first-half touchdowns to take a half of 21. -6. lead from which Kansas never recovered.
And while the Bucs defense deservedly received plaudits for forcing Patrick Mahomes to run for his life on what seemed like virtually every play, Brady’s role in pressuring his counterpart should not be understated. valued.
And he was rewarded by joining his old pal Peyton Manning in one of the most exclusive clubs in the NFL, one of the quarterbacks who won the Super Bowl with two different teams.
1. Super Bowl 51: Patriots 34-28 Falcons (OT)
February 5, 2017 – NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
- Passing yards – 466
- Touchdowns – 2
- Steals – 1
- Setter Rating – 95.2
It takes a special performance and a special game to steal the top spot from Brady’s historic championship win with the Bucs, and this game had it all.
However, when the Falcons took a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, a routine win seemed on the cards. Next, Tom Brady led the Patriots on a 75-yard run that included a 15-yard run by the man himself and ended with a touchdown pass to James White.
And just like that, a game erupted in Houston, and a legion of British fans burning midnight oil (this writer included) were awakened from their slumber by the realization that something special might be on the cards!
And it paid off, as Brady followed that route with 25 unanswered points, including two more touchdowns, each followed by a two-point conversion.
And when the game went to overtime and the Patriots won the coin toss, there was already no doubt who would receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy, as Brady again walked his team 75 yards on the pitch and handed the ball to James White for the winning score.
Arguably the greatest Super Bowl of all time was decided by a man who refused to lose and almost single-handedly dragged his team to the finish line, throwing for more yards in the big game than any quarterback in NFL history and getting a record fifth ring. for himself.
Super Bowl 51 was simply a showcase of all that was great about Tom Brady, and while you could argue the coin toss about where the rest of his wins should fall on this list, it doesn’t make any doubt in our mind who is number one!
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