Despite Tom Brady's Mediocre Performance, He Is Now Cemented as the Best Ever

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots dives into the end zone to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Completing just 22 of 36 passes for only 239 yards and not throwing a single touchdown and being intercepted two times and finishing with a 57.5 quarterback rating is not something to be proud of—but being good enough, being effective in the biggest moments, and ultimately advancing to your fifth Super Bowl in 10 seasons is good enough to cement Tom Brady as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. 

Brady has now played in six AFC Championships, winning four of them, and he now will play in his fifth Super Bowl with the chance to win his fourth Super Bowl title. 

Call Brady what you want—all the haters can say that he "sucked" Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens—even Brady openly admitted that he sucked during the trophy ceremony—but he was unstoppable when the Patriots needed him the most. 

With 43 seconds left in the third quarter with Baltimore holding a 20-16 lead, Brady and New England's offense took the field on their own 37 yard-line and went on a historic march.

Brady led his team on an 11-play, 63-yard drive, which ended in a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Patriots the lead for good. 

You can debate all you want about who's the best quarterback in NFL history—but you cannot overlook Brady's remarkable ability to play in the clutch, and also that he will be making his fifth Super Bowl appearance in the last 10 years. 

 

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