Super Bowl Reaction: Is Tom Brady's Legacy Tainted? Not Even Close

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media after losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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For the past two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, questions have been surfacing about Tom Brady's legacy. Will this Super Bowl put him at the top of the list as the best quarterback ever? If he loses, is his legacy tainted? Only one question deserves to be asked though; if Brady would have won, he would've been the best quarterback of all time, but he still has a chance to be that.

After watching Eli Manning and the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots yet again, it was pretty evident to see that Brady was on an island by himself for most of the game. Not taking anything away from Danny Woodhead, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker or BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but really? Where was the help? Brady completed 16 passes in a row, setting a new Super Bowl record, breaking Joe "Cool" Montana's previous record.

Brady orchestrated two amazing scoring drives and would have had a third had Welker not dropped the gimme pass at the four-minute mark. Then, on the last drive of the game, drops by Deion Branch and Hernandez killed any momentum or potential momentum.

Brady performed to the highest level and came up just short, but this team was incredibly lucky to even be there. The defense was ranked 31st overall in the league. This secondary is arguably one of the worst secondaries of all time. There was no pass rush. It's a wonder how Manning was sacked a couple times considering the sacks came from Mark Anderson and Rob Ninkovich.

So now begs the question, what if Rob Gronkowski was healthy? What if Brady actually had a defense to help him out? What if he had a legitimate running game? What if his line could give him more protection?

Now, in the Patriots defense, Brady isn't perfect, but he certainly can't do everything. Manning has a trio of young, great receivers and an amazing defense that rose to the occasion to help him get another ring. Props to Eli for carrying his team as well, but in no way, shape or form can anyone say that Brady doesn't know how to win the big game anymore or that his prime has come and gone.

His legacy isn't tainted; if anything, it just shows how great he is for bringing a team like that to the biggest stage and the biggest game in the business.

Brady and the Patriots will be back. Hopefully Bill Belichick and his staff will draft some pass rushers, defensive backs and a premier running back with all of their picks in this upcoming draft. Brady still has plenty left in the tank to win at least a couple more Super Bowls.

Looking back on this Super Bowl, it should be noted that this was the Super Bowl that the Patriots lost and not the Super Bowl that the Giants won.