New England Patriots: Tom Brady's Top 10 Games of His Career
Tom Brady is the face of the Patriots franchise, one of the best QB's in the league or possibly of all time. He has won three Super Bowl titles, a two time Super Bowl MVP, a league MVP, a five time Pro Bowl QB, and is the only QB to ever lead a team to a perfect 16-0 season.
With all those accomplishments it's understandable to expect that he has had plenty of great performances. This slide show is going to walk you through what I think are Brady's top 10 games.
Also, I would like to thank my friends in the New England Patriots section on the NFL UK forum for helping me out in deciding these games.
2001 Week 5 vs. Chargers
This game was Brady's first big statistical game. The training wheels came off in this game as he threw the ball a massive 54 times for 364 yards. This game was integral to turning the then 1-3 Patriots season around against the then 3-1 Chargers with their esteemed rookie LaDainian Tomlinson.
A Brady touchdown pass with only 40 seconds to go took the game into overtime; was this the first true sign of Brady excelling in the clutch? If that wasn't then his overtime drive to set up the game winning field goal certainly was.
This game marked Brady's coming out party, and also was the game of Brady's first two NFL touchdown passes.
Super Bowl XXXVI vs. Rams
Though this was not a great statistical game for Brady with him only gaining 145 yards in the air with only a single TD pass, this game was was not about stats. It was once again about Brady performing in the clutch and pulling off the unexpected.
Looking at the stats alone, you would never guess that Brady won Super Bowl MVP honors for his performance in the game. Despite the lacking stats, there is no question he deserved his honor. As everyone expected them to play for overtime, Brady marched down the field with the clock against him and once again set up a game winning field goal as time ran out.
Super Bowl XXXVIII vs. Panthers
In Brady's next Super Bowl appearance he again won MVP honours, but this time he had MVP stats to back them up. He threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
Along with the stats, Brady also arose to the occasion as he marched down the field once again deep into the fourth quarter to set up yet another game winning field goal, leaving the Panthers with only enough time to return the kickoff.
Super Bowl XXXIX vs. Eagles
Brady's third Super Bowl appearance in four years once again ended in victory, but this time Brady didn't need to orchestrate a game winning drive or win MVP honors.
What Brady did do though was win a Super Bowl, and put up decent stats in doing so. If a Super Bowl winning performance isn't one of a QBs best then something is wrong there.
2007 Week 6 @ Cowboys
When you go to Dallas you don't usually win by 21 points, you don't usually throw for 388 yards, and you definitely don't usually throw for five touchdowns and no interceptions. Well, Brady did all three of those in one game.
The Patriots receivers were having a great time as Brady spread the ball around. There were two 100-yard receiving games and four players caught touchdowns.
When you play at Cowboys stadium you don't usually blow away the Cowboys. Brady of course was an exception.
2007 Week 7 @ Dolphins
After a great week in Dallas, Brady picked up where he left off in Miami the next week as he torched the Dolphins for 354 yards and six touchdowns, which was only one away from a NFL record seven.
Both Wes Welker and Randy Moss had over 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns each. Brady only threw four of 25 passes incomplete in the whole game to earn an 84 percent completion percentage.
One week after blowing away Dallas in Dallas Brady did it again this time to divisional rival Miami in their own backyard.
2007 Week 17 @ Giants
This was a huge game. This game determined if the Patriots would be the first ever team to go 16-0 and the first to have an undefeated season since 1972.
In America, $34.6 million people watched this game to see if Brady and Co. could pull it off. Well, in the third quarter the Patriots were behind 28-16 to the Giants. Brady then pulled off three touchdown drives to go up 38-28 and eventually win the game 38-35. With all those people watching Brady was under amazing pressure and once again performed in the clutch.
2007 Divisional Round vs. Jaguars
Coming off a 16-0 season, expectations were high for the Patriots coming off a bye week as they entered the playoffs. Brady didn't didn't disappoint as he was off target on only two of his 28 passes.
Brady threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in this games and kept expectations high throughout the playoffs, some would say to the Patriots detriment.
2009 Week 1 vs. Bills
This was Brady's comeback game from a season long injury that put him out for the 2008 season. Many weren't sure what to expect from Brady. They wondered if he would take time to regain top form or come back as good as new.
Well Brady answered his critics by throwing for 378 yards on a 73.6 percent completion percentage. That wasn't the best bit though. The best bit was with just over two minutes remaining Brady managed to throw two touchdowns, both to Benjamin Watson, to get the win on his return by a single point.
2009 Week 6 vs. Titans
Brady's next 300+ yard game came during Week 6 against the Titans. Brady threw for 380 yards and equaled his record for six touchdowns thrown in a game. Though this time he broke a record for most touchdown passes in a quarter as five of his six came in the second quarter, it was a game where the Patriots stomped on the then win less Titans 59-0.
The truly great thing about this performance though was that Brady came off after the first drive of the second half. So Brady compiled those stats during one half plus an extra drive. Surely if he stayed in the game he would of had his first ever 400 yard passing game and exceeded the NFL record of seven passing touchdowns in a game.