Tom Brady continues to achieve career milestones and permanently etch his name into the record books. Not even the Seattle Seahawks' vaunted Legion of Boom secondary could slow him down in that regard, as Brady passed Joe Montana's record of 11 career touchdown passes in the Super Bowl with his second and third touchdown passes on the evening.
The first was a strike to Rob Gronkowski with time winding down in the first half to put the New England Patriots up 14-7. Brady's record-breaker was a pass to Danny Amendola in the third quarter to keep the Patriots in the game at 24-21 in favor of the Seahawks. NFL on CBS highlighted Brady's record-setting achievement:
Brady would finish the game 37-for-50 with 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He was awarded Super Bowl MVP for his efforts.
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It's hardly a surprise that Brady would catch up to Montana. Coming into the game, he already held the career records for attempts, completions, passing yards and consecutive completions in a game (16 against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI).
When it comes to Super Bowl records, trying to find another one for Brady to break is like trying to figure out what to buy the person who already has it all.
Of course, there may be a bit of snark associated with this achievement by some folks in the wake of the Deflategate scandal. Even Saturday Night Live took a shot at Brady and Bill Belichick last week. Between Spygate and now Deflategate, folks outside of New England can be quick to diminish the Patriots' achievements.
But it's hard to diminish a record like this or the fact that Brady has led the Patriots to six Super Bowls and has been named the Super Bowl MVP three times now. And given that Brady appears to have a few more years in the tank, he could ultimately end up setting this record and putting it far out of reach for quarterbacks in generations to come.