With the Super Bowl on the 1st of February, 2015, let's look at some of the key players. In this article, we are looking at Patriots QB Tom Brady, who the experts say, if there was a phrase in a dictionary for him, it would be "big game quarterback," and if that existed it would more than likely have his picture next to the phrase!
Brady became the Patriots starting QB back in 2001 and most of his career he has led the Patriots to big wins, while some were real incredible performances. It's hard to believe he was drafted at 199th overall and has turned out to be their hero.
As he and the Patriots headed into this 2014-15 playoff season and the XLIX Super Bowl we think we should take a look at some of standout games in his worthy Hall of Fame career to date. There are a lot of games to select from, and selecting the best is not easy so we developed our own method of weighting the games.
So now we look at our choice of the Top 5 games of the career to date of QB Brady from the 5th to the 1st game:
The fifth best game tool place in NFL week 7 in 2007 as the Patriots in a game where he completed 21 of his 25 passes for some 354 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions and passer rating of 158.3. Actually 2007 was QB Brady's best statistical season and the best season ever for the New England Patriots as they went 16-0. In this NFL week 7 playing the Miami Dolphins, was QB Brady's best game of that season which the statistics fairly well indicate. In the game he passed for 6 touchdowns and the accounted for six of his NFL record breaking 50 touchdowns, and his 2nd career perfect rating passer rating.
Then the fourth best game was back in 2009 in NFL Week 6 when the Patriots played the Tennessee Titans as QB Brady completed 29 of 34 pass attempts for some 380 total yards with 6 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 152.8. So you ask why this game rate higher than his perfect game against the Dolphins does in 2007. Primarily, because he completed these statistics, in just 2 and 1/3 quarters of this game, as he was taken out of the game with 10:17 left in the 3rd quarter.
The third best game was the AFC Championship game back in 2005 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he completed 14 of 21 of his pass attempts for 207 total yards with 2 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 130.5. Michael Jordon of NBA game played sick and they called it "The Flu Game," then this game by QB Brady was a "Flu Game" also. This game was on the road against the 15-1 Steelers for the AFC Championship, and the night before the game, QB Brady had a burning 103 degree fever with the Chills. The next day with the outdoor temperature in Pittsburgh at 11 degrees, and an hour before the game was injected with an IV in the arm. Well considering all of that he had an incredible game, as charted a passer rating of 130.5 his best ever playoff rating, an 3rd best in his career as the Patriots beat the Steelers 41-27, and won the Patriots 3rd trip in 4 years to the Super Bowl.
His second best game was in NFL Week 11 in 2013 as the Patriots played the Denver Broncos as QB Brady completed 34 of his 50 pass attempts for 344 total yards, with 3 touchdowns no interceptions, an a107.4 passer rating. This game was a continuation of the QB Manning & QB Brady rivalry and this regular season game in 2013 probably was their best QB Brady's best performance of this rivalry. In this game New England was playing at home and at half-time QB Manning and the Bronco's led 24-0. And you have to know that with QB Brady of the Patriots, there's always a possibility, and here he was looking at a probability of a half a percent 0.50. He led the team to an incredible comeback in the 2nd half going from the 24 point deficit to winning the game in OT, and was one of Brady's, Patriots and the NFL bests regular season game in NFL history.
His first and best game was the in 2004 with the XXXVIII Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers when QB Brady completed 32 of his 48 passing attempts for 354 total yards, with 3 touchdowns one interception, and a passer rating of 100.5. In this game the terms of the situation and his statistical data, QB Brady has never been better than in this Super Bowl winning performance with his 32 completions for 354 total yard, a new Super Bowl record at the time, and still remains the second highest NFL total for playoff games.
So if you plan to bet on Super Bowl XLIX at a sportsbook, here's the ending of the game, as QB Brady in this game did what he did in his 1st Super Bowl, he led the Patriots down the field with less than 2 minutes left in the game, so that teammate Vinatieri was in range to kick the winning FG as the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29.