Tom Brady is about to play in his ninth Super Bowl.
In his eight previous Super Bowls, he has thrown 357 passes, completing 235 for 2,576 yards and 18 touchdowns. For your convenience, we’ve digested the game film and picked out his 10 greatest plays in the Super Bowl.
10. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14
The play: Randy Moss, 6-yard TD pass from Brady
Before David Tyree’s incredible helmet catch helped propel the New York Giants to a shocking upset of the previously unbeaten Patriots, Brady connected with Moss for a go-ahead touchdown to go up 14-10 with 2:42 remaining in the game.
9. Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
The play: Danny Amendola, 13-yard pass from Brady
Brady broke his own Super Bowl passing yardage record with a completion to Amendola on a do-or-die fourth-and-10 play from the Patriots’ own 9-yard line. Despite this conversion, the Patriots’ drive stalled at midfield and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first ever Super Bowl.
8. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
The play: Rob Gronkowski, 22-yard TD pass from Brady
Brady completed five of six passes, including a scoring strike to Gronk, to take a 14-7 lead with 31 seconds for the end of the first half. The Seahawks, however, answered quickly to even up the score before halftime. This was Gronk’s first career Super Bowl touchdown, and would score two more in the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
7. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
The play: Mike Vrabel, 1-yard TD pass from Brady
Super Bowl XXXVIII went absolutely haywire in the fourth quarter — 37 combined points were scored. Part of the weirdness was a touchdown score by a linebacker, Vrabel. Vrabel had 12 career touchdown catches (regular season and postseason, combined). Vrabel was the first defensive player to score a touchdown on offensive since William Perry did so for the Chicago Bears against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Vrabel’s score here put the Patriots up 29-22 with 2:51 remaining.
6. Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
The play: Vrabel, 2-yard TD pass from Brady
Apparently, the Eagles didn’t catch what had happened in the previous season’s Super Bowl. Vrabel returned as a goal-line receiving threat to put New England up 14-7 early in the third quarter.
5. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
The play: Julian Edelman, 23-yard pass from Brady
The Patriots famously rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win this dramatic Super Bowl showdown. That rally wouldn’t have been possible without this wild play from Edelman, who made a diving catch of a deflected Brady pass to help keep the game-tying drive rolling against the Falcons. Four plays later, the Patriots scored a touchdown and the subsequent two-point conversion completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
4. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
The play: Deion Branch, 17-yard pass from Brady
Brady set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired by completing a big pass to Branch. That pass was the fifth of five consecutive completions for Brady, who drove the Patriots 37 yards in a minute to help New England win its second Super Bowl.
3. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
The play: Edelman, 3-yard TD pass from Brady
Brady’s touchdown pass to Edelman gave New England a 28-24 lead with two minutes remaining, and capped a comeback from a 10-point deficit earlier in the quarter. Of course, the game wasn’t sealed until Malcolm Butler picked off the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson in the end zone in the final seconds.
2. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
The play: Chris Hogan, 16-yard pass from Brady
The Patriots’ game-tying drive included converting a third-and-10 from their own 9-yard line. Three plays later, Brady and Edelman connected for that aforementioned follow-the-bouncing-ball catch.
1. Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17
The play: Troy Brown, 23-yard pass from Brady
This is Brady’s coming-of-age moment. Not long after Fox color commentator John Madden suggested that the Patriots might play for overtime, Brady directed a 53-yard drive in just under a minute and a half to set up Vinatieri’s 48-yard game-winning field goal. The big play to set that kick up was a 23-yard connection with Brown that got the ball down to the Rams’ 36-yard line. It’s hard to fathom now, but this is one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
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