Tom Brady is back in the Super Bowl? Wow, what a shocker!
With another Super Bowl berth this year, the Buccaneers quarterback has now reached the big game in 10 of his 21 NFL seasons. Brady wasn’t the starter during his first professional campaign and tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season, so he’s basically shooting over 50 percent for his career.
As a member of the Patriots, the 43-year-old won six Super Bowl rings, the most of any player in NFL history. He also holds multiple Super Bowl records that may never be touched — and he’s only going to add to them on Sunday.
Before Brady and the Bucs battle Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55, let’s take a look back at the GOAT’s incredible Super Bowl resume.
Super Bowl 36: Patriots 20, Rams 17
Brady’s stats: 16-for-27 passing, 145 yards, one TD, zero INTs, 86.2 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
In his first Super Bowl appearance, Brady helped the Patriots pull off the upset against the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf.” With no timeouts remaining and less than two minutes on the clock, Brady led New England down the field, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 48-yard field goal.
Not a bad debut, huh?
Super Bowl 38: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Brady’s stats: 32-for-48 passing, 354 yards, three TDs, one INT, 100.5 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
The script was slightly different, but Brady enjoyed a similar ending in his second trip to the Super Bowl. With the game tied 29-29, Brady did a one-minute drill to put Vinatieri in position for another buzzer-beater.
Super Bowl 39: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Brady’s stats: 23-for-33 passing, 236 yards, two TDs, zero INTs, 110.2 rating
Three for three. Brady outdueled Donovan McNabb, whose final desperation heave was picked off by Rodney Harrison to seal a Patriots victory. New England wide receiver Deion Branch earned MVP honors after catching 11 passes from Brady for 133 yards.
Super Bowl 42: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Brady’s stats: 29-for-48 passing, 266 yards, one TD, zero INTs, 82.5 rating
Look away, Patriots fans.
Brady’s first Super Bowl loss was his most painful. The Pats entered the contest hoping to put the finishing touches on a perfect season, but New York’s defense pressured Brady all game long, sacking him five times and limiting New England to just 14 points. On the Giants’ last offensive drive, Eli Manning connected with David Tyree on the “Helmet Catch” and then found Plaxico Burress in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
Super Bowl 46: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Brady’s stats: 27-for-41 passing, 276 yards, two TDs, one INT, 91.1 rating
As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
New England captured a 17-9 lead in the second half, but New York responded with 12 unanswered points to jump ahead late in the fourth quarter. Brady guided the Patriots to midfield on the team’s final drive, giving New England a Hail Mary opportunity. Unfortunately for the Pats, Rob Gronkowski couldn’t snag the falling football.
Manning 2, Brady 0. Who saw that coming?
Super Bowl 49: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Brady’s stats: 37-for-50 passing, 328 yards, four TDs, two INTs, 101.1 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
Brady bounced back after two Super Bowl losses, throwing for 300-plus yards and four scores on his way to his third MVP award. However, this game was remembered not for what Brady did, but rather for what the Seahawks didn’t do.
Down by four points with the ball on the New England 1 and only seconds remaining, Seattle elected to pass instead of handing off to Marshawn Lynch. Russell Wilson was then picked off by Malcolm Butler, securing a victory for the Patriots and leaving Seahawks supporters furious.
Super Bowl 51: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
Brady’s stats: 43-for-62 passing, 466 yards, two TDs, one INT, 95.2 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
So many 28-3 jokes. SO MANY.
With 8:31 on the clock in the third quarter, Atlanta took that now-infamous 25-point lead. The Pats then stormed back to win in overtime behind a stellar performance by Brady, who added Super Bowl MVP No. 4 to his trophy room. Never count out “Touchdown Tom.”
Super Bowl 52: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Brady’s stats: 28-for-48 passing, 505 yards, three TDs, zero INTs, 115.4 rating
Despite finishing with the best Super Bowl stat line of his career, Brady walked off the field disappointed following the conclusion of this game. He could have used a few stops from his defense, which struggled to contain . . . Nick Foles?
Yes, the Eagles QB played the game of his life, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching a TD pass on his way to being named Super Bowl MVP.
Super Bowl 53: Patriots 13, Rams 3
Brady’s stats: 21-for-35 passing, 262 yards, zero TDs, one INT, 71.4 rating
Oof, just an ugly game.
Both the Patriots and the Rams struggled to score, but New England did enough to emerge victorious. This marked Brady’s only Super Bowl appearance without a touchdown pass, though he didn’t seem to care much as he solidified his GOAT status with a record sixth Super Bowl ring.
Tom Brady Super Bowl stats
- Record: 6-3
- Passing yards: 2,838*
- Completions: 256*
- Pass attempts: 392*
- Completion percentage: 65.3
- Passing touchdowns: 18*
- Interceptions: 6
* Super Bowl record.