Is This It for Tom Brady? A Look Back at 10 Tom Brady Super Bowls

Is This It for Tom Brady? A Look Back at 10 Tom Brady Super Bowls

Anyone that’s been following the NFL the past two decades has seen their fair share of Tom Brady Super Bowls. Ever since he was named the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback, he has put his team in a position to win every single time he steps foot on the football field. 

For some people, Tom Brady Super Bowls are the only thing you look forward to every year. For others, Tom Brady Super Bowls are your worst nightmare and it’s the last thing you want to witness every year – if you want your team to win it all, you’ll likely need to get through him. 

Let’s be honest, Tom Brady is statistically the greatest quarterback in NFL history and there’s no real comparison. He’s the all-time leader in passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, and wins by a quarterback, but it’s the postseason where Tom Brady’s legacy really took shape.

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Is This It for Tom Brady? A Look Back at 10 Tom Brady Super Bowls
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Tom Brady has been in the league since 2000 and has been a starting quarterback since 2001. In his 22 seasons – 20 with the New England Patriots and two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brady has appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls. That’s right, 10 Tom Brady Super Bowls. 

Not only has Tom Brady appeared in 10 Super Bowls since 2001, but he has won seven of them – that’s more than any other franchise in NFL history. For reference, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Patriots both have six Super Bowl wins since 1970. Tom Brady has seven wins since 2001. 

There’s no denying Tom Brady’s greatness. Whether you like him or not, whether you’re sick of seeing Tom Brady Super Bowls or not, he’s the greatest player the NFL has ever seen. With that said, his career won’t last forever and many are wondering if the 2021-22 season was his last. 

While we won’t see him in the Super Bowl this season and we don’t know what the future holds for Tom Brady, let’s take a moment to appreciate and reminisce about the 10 Tom Brady Super Bowls we had the opportunity to witness these past 22 years – it’s been exciting to watch!

1. Super Bowl XXXVI vs. Rams

Stats: 16/27, 145 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 rushing yards

Outcome: W, 20-17

In what was Tom Brady’s first year as starting quarterback, he gave everyone a taste of what was to come throughout his career. The New England Patriots finished the regular season 11-5, despite starting the year 1-3. Brady had 2,843 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. 

They entered the postseason with a first round bye and just barely got past the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round, winning 16-13 in overtime. A 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers earned them a spot in the Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams, who finished the year 14-2. 

The Rams scored first with a field goal in the first quarter, taking an early 3-0 lead. The second and third quarters belonged to the Patriots, who scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-3 lead. St. Louis then scored 14 unanswered to tie the game with the just 1:30 left in the game. 

Tom Brady had 53 passing yards in the final 1:30, setting up the Patriots for a game-winning field goal as time expired. Brady finished the game with 145 passing yards and one touchdown – an eight-yard strike to David Patten. It was Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl appearance and win. 

2. Super Bowl XXXVIII vs. Panthers

Stats: 32/48, 354 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 12 rushing yards

Outcome: W, 32-29

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots didn’t make it to the Super Bowl during the 2002-03 season, but they were back at it for the 2003-04 season. They finished the regular season with the NFL’s best record at 14-2 and Brady had 3,620 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

The Patriots entered the postseason with another first round bye and got better as the playoffs unfolded. They beat the Tennessee Titans 17-14 in the divisional round and the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the conference round before meeting the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

It was an interesting Super Bowl to say the least. There were no points scored in the first quarter, but both teams opened things up in the second as the Patriots took a 14-10 halftime lead. After scoring no points in the third, both teams traded big shots in the fourth quarter. 

The Panthers eventually tied the game up at 29 with just over a minute left, but Tom Brady set his team up for a game-winning field goal with four seconds left. Once again, Brady and the Patriots won with a last-second field goal. It was Brady’s second appearance and second win.

3. Super Bowl XXXIX vs. Eagles

Stats: 23/33, 236 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 fumble

Outcome: W, 24-21

Looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots went 14-2 for the second consecutive season with Tom Brady at the helm. Brady finished the year with 3,692 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The Patriots were nearly unstoppable.

After a first round bye, New England defeated the Indianapolis Colts 20-3 and the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27 en route to their second straight Super Bowl appearance – this time against the Philadelphia Eagles. This was also Brady’s second year being selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Super Bowl was a lot like the previous two Tom Brady Super Bowls. There were no points scored in the first quarter, but both teams kicked it up a notch in the second. The Eagles scored first and took a 7-0 lead, but Brady tied it up before halftime with a TD pass to David Givens

Both teams traded shots in the third quarter, tying the game at 14 at the start of the fourth. New England outscored the Eagles 10-7 in the fourth quarter as the Patriots repeated as Super Bowl champions. It was the third time Brady and the Patriots won the Super Bowl by three points.

4. Super Bowl XLII vs. Giants

Stats: 29/48, 266 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble

Outcome: L, 14-17

The 2007 New England Patriots are regarded as one of the greatest teams in NFL history. They finished the regular season a perfect 16-0 and Tom Brady earned his first MVP award with 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He was also selected to his first All-Pro team. 

Brady and the Patriots were looking to achieve something no other team has – a 19-0 season. They would need to win the Super Bowl, which they had an opportunity to do after defeating Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers in the divisional and conference rounds. 

They were matched up with Eli Manning and the New York Giants, the heavy underdogs. Much like other Tom Brady Super Bowls, it was a slow start for both teams. The Giants opened up the scoring with a field goal in the first and the Patriots responded with a touchdown in the second. 

The Patriots held onto their 7-3 lead after a scoreless third quarter, which is when things got interesting. Both teams traded shots in the fourth, putting the Patriots up 14-10 late in the game. Unfortunately, the Giants scored a TD with 35 seconds left and won the game 17-14. 

It was Brady’s fourth Super Bowl appearance, but first loss as he fell to 3-1 in the Super Bowl. 

5. Super Bowl XLVI vs. Giants

Stats: 27/41, 276 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

Outcome: L, 17-21

At this point, Tom Brady hadn’t been to the Super Bowl in three seasons and the Patriots were coming off yet another 14-2 season. They entered the 2011-12 season with high hopes and finished an impressive 13-3. Brady threw for 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

The Patriots had a first round bye and came out the gates swinging in the divisional round with a 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. They faced some resistance against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, but won 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl.

There, they were met by a familiar team in the New York Giants. It was the perfect rematch and the Giants started the game off on the right foot, taking a 9-0 lead into the second quarter. The Patriots stepped it up a bit in the second, scoring 10 unanswered points to take the lead at half.

The Patriots opened the third quarter with a touchdown, but the Giants climbed back with two field goals before the start of the fourth – New England had a 17-15 lead. Not much happened in the fourth quarter, but the Giants found a way to score a TD with 57 seconds left to win 17-21.

The Giants once again ended Brady’s chance at a fourth Super Bowl win as he fell to 3-2 in such games. 

6. Super Bowl XLIX vs. Seahawks

Stats: 37/50, 328 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Outcome: W, 28-24

Tom Brady hadn’t been to the Super Bowl in two seasons and hadn’t won a Super Bowl since the 2004 campaign – which was 10 years ago at this point. Nonetheless, they once again won the AFC East with a 12-4 record behind Brady’s 4,109 yards, 33 touchdowns, and nine picks. 

They faced a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, but prevailed with a 35-31 win. The AFC Championship Game went better as they obliterated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, earning themselves a Super Bowl appearance against the Seattle Seahawks.

Both teams failed to score in the first quarter as the game stayed knotted up at 0. Things started heating up in the second quarter as both teams scored two touchdowns before halftime, bringing the game to 14-14. The Seahawks proceeded to pull away in the third, taking a 24-14 lead. 

The fourth quarter was all Patriots as Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes – one to Danny Amendola and one to Julian Edelman – to win the game 28-24. It was quite the comeback and was decided by the infamous run – instead of a pass – by the Seahawks at the goal line. 

This was Brady’s sixth Super Bowl appearance, fourth Super Bowl win, and first win in 10 years. 

7. Super Bowl LI vs. Falcons

Stats: 43/62, 466 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 15 rushing yards

Outcome: W, 34-28 (OT)

The New England Patriots finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-2 record, once again at the top of the AFC East. Tom Brady had yet another productive year with 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just two interceptions – despite missing the first four games of the year due to suspension.

Tom Brady entered the postseason with a first round bye and had an easy 34-16 victory against the Houston Texans in the divisional round. The AFC Championship Game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers was just as easy with the Patriots winning 36-17 to advance to the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were matched up against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons for Super Bowl LI. Atlanta came out swinging in the second quarter and took a commanding 21-3 lead into halftime after a scoreless first quarter. The lead grew to 28-3 in the third quarter. 

That’s when the Patriots came alive and put together the greatest comeback in playoff history. They scored 25 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarter to bring the game to overtime, where they scored a touchdown to win 34-28. It was Brady’s fifth career Super Bowl victory. 

8. Super Bowl LII vs. Eagles

Stats: 28/48, 505 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 fumble, 6 rushing yards

Outcome: L, 33-41

The Patriots were hot coming off their Super Bowl win the previous season. They knew they could run it back like they did in 2004 and 2005. Brady finished the year with 4,577 yards, 35 touchdowns, and just 8 interceptions en route to his third and most recent MVP finish. 

As for New England, they finished the regular season 13-3 at the top of the AFC East. After a first round bye, they defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in the divisional round and the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl. 

Waiting for them at Super Bowl LII were Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles – ready for their revenge. The game started off in favor of the Eagles as they took a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. That lead grew to 22-12 by halftime, putting the Eagles in the driver’s seat. 

This was the Patriots, though. They started to mount a comeback and were down as little as 26-29 at the start of the fourth quarter. New England eventually took the lead with less than 10 minutes left, but the Eagles scored nine points in the final two minutes to win 41-33. 

Philadelphia got their revenge, the Patriots didn’t repeat, and Tom Brady fell to 5-3 in the Super Bowl. 

9. Super Bowl LIII vs. Rams

Stats: 21/35, 262 yards, 1 interception, 1 fumble

Outcome: W, 13-3

The 2018 regular season didn’t go as well as some of the other seasons we’ve discussed up to this point. The Patriots finished the year 11-5, but it was enough to win the AFC East and a first round bye in the playoffs. Brady finished with 4,355 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. 

Tom Brady faced quite a bit of resistance in the divisional and conference rounds. He ended up getting the best of the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 and then squeezed past the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. It was the New England Patriots’ third-straight trip to the Super Bowl.  

The Rams were ready to get their revenge on Tom Brady after he defeated them in his first Super Bowl appearance in 2001. Unfortunately, that never happened as the Patriots outlasted LA with a score of 13-3. Among Tom Brady Super Bowls, this one had the lowest score. 

Both teams failed to score in the first quarter and the Patriots were the only team to score in the second quarter – a field goal. The Rams responded with a field goal in the third, but allowed the Patriots to score 10 unanswered in the fourth to secure Brady’s sixth career Super Bowl win.

10. Super Bowl LV vs. Chiefs

Stats: 21/29, 201 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 fumble

Outcome: W, 31-9

The 2020 regular season was a weird one as it was the first year since 1999 that the New England Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady on their roster. Instead, Brady made the transition and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason. It completely rattled the entire league.

The Buccaneers finished the year with an 11-5 record and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Brady had 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in his first year with the team. For the first time on this list, Brady didn’t have a first round bye to start the playoffs.

After defeating the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers, the Bucs earned a spot in the Super Bowl – becoming the first team to host their own Super Bowl (it took place in Tampa Bay). They were matched up against the very hot Chiefs

Apparently the stage was too bright for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Buccaneers had a 21-6 lead at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half. They won the game 31-9 and prevented Mahomes from touching the endzone. It’s a game that cemented Brady’s legacy. 

With seven Super Bowl wins, Tom Brady not only has more than any other player, but more than any other franchise in NFL history. 

Will We See Any More Tom Brady Super Bowls in the Future?

Much like we do every year, it’s time to sit and wonder whether or not we’ll see Tom Brady in the NFL next year. At 44 years old, he’s as old as some of the head coaches today and while he can still win at the NFL level, it’s clear that Tom Brady and his body aren’t getting any younger. 

With that said, it might be hard for Tom Brady to turn down another shot at a Super Bowl next season – especially with how the 2021-22 season ended. The Buccaneers were 13-4 in the regular season and lost to the Los Angeles Rams (of all teams) in the divisional round. 

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It would be a lot easier for Brady to hang ‘em up at season’s end if he had won the Super Bowl – or at least made an appearance. For now, he’s stuck mulling over his options. Personally, I’d say Brady returns next season for one final go at 45 years old – but don’t hold that against me.

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