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Tom Brady Tuck Rule

New England Patriots Debut

With Drew Bledsoe as the starting quarterback, the New England Patriots QB took a big hit from linebacker Mo Lewis and he suffered internal bleeding. Drew Bledsoe returned for the next series, but was replaced with Brady for the Patriots’ final series of the game.

In Brady’s first playoff game, he threw for over 300 yards against the Oakland Raiders and led the Patriots back from a ten-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game to overtime in the snow. After the controversial “Tuck Rule” all momentum swung in favor for The New England Patriots. Sealing off the victory with an Adam Vinatieri field goal in the snow. The tuck rule was super controversial and Brady lost control of the ball after being hit by Raiders’ cornerback Charles Woodson.

The Raiders recovered the ball, but, when it was all said and done the call was ruled an incomplete pass. That led to the Patriots comeback over the Raiders. In the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tom Brady injured his knee, and Drew Bledsoe came in to replace him for that game. The Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas oddsmakers as 14-point underdogs against the NFC champion St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Tom Brady returned from his knee injury in the AFC Championship Game to start in Super Bowl XXXVI a week later in New Orleans. Against all odds the New England Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady did okay while throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. At the age of 24 years and six months, Tom Brady surpassed Joe Namath in Super Bowl III and Joe Montana in Super Bowl XVI, who were both 25 years, seven months, and 13 days old at the time of their victories, to earn the title of youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. A possible quarterback controversy was averted when Drew Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills during the offseason; this event cemented Brady’s status as the starting quarterback.

Super Bowl Aftermath

Brady and the Patriots finished the year at 9–7, tied with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins for the best record in the division; however, the Jets won the division on the third tiebreaker, and the Patriots missed the playoffs. Though Brady posted a career-low single-season passer rating of 85.7 and a career-high of 14 interceptions, he threw for a league-leading 28 touchdown passes and 921 more yards than in the 2001 season. However, Brady played much of the second half of the season with a shoulder injury, and New England head coach Bill Belichick later indicated that Brady would not have been able to play in their first playoff game if the Patriots had made the playoffs.

Super Bowl Redemption

The Patriots kicked off the 2003 NFL season with a 2–2 start. Tom Brady led the Patriots to twelve consecutive victories to finish their season in winning the AFC East. Tom Brady finished with 3,620 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. On February 1, 2004, Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII and was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time. Tom Brady threw for over 350 yards with three touchdowns and set the record for most completions by a quarterback in a Super Bowl with 32. With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 29–29, Brady constructed a game winning drive capped off with a big Adam Vinateri field goal for the victory.


During the 2004 season, Brady helped the Patriots set an NFL record with 21 straight wins dating from the previous year, an accomplishment honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (though for official records, the NFL considers it an 18-game regular season winning streak; it does not count playoff games). New England finished with a 14–2 record, equaling their 2003 record and the best regular-season record ever for a defending champion. In the AFC playoffs, Tom Brady led the Patriots to victories over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady also defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. On February 6, 2005, the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 24–21, to win Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns while officially making the New England Patriots an NFL Dynasty.

Perfect Season – 2007

Tom Brady finished the season with 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, and only eight interceptions. Tom Brady became the first quarterback to pass for 50 touchdowns in a season and his 117.2 passer rating is the fourth highest in a single season.Moss

Tom Brady along with offensive weapons Randy Moss, Stallworth, Rodney Harrison, and other weapons finished the season 16-0. The Patriots then won their first two playoff games but in the Super Bowl the New York Giants were able to score a last-minute touchdown to upset the Patriots 17–14, taking away what would have been the first perfect season since the NFL expanded its regular season to 16 games.

Modern Era 

In Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady completed 37-of-50 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He guided a then-record ten-point fourth quarter comeback as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to give Brady his fourth Super Bowl ring, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl victories by a starting quarterback. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time, tying Montana’s record. Brady’s 37 completed passes in the game set a Super Bowl record at the time, which Brady himself would break in Super Bowl LI two years later. But let’s not forget about the play that changed everything, Malcom Butler snipped Russell Wilson for the game on the one yard line.

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Who could forget the infamous Super Bowl vs the Atlanta Falcons. Trailing 25 points with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the greatest comeback in sports history.

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With the victory, Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, which set a record for most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback in history and tied defensive player Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl victories for any player. In addition, Brady set another record by winning his fourth Super Bowl MVP award for his clutch performance. After the game, it was discovered that Brady’s jersey had gone missing from the Patriots’ locker room at NRG Stadium. The FBI, in collaboration with Mexican authorities, found the jersey in the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a Mexican tabloid writer, along with Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl XLIX. The next year Tom Brady and the Patriots finds themselves in their 8th Super Bowl appearance.  The Patriots made another legendary comeback against the Jacksonville Jaguars trailing 10 points in the fourth quarter.  The New England Patriots will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.  Regardless of the outcome Tom Brady is still the greatest quaterback off all time.




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