Just another January for Tom Brady
Despite all the valid reasons to hate Tom Brady, it’s become increasingly difficult in recent years to deny that he’s the greatest player in the history of the NFL. Anyone still stumping for Joe Montana or Peyton Manning after the Patriots defeated the Falcons in Super Bowl LI to win Brady his fifth ring surely shut up after he got his sixth two years later.
After his Buccaneers beat the Packers on Sunday, Brady is now in prime position to win a preposterous seventh Super Bowl—and do it with a new team. Brady has been to so many Super Bowls and won so many of them that it’s difficult to come up with new ways to say how impressive it is. But I’m going to try anyway. Here are seven facts about Brady’s postseason career that are hopefully interesting enough to drive home how otherworldly he’s been.
Brady has thrown more playoff touchdown passes than any other Bucs QB
After tossing three in the NFC title game, Brady now has seven TDs in his three games this January with the Bucs, surpassing Super Bowl–winning QB Brad Johnson (five touchdowns in four playoff games).
Brady has more Super Bowl appearances than the Bucs have playoff wins
Even after leading Tampa Bay to three postseason victories this year, Brady’s 10 Super Bowls exceed the Bucs’ nine playoff wins.
In two weeks, Brady will start his 10th Super Bowl. No other quarterback has started more than five
John Elway is second all-time with those five Super Bowl starts. Brady’s peers, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have combined to start nine.
Brady has reached the Super Bowl in more than half of the seasons in which he was the full-time starting quarterback
Setting aside his rookie year when he sat behind Drew Bledsoe and the 2008 season, which he missed with a torn ACL, Brady has 10 Super Bowl appearances in 19 years.
Brady is also tied for the most conference championship game losses
With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, Brady is 10–4. (After the Packers’ loss on Sunday, Rodgers is tied with Donovan McNabb and Ken Stabler with a 1–4 record in conference title games.) If Brady loses to the Chiefs, he’ll tie Jim Kelly for most Super Bowl losses with four.
Brady has played in more conference championship games than 26 NFL franchises
Only the 49ers, Steelers, Cowboys and Patriots have more conference championship appearances. He’s tied with the Packers and Raiders. His 10 Super Bowl appearances surpass the marks of every franchise except his old one. But if he manages to get back to the Super Bowl at age 44 next year, Brady would even tie the Patriots.
Brady and LeBron James are the only athletes in the four major North American leagues to play in the championship game/round 10 times in the past 30 years
Brady is the only player ever to appear in 10 NFL championships/Super Bowls.
Brady hasn’t done it alone, of course. He’s had the fortune of playing with some great defenses. The Bucs probably don’t beat the Packers if their defense doesn’t hold Green Bay to just six points off Brady’s three interceptions. That’s part of the reason I’ll always say that Peyton Manning was a better quarterback at his peak than Brady ever was. But that’s a discussion for another day.
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Patrick Mahomes has his own ridiculous stats
Matt LaFleur’s awful decision was preceded by this questionable choice from Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers reacts to the field goal decision
Brady threw some ducks in the second half but this one was a beauty
All he does is win
The receiver has to be really wide open to prompt a lollipop touchdown pass like that
This was the start of a bad day for this particular Bills fan
Just wait until all those empty seats rush to pee during intermission
Weston McKennie’s goal celebration is inspired by Harry Potter. He even has a Harry Potter tattoo on his hand
A scrum of sweaty rugby players + freezing temperatures = a ton of steam
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Someone in the comments called it “Brrrrrnie”
Imagine how awful your government has to be to get you to protest in conditions like these
This is the kind of movie you wish you could see in a theater
A good song
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