Tom Brady: Ranking all 10 of the GOAT’s Super Bowl appearances
By Peter Panacy
With Tom Brady now having an unprecedented 10 Super Bowl appearances under his belt, let’s go back and rank each one out all the way to his best ever.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is now 7-3 in Super Bowls. This, following the Bucs 31-9 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
Most players dream of the hope of appearing in just one Super Bowl. And if they’re lucky and good enough, they’ll win one. Getting two Super Bowl victories is an elite-level dream.
But what Brady has done, appearing now in 10 Super Bowls and winning seven of them, is absolutely insane. It’s something fans and football historians will look back at decades from now and revel in the history this generation got to witness over the eventual first-ballot Hall of Famer’s career.
Each one of Brady’s Super Bowl appearances was different, and some were certainly better than others.
With a full and unprecedented 10 championship games now in the books, it’s time to go back and rank each one of Brady’s Super Bowl games, starting off with the one he said hurts the most.
No. 10: Tom Brady, Patriots upset by Giants in Super Bowl XLII
2007 was one of those magical years, particularly for Brady’s old team, the New England Patriots. After all, they pulled off the immaculate season, going a perfect 16-0 and were expected to steamroll through the postseason.
Especially over the NFC champions, the New York Giants, who squeaked into the playoffs as a Wild Card team with a 10-6 record and even lost their regular-season finale to the Pats — a would-be indicator of what should have happened in the Super Bowl.
Only it didn’t go that way.
Brady was effective enough, going 29-of-48 for 266 yards with a touchdown against zero interceptions. But it wasn’t enough to stop Giants quarterback Eli Manning, particularly on that final game-winning drive within the final two minutes when Manning hit wide receiver Plaxico Burress for a go-ahead G-Men touchdown with 35 seconds left.
And of course, that play was set up by wide receiver David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch,” which Brady probably would like to think about but can’t.
On the morning of Super Bowl LV, Brady told NFL Network’s Kurt Warner how Super Bowl XLII was the loss he thinks about the most because of what happened, both in the letdown of being an undefeated team beforehand and how the Giants pulled off the shocking win.