Welcome to the Brady Bowls
Tom Brady will play in his eighth Super Bowl on Sunday. Here’s how he and the Patriots fared in his previous seven appearances:
Super Bowl XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002
Patriots 20, Rams 17
Stats: 16-for-27, 145 yards, one TD, no INTs
• In his first Super Bowl start, Brady didn’t commit any turnovers and won the MVP award after taking down the Greatest Show on Turf.
Super Bowl XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004
Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Stats: 32-for-48, 354 yards, three TDs, one INT
• With the score tied at 29 and the Patriots on their 40-yard line with 1:08 left, Brady moved them into field-goal range and Adam Vinatieri nailed the 41-yard game-winner.
Super Bowl XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005
Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Stats: 23-for-33, 236 yards, two TDs, no INTs
• It was the Patriots’ third Super Bowl victory in four years, a clear sign of the budding dynasty. Sunday’s game will be a rematch and could be just as close.
Super Bowl XLII Feb. 3, 2008
Giants 17, Patriots 14
Stats: 29-for-48, 266 yards, one TD, no INTs
• Perfection was the season goal and the Patriots came so close, entering the game 18-0. But it was a tough day for Brady, who was sacked five times. The Giants rallied to go ahead with just over two minutes left to pull off the upst.
Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5, 2012
Giants 21, Patriots 17
Stats: 27-for-41, 276 yards, two TDs, one INT
• It could be remembered in part as the one that got away. The Patriots, trailing 17-14, had a chance to go ahead but failed to keep the drive alive with four minutes left, allowing the Giants to put the game away.
Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1, 2015
Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Stats: 37-for-50, 328 yards, four TDs, two INTs
• Brady led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, but the game will be remembered most for what the Seahawks didn’t do — hand off to Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line in the final seconds. Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass and delivered Brady yet another title.
Super Bowl LI Feb. 5, 2017
Patriots 34, Falcons 28
Stats: 43-for-62, 466 yards, two TDs, one INT
• Setting a Super Bowl record with 466 passing yards, Brady’s performance also sparked the greatest comeback in the game’s history. The Patriots trailed 28-3 late in the third quarter, yet Brady directed them to an astounding finish.
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