Ten-rific! Tom Brady will play his 10th Super Bowl. Here's a look back at his 9 previous appearances
Tom Brady is getting ready to play in his record 10th Super Bowl when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7 in Super Bowl LV. It will be his first not as a member of the New England Patriots.
Brady has complied a 6-3 record in Super Bowls.
When it comes to Super Bowl appearances, it’s not even close. After Brady’s 10, two players are next-best with six: Brady’s former New England teammate, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and former Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos nose tackle Mike Lodish.
Brady also has the most Super Bowl rings, with six. Behind Brady with five is Charles Haley.
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Brady owns a slew of Super Bowl records. Here are just a few:
Most Super Bowl MVPs: 4
Most wins: 6
Most total yards thrown: 2,838 yards
Most yards in one Super Bowl: 505
Most passing TDs: 18
Here is a look at the nine Super Bowls for which Brady has been a part, and the one about to take place:
Super Bowl XXXVI
When: Feb. 3, 2002
Final: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Brady’s line: 16-for-27, 145 yards, 1 TD
Significance: Brady took over as the Patriots’ starter when Drew Bledsoe suffered an injury during the second week of the season. After looking below average in his first two starts, Brady found his stride, leading the team, which started 0-2, to an 11-5 record. In the Super Bowl, the Rams scored to make it a 17-17 game with 1:30 remaining. Brady led a drive down the field with no timeouts, setting up a game-winning 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired. Despite lackluster numbers, the 24-year-old Brady was named the game’s MVP.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
When: Feb. 1, 2004
Final: New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Brady’s line: 32-for-48, 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Significance: After missing the playoffs the prior year, Brady and the Patriots rolled to a 14-2 record. The Super Bowl was scoreless after one quarter, with Brady collecting just 43 yards passing. However, in the second quarter, Brady passed for 101 yards and a touchdown, including a 52-yarder to Deion Branch. In the fourth quarter, Brady connected with linebacker Mike Vrabel, who was in as an eligible receiver, on a 1-yard touchdown pass. For the second time, Brady was named the game’s MVP.
Super Bowl XXXIX
When: Feb. 6, 2005
Final: New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
Location: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
Brady’s line: 23-for-33, 236 yards, 2 TDs
Significance: Brady connected with his favorite early-career target Deion Branch for a then Super Bowl-tying record 11 receptions for 133 yards. Branch would be named the game’s MVP. Brady also would again connect with linebacker Mike Vrabel on a touchdown. And for the third time in four years, the Patriots won a Super Bowl by three points, each being won by the foot of Adam Vinatieri.
Super Bowl XLII
When: Feb. 3, 2008
Final: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Brady’s line: 29-for-48, 266 yards, 1 TD
Significance: After a two-year Super Bowl absence, Brady and the Patriots returned to the game with perhaps their best team yet. They were 16-0 during the regular season and won two playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. However, a stifling Giants defense and a just-good-enough Eli Manning shocked the Patriots, handing Tom Brady his first Super Bowl loss and allowing the 1972 Miami Dolphins to continue as the only undefeated team in league history.
Super Bowl XLVI
When: Feb. 5, 2012
Final: New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Brady’s line: 27-for-41, 276 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Significance: After a three-year hiatus, the longest in Brady’s career, the Patriots returned to the Super Bowl to play Eli and the Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. The result was much the same. The Giants’ defense held New England to just 83 yards rushing and mostly contained Brady for the four-point victory. Many questioned if, at age 34, Brady was in decline. Boy, were they wrong.
Super Bowl XLIX
When: Feb. 1, 2015
Final: New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Brady’s line: 37-for-50, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs
Significance: This game seemed all but lost for the Patriots heading into the fourth quarter. Seattle was leading by 10 and had held New England scoreless in the first and third quarters. However, Brady rallied the troops, the defense clamped down and New England scored 14 fourth-quarter points to take a 28-24 lead with 2:02 to play. Seattle looked to have the game in hand with the ball at the 1-yard line and 26 seconds remaining. However, instead of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks tried a head-scratching pass play that was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, locking up New England’s fifth Super Bowl title. Brady was awarded his third Super Bowl MVP.
Super Bowl LI
When: Feb. 5, 2017
Final: New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28, OT
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Brady’s line: 46-for-62, 466 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Significance: Atlanta led 21-3 at the half and 28-9 heading into the fourth quarter. However, Brady would throw for 147 yards in the fourth quarter, leading three drives that resulted in 19 points to tie the game. Atlanta's offense became inept in the fourth quarter and the game went to overtime. New England received the kick and marched 75 yards in 3 minutes, 52 seconds, winning the game on a 2-yard James White touchdown. Atlanta never even got a chance. Brady threw for 50 yards on the OT drive, once again earning him MVP honors. As a footnote, he also recorded his longest Super Bowl run, a scamper of 15 yards in the third quarter.
Super Bowl LII
When: Feb. 4, 2018
Final: Philadelphia Eagles 41, New England Patriots 33
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brady’s line: 28-for-48, 505 yards, 3 TDs
Significance: For the second time in his career, Tom Brady got back to the Super Bowl in consecutive years. However, despite delivering an incredible performance and record 505 yards passing, the Patriots lost to backup quarterback Nick Foles and the Eagles.
Super Bowl LIII
When: Feb. 3, 2019
Final: New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Brady’s line: 21-for-35, 262 yards, 1 INT
Significance: Brady had the Patriots in their third Super Bowl in a row in a game that was expected to be a high-scoring contest. It was anything but. New England’s defense muzzled the Rams and Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his nine Super Bowl appearances, yet he still won his record-breaking sixth Super Bowl title. He had been tied at five with Charles Haley.
Super Bowl LV
When: Feb. 7, 2021
Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Crowd: TBD (reduced by COVID-19 protocols)
The setup: In 2019, Brady’s Patriots outdueled Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC title game. Had the Patriots lost, it would be Mahomes and the Chiefs in a third straight Super Bowl this year. Last year, the Patriots lost in the wild-card round to the Tennessee Titans, and thus a rematch never materialized. Now, in Tampa, Brady looks to defeat the QB in Mahomes that looks most poised to take his throne — if Mahomes can stay healthy and win five or six more Super Bowl titles, that is.
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