Analysis: Tom Brady is the GOAT … period

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Tom Brady has taken things to another level not seen before: Winning a Super Bowl at age 43, in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and making history by being part of the first team to appear in a Super Bowl in its home stadium — and accomplishing all of this in a pandemic.
It’s not a movie script — yet? — but Brady helped make it reality. Who else could have done that?

    The Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium by a score of 31-9 against last year’s champs, the Kansas City Chiefs and their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, viewed as the player who will take the torch from Brady one day.
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    This is Tampa Bay’s second title, and it caps an NFL season unlike any before it, with Super Bowl LV taking place in front of a crowd of just 24,835 and roughly 30,000 cardboard cutouts of fans.

    Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, extending the mark for the most by any player. That total is more than any NFL team, as his former team, the New England Patriots, and the Pittsburgh Steelers each have six. It was his 10th Super Bowl appearance, also the most of all time.
    “I’m not making any comparisons,” Brady said when asked where this win ranked. “Being down here and experiencing it with this group of guys is — every year is amazing, and this team is world champions forever. You can’t take it away from us. Thank you guys. Thank you all.”

    In pictures: NFL legend Tom Brady

    Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a victory in Super Bowl LV.

    Brady played college football at the University of Michigan. He started for the Wolverines in his junior and senior seasons, going 20-5.

    Brady grew up in San Mateo, California, and played football, basketball and baseball before joining Michigan.

    Despite his successful career at Michigan, Brady was not projected to be a star in the NFL. He was the 199th player taken in the NFL Draft. Many quarterbacks were taken before him.

    Brady started his career backing up Drew Bledsoe. But when Bledsoe was hurt in September 2001, Brady got his chance to shine. He took over as starter and led the Patriots all the way to the Super Bowl.

    Brady loses the ball after being hit by Oakland's Charles Woodson during an NFL playoff game in January 2002. The Patriots got the ball back and went on to win the game, but the controversial play was heavily debated in the offseason. The "tuck rule" was eventually repealed in 2013.

    The 2001 season culminated in a Super Bowl victory for Brady and the Patriots in February 2002. They upset the heavily favored St. Louis Rams 20-17. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP, and he became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He was 24.

    Brady and the Patriots were back in the Super Bowl in 2004, winning another title over the Carolina Panthers. They repeated the next season with a Super Bowl win over Philadelphia.

    Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick celebrate after a playoff win in January 2007. The two were together for Brady's entire Patriots career.

    Brady throws a pass during a game in Cincinnati in October 2007.

    Brady is surrounded by the media in 2007. The Patriots went undefeated in the regular season but lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

    New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck strips the ball from Brady during the Super Bowl in February 2008.

    Brady leaves the field in 2012 after another Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

    Brady kisses his mother, Galynn, after the Patriots defeated Seattle for their fourth Super Bowl title in February 2015.

    An opposing fan taunts Brady as he takes the field in August 2015. Brady was eventually suspended four games over the "Deflategate" controversy, which involved allegations that the Patriots purposely deflated balls to gain an advantage on offense in an AFC Championship game.

    Brady runs onto the field before a game in September 2015.

    Brady drops back to pass during a game against Dallas in October 2015.

    Brady arrives at a federal court to appeal his suspension for "Deflategate."

    Brady is tackled by Denver's Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game in January 2016.

    Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after leading the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl victory in 2017. The Patriots were trailing 28-3 before pulling off the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever and winning in overtime.

    Teammate Rob Gronkowski playfully steals Brady's jersey before a Boston Red Sox baseball game in April 2017. Brady had just had his Super Bowl jersey returned by authorities after it had been stolen from the locker room.

    Brady and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, attend the Met Gala in New York in 2018.

    Brady celebrates after an overtime win in January 2019 that put that Patriots in the Super Bowl.

    Brady celebrates with his daughter, Vivian, after winning his sixth Super Bowl in 2019.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots leads his team onto the field before the game against the New York Jets  at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Brady's last game with the Patriots was a playoff loss to Tennessee in January 2020.

    Pro golfer Phil Mickelson reads a putt for Brady as they team up for a made-for-TV charity match in May 2020. Mickelson and Brady lost a close match to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

    Brady throws a pass during a game against Carolina in September 2020. Brady finished the regular season with 40 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions as the Buccaneers went 11-5.

    New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees congratulates Brady after the Buccaneers defeated Brees' Saints in an NFL playoff game in January 2021. It was the first playoff game in NFL history to feature two starting quarterbacks in their 40s. Both players occupy the top two spots for many of the league's quarterback records.

    Brady celebrates with his teammates after Tampa Bay defeated Green Bay to win the NFC and clinch a spot in the Super Bowl.

    Brady celebrates at the end of the Buccaneers' win over Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.

    For the fifth time in his career, Brady was named Super Bowl MVP, the only player to win the honor that many times. His performance Sunday was vintage, completing 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards for three touchdowns and had no interceptions.
    Two of those touchdowns were to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement after playing with the Patriots to reunite with Brady.
    Over their years together, the Brady-Gronkowski connection has produced 14 touchdown receptions in the postseason, the most by a quarterback/receiver duo of all time, surpassing Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
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    Brady and Gronkowski said after the game they are not retiring, though Gronkowski will be a free agent. Their head coach, 68-year-old Bruce Arians, who became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, is sticking around, too.
    “This really belongs to our coaching staff and our players,” Arians said. “This is your trophy. I didn’t do a damn thing. You guys won this game, alright? You came together as a band of brothers and you made it happen. So proud of all of you.”

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his team's victory in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7. Brady was named <a href="" target="_blank">the game's Most Valuable Player.</a> It's the fifth time he has won the award.

    Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the game.

    Brady and teammate Rob Gronkowski celebrate after the game. The two played together in New England and won Super Bowls there as well.

    Fireworks and confetti are seen after the final whistle.

    Brady's children are seen on the field as his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, takes a selfie during the postgame celebrations.

    Tampa Bay defensive back Carlton Davis rejoices after the game.

    Fans watch postgame fireworks from outside the stadium.

    Brady and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes meet after the game.

    Fans celebrate among cardboard cutouts in the stands.

    Players dump Gatorade on Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians. This is Arians' first title as a head coach. It was the Buccaneers' second title in franchise history.

    Mahomes sits on the turf during the second half. It was a rough game for last year's Super Bowl MVP, who was under heavy pressure all night.

    Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White intercepts a pass late in the game.

    Mahomes is crunched by White and Jason Pierre-Paul in the second half.

    Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. taunts Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a play late in the second half. Hill has given the peace sign to opponents in the past as he races by them for a touchdown.

    Brady has now won more Super Bowls than any NFL franchise.

    Mahomes watches from the sideline late in the second half.

    Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette rumbles for a third-quarter touchdown.

    Brady congratulates Fournette after the touchdown run. The Buccaneers led 28-9 after the extra point.

    Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce sits on the field after an incomplete pass in the second half. The Chiefs came in with the best offense in football, but they could never get on track.

    Brady recovers the ball after it was snapped over his head in the second half. It was one of the Buccaneers' few miscues on the night.

    Tampa Bay players celebrate together after Winfield Jr. intercepted a Mahomes pass in the second half.

    Kansas City head coach Andy Reid walks to the sidelines during the second half.

    Winfield Jr. celebrates after his interception.

    Mahomes attempts a pass while falling down in the second half.

    Antonio Brown catches a touchdown pass for Tampa Bay just before halftime. The Buccaneers went into the locker room with a 21-6 lead.

    Kansas City safety Tyrann Mathieu reacts to a penalty late in the first half. Tampa Bay would score a touchdown on the possession. The Chiefs had 95 penalty yards in the first half -- a Super Bowl record for any team in a single half.

    Kansas City's Byron Pringle tackles Tampa Bay punt returner Jaydon Mickens in the second quarter.

    Gronkowski spikes the ball after scoring his second touchdown of the night. He came out of retirement to join Brady in Tampa Bay.

    Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones II is stuffed at the goal line in the second quarter. The Chiefs made a big stop on 4th-and-goal to keep the score at 7-3 -- at least for the time being.

    Kansas City linebacker Anthony Hitchens punches the ball away from Tampa Bay's Joe Haeg just prior to the Chiefs' stop on 4th-and-goal.

    Gronkowski celebrates after catching a touchdown in the first quarter.

    Hill is unable to catch a long pass in the first quarter.

    Kansas City's Harrison Butker kicked two first-half field goals.

    Mahomes is pressured by Shaquil Barrett early in the game. Mahomes had only 9 passing yards in the first quarter.

    Jets fly over Raymond James Stadium as Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan perform the National Anthem before the game.

    H.E.R. performs "America the Beautiful" before the National Anthem.

    Fans at the stadium watch a pregame message from President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden.

    Brady gets pumped up before the game.

    Fans sit among cardboard cutouts before the game.

    Sarah Thomas is the first woman in NFL history to serve as a Super Bowl referee.

    Fireworks explode before the game.

    As for Mahomes, it was a rough day for last season’s Super Bowl MVP. He was sacked three times, threw two interceptions and had no touchdowns. Additionally, the Chiefs, who had an early 3-0 lead but couldn’t get going, accumulated 120 penalty yards.
    “Obviously I didn’t play the way I wanted to play,” Mahomes said. “What else can you say? All you can do is leave everything you have on the field, and I feel like the guys did that. They were the better team today. They beat us pretty good, the worst that I think I have been beaten in a long time.”
    After the game, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed the multi-vehicle crash involving his son, linebackers/outside linebackers coach Britt Reid.
    On Thursday night, Britt Reid was involved in a crash that sent two young children to a hospital, authorities said. A 5-year-old remained in critical condition Saturday night, according to police. Britt Reid did not travel with the team to Tampa, Florida, for the Super Bowl.
    “My heart goes out to all those who were involved in the accident,” Andy Reid said. “In particular, the family with the little girl, who is fighting for her life. It’s a tough situation. I can’t comment on it any more than what I am here. … Just from a human standpoint, my heart bleeds for everybody involved in that.”

    Brady: ‘We came together at the right time’

    Brady already was the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, having won Super Bowl LIII when he was 41. Now, he’s the first player on an NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL team to win titles for two different teams after turning 40, according to the NFL Research Twitter account. He joins Peyton Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to win Super Bowls with two different franchises.
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    But it’s not just Brady’s age. It’s that’s he doing this with a new team after spending 20 seasons with the Patriots, where he won his first six Super Bowls with head coach Bill Belichick. It’s unlikely that kind of combination seen during the Brady-Belichick era will happen again.
    And it’s not like Brady went to a team that had an illustrious postseason history. The Buccaneers hadn’t been in the playoffs since the 2007 season. Until Sunday, this franchise’s crowning moment was winning Super Bowl XXXVII against the then-Oakland Raiders to end the 2002 season.

    In photos: Super Bowl MVPs

    Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Brady was named the game's Most Valuable Player for the fifth time -- an NFL record.

    <strong>Super Bowl I (1967):</strong> Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player of the first Super Bowl, which in January 1967 was just called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Starr threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers defeated Kansas City 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    <strong>Super Bowl II (1968):</strong> Starr repeated the feat one year later as the Packers won back-to-back titles. Starr had 202 yards passing and one touchdown as Green Bay blew out Oakland 33-14.

    <strong>Super Bowl III (1969):</strong> The New York Jets came into Super Bowl III as 18-point underdogs, but quarterback Joe Namath famously guaranteed that his team would upset the Baltimore Colts. After Namath led the way to a 16-7 victory, he was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

    <strong>Super Bowl IV (1970):</strong> The Kansas City Chiefs lost the first Super Bowl, but they made it count the second time around. Quarterback Len Dawson had 142 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in New Orleans. It was the second straight year that the AFL champions had defeated the NFL champions, and by the next season the two leagues had merged.

    <strong>Super Bowl V (1971):</strong> Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley intercepted two passes against the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Howley was named the game's MVP, but the Colts won the notoriously sloppy game with a Jim O'Brien field goal as time expired. To date, Howley remains the only player from a losing team to be named Super Bowl MVP.

    <strong>Super Bowl VI (1972):</strong> Dallas atoned for its loss the next season, shutting down the Miami Dolphins 24-3. MVP quarterback Roger Staubach had two touchdown passes.

    <strong>Super Bowl VII (1973):</strong> Miami safety Jake Scott intercepts a fourth-quarter pass in the end zone during the Dolphins' 14-7 win over Washington in Super Bowl VII. Scott had two interceptions in the game as the Dolphins finished their season with a perfect 17-0 record. They are still the only NFL team ever to finish a season undefeated.

    <strong>Super Bowl VIII (1974):</strong> Powerful running back Larry Csonka carries two Minnesota defenders near the end zone as Miami won its second Super Bowl in a row. Csonka became the first running back to win Super Bowl MVP, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

    <strong>Super Bowl IX (1975):</strong> Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris fights off Minnesota defender Paul Krause during Pittsburgh's 16-6 victory in Super Bowl IX. Harris ran for 158 yards and a touchdown on his way to winning MVP.

    <strong>Super Bowl X (1976):</strong> This diving catch from Pittsburgh wide receiver Lynn Swann is one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history. Swann had a touchdown and 161 yards receiving as the Steelers defeated Dallas 21-17 to win their second straight Super Bowl. Swann was the first wide receiver to win MVP.

    <strong>Super Bowl XI (1977):</strong> Oakland Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff caught four passes for 79 yards to win MVP honors in Super Bowl XI. The Raiders won 32-14 over Minnesota, knocking the Vikings to 0-4 in Super Bowls.

    <strong>Super Bowl XII (1978):</strong> A dominating performance by Dallas' "Doomsday Defense" led to the first and only time that two players would share the Super Bowl MVP award. Defensive linemen Randy White, left, and Harvey Martin helped the Cowboys force eight turnovers and defeat Denver 27-10.

    <strong>Super Bowl XIII (1979):</strong> The Steelers and the Cowboys met for a Super Bowl rematch in 1979, and this game ended the same way as the one three years earlier -- with a Pittsburgh victory. This time, however, it was Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw who won MVP, throwing for 318 yards and four touchdowns as Pittsburgh edged Dallas 35-31.

    <strong>Super Bowl XIV (1980):</strong> Bradshaw led the way again in Super Bowl XIV, throwing for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Rams 31-19. It was the Steelers' fourth title in six years.

    <strong>Super Bowl XV (1981):</strong> Oakland quarterback Jim Plunkett makes a pass during the Raiders' 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 1981. Plunkett had 261 yards passing and three touchdowns on his way to winning MVP.

    <strong>Super Bowl XVI (1982):</strong> San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana evades a tackle en route to winning MVP honors in Super Bowl XVI. Montana threw for one touchdown in the game and ran for another as the 49ers won 26-21.

    <strong>Super Bowl XVII (1983):</strong> Washington running back John Riggins bursts through a hole during the Redskins' 27-17 victory over Miami in Super Bowl XVII. Riggins was named MVP after rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown.

    <strong>Super Bowl XVIII (1984):</strong> Washington was on the losing end one year later as MVP running back Marcus Allen exploded for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Allen's Raiders, who had recently moved from Oakland to Los Angeles, blew out the Redskins 38-9.

    <strong>Super Bowl XIX (1985):</strong> Three years after winning his first Super Bowl MVP award, Joe Montana was at it again as he led the 49ers to a 38-16 victory over Miami. This time, "Joe Cool" threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

    <strong>Super Bowl XX (1986):</strong> Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent (No. 95) sacks New England quarterback Steve Grogan during Super Bowl XX. Dent had two sacks and two forced fumbles as a devastating defense helped Chicago crush the Patriots 46-10.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXI (1987):</strong> New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms had a performance for the ages in Super Bowl XXI, completing 22 of 25 passes as the Giants beat Denver 39-20. It remains a Super Bowl record for completion percentage. Simms also had 268 yards passing and three touchdowns.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXII (1988):</strong> The Washington Redskins trailed 10-0 after a quarter of play at Super Bowl XXII, but quarterback Doug Williams threw four touchdowns in the second quarter and the rout was on. The Redskins rolled to a 42-10 victory, and Williams was named MVP after finishing with 340 passing yards.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXIII (1989):</strong> San Francisco wide receiver Jerry Rice runs toward the goal line while playing Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII. Rice finished with 11 receptions for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXIV (1990):</strong> San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana raises his arms in celebration after a 49ers touchdown in Super Bowl XXIV. Montana had 297 yards passing and five touchdowns as the 49ers defeated Denver 55-10. It was the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history. Montana collected his third MVP award, and the 49ers capped a glorious run with four titles in nine years.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXV (1991):</strong> Super Bowl XXV will likely always be remembered for Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missing a field goal as time expired. But New York Giants running back Ottis Anderson won MVP in what was the closest Super Bowl ever. Anderson had 102 yards and a touchdown as the Giants prevailed 20-19.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXVI (1992):</strong> The Washington Redskins won three Super Bowls in 10 years, and each came with a different starting quarterback. This time it was Mark Rypien, who was named MVP after throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins defeated Buffalo 37-24.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXVII (1993): </strong>Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman had 273 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl since 1978. Dallas trounced Buffalo 52-17, handing the Bills their third straight Super Bowl loss.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXVIII (1994):</strong> Dallas running back Emmitt Smith scores against Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVIII. Smith rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Dallas won 30-13 in a Super Bowl rematch from one year earlier.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXIX (1995):</strong> After serving as Joe Montana's backup for several years, San Francisco quarterback Steve Young got his moment to shine in 1995. Young threw for a Super Bowl-record six touchdowns as the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXX (1996):</strong> Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown is pushed out of bounds after one of his two interceptions in Super Bowl XXX. Brown's MVP efforts helped the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh 27-17 for their third championship in four years.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXI (1997):</strong> Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard jumps into a crowd of Green Bay Packers fans after the Packers defeated New England 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI. Howard had 244 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXII (1998):</strong> Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis does his signature "Mile High Salute" after scoring a touchdown against Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII. Davis rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns on his way to winning MVP.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXIII (1999):</strong> Denver quarterback John Elway smiles after scoring a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway was named MVP of the game, throwing for 336 yards as the Broncos won back-to-back titles with a 34-19 victory over Atlanta. It was Elway's last game before he retired.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXIV (2000):</strong> MVP quarterback Kurt Warner celebrates after leading the St. Louis Rams to a 23-16 victory over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner threw for a Super Bowl-record 414 yards, leading an offense that had been nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf."

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXV (2001):</strong> One year after a high-powered offense won the Super Bowl, it was a suffocating defense that won in 2001. MVP linebacker Ray Lewis set the tone for a Baltimore Ravens team that shut down the New York Giants en route to a 34-7 victory.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXVI (2002):</strong> A star was born in Super Bowl XXXVI as second-year quarterback Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to an upset victory over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams. Brady threw for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots won 20-17 on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXVII (2003):</strong> Tampa Bay safety Dexter Jackson had two interceptions for a vaunted Buccaneers defense that led the way to a 48-21 victory over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004):</strong> New England quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates with teammates after winning a second Super Bowl in three years. Brady was MVP again, throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29.

    <strong>Super Bowl XXXIX (2005):</strong> The Patriots became champions for the third time in four years as they defeated Philadelphia 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. This time it was wide receiver Deion Branch who won MVP. He had 11 receptions for 133 yards.

    <strong>Super Bowl XL (2006):</strong> Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward struts into the end zone during the Steelers' 21-10 victory over Seattle. Ward had 123 yards on five catches as the Steelers won their first Super Bowl since 1980.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLI (2007):</strong> Quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 247 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over Chicago.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLII (2008):</strong> Manning's brother Eli won MVP the next season, as his New York Giants upset the New England Patriots and ended their hopes of an undefeated season. Manning threw for two touchdowns as the Giants won 17-14.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLIII (2009):</strong> Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes grabs the game-winning touchdown as the Steelers rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat Arizona 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII. Holmes finished with nine catches for 131 yards.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLIV (2010):</strong> New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees raises his son Baylen after the Saints beat Indianapolis 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Brees completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLV (2011):</strong> Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 304 passing yards and three touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers defeated Pittsburgh 31-25.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLVI (2012):</strong> Eli Manning did it to the Patriots again, as the New York Giants beat New England in a Super Bowl rematch from 2008. Manning had 296 yards passing this time as the Giants won 21-17.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLVII (2013):</strong> Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco fights off San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks during Super Bowl XLVII, which the Ravens won 34-31. Flacco had 287 yards and three touchdowns in a game that was interrupted for 34 minutes because of a power outage.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLVIII (2014):</strong> Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith runs an interception back for a touchdown during Seattle's 43-8 drubbing of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. Smith and Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defense stifled Peyton Manning and Denver's No. 1-rated offense.

    <strong>Super Bowl XLIX (2015):</strong> New England's Tom Brady pumps his fist after throwing one of his four touchdown passes in the Patriots' 28-24 victory over Seattle. Brady joined Joe Montana as the only players to win three Super Bowl MVPs.

    <strong>Super Bowl 50 (2016):</strong> Denver linebacker Von Miller knocks the ball out of Cam Newton's hand during the Broncos' 24-10 victory over Carolina. Miller had two forced fumbles in the game. Both were deep in Carolina territory, and one was recovered by a teammate for a touchdown.

    <strong>Super Bowl LI (2017):</strong> Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards as New England completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots trailed Atlanta 28-3 in the third quarter but rallied to win in overtime. It was Brady's fourth MVP award.

    <strong>Super Bowl LII (2018):</strong> Nick Foles wasn't the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback for most of the season. But after Carson Wentz went down for the year with a knee injury, Foles stepped up and led the team to the title. He finished the playoff run by throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-33 victory over New England. He also caught a touchdown pass on a trick play.

    <strong>Super Bowl LIII (2019):</strong> New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was one of the few offensive bright spots in what was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time. He caught 10 passes for 141 yards as the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 for their sixth Lombardi Trophy.

    <strong>Super Bowl LIV (2020): </strong>Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history after the Chiefs defeated San Francisco 31-20. The 24-year-old threw for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overcome a 10-point deficit.

    Brady also switched teams during a pandemic, not being able to immediately — at least officially — practice with his new team until July 29, far from the typical operating procedure for NFL standards. With strict Covid-19 protocols, there weren’t the usual opportunities to bond with teammates. There were no preseason games.
    Brady and the Buccaneers started the season 7-5. But after losing to the Chiefs at home in Week 12, however, the Buccaneers didn’t lose again, winning eight consecutive games, including three on the road during the NFC playoffs to reach Super Bowl LV.
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    “I’m so proud of all these guys down here, everything we dealt with all year,” Brady said. “We had a rough month of November but BA had all the confidence in us. The team had a lot of confidence. We came together at the right time. I think we knew this was going to happen, didn’t we? We ended up playing our best game of the year.”

      Brady is not the same quarterback as he was in the 2001 season, when he won his first Super Bowl. But he clearly has plenty left in the tank. He previously has said he wants to play until he’s 45, and earlier in the week, he said he’d consider playing past that age.
      Perhaps it’s fitting, with so many people staying at home because of the pandemic, that Tampa Bay became the first team to play at its home stadium in the Super Bowl. Just add that as another layer of the magic Brady seemingly brings.
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