Former New England Patriots six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady started in over 260 regular season games and an NFL record 40 postseason contests even before becoming a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The three-time NFL MVP has reached the Super Bowl nine times and appeared in a whopping 14 AFC championships. Given his longevity of greatness, it’s why we’re looking at Tom Brady’s greatest games of his career in this post.
Given Brady’s unmatched success, it is a bit challenging to narrow down his five most dominant performances. But we will do just that here — ranking the top five games of the legendary career from the G.O.A.T.
Before digging into the rankings from Nos. 5 to 1, let’s briefly mention a performance that just missed the cut: Brady guiding the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII over the Carolina Panthers. Brady finished 32-of-48 for 354 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. He led the Patriots down the field on a game-winning drive, before Adam Vinatieri nailed the title-clinching 41-yard field goal.
It should also be noted that he’s still playing, leading the Buccaneers in a playoff run at the moment, meaning Tom Brady’s greatest games might need reworking in a month or so.
5. Career-High 517 Yards on Monday Night Football
Game: Week 1, 2011 at Miami Dolphins
Brady’s struggles in Miami are well-documented. He holds a 7-10 record at Hard Rock Stadium. However, Brady has also delivered two of his best career games in Miami.
On the “Monday Night Football” opener in 2011, Brady dominated against the division rival Dolphins. He threw for a career-best 517 yards with four touchdowns to three different receivers.
The signature moment of the evening came with the Patriots lined up at their own one-yard line. Brady hit Wes Welker on a fly route down the seams and the wide receiver ran 99 yards to the house.
The Patriots won 38-24 and Brady registered a 121.6 passer rating.
4. Perfect Passer Rating, 6 TDs
Game: Week 7, 2007 at Miami Dolphins
Brady has mustered a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 twice in his career. The most notable one came against Miami during the Patriots’ perfect regular season in 2007.
Shredding the Dolphins’ secondary, Brady completed his first 11 passes for 220 yards and four TDs. He finished the first half with five passing touchdowns. One of his passing scores, a 50-yard bomb, came on a third-and-18 play and was caught by Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Brady closed the game with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. He completed 21-of-25 passes for 354 yards in the 49-28 shellacking of Miami.
3. Playoff Rally vs. Ravens
Game: 2014 AFC Divisional Round (Jan. 10, 2015) versus Baltimore Ravens
The 2014 Patriots locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. In their first postseason game in their eventual Super Bowl title run, the Patriots found themselves trailing by 14 points in two separate occasions.
The Ravens, who defeated the Patriots at Gillette Stadium two years prior in the 2012 AFC Championship, jumped out to a 14-0 advantage. They later led 28-14 in the second half, before Brady spearheaded a furious rally.
The Patriots won 35-31 on the back of Brady, who completed 33-of-50 passes for 367 yards with three passing touchdowns, one rushing score and one interception. He fired the game-winning 23-yard touchdown with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to wideout Brandon LaFell.
2. Defeats ‘Legion of Boom’ for Fourth Title
Game: Super Bowl XLIX (Feb. 1, 2015) versus Seattle Seahawks
Squaring off against the “Legion of Boom’’—the Seahawks’ No. 1 ranked defense—Brady delivered a fourth quarter performance for the ages.
Facing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, a comeback seemed unlikely even with Brady under center. The Seahawks’ tenacious defense had already intercepted him twice earlier in the game. But Brady stifled Seattle in the final period, completing 14 of 16 passes for 130 yards two touchdowns.
Brady tossed late touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman to give the Patriots a 28-24 advantage.
It took Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception to seal the game, but it was Brady who engineered the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory. He was 37-of-50 for 328 yards, with four touchdowns and two picks. Brady earned Super Bowl MVP honors, and the Patriots were crowned champions of the 2014 NFL season.
1. 28-3 Comeback
Game: Super Bowl LI (Feb. 5, 2017) versus Atlanta Falcons
Down 28-3 to the Falcons in the third quarter—in part because Brady threw an inexcusable pick-six in the first half—Brady led the Patriots to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The 25-point turnaround will go down as one of the most improbable comebacks to ever occur in sports.
Brady played tremendous in the second half and overtime, finishing the evening 43-of-62 for 466 yards, with two touchdowns and the one pick. He set Super Bowl records for completions and pass attempts. Brady hung tough in the pocket—as evidenced by the five sacks he took from Atlanta’s defense—to earn those whopping passing totals.
The Patriots won 34-28 in OT to stun the NFC champion Falcons.
With the victory, Brady became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career, also an NFL record. It’s why, as to this date, this is considered the best of Tom Brady’s greatest games ever. The NFL GOAT, maybe?