I wouldn’t have believed it if I wasn’t there to see it first hand, Tom Brady drove the New England Patriots down the field in overtime of Super Bowl LI, there he was marching toward history and a legacy that would be untouched by any other man to play his position. And in Brady-like fashion, he fulfilled that quest in the most iconic way.
With the Atlanta Falcons defense feeling the game slip away, Brady took the Patriots 75 yards in just eight plays before tossing it to James White for a 2-yard game winning touchdown to cap off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, delivering Brady his fifth Super Bowl ring and fourth Super Bowl MVP, but most importantly allowing fans like my father and myself who were in attendance the chance to witness history.
After trailing the Falcons 28-3 late in the third, New England looked to be a victim of a Super Bowl laugher. But then everything changed. Brady proceeded to throw for 283 of his 466 passing yards and two touchdowns to rally his team to 31 unanswered points, which included a 91-yard drive to tie the game to send it into overtime.
Unlike many of the other greats, Brady didn’t win the ultimate prize with star-studded offensive weapons. He wins with a rag-tag group of role players whose talent is elevated due to the man behind center.
I mean, come on. The man came back from 25 points down in the Super Bowl to win with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Kevin Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, James White and Martellus Bennett as his weapons.
He’s now alone at the top of the mountain while Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and John Elway are in the tier below.
Whether Brady has it in him to try and pad his resume further and prolong the Patriots dynasty remains to be seen. However, he has put to rest the debates at the water cooler. There’s no controversy left. There’s no one to stake claim. The dust has settled on Brady the same way it settled on Michael Jordan. He’s the best the NFL has ever seen.
Megan Huston is the sports editor for The Meteor. She can be reached at 936-348-3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.