Of the seemingly hundreds, if not millions, of analysts who offered their opinion, most agreed that it was like comparing apples and oranges, and that you will never be able to call somebody the “best.” Some felt that if Tom Brady did win this super bowl, it would propel him atop the NFL’s mount Rushmore, and in front of his childhood hero, Joe Montana.
Down 10 with 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Brady was facing a series of legacy defining drives. Up until that point, he was 24-35 with 204 yards and 1 touchdown, his most memorable plays being 2 crucial interceptions. At that moment, it looked like Brady was playing out his critics sweetest dreams; crumbling in the moment on his way to a third consecutive super bowl loss.
It was then that Tom Brady showed us why he is the greatest quarterback of all time.
Brady proceeded to pick apart a secondary, which has been called the greatest ever, dicing his way to an 80-yard TD drive. However, the work was not done there. He still needed at least a field goal. After a Seahawks 3-and-out, Brady once again was given a shot, and he did the same exact thing, driving the team 80 yards for the go ahead score.
Regardless of what followed, Brady had done what he was supposed to do- put his team in a position to win, just as he has done in every single super bowl he has played in. Additionally, just like the other two that he lost, where Brady lead the team down with a go-ahead score, the other team was given another shot, and in the previous two, had taken them. With images of David Tyree flashing through Patriot’s fans minds, a deep ball from Wilson bounced its way into Jermaine Kearse’s hands. However, unlike Eli Manning, Wilson was unable to finish the job as a pick from the one-yard line sealed the deal for the men in white.
With a final stat line of 37/50, 328 yards, and four touchdowns Brady was named super bowl MVP, the third of his career. This number is only matched by one man- Joe Montana, whose four super bowl rings also match that of Brady. In fact, Montana seemed to be the one man standing in Brady’s way, however after surpassing Montana in many other categories, such as most super bowl touchdowns (13) and yards (1,605) Brady will finally claim the crown. Additionally, Brady’s tremendous success comes without any major help, while Montana had Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver in NFL history, much of his career. Brady success has come in the free agency era, where players come and go, forcing the quarterback to build chemistry with new receivers almost every year.
Therefore it is safe to say that Brady has finally, an emphatically, ended the discussion. He is, and will always be, the greatest to ever play the game.