Stats: 29 for 54, 320 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. For the second time in four years, Eli Manning got the better of Brady in the Super Bowl with a late comeback. New York trailed 17-9 when Brady found Aaron Hernandez on a 12-yard TD pass with 11:20 left in the third quarter, but the Giants racked up two field goals and a touchdown as the Patriots stalled the rest of the game. Brady never completed a pass longer than 21 yards.
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Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Stats: 29 for 48, 266 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Brady’s 18-0 Patriots entered the game as prohibitive favorites, trying to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to complete a perfect season. The Giants defense had other ideas and sacked Brady five times. Still, he found Randy Moss on a go-ahead 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:42 left and seemed ready to run his Super Bowl record to 4-0. But that was before Eli Manning drove New York for the game-winning score with 35 seconds left. Perfection – both for the Patriots and in Super Bowls for Brady – slipped away while he watched on the sideline.
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Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17
Stats: 17 for 27, 145 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Most folks don’t remember that – like the sixth-round pick he was – Brady arrived at his first Super Bowl as more game manager than star quarterback. Before these playoffs, he had only one 300-yard passing game in his second season overall and first as a starter. Against the Rams, Brady didn’t complete a pass longer than 23 yards, and he was the MVP largely for leading his team on a game-winning drive that ended with a 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, arguably the game’s most memorable player.
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Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Stats: 37 for 50, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs. Brady's two interceptions contributed to the Patriots trailing, 24-14, in the fourth quarter, but he won his third Super Bowl MVP by leading them back with scoring drives of 68 and 64 yards in the final 12 minutes. It was hardly a mistake-free performance, but when he was needed most Brady once again was the best player in the biggest game.
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Stats: 23 for 33, 236 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. Brady’s mistake-free performance helped him outduel Donovan McNabb and his three interceptions for the Patriots’ third Super Bowl win in four years. Brady failed to win his third MVP award but only because he zeroed in on Deion Branch, who won the honor with 11 catches for 133 yards. No other Patriots receiver caught more than three passes, but Brady did find linebacker Mike Vrabel for a touchdown catch, just as he had in the previous Super Bowl.
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Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Stats: 32 for 48, 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. Two years after his first Super Bowl win, Brady was back for more, and this time his MVP award was anything but won by default. In a dominating performance, Brady tore up the Panthers defense for touchdown passes to three different receivers, including linebacker-posing-as-tight end Mike Vrabel. And as in Brady’s first Super Bowl, Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired.