Throughout his two decades in the league, New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has experienced an unmatched amount of success. However, there have been several tough moments for him to work past that have undoubtedly played a part in shaping the player he has become on the field. Brady recently discussed one of those tough losses that still sticks with him to this day.
Tom Brady’s Illustrious Career
Since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Patriots, Brady has helped lift the franchise to the next level on the field that has seen the franchise experience unrivaled success during this span.
New England has reached the playoffs 16 times while winning the AFC East division title in each instance, including the last 10 straight years while winning six out of the nine trips to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have become a staple to make deep playoff runs with 13 appearances in the AFC championship game while pushing their way to an NFL record 34 postseason wins.
Beyond that, Brady has racked up impressive all-time numbers such as the most career wins by a starting quarterback, most all-time total passing yards (including playoffs), most Super Bowl MVP awards (four), and three regular-season MVPs among others. He has truly done it all, but there are still losses that stick with him and never truly leave him.
Tom Brady can’t get over one loss
Brady has put forth a first-ballot Hall of Fame career, but there have been tough losses along the way that he has experienced
One of which was the loss in Super Bowl 52 to the Philadelphia Eagles that came down to the wire. In the days ahead of the Week 11 matchup against the Eagles, Brady voiced that it’s a game that hasn’t fully gotten over and has instead been used as additional motivation to push him forward. (H/T Kevin Patra of NFL.com)
“You assume I’m over it? Come on now,” Brady said. “That’s a lot of mental scar tissue from that year. That was a tough game. In a lot of ways, we learned from that year and we came back stronger the next year. We won the Super Bowl in ’18. I think everything is a matter of perspective and when you play in that game and you play great teams, you’re not going to win them all.”
It was a game that the Patriots certainly had their shot at winning behind Brady’s stellar performance with a Super Bowl record 505 passing yards and three touchdown passes. He had done all he could to lead the team offensively, but an untimely fumble late in the fourth quarter essentially sealed the deal.
Nonetheless, New England did use that as extra motivation to get back on the mountaintop this past February by topping the Los Angeles Rams.
Patriots’ promising position in 2019
The Patriots haven’t skipped a beat following Super Bowl 53 with a stellar start to the 2019 season, winning eight out of their first nine games.
New England did slip up last week against the surging Baltimore Ravens, but it hasn’t deterred them from being the clear-cut favorites to win the Super Bowl once again. Brady is still playing at a high level as he has continued to provide stable play under center in his 20th campaign.
The Patriots are in the driver’s seat to make a deep playoff run, currently holding the top overall spot in the AFC postseason picture heading into Week 11 action. There are still plenty of games left on the schedule, but Brady should be in a position to compete for yet another Super Bowl to add to his illustrious resume.