What Was Tom Brady’s Final Match With the New England Patriots?

Published 10/03/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – APRIL 24: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady arrives backstage during the UFC 261 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 24, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Tom Brady is a certified modern-day NFL legend. The iconic quarterback will be always be strongly linked with the New England Patriots. The Patriots drafted him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and had him as their starting quarterback since 2001.

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The quarterback spent nearly two decades for the Boston-based franchise and had countless memorable moments. He plied his trade for the Patriots before he eventually decided to leave the franchise owing to disputes. His last game for the New England Patriots was against the Tennessee Titans.

Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots 20 – 13 Tennessee Titans

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Brady’s last game for New England Patriots was against the Tennessee Titans on January 4, 2020. The Patriots lost 20-13 to the Titans. Oddly, Brady’s final home game concluded with a Brady mistake. The Titans’ 20-13 loss on Jan. 4, 2020, demonstrated how Brady’s supporting cast had eroded over the years, leading to his decision to go to Tampa last year.

Brady passed for 209 yards on 37 tries and failed to score a touchdown rushing or passing for the second time in 24 home playoff starts, as New England was limited to one touchdown.
On his final pass attempt, Brady threw a pick-six to Logan Ryan, sending him on a long stroll off the field.

FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 09: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Why did Tom Brady leave the New England Patriots?

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The six-time Super Bowl winner left the Patriots after the 2020 season for a variety of reasons. The salary cap is one example. During Brady’s last years, the team attempted to recruit talent. To improve the offensive, they signed Antonio Brown for one game and traded for Mohamed Sanu. These agreements left the Patriots with little room to negotiate a contract extension with Brady.

In November, head coach Bill Belichick told WEEI, “That’s what we did the previous five years.” “We sold out and won three Super Bowls, as well as appearing in a fourth and an AFC Championship game. We have less to work with this year. It’s not an excuse; it’s just the truth.”

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The inability to recruit players also contributed to the roster’s lack of depth. The Patriots didn’t have many pass-catching options outside of veteran Julian Edelman, who was dealing with injuries. Thus, a mix of sporting and financial reasons brought an end to the legendary partnership between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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