Looking Back at Landmark Performances by Tom Brady as QB Approaches Milestone 300th Regular Season Game

Published 12/23/2020, 12:09 PM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


A hunger to win like none other, pragmatic when faced with adversity and an unprecedented level of consistency are some qualities that have molded Tom Brady into the legend that he is today.

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Into his 20th season in the NFL, TB12, often referred to as the ‘GOAT’, has cemented his place among the all-time legends of the sport. 

Having won more Super Bowl rings than he can fit in one hand, Brady redefined what it means to be a franchise quarterback. On Saturday, Brady will be padding up for what is to be his 300th regular-season NFL game.

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To celebrate this monumental occasion, we take a look at some landmark moments and memorable performances that Brady recorded in regular-season games over the years.

Tom Brady bags his first win 

Tom Brady’s first win, the first of many throughout his career, was in his second season (2001) with the New England Patriots. Brady, who started the season as the Patriots backup QB, padded up against the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts.

While Brady’s numbers that day weren’t phenomenal, he and the Patriots did enough to register a 44-13 win against the Colts. Incidentally, the win was also their first of the season.

The comeback king gets rolling

Tom Brady knows how to pull off a comeback. While the Patriots’ Super Bowl win from behind against the Atlanta Falcons has gone down as one of the greatest in the league’s history, Brady’s performance against the San Diego Chargers in 2001, is what set the ball rolling.

With the Patriots down 26-16, Brady came in clutch and led his side to a memorable 29-26 win in overtime. 

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Unlocking the perfect passer rating

When Tom Brady led his Patriots side out against the winless Miami Dolphins in 2007, everyone expected a win for the Pats. What no one saw coming, though, was Brady having the game of his life.

Throwing for 354 yards, including 6 touchdowns, Brady ended the game with a passer rating of 158.3, the highest possible in a game for a quarterback. The Patriots won the game comfortably, 49-28. 

Tom Brady and Pats finish the regular season undefeated

The Patriots were unstoppable in the 2007 regular season. With a perfect winning record, the Patriots took on the New York Giants to etch their name in the history books.

The Giants, led by Eli Manning, were no pushovers. But Brady, as he always does, came in clutch. With 2 touchdowns, he steered the New England Patriots to a win over the Giants to cap off the regular season undefeated. Becoming only the 4th team in the league’s history to do so.

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The Titans rout

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When one looks back at the scorecard of the game between the Patriots and the Tennessee Titans back in 2009, it’d be okay to forgive them for thinking it’s a typo. But the 59-0 scoreline is real. Yes, 59-0 for the Patriots. It happened.

And the man orchestrating the Patriots offense was none other than Tom Brady. Having thrown for 380 yards, including 6 touchdowns, Brady was a hair’s length away from recording another game with a perfect passer rating. 

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The legacy of Brady lives on in Tampa now, where he takes on a new challenge with a new team. And if last week’s comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons is anything to go by, we may have to come back to update this list soon enough. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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