Tom Brady Faces a Familiar Foe in Super Bowl Tie Versus Kansas City Chiefs

Published 01/25/2021, 2:03 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


The legend of Tom Brady lives on to tell another tale. With a win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, the legendary quarterback moves on to play his 10th Super Bowl game.

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Brady has 6 Super Bowl rings already to his name and is in a league of his own. With his sights set on ring #7, Brady has one last hurdle to clear. That being the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady has beaten the Chiefs in the past. He thwarted their Super Bowl run back in 2019 with the New England Patriots. But this time around, the Chiefs have a trump card up their sleeves.

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A man who stopped Tom Brady from recording a perfect NFL season.

Chiefs’ DC Steve Spagnuolo a thorn in the flesh for Tom Brady

The New England Patriots were an unstoppable unit back in the 2007 regular season. The side was a free-flowing offensive juggernaut led by Tom Brady himself.

With 50 touchdowns in the regular season, Brady entered the Super Bowl game against the New York Giants as a first-team All-Pro. Heavily favored to win the tie, Brady and the Patriots were chasing history. They were unbeaten throughout the campaign.

With a chance to become only the second team in history (after Don Shula’s ’72 Miami Dolphins) to accomplish the perfect season, Brady and the Patriots were ready to take on the NFC 5th seed New York Giants.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the last pass of the game as New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) defends during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

But what transpired was one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. The Giants’ defense restricted Brady to just 1 touchdown that night. Even more impressive was the fact that the Giants sacked Brady 5 times during the course of the game.

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All of this was down to the aggressive defensive game plan chalked out by the Giants’ defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo. The Giants won Super Bowl XLII 17-14. And the Patriots’ dreams of replicating the Dolphins’ perfect season was shattered.

A bitter pill for Brady to swallow as it looks unlikely he’ll ever have a similar run ever again. Now, chasing history yet again, Brady’s worst nightmare is standing in his way. Steve Spagnuolo.

The same man who ruined the dream ’07 run is the defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. And we all know by now that Spagnuolo knows a thing or two about stopping the GOAT.

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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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