It’s simple: Brady is the greatest ever

Published 10:40 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017

For quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, it’s hard to rank the five Super Bowl titles when it comes to favorite victories.

Make no mistake about it. Sunday night was the sweetest.

The game was over. The Atlanta Falcons had a 28-3 lead halfway through the third quarter. Atlanta was about to celebrate their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

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Brady needed to engineer two field goal drives and two touchdown drives, each ending with a two-point conversion just to tie the game.

That’s exactly what number 12 did.

In the history of the Super Bowl, no team has ever overcome more than a 10-point deficit to win it all. Tom Brady did that.

Twenty-five points to be exact.

In the history of the NFL postseason, teams with at least a 17-point lead after the third quarter were 133-0. Tom Brady changed that.

The 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl 51 gives Brady his fifth title in seven Super Bowl appearances. That’s the most by a starting QB in league history. Brady’s 466 passing yards, 42 completions and 66 pass attempts are the most in Super Bowl history.

Brady’s four Super Bowl MVP’s are the most by one player in NFL history.

I can keep going on and on if you really want me to. I’ll spare everyone the further accomplishments.

Sunday night is proof. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in NFL history. There is no other option.

There were many signs in the first half that led to people believing that it wasn’t meant to be for the Patriots. The first was the pick-six that Brady threw with just over two minutes left in the first half to make it 21-0 Atlanta. Brady forced a throw into double coverage and Falcons defensive back Robert Alford picked it off and returned it 83 yards for the score.

It didn’t seem to be Brady’s night.

Trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady led a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to bring the game to 28-9. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski proceeded to miss the point after attempt and dampened the hopes of everyone in New England. Even when things started to turn around, it didn’t seem right.

Brady and the Patriots flipped the script in the fourth quarter and overtime by out-scoring Atlanta 25-0.

There aren’t many other quarterbacks who can replicate what Brady did Sunday night, if any at all.

Tom Brady is the pinnacle of NFL quarterbacking. The gold standard. The greatest of all time.

This is your friendly reminder that Brady missed the first four games of the 2016-17 NFL season due to his role in “deflategate.”

After his four-game suspension, Brady was on a warpath, looking to take  down every opponent that stood in his way. In the 12 regular season games that he played, Brady finished with 3,554 passing yards with 28 touchdown passes to only two interceptions.

You read that right.

Tom Brady is 39 years old and he’s playing better now than when he won three Super Bowls in four years starting his second year in the league in 2001.

No one gave the skinny, lanky and slow kid from San Mateo, California a chance to even make a roster in the NFL.

Brady was drafted 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft coming out of the University of Michigan. He was the fourth string QB his rookie year in New England. By his sophomore year, he replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe and led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The rest is history.

And four more super bowl titles later, the Patriots are the modern day dynasty of the NFL.

None of this happens without Brady and none of this happens without head coach Bill Belichick.

After the confetti fell and it read the Patriots as Super Bowl 51 champions, commissioner Roger Goodell found Brady in the mayhem on the field, shook his hand and congratulated the five-time champion. It was a moment Brady had been waiting for since his suspension, but he handled it with all the class in the world.

Tom Brady is the greatest to ever play the position.

Roger that.