Tom Brady Leads Bucs To Super Bowl and Ends GOAT Debate

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  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the NFC title game.
  • Tampa Bay becomes the first team to play the Super Bowl in its home stadium.
  • Tom Brady will be making a record 10th Super Bowl appearance two weeks from now.

Add more NFL records for Tom Brady.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking down the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the 2020 NFC title game, Brady becomes the second QB to win both the NFC and AFC title game and could become the first to win it while playing in both Conferences:

But that is just the tip of the Tom Brady iceberg as the former 6th round pick set and reset several records on Sunday.

Let’s start with playoff wins. He now has a win over 27 different quarterbacks in the playoffs. To think that only Peyton Manning has at least 27 playoff starts is mind boggling. Manning’s playoff record is 14-13. With Sunday’s win, Brady now has a 33-11 record in the NFL playoffs.

First to Play Super Bowl at Home Stadium

Prior to Sunday, no team in the history of the NFL has ever reached a Super Bowl that will be played in its home stadium. There have been a handful of teams that were close to achieving the feat. The latest was the Minnesota Vikings which lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game in 2017. Although they have opened as the slight +150 underdogs at SportsBetting.ag, the Buccaneers will be the first team in the history of the NFL to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium.

Brady entered the NFC title game with 25 TD passes and only two interceptions on the road this season. The six-time Super Bowl winner had not thrown an interception in his previous nine road games to become the first QB not to throw an INT in nine road games during a single season. He had three in the second half against the Packers.

There were 12 other quarterbacks before him who threw at least three interceptions in a postseason half. Of the dozen, only Russell Wilson in the 2014 Conference title game against the Packers won. For Brady, it was the 4th time in his career where he’s thrown at least three interceptions in a playoff half. He is now 3-1 in those games and only he and Joe Montana (2-0) have a winning record under that circumstance.

10th Super Bowl Appearance

Tom Brady joins Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, and Craig Morton as the only QBs in the history of the NFL to start in the Super Bowl for two different franchises. He also joins Norm Van Brocklin and Johnny Unitas as the only QBs to play in a Super Bowl in three different decades.

Brady will also head to his 10th Super Bowl appearance, the most in the history of the NFL. He has started twice as many NFL championship games than the next QB on the list ( John Elway 5 ) and one more than any two QBs combined in the history of the NFL. That’s unheard of in any sport.

To put that in context, only one NFL franchise has more Super Bowl appearances than Tom Brady and that’s the New England Patriots who have gone to 11 Super Bowls, including nine with Brady. The Lions, Jaguars, Browns, Texans, Jets, Cardinals, Chargers, Titans, Bears, and Bengals have a combined nine Super Bowl appearances. That’s just insane.

Why Brady is the GOAT

In Brady’s 21 seasons in the NFL, he’s had 19 healthy campaigns and has made the Super Bowl in 10 of those healthy seasons. If you do the math, that’s a 52.6% rate of making the Super Bowl. In contrast, NBA legend Michael Jordan made 50.5% of the shots he took with the Chicago Bulls ( or excluding his Washington/Charlotte career). That means that Brady is more likely to go to the Super Bowl than a prime Jordan cane make a shot. Tom is even likely to go the Super Bowl every season than Steph Curry can make a three-pointer in an NBA game.

Brady is also only the 24th athlete in the history of the four major pro sports leagues in North America to make 10 championship appearances, and the only one other than LeBron James in the last 30 years. But while the NBA’s King James has a 3-6 finals record, Brady is 6-3 in the Super Bowl.

But this isn’t about Jordan or Curry making shots or LeBron James losing in the finals. This is about Tom Brady being the GOAT, not just of the NFL but of all sports. Imagine those accomplishments and factor in Brady’s age. No other NFL QB has started in a Super Bowl at 40+ years old. Brady will be making his third two weeks from today, matching the total of Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Dan Marino combined. That’s just amazing.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.