New England Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady, is heralded as an elite in the QB pantheon. He shares the coveted status with Peyton Manning, the other not-too-impressive Manning, Eli, and arguably Aaron Rodgers. He has been to the Super Bowl five times, winning three of them and two Super Bowl MVP awards to accompany the Lombardi Trophies.
Accompanying these accolades is his performance during the 2007 season, when the Patriots were undefeated during the regular season and Brady mounted a number of NFL records. Let’s not forget to mention that Brady is the first and possibly will be the only QB to lead his team to 10 divisional titles.
Switching gears, let’s do a quarterback comparison and match up Brady with his childhood hero, Joe Montana. If you know football, you know the name Montana. Remember Joe Montana Football for Sega Genesis? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. Nevertheless, Joe Cool is a god in that pantheon of quarterbacks. He has four Lombardi Trophies and a host of accolades.
More importantly, Brady is the only QB that can be mentioned in the same breath as Montana when comes to MVP awards; only Brady and Montana have won the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards more than once. Yes, only Brady; Manning (Peyton or Eli) or Rodgers have not accomplished that as of yet. Tim Tebow has eons before he’ll even win a Super Bowl, but that’s neither here nor there.
Given Brady’s resume, it is safe to say that he is an elite QB. But is he still the Golden Boy? Grade his performance during the AFC championship against the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for 320 yards, which is standard; the two interceptions and the one touchdown is not standard Brady. If you’re thinking, “They were up against the Ravens’ defense,” so was Manning (Peyton) and he managed to put up three touchdowns against the Ravens’ defense.
Perhaps he was having a bad day? Maybe he didn’t get enough sleep the night before? It was probably too cold in Foxborough that Sunday evening? Whatever the case may be, number 12 did not show up to play. It was an AFC Championship game, one step away from the Super Bowl and Brady fumbled; he was not the Brady that we enjoy watching.
He was not the Golden Boy.
Brady isn’t getting any younger. At age 36, how much longer will he be the Patriots’ glorious QB? Or maybe it wasn’t Brady? Maybe the Patriots just can’t beat the Ravens? After all, they only won the AFC Championship game last year because of a missed field goal. If we rewind time, the Patriots were embarrassed in Gillette Stadium in similar fashion January 10, 2010, as the Ravens preyed on Brady and the Patriots, 33-14. That was their first playoff loss at home.
Needless to say, the Ravens handed them their second playoff loss at home January 20, 2013.