The New England Patriots pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback wins in league history in 2017, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after trailing behind 28-3 in the 3rd quarter of the world’s most televised event.
This was only one, of many examples of Tom Brady in the pocket, calmly managing impossible situations and leading the New England Patriots to NFL record-breaking greatness. In a way, Brady didn’t only leave a mark on his own team, but was a major force in reshaping the Quarterback role in the NFL as we know it today.
Patriots’ head coach, and Tom Brady’s mentor Bill Belichick is a big part of the success behind the New England Patriots machine. In building the plays and squad around his star quarterback, and during the games standing on the sidelines and making the Patriots machine demolish everything that stood in its way to the top.
But for several years now, it is rumoured that Belichick, together with Patriots owner Robert Kraft have been looking for succession plan, to build and newer and younger New England team, which will replace aging Brady, who’s now 42 already.
In 2017, the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to the younger, and first-time Super Bowl winner Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were led by second-string quarterback Nick Foles, and managed to hand the Patriots a 41-33 defeat. After that game, many thought that this loss signed the end of the Tom Brady era. And that offseason, Brady and the Patriots agreed to a new contract that was a bit of a step down from the existing terms, which were supposed to be in effect until 2019.
But in 2018 Belichick and Brady did it again, and in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all times, won 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams. At the offseason Brady and the Patriots signed a deal again, this time giving the Pats more room for new talent. But despite a promising start, in the second half of the 2019 NFL season the Patriots under Brady struggled, going on a three-game losing streak, and although earning a seat in the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season.
But an interception-recovered-to-touchdown that Tom Brady threw against the Miami Dolphins, ended up with the Dolphins defeating the Patriots 27-24. This, together with a Kansas City Chief’s win, marked the end of the 2019 season for New England.
Come the start of the 2020 NFL year, Tom Brady waited for interested teams to court him, instead of immediately calling the Patriots as first option to strike a deal. He then got to Tampa Bay Buccaneers after playing his cards and waiting for free agency, and for a contract that prevented the Patriots from putting a franchise tag on him.
This was well-played by Brady, who seems to be able to read and tear apart his rivals’ defense both on and off the field.