Tom Brady made an incredibly tough run to the Super Bowl this year. However, does Brady’s postseason qualify as the greatest?
Skip Bayless certainly thinks so
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Who Did Tom Brady Beat To Win Super Bowl 55?
Just by listing off the string of quarterbacks Brady beat en-route to his seventh ring, you can tell that he had one of the greatest runs in the history of the NFL.
Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes are all likely future hall-of-famers. Brady took them down in three consecutive games as he cemented his status as the GOAT.
Additionally, it’s not like the quarterbacks Brady beat were one man armies either. Drew Brees and the Saints finished the season second in the NFC with a 12-4 record. Moreover, they beat the Bucs in the regular season by a combined score of 72-26.
This Saints team was GOOD. And yet, the Buccaneers whizzed past them 30-20 in the Divisional Round. Brady didn’t have one of his most impressive games as he only threw for 199 yards, but the Bucs defense picked Brees off thrice and forced a key fumble.
Next up, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were THE team to beat in the NFC. Unlike last year, the Packers showed to be a legitimate title contender as the convincingly won games all throughout the regular season. That led to a 13-3 record and the one seed in the NFC.
Rodgers looked like the likely MVP, and everything suggested that Tampa Bay should have lost. Yet, they didn’t. Once more, the Bucs’ defense tightened up on Rodgers when it mattered as they escaped with a 31-26 victory.
And of course, the Super Bowl. This was a flat out domination. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were 14-2, the defending Super Bowl champs, and had the MVP runner up with Mahomes. That wasn’t enough, however, as they lost 31-9.
So How Does Brady’s Super Bowl Run Compare To Others?
It’s definitely up there. It’s hard to compare to other years because the NFL switched to a different format, but there’s no doubt this was one of the craziest runs in recent memory.
Brady and the Bucs won as a Wild Card team too, and that adds a lot of weight to the debate. Eli Manning’s Super Bowl with the Giants conjure up similar images. In 2007, Manning beat the undefeated Tom Brady led New England Patriots in perhaps the biggest upset in NFL history.
In 2011-12, the Giants won as a Wild Card team again against Brady’s Patriots as they beat the Matt Ryan led Falcons, the number one seed Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers, and the two seeded San Francisco 49ers, all in one run.
Comparisons can be tricky to make, but there’s no doubt that all of these runs qualify to be debated about.