2. Super Bowl XXXVI vs. St. Louis Rams
Going 16-27 for 145 yards sounds like poor performance, but this game ends up here because of the context surrounding it. Brady was a backup to Drew Bledsoe with no reputation in this league, and he was going up against Kurt Warner and arguably the most explosive passing offense the game has ever seen in The Greatest Show on Turf.
Fresh off a Tuck Rule-aided appearance, Brady was able to slow the game down to limit how Warner could attack this defense. By the end of the game, Warner had been intercepted twice and the Patriots became champions for the first time in franchise history.
Tom Brady got the Patriots dynasty started against the St. Louis Rams.
Brady was far from the record-breaking dynamo he evolved into later in his career, but he deserves high marks for being able to stare down one of the best offenses the game has ever seen and come out on top. Considering how young he was at the time, that performance is worthy of praise.
The Patriots would win two more titles in the next three seasons, laying the foundation for one of the greatest dynasties that we’ve seen in American sports. It all started with a 145-yard performance in the Superdome that helped take down the mighty Rams.