New England Patriots fans were put through a whirlwind this past weekend, and for once it was Tom Brady (well, sort of) at the center of the drama.
Of course, ESPN reported that Brady is planning to retire, but that was never followed up with a confirmation statement from the seven-time champ. Eventually, it became clear that ESPN might’ve jumped the gun and violated Brady’s privacy, which he’s earned, in the process.
Tom Brady Sr. had come out and refuted the report, and Brady himself said on his “Let’s Go!” podcast that he’s still hadn’t made a decision.
However, that all changed on Tuesday, as the 44-year-old officially announced his retirement on Instagram. It might take Patriots fans months to process the news, so let’s reflect on his legendary career by highlighting some of his most underrated games for the franchise.
5 most underrated games of Tom Brady’s Patriots career
5. 2009 demolition of the Titans
It doesn’t often snow in Foxborough in October, but the frozen skies opened up for a Patriots-Titans regular-season game at Gillette Stadium.
It was only Brady’s sixth game back after he tore his ACL in 2008, and he led New England to the biggest win margin in the franchise’s history. The seven-time champ has pitched a ton of perfect games over his illustrious career, but this might just be the best of the bunch … and it still gets overlooked.
Before getting pulled in the second half, Brady went 29-of-34 for 380 yards and six touchdowns to zero interceptions. Five of those touchdowns came in the second quarter alone, which set an NFL record that’s still holding strong.
Again, this game wasn’t played in a dome. Brady was battling a howling snow storm and posted maybe the best regular-season performance of his career. The Patriots went on to defeat Tennessee 59-0, joining the 1976 Los Angeles Rams as the only teams in NFL history to win by a margin of 59 points.
Only Brady could throw five touchdowns in a single quarter and have that game become an afterthought of his career highlight montage.