Tom Brady was watching former teammate Logan Ryan rejoice in the end zone after the Titans cornerback intercepted him and returned it for a touchdown the last time he threw a pass at Gillette Stadium. Not only did that put a stop to Tennessee’s Wild-Card playoff matchup with New England during the 2019 season, but it also marked Brady’s final season with the Patriots. The quarterback would sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later that offseason, putting an end to his two-decade reign of terror in Foxborough.
The top ten moments in ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s Foxborough career
Brady has returned to town 19 months later. His Buccaneers, who won Super Bowl LV in 2020, will face the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 4, and it will be Brady’s first visit to Gillette Stadium since leaving the team. Of course, the quarterback’s comeback will be just the latest in a long line of unforgettable moments in Foxborough. We’ve compiled some of the top moments from Brady’s 20 years with the Patriots, notably in Foxborough, before he enters the field for this highly anticipated battle against his old team and former head coach, Bill Belichick. If we’re talking about some of Tom Brady’s best single plays throughout his time with the Patriots, especially at Gillette Stadium, it won’t be long before New Englanders bring up his juke on Bears icon Brian Urlacher. Are there 10,000 more significant plays in Brady’s career? Absolutely. However, it’s possible that this was the most unexpected highlight he’s given the Foxborough faithful, which is why it’s so special to Patriots supporters. Brady, unlike Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick, and others, has never been seen as a mobile quarterback. However, on a third-and-9 play against Chicago in Week 12 of 2006, he cranked on the wheels, went up the gut, and shook a Hall of Fame linebacker loose for a first down. Brady’s ecstatic shout after the touchdown further contributed to the legend.
Of course, Tom Brady’s time in Foxborough predates Gillette Stadium, thus this list of top Foxborough moments will continue until 2001, when Foxborough Stadium closes for the final time. After Bledsoe was hospitalised after a crushing hit by Mo Lewis, Brady got his first start of the season the following week in New England. While this wouldn’t be like many of the future Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchups, the young quarterback not only scored his first win of the season, but he also gained an advantage in head-to-head matchups with his famed opponent. The defence was the true story in this win, as Brady only completed 13 of his 23 throws for 168 yards. Meanwhile, the Patriots’ defence forced Manning to throw three interceptions, while the rushing game shredded the Indianapolis defence. Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk combined for 238 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Again, this wasn’t Brady’s best performance in Foxborough, but it was the first of many.
Tom Brady, a two-time MVP and four-time Super Bowl champion at the time, would add to his status as the best winner in NFL history in an early December showdown against the Los Angeles Rams. Brady earned his 201st win after leading New England to a 26-10 victory over Los Angeles, making him the league’s all-time winningest quarterback. Brady had previously been tied for the record with Peyton Manning, but his victory has now separated him from his longtime nemesis. Brady threw for 269 yards and a touchdown on 33 of his 46 passes in the win.
This is a Brady moment that is underappreciated. The quarterback entered the season having had his 2008 season cut short due to an ACL tear. Brady looked rusty at first in his first game back after the injury, but he warmed up as the game proceeded. With just over five minutes left in the game, New England trailed by 11 points and pulled off an incredible comeback. The quarterback would toss two touchdowns in a 1:16 stretch late in the fourth quarter to rally the Patriots to a 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. After New England pulled within five points, Brady was helped by Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin fumbling on a kickoff return.
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