Tom Brady is back in the Super Bowl? Wow, what a shocker!
With another Super Bowl berth this year, the Buccaneers quarterback has now reached the big game in 10 of his 21 NFL seasons. Brady wasn’t the starter during his first professional campaign and tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season, so he’s basically shooting over 50 percent for his career.
As a member of the Patriots, the 43-year-old won six Super Bowl rings, the most of any player in NFL history. He also holds multiple Super Bowl records that may never be touched — and he’s only going to add to them on Sunday.
Before Brady and the Bucs battle Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55, let’s take a look back at the GOAT’s incredible Super Bowl resume.
Super Bowl 36: Patriots 20, Rams 17
Brady’s stats: 16-for-27 passing, 145 yards, one TD, zero INTs, 86.2 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
In his first Super Bowl appearance, Brady helped the Patriots pull off the upset against the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf.” With no timeouts remaining and less than two minutes on the clock, Brady led New England down the field, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 48-yard field goal.
Not a bad debut, huh?
Super Bowl 38: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Brady’s stats: 32-for-48 passing, 354 yards, three TDs, one INT, 100.5 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
The script was slightly different, but Brady enjoyed a similar ending in his second trip to the Super Bowl. With the game tied 29-29, Brady did a one-minute drill to put Vinatieri in position for another buzzer-beater.
Super Bowl 39: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Brady’s stats: 23-for-33 passing, 236 yards, two TDs, zero INTs, 110.2 rating
Three for three. Brady outdueled Donovan McNabb, whose final desperation heave was picked off by Rodney Harrison to seal a Patriots victory. New England wide receiver Deion Branch earned MVP honors after catching 11 passes from Brady for 133 yards.
Super Bowl 42: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Brady’s stats: 29-for-48 passing, 266 yards, one TD, zero INTs, 82.5 rating
Look away, Patriots fans.
Brady’s first Super Bowl loss was his most painful. The Pats entered the contest hoping to put the finishing touches on a perfect season, but New York’s defense pressured Brady all game long, sacking him five times and limiting New England to just 14 points. On the Giants’ last offensive drive, Eli Manning connected with David Tyree on the “Helmet Catch” and then found Plaxico Burress in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
Super Bowl 46: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Brady’s stats: 27-for-41 passing, 276 yards, two TDs, one INT, 91.1 rating
As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
New England captured a 17-9 lead in the second half, but New York responded with 12 unanswered points to jump ahead late in the fourth quarter. Brady guided the Patriots to midfield on the team’s final drive, giving New England a Hail Mary opportunity. Unfortunately for the Pats, Rob Gronkowski couldn’t snag the falling football.
Manning 2, Brady 0. Who saw that coming?
Super Bowl 49: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Brady’s stats: 37-for-50 passing, 328 yards, four TDs, two INTs, 101.1 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
Brady bounced back after two Super Bowl losses, throwing for 300-plus yards and four scores on his way to his third MVP award. However, this game was remembered not for what Brady did, but rather for what the Seahawks didn’t do.
Down by four points with the ball on the New England 1 and only seconds remaining, Seattle elected to pass instead of handing off to Marshawn Lynch. Russell Wilson was then picked off by Malcolm Butler, securing a victory for the Patriots and leaving Seahawks supporters furious.
Super Bowl 51: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
Brady’s stats: 43-for-62 passing, 466 yards, two TDs, one INT, 95.2 rating (Super Bowl MVP)
So many 28-3 jokes. SO MANY.
With 8:31 on the clock in the third quarter, Atlanta took that now-infamous 25-point lead. The Pats then stormed back to win in overtime behind a stellar performance by Brady, who added Super Bowl MVP No. 4 to his trophy room. Never count out “Touchdown Tom.”
Super Bowl 52: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Brady’s stats: 28-for-48 passing, 505 yards, three TDs, zero INTs, 115.4 rating
Despite finishing with the best Super Bowl stat line of his career, Brady walked off the field disappointed following the conclusion of this game. He could have used a few stops from his defense, which struggled to contain . . . Nick Foles?
Yes, the Eagles QB played the game of his life, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching a TD pass on his way to being named Super Bowl MVP.
Super Bowl 53: Patriots 13, Rams 3
Brady’s stats: 21-for-35 passing, 262 yards, zero TDs, one INT, 71.4 rating
Oof, just an ugly game.
Both the Patriots and the Rams struggled to score, but New England did enough to emerge victorious. This marked Brady’s only Super Bowl appearance without a touchdown pass, though he didn’t seem to care much as he solidified his GOAT status with a record sixth Super Bowl ring.
Tom Brady Super Bowl stats
- Record: 6-3
- Passing yards: 2,838*
- Completions: 256*
- Pass attempts: 392*
- Completion percentage: 65.3
- Passing touchdowns: 18*
- Interceptions: 6
* Super Bowl record.
Flames plagued by inconsistent play again in loss to Senators – Sportsnet.ca
You could see it in Mark Giordano’s strides as he successfully chased down a player 15 years younger on an overtime breakaway.
You could see it in the diving leg save made by Juuso Valimaki late in a 3-3 game.
Unmistakable signs of desperation.
Finally, after two periods.
It was almost as if players started hearing reports that a combine driven by an infuriated farmer was spotted racing south on Hwy 2.
Darryl Sutter’s actual arrival at the Dome is slated for Tuesday’s practice, at which time nothing can be done about the Flames’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
However, you can bet the latest in a season of inconsistent outings will be brought up by the 62-year-old holding the straight-bladed Sher-Wood.
“That’s the tough part – you want to see that all the time,” acting coach Ryan Huska said of the team’s inspiring third period play, which erased a 3-1 deficit.
“There were a lot of good showings from a lot of different players (in the third), but at this time of year you can’t just be talking about one good period.”
But we are. Again.
And that’s why Geoff Ward was fired Thursday, to be replaced by Sutter on Tuesday, following two more losses and an odd handful of days without him courtesy of COVID-19 protocol.
As Calgary’s third loss to last-place Ottawa illustrated, the Jolly Rancher can’t get here quick enough to try saving a season rapidly getting away from the Flames.
“Obviously it’s a unique situation when you have a coach who’s not there, but we’re trying to control what we can,” said Noah Hanifin, whose second goal in as many games completed an emotional comeback with eight minutes left in a final frame in which the Flames enjoyed a 16-3 shot advantage.
“Obviously he demands success and everywhere he’s went he’s won. That’s something we’re looking forward to having in our locker room. I’m excited to see what he brings and what he expects from us. It’s going to be good for our team.”
As part of the team’s precipitous drop in emotion and intensity from Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Edmonton, the Flames failed on three first-period power plays in a game led 2-0 by Ottawa after one.
Zac Rinaldo’s fight with Austin Watson injected some life into the Flames, who scored soon thereafter when Giordano’s point blast tipped off a defender’s skate and found its way through traffic.
Jacob Markstrom made several big saves in the second but surrendered a goal to Colin White, setting up a third in which Johnny Gaudreau’s power play goal (the only conversion in eight tries) kick-started the comeback completed by Hanifin.
“Marky stops two breakaways in the second that help us get the point, but we’ve got to find a way to get two,’ said Giordano, who tracked down Drake Batherson in overtime to help send the game into a shootout eventually won by the 22-year-old Senators sensation.
“It stings right now — we know how important every point is. In the third we had a great push, but we’ve got to find a way to come out with two points. The effort is there and guys’ hearts are in the right place. But the desperation really has to be from the drop of the puck.”
Valimaki helped preserve the lone point late in the third after Markstrom misplayed a puck behind the net that squirted out to a wide-open Connor Brown, whose shot at the empty net was stopped by the diving defenceman, earning a hug from his netminder.
However, after Matthew Tkachuk and Tim Stutzle traded goals in the shootout, Batherson cast another pall over the Flames’ season with the winner as Ottawa’s fourth shooter.
We’ll start to find out Thursday, when Montreal comes to town, if Sutter’s arrival has come too late.
Batherson’s shootout winner lifts Senators over Flames – TSN
CALGARY — The Ottawa Senators emerged victorious in their fifth battle of the season with the Calgary Flames Sunday night.
Drake Batherson scored the game-winner in a four-round shootout to give Ottawa the 4-3 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
“I thought we played a good game even when (the Flames) made their push in the third,” Senators forward Colin White said.
“We hung in there and won it.”
The Sens have now won three of five against the Flames this season. Ottawa also has five wins in their last eight contests.
Calgary earned just one point from the game, leaving them three behind the Montreal Canadiens for fourth place in the North Division.
“It stings right now,” Flames defenceman Mark Giordano said. “We know how important these points are. We’ve got to come out better than we did. Obviously, in the third we had a great push. But we’ve got to find a way to get two points in games. That’s the bottom line right now.”
Connor Brown, Ryan Dzingel and Colin White each scored for the Senators (9-17-1) in regulation. Tim Stutzle also tallied a shootout goal.
Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, and Noah Hanifin scored for Calgary (11-12-3), while Matthew Tkachuk added a shootout goal in the loss.
Matt Murray made 31 saves for Ottawa, earning his seventh win of the season.
“He was solid. He looked calm back there tonight. He was seeing everything. The only goals (Calgary) got were a deflection and a rebound goal that came right back to the guy. He gave us every opportunity to win,” Senators head coach D.J. Smith said post-game.
Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for Calgary.
Brown scored the first goal of the game with 6:12 to play in the first. He fired the puck from behind the right face off circle. The puck redirected off a Flames defenceman before sliding through Markstrom’s legs.
Dzingel scored for the second consecutive game to give Ottawa a 2-0 advantage before the intermission. He finished a two-on-one play, taking a pass from Chris Tierney before tapping the puck past Markstrom.
Senators forward Austin Watson and Flames forward Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves within the opening three minutes of the second period, in hopes of sparking their respective teams.
It worked, briefly, for the Flames. Giordano scored his third of year 88 seconds later, firing a shot that deflected off Sens’ forward Josh Norris before beating Murray.
But Ottawa would restore their two-goal advantage thanks to Colin White‘s seventh goal of the season less than four minutes later.
Gaudreau scored in the third period to bring Calgary, once again, within a goal. It was his 11th of the season. The Flames would finally even the score thanks to a goal from Hanifin with over eight minutes left in regulation. It was the second goal in two games for the defenceman.
Calgary thought they had the game won later in the third as Brown tried to give the Senators the lead with his second of the night. With Markstrom out of position, the puck struck the right leg of Flames defenceman Juuso Valimaki and missed the net.
“It was an important time to keep the puck out of our net,” Valimaki said.
The Flames and Senators hoped overtime would decide things, but to no avail. Batherson’s shootout winner finally ended the battle in Ottawa’s favour.
NOTES: The Flames had eight power play opportunities Sunday night, but only scored once with the man advantage. The Senators were 0-for-2 on the man advantage…Sunday night’s game once again saw Ryan Huska coach for the Flames. Calgary hasn’t yet won a game since firing head coach Geoff Ward before the weekend. Incoming head coach Darryl Sutter will officially take over Monday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2021.
Team LeBron beats Team Durant as Lillard hits game-winning three – Sportsnet.ca
ATLANTA — In the midst of a pandemic, this was assured of being an NBA All-Star Game like no other.
The stands were mostly empty. The crowd noise was largely piped in. There were no A-list celebrities sitting courtside. Two players had to sit out after getting haircuts.
But in the end, it had a familiar feel.
Team LeBron won again.
Knocking down shots from all over the court, LeBron James’ powerhouse squad closed the first half with a dominating run to set up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the league’s 70th midseason showcase Sunday night.
The top vote-getters in each conference have picked the teams the last four years, a duty that James has earned every season.
He’s now 4-0, having defeated Stephen Curry’s squad in 2018 and teams selected by Milwaukee’s two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo the previous two years.
This time, James drafted his two former adversaries and blew away Kevin Durant’s team.
“I think he’s got a future as a GM,” said Damian Lillard, another of James’ inspired selections. “He always gets it right.”
Antetokounmpo was the game’s MVP after shooting 16 of 16 for 35 points, even making all three of his attempts beyond the 3-point stripe. It was the most baskets without a miss in All-Star Game history.
“I’m just having fun,” the Greek star said. “Sometimes when you’re having fun and not thinking about the outcome, you just let your instincts take over.”
Curry chipped in with 28 points, while Lillard had 32.
James spent most of the night admiring his drafting skill from the bench. He played less than 13 minutes, scored just four points, and didn’t return to the court in the second half.
Instead, he munched a snack on the bench.
“I know he was managing his minutes tonight,” Curry said. “We had a great time, representing him as captain. It was a memorable night for sure.”
It sure was for Curry, who won the 3-point competition beforehand, then went 8 of 16 from beyond the arc in the game.
Lillard matched him, also making 8 of 16 from 3-point range.
This All-Star Game sure was different than the previous 69.
Determined to pull off an exhibition that is huge for TV revenue and the league’s worldwide brand, the NBA staged the game in a mostly empty downtown arena, a made-for-TV extravaganza that was symbolic of the coronavirus era.
Despite extensive safety protocols in place, two players didn’t even make it to tipoff. Philadelphia stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out because they got haircuts from a barber who tested positive for COVID-19.
The only good thing for Durant: He didn’t have to participate in this shellacking, sitting out the game with an ailing hamstring.
Bradley Beal led Team Durant with 26 points.
On a night highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Team LeBron swept the first three quarters and cruised to the final target score, earning a total of $750,000 for its charity, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The game got out of hand late in the second quarter.
With scant defence being played, Team LeBron took turns dunking off alley-oop passes. Chris Paul delivered back-to-back lobs that Lillard and Curry slammed through. Then, it was Paul on the receiving end of a payback pass from Curry.
After showing it could handle shots up close, Team LeBron headed outside in the final seconds of the half.
Lillard pulled up for a 3-pointer from the half-court line. Not to be outdone, Curry knocked down one from virtually the same spot.
“It was a lot of fun,” Lillard said. “Me and Steph shoot a lot of 3s. We shoot deep 3s. It was 3, 3, 3, 3, 3.”
Amid the joyful moments, the atmosphere at State Farm Arena was downright eerie compared to a normal All-Star Game.
Instead of a packed house, with A-list celebrities crammed into prime courtside seats, this game was attended by a smattering of hand-picked guests. They had plenty of room to spread out in a 17,000-seat venue that was essentially transformed into a giant television studio, with socially distanced spectators kept far from the court.
Towering video screens were set up behind the benches. Vegas-style lights flashed around the arena. Recorded crowd noise blared over the sound system. The entertainment was provided by the host Atlanta Hawks, who didn’t have any players in the game but were represented by their cheerleaders, drum line and DJ.
To address fears that one of its biggest events would become a super-spreader for a virus that has killed more than a half-million Americans, the NBA pared down its usual weekend-long ritual of extravagant parties, gridlocked streets and people watching
This All-Star Game was a one-night-only event, with a pair of skill competitions held shortly before the game and the Dunk Contest squeezed into the halftime break. The players flew in Saturday afternoon and were largely confined to a nearby hotel except for their time on the court.
“This is when everyone in basketball all over the world comes to one city,” James said before the game. “We’re able to sit back and go, `Wow, this is the game we have built.’ It’s a beautiful weekend for all walks of life, on the floor and off the floor.
“But I’m sitting here in my hotel room, isolated. My family’s not here. I’m by myself. It’s just different, to say the least, compared to previous years.”
All-Star Weekend was crammed into a few hours.
During the pregame, Indiana forward Domantas Sabonis defeated Orlando centre Nikola Vucevic in the Skills Challenge, redeeming last year’s finals loss to Bam Adebayo. That was followed by Curry knocking off Utah’s Mike Conley to capture the 3-Point Contest for the second time. The Warriors star added to the long-range title he won in 2015.
At halftime, Portland’s Anfernee Simons defeated New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin in the Slam Dunk Contest, nearly kissing the rim with his winning throw-down. Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers was eliminated in the opening round.
Team Durant: Zion Williamson of New Orleans started the game in place of Embiid. The Pelicans forward had 10 points. … Durant’s team heaved up 72 3-pointers, but made only 27 (37.5%).
Team LeBron: Paul had 16 assists, passing Magic Johnson’s record for most career All-Star assists with 128. … Lillard ended the game with another long 3-pointer. Curry was waiving to the spectators before it even went in. … James’ team shot 63.6% from the field, including 31 of 61 from 3-point range.
The 71st All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. The 2023 game is set for Salt Lake City, followed by Indianapolis in 2024.
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