Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Back on September 29, 2014, the New England Patriots went into Kansas City on a Monday night and got throttled by the Chiefs, 41-14. After that game, the speculations started to come out that the Patriots reign atop the football mountain was over and that Tom Brady was yesterday's news. I also shared that feeling because for as long as I can remember, I have despised Brady. From his days at Michigan to his dethroning of Drew Bledsoe in New England, this guy just didn't sit well with me so it felt good to see him lose his touch...or so we thought.
That following Sunday night in Foxborough, Brady & Co. showed the world that they weren't going anywhere as they lit up my beloved Cincinnati Bengals, 43-17. Fast forward through a strong rest of the regular season, the playoffs and a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this past Sunday, and I think Brady proved all of us wrong once again.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that the Patriots winning this Super Bowl was just as much due to Pete Carroll's questionable play calling at the end of the game as it was Brady's impressive comeback in the fourth quarter. With that variable aside, it was still Brady and the Pats who were down 24-14 late in the third quarter and found a way to lead two strong drives in the fourth that resulted in consecutive touchdowns. As we have seen many times before, it takes a special player to will their team back from a double-digit deficit in any game, especially the Super Bowl, and as usual, Brady found a way to do it.
Not only did Brady and Coach Bill Belichick win their fourth Super Bowl in 14 years, but Brady captured his third Super Bowl MVP honor with a total of 328 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Most of us figured that after a 15-year career, the days of Brady running the league were all but over. But just like when he was taken in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady wanted to prove all of his doubters wrong, and once again, that's exactly what he did. He may not be the best quarterback in the league anymore, but Brady can still play with the best of them and as long as he and Belichick are together, the Patriots won't be going away any time soon.
I may never like or cheer for Tom Brady, but after his resurgence this season, it's hard to not respect the man. When we all counted him out, Brady shifted into a different gear and showed us all what he is still capable of. Another Super Bowl ring was just the middle finger to us all that solidified his dominance.