S1 Bonus 03: Tom Brady Takes The Long Way Home


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Tom Brady is heading to Washington on Saturday night with the hopes of going on a Super Bowl run with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs play the Washington Football Team in the NFC Wild Card matchup. Brady threw 40 touchdown passes and the Bucs finished 11-5 after ending the regular season with four straight victories. Tom and his team are red-hot. Brady already has been to more Super Bowls (9) and won more Super Bowls (6) than any player in history. Now he's trying to join old pal Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win it all with two different teams. Another milestone: He has never been to the Super Bowl without a first round bye. Is this the first of three straight road playoff victories before he gets to play Super Bowl back home in Tampa or is this where Tom Brady's magical season ends?


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are red-hot going into the postseason with a four-game winning streak. They finished the regular season with an 11-5 record, tying the franchise record for most victories, which was set in 2002, the year Tampa won its only Super Bowl.

At the age of 43, Brady threw 40 touchdown passes, the second highest total of his 21-year career. Now he’s trying to get to his tenth Super Bowl. Think about that. Ten Super Bowls. Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers combined have to been to nine.

[AUDIO CLIP TOM BRADY:] “We gotta keep it going. We've got a big one next week. It all comes down to one game now that the regular season's over…you know, it’s one football game: Who plays well, who executes when the pressure's on..”

In 2007 Brady broke Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 49 touchdown passes by throwing 50 in the New England Patriots undefeated regular season. Manning not only took back the record in 2013, but he pushed it way out there by throwing 55 in his second season in Denver.

Manning predicted Brady would break his record again. That ‘ not going to happen, but by throwing 40, Brady broke Manning’s record of 37 touchdown passes in the first season with a new team. Brady tossed four TDs in the Bucs 44-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to jump ahead of Peyton. That’s kind of an obscure record, but not a bad one to own.

[AUDIO CLIP TOM BRADY:] “Whatever happens, for me, as a quarterback, is reflective of what our group does on offense. I love playing with the guys I play with. We got a great group of receivers, great group of tight ends, very selfless. The backs have done an incredible job and the way the offensive line is playing and protect, it gives any quarterback a great opportunity. So it's a team sport. Those are great team accomplishments, and I'm just proud of all the guys and what they put in this year. And now we're moving into the playoffs and we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us. Got to go try to take advantage of it.”

Now the money time of the 2020 season has arrived. The Bucs are the No. 5 seed and in all likelihood will have to win three playoff games on the road to get back home to Tampa and become the first team to play the Super Bowl on its home field.

Can the Bucs win three playoff games in a row on the road? It’s been done before. Brady knows all about it because the 2007 New York Giants won three games on the road before beating him and the Patriots in Super Bowl 42.

Tampa went into its bye week at just 7-5 after back-to-back home losses to the Rams and Chiefs. What was wrong with Brady? Why didn’t Bruce Arians adjust his deep passing game to take advantage of Brady’s strength, which was throwing underneath with an occasional deep shot. He played one of the worst games of his career in a home loss to the Saints...

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