Tom Brady is the GOAT but you're all wrong
An indisputable fact in the NFL is how good Brady is. Forget the tribalism for just one second and look at it objectively, Brady is a once in a generation talent and has more Super Bowl rings than the majority of the teams in the league.
However, Sunday’s Championship game was not the game that proved that.
I’m writing this because I saw a tweet from an F1 reporter who compared Brady to Lewis Hamiliton. To summarise, Hamilton will always be criticised, he has a better car, team, sponsors, etc. At the end of the day though, he is the most successful driver in Formula 1 history; an undeniable talent and would be successful in any team.
Said reporter, along with many others, pointed out that Brady, in his first year in the NFC, has now won the NFC Championship and taken his team (who haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2007) to the Super Bowl.
On this logic, he has unequivocally proven he is the greatest of all time, he proved the doubters wrong, and after 20 years with one team and the same coach he could do it again with an entirely different set-up.
But that game proved nothing. That was an uncharacteristically poor game for the GOAT. Green Bay were literally feet away from tieing that game and a poor coaching call led to a field goal and handing the ball back to Tampa.
I don’t want to take away from Tampa, they’ve worked hard during the season and gone on three straight road games in the playoffs but Brady wasn’t the GOAT.
Man to man, Brady didn’t line up. Rodgers went for 33-48, 346 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and had a passer rating of 101.6. Much better than Brady’s 20-36, 280 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 73.9.
Now I know stats matter little at the end of the day. After the game, Rodgers walked into a press conference talking about an uncertain future while Brady went home with $500,000 for bagging his team a Conference Championship (According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter)
However, when we’re talking about someone being the GOAT, do you use a game where the opposing team made mistake after mistake and blew nearly every opportunity they had to tie or take the lead?
No, you use their career. A career in which they’ve won six Super Bowl rings, hold the record for most playoff games started (43) and the record for most playoff wins (32). Tom Brady was the greatest of all time somewhere between his third and sixth SB ring. If he retired last year like we all thought he was going to then he would have still been the GOAT continued being for many years to come.
Sunday was a great game if you were a Bucs fan but it wasn’t Brady’s best, instead wait until the Super Bowl where two decades of experience under pressure is going up against the only likely candidate to rival the Tom Brady legacy.