5 most underrated games of Tom Brady’s Patriots career

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 18: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady #12 calls the play as Sebastian Vollmer #76 listens in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

New England Patriots fans went through a whirlwind this past weekend, and for once it was Tom Brady (well, sort of) at the center of the drama.

Sure, ESPN reported that Brady planned to retire, but that was never followed by a confirmation statement from the seven-time champion. Eventually, it became clear that ESPN could have taken the plunge and violated Brady’s privacy, which he won, in the process.

Tom Brady Sr. had come out and refuted the report, and Brady himself had said on his “Let’s go!” podcast that he still hadn’t made a decision.

However, that all changed on Tuesday, when the 44-year-old officially announced his retirement on Instagram. It could take Patriots fans months to process the news, so let’s reflect on his storied career by highlighting some of his most underrated plays for the franchise.

5 most underrated games of Tom Brady’s Patriots career

5. Demolition of the Titans in 2009

It doesn’t often snow in Foxborough in October, but the frozen skies have opened up for a Patriots-Titans regular season game at Gillette Stadium.

It was only Brady’s sixth game after tearing his ACL in 2008, and he led New England to the biggest margin of victory in franchise history. The seven-time champion has thrown a ton of perfect matches in his illustrious career, but he may be the best of the bunch…and he’s still being overlooked.

Before getting retired in the second half, Brady had 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns for zero interceptions. Five of those touchdowns came in the second quarter alone, setting an NFL record that still stands.

Again, this game was not played in a dome. Brady was battling a howling snowstorm and had perhaps the best performance of his career in the regular season. The Patriots then beat Tennessee 59-0, joining the Los Angeles Rams in 1976 as the only teams in NFL history to win by a 59-point margin.

Only Brady could throw five touchdowns in a single quarter and make this game an afterthought on the montage of his career highlights.

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