During his career with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and Super Bowls became synonymous. He holds almost every conceivable quarterback record in NFL history. After signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, Brady won yet another Super Bowl. Let’s take a look back at his illustrious career and his history with the Lombardi Trophy.
How many Super Bowls has Tom Brady won?
Following Tampa Bay’s victory in Super Bowl 55, Brady already has seven Super Bowl titles under his belt. Brady holds the record for most Super Bowl wins in NFL history, but he also has the most Super Bowl appearances. Super Bowl 55 represented the 10th time Brady had played for the Lombardi.
No other NFL player is even close to Brady in terms of Super Bowl appearances. Brady’s former teammate in New England, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, played in six Super Bowls alongside him. Former Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos defensive tackle Mike Lodish also took part in six Super Bowls. The only other quarterback who comes anywhere close to Brady’s record is John Elway, who has half the number of appearances.
When he took his first snap in Super Bowl 55, Brady joined an exclusive club of NFL signal-callers to start Super Bowls for multiple teams. Only Peyton Manning (Colts and Broncos), Craig Morton (Cowboys and Broncos), and Kurt Warner (Rams and Cardinals) had managed that feat before Brady. Manning was the only LB to lift the Lombardi Trophy for two different clubs before Brady’s victory.
Tom Brady’s Super Bowl appearances
Super Bowl 36 – New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
The first of Brady’s six Super Bowls came in an upset win over the St. Louis Rams. Warner and Marshall Faulk led the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, but Bill Belichick’s masterful game plan held them in check.
Brady only posted 145 yards and one touchdown, but he still won the Super Bowl MVP award after orchestrating a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. Adam Vinatieri kicked the winning field goal for the Patriots’ — and Brady’s — first-ever Super Bowl win.
Super Bowl 38 – New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
After failing to make the playoffs in 2002, the Patriots came back with a vengeance the following season. In what would be considered one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time, New England squared off against the Carolina Panthers. Vinatieri would again be the Patriots’ hero, kicking the game-winning field goal with four seconds left on the clock to give the Patriots a 32-29 win.
Brady was much more involved in this Super Bowl than he was in his first. He threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns, earning the second Super Bowl MVP award of his career.
Super Bowl 39 – New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
Brady went back to the Super Bowl the very next season. Facing the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots pulled away in the fourth quarter. While the Birds eventually made it a one-score game, they couldn’t use the game’s last possession to stage a comeback.
Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, but wide receiver Deion Branch — who posted a Super Bowl record 11 catches for 133 yards — earned the Super Bowl MVP award.
The Patriots became the first NFL team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Denver Broncos in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. Only six teams had won back-to-back Lombardi Trophies before New England pulled it off. The Pittsburgh Steelers remain the only team in NFL history to win consecutive titles more than once.
Despite all their success, the third of Tom Brady’s Super Bowls would be the last for some time.
Super Bowl 42 – New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
Two Super Bowl losses would then interrupt Brady’s success. First, the 2007 Patriots bulldozed through the NFL on their way to the fourth Super Bowl appearance of Brady’s career. The Patriots set offensive records aplenty as they went undefeated through the regular season. With Brady, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker lighting the league on fire, New England was virtually unstoppable. That was, of course, until they met the New York Giants.
Having beaten the Giants earlier in the year, the Patriots were an overwhelming favorite. Yet, the game was close throughout. New England led the league in nearly every offensive category, but the Super Bowl was dominated by defense. Although the Patriots had led early in the second quarter, the lead flip-flopped in the fourth quarter.
During New York’s final drive of the game, David Tyree’s now-famous “Helmet Catch” kept the Giants alive. Two minutes later, Plaxico Burress snagged the winning touchdown pass. Stunningly, the Patriots’ undefeated season and Super Bowl hopes were dashed.
Super Bowl 46 – New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
Four years later, Brady and the Patriots were back in the Super Bowl facing the Giants again. New York had already defeated New England during the regular season.
Brady opened the game in a disastrous fashion, as an intentional grounding-induced safety gave the Giants an early lead. Eli Manning would add a touchdown, putting New York up 9-0.
Brady later tossed two touchdown passes to give the Patriots an eight-point lead, but the Giants got back in the game with two field goals. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw punched in a touchdown in the closing seconds, and the Giants toppled the Patriots once more.
Super Bowl 49 – New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
When Brady and the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in 2005, they couldn’t have imagined it would take a decade to win another. Yet, despite New England’s dominance, the NFL’s parity is designed to ensure that dynasties such as the Patriots are nearly impossible.
Super Bowl 49 featured one of the more dramatic finales in Super Bowl history. Undrafted rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal line, securing a fourth Super Bowl title for Brady and the Patriots.
After throwing for 328 yards and four touchdowns — plus two interceptions — Brady was honored with the third of his Super Bowl MVPs. Brady’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman proved enough to guide the Patriots to victory despite the interceptions.
Super Bowl 51 – New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT)
After missing Super Bowl 50, Patriots fans were treated to another heart-attack-inducing performance as Brady earned his fifth Super Bowl. New England trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 midway through the third quarter, and the game looked all but over. Most New England fans had already left the stadium when Brady found James White for a five-yard touchdown to make the score 28-9.
What followed was perhaps the most improbable comeback in the history of sports. After a White touchdown, Brady’s two-point conversion to Danny Amendola sent the game to overtime. New England received the ball first in OT, and White found the end zone to give the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl. In a record-setting game, Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowls.
Super Bowl 52 – Philadelphia Eagles 41, New England Patriots 33
In a repeat of Super Bowl 39, Brady and the Patriots met the Eagles looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls for a second time. At different points in the game, the Patriots trailed by 10 and 12 points. The infamous “Philly Special” touchdown ensured that the Eagles held a halftime lead.
Brady was hardly done, however. Following touchdown passes to Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski, Brady put the Patriots in position for another comeback win — but it wasn’t meant to be. A Zach Ertz touchdown allowed the Eagles to retake the lead before Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady as the Patriots drove down the field in the fourth quarter. Still, Brady set an NFL record for the most passing yards in a Super Bowl with 505.
Super Bowl 53 – New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3
Providing almost perfect symmetry to his New England career, the last of Brady’s Super Bowls with the Patriots came in a rematch of his first. In stark contrast to the previous two, Super Bowl 53 was a mostly defensive affair. The Patriots and Rams combined to score only six points through the first three quarters. Sony Michel’s rushing touchdown was the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time.
In his final Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots, Brady threw for just 262 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Nevertheless, Brady and New England secured their sixth Super Bowl together.
Super Bowl 55 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 9
A similar result in a new uniform. Super Bowl 55 represented something new in Brady’s life: a comfortable Super Bowl victory. Brady had to scratch and claw in every other title game of his career, but Tampa Bay easily defeated the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Buccaneers jumped out to a first-half lead that they would never surrender. Brady was efficient, completing 72.4% of his passes for 201 yards. However, most of the credit belonged to his defense, which held Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Chiefs’ offense to just nine points.