Here we go. It's opening week for the NFL! In five days the Patriots will unveil their sixth Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will host another team with six Super Bowls, the Pittsburgh Steelers, as both teams make a run for Super Bowl LIV. Tom Brady has set a mark for himself as the greatest quarterback of all-time, winning all six of the Patriots' Super Bowls. He, Kraft, and Belichick have built a winning empire of championships for 20 years. Brady and Belichick are like the parents to all the new players that come to the organization. They coach them up and help them to build winning character, so when there is turnover the next group of guys can always keep the winning going.
I'm going to be ranking the six Super Bowl titles the Patriots have as they look to being a run for their seventh title on Sunday Night. What Super Bowl will be number one? Would it be the Rams Super Bowl in XXXVI, or the Falcons Super Bowl down 28-3 in the third quarter? Last year's Super Bowl against the Rams was a very defensive game. As the new year approaches, let's take a final look at the team's Super Bowl victories.
The Patriots don't stop winning
6. Super Bowl LIII
Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. The Patriots were looking for their sixth Super Bowl title and hadn't faced the Rams since Super Bowl XXXVI. The Super Bowl went into the fourth quarter tied 3-3. But when Brady has the ball to win the game in the fourth he never disappoints. He completed four straight passes, including a 47-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, who would play the last game before his retirement. Sony Michel would score the game-winning touchdown and the Patriots would end up winning the game 13-3.
Julian Edelman would be Super Bowl MVP, with 10 receptions for 141 yards. It's number six on this list because of the scoring. There was no way the Patriots were going to lose the game to a rookie head coach. Sean McVay got outcoached by Belichick in all three phases of the game.
Super Bowl XXXIV was only the beginning
5. Super Bowl XXXIV
The Patriots in 2004 were 14-2 during the regular season. They were so dominant on the defensive side of the ball from Teddy Bruschi to Rodney Harrison. The Patriots were trying to become the second team to win three Super Bowls in four years, as the Dallas Cowboys did in the early 1990's. The Eagles also had a decent season with a 13-3 record. The game was tied 14-14 after the third quarter. However, the Patriots would score ten points in the fourth and end up winning the game 24-21.
That win cemented the Patriots dynasty even though they wouldn't win another Super Bowl for 10 years. Deion Branch would be the MVP of the Super Bowl, and the Patriots were heading back to Foxborough with their third Super Bowl victory.
4. Super Bowl XXXVIII
This Super Bowl was a memorable game for a few reasons. The halftime show was the one that forced the NFL not to have Justin Timberlake as a halftime performer until Super Bowl LII. Tom Brady was looking for his second Super Bowl victory. The Patriots were ahead 21-16 in the fourth quarter against the Panthers and quarterback Jake Delhomme. The Panthers would then take the lead 22-21 with just over six minutes left in the game. However, Brady would rule the fourth quarter again, throwing a touchdown pass to current Titans coach Mike Vrabel.
Adam Vinatieri would kick the game-winning field goal after the score was tied 29-29, and the Patriots would win 32-29. Brady would win his second Super Bowl.
The Top Three Super Bowls
3. Super Bowl XLIX
This Super Bowl has a different meaning than the last two. This game meant something more to the whole team. It had been 10 years since they won the Super Bowl in 2004. Also, Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo to possibly replace Brady. Boy was Belichick wrong. Brady would complete a bounce back year, and had an incredible game throwing for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It's also the game Pete Carroll decided to throw the ball on the one-yard line instead of giving it to Marshawn Lynch.
It would also be the game that Malcolm Butler became a Super Bowl hero. However, that would be short-lived. The real story was about Brady winning his fourth Super Bowl and continuing the legacy of his Hall Of Fame career.
2. Super Bowl LI
The Falcons Super Bowl is number two for obvious reasons. It was the greatest comeback in Super Bowl History and it also shipped Jimmy Garoppolo out of New England. The Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter when Brady went on a tear to cut the lead quickly in the fourth quarter. Julian Edelman makes an acrobatic catch and James White would score the game-winning touchdown.
That game would stamp Brady's legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time. Nobody overcame what he did on that comeback. That was also the game when Brady had somewhat to prove he was still the best in the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo would get traded to the 49ers. It turns out Brady won that trade, and it stamped the Patriots legacy as the greatest dynasty in sports.
First one is always the Best
- Super Bowl XXXVI
Super Bowl XXXVI is number one for obvious reasons. That is when this whole two-decade run started. You had Belichick running with this quarterback that nobody knew in Tom Brady. They had a stellar defense with Teddy Bruschi, Ty Law, Willie McGinest and Richard Seymour. The offense led by Brady also had some great talent like Troy Brown, Jermaine Wiggins, David Patten, and Terry Glenn. The Patriots were the underdogs that Super Bowl going against Kurt Warner and The Greatest Show On Turf Rams.
It was right after 9/11 and U2 did the greatest halftime show of all time. There was a red white and blue theme throughout the whole game. It was only fitting the Patriots won the game 20-17. Little did they know what it would lead to 20 years of championships and continued success. Brady would be Super Bowl MVP and it would be a great start to a Hall Of Fame career.
As we close the book on 2018 and start the regular season chapter of 2019 the Patriots look to begin the defense of their title Sunday night. They are the best at putting the past behind them, whether it be good or bad, and focusing on the current season. Enjoy this season as they continue the winning atmosphere.