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Revisiting Tom Brady’s Conference Championships

Tom Brady will make his NFC Championship debut this weekend with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press/LA Times)

By Matt Noonan

By now you probably have heard that Tom Brady – yes, the former New England Patriots quarterback – is headed back to the conference championship for the ninth time in the last ten seasons. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied to beat the New Orleans Saints, 30-20, last night in the NFC Divisional Round to secure a date next Sunday with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

For the most part, Brady’s trips to the conference championship have resulted in trips to the “big game” – that would be the Super Bowl, to be exact – while some have ended in disappointment. But Sunday will mark the veteran signal-caller’s first appearance in the NFC Championship after appearing in 13 AFC title games.

Being a history nerd, as well as a lifelong football fan, I thought we could get ready for this weekend’s big game by revisiting all of Tom Brady’s past appearances in the conference championship round, beginning with his initial appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 2002.


January 27, 2002: Eight days after leading the Patriots past the Oakland Raiders in what has been dubbed the “snow bowl,” Brady received some help from Drew Bledsoe, who replaced the young quarterback who sustained a sprained ankle late in the second quarter. Bledsoe completed 10 of 21 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown while the defense limited Pittsburgh to just two touchdowns during the final two sessions.

New England would advance to its first Super Bowl since the 1996 season and beat the St. Louis Rams, thanks to a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

January 18, 2004: Eight days after a dramatic win over the Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady and the Patriots outlasted Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 24-14.

While Brady tossed one touchdown in the win, it was the New England defense, specifically Ty Law, who highlighted the victory – the unit intercepted Manning four times while recording four sacks.

New England would advance to the Super Bowl and beat the Carolina Panthers.

January 23, 2005: Supposedly, Tom Brady was sick prior to his team’s championship meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he looked pretty good once the game commenced. Brady completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards while Corey Dillon led all rushers with 73 yards on 24 carries.

New England would represent the AFC in the Super Bowl two weeks later where they would beat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24-21.

January 21, 2007: After scoring back-to-back wins over the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers, the New England Patriots entered the 2006 AFC Championship game with a lot of momentum. However, it slowly disappeared early in the third quarter as Indianapolis erased a 21-6 deficit to beat the Patriots, 38-34.

The Colts limited Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to just 13 points in the second half while Peyton Manning finished the game with 349 passing yards and two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing).

January 20, 2008: Tom Brady played the role of gunslinger in this particular match-up with the San Diego Chargers by completing 22 of 33 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions as the Patriots won their 18th straight contest before falling to the New York Giants two weeks later in the Super Bowl.

January 22, 2012: This was perhaps the most dramatic AFC Championship game for Tom Brady and the Patriots as they somehow edged the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, thanks to a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff.

Tom Brady rushed for one score in the win, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a game-high 68 yards on 15 carries.

Sadly, the dramatic win was quickly forgotten two weels later when New England lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl for the second time in four seasons.

January 20, 2013: Tom Brady completed 29 of 54 passes for 320 yards and one touchdown – he also threw two interceptions – but it wasn’t enough to send the Patriots past the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Baltimore erased memories of the 2011 championship meeting with an impressive 28-13 victory, thanks to three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco.

January 19, 2014: For the second-straight season, the Patriots won 13 of 18 contests, but their final outing with the Denver Broncos concluded with a 26-16 setback. Peyton Manning completed 32 of 43 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns while the Broncos defense limited Tom Brady to just two touchdowns – one through the air, one on the ground.

January 18, 2015: After a dramatic and exciting win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round, the Patriots scored a huge win over the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady tossed three touchdowns in the win while LeGarrette Blount rushed for a game-high 148 yards on 30 carries and three scores.

New England’s defense intercepted Andrew Luck twice – they also limited Dan Herron to 51 rushing yards on 10 carries.

The Patriots returned to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2011 season to beat the Seattle Seahawks, thanks to a late-game interception by Malcolm Butler.

January 24, 2016: Weeks after losing to the Denver Broncos in the regular season, the Orange and Blue scored their second victory of the 2015 season against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady was sacked four times and picked-off twice, but he did toss one touchdown against a talented Broncos defense.

Peyton Manning concluded the game 17 of 32 for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He was also sacked three times.

January 22, 2017: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were the better team in this meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady tossed three touchdowns, including two to Chris Hogan, who concluded the contest with nine grabs on 12 targets for 180 yards.

Two weeks after an impressive win against the Steelers, the Patriots would complete an improbable comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to secure the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl championship.

January 21, 2018: After knocking off the Tennessee Titans eight days earlier, the Patriots scored their second-straight postseason win against a member of the AFC South. New England rallied to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20, thanks to two touchdown passes from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola.

Sadly, the exciting win against the Jaguars would follow with a disappointing setback to the Philadelphia Eagles.

January 20, 2019: Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead highlighted an overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs by combining for 154 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Burkhead clinched the victory in overtime while Tom Brady concluded the contest with 348 passing yards and one touchdowns.

Kansas City did intercept Brady twice while Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of 31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. New England would go onto capture their sixth Super Bowl with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Analyzing Three NFL Winless Teams – Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis

Can Manning help Painter lead the Indianapolis Colts to one win this season?

By Matt Noonan 

After six weeks, we have one undefeated team, (Green Bay) and three winless squads, (Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis), but which organization is the absolute worse?

Which squad do you think has the best chance to end the season with no wins?

Is it possible to state that all three teams are vying for the number one spot in the NFL Draft, so they can select Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck?

Well, here are a few thoughts and ideas on all three teams, as well as their remaining schedule.

Indianapolis Colts [0-6] – I think it’s time the Colts throw in the towel and start praying for Andrew Luck’s help.

We all knew once the season began that Indianapolis wouldn’t be the same without Peyton Manning, who’s still recovering from neck surgery. Yet, while he’s not on the field with his teammates, cameras have caught him talking with players, coaches and even backup quarterback Curtis Painter, which is a good thing, right?

Overall, I don’t see this team winning one game this year. They’ll contend against their divisional foes, which include Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee, but again, they won’t secure a single win this season. Opponents have trampled over their defense, while their offense hasn’t secured more than 90-yards on the ground.

Seriously, they’re pathetic, but I guess all teams have to go through tough times, right?

Miami Dolphins [0-5] – The Dolphins are bad, real bad.

Against the New York “Football” Jets, they looked completely unmotivated. Backup quarterback Matt Moore was flustered, despite completing 16-of-34 passes for 204 yards and two interceptions, and the defense struggled to contain Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense, which registered two touchdowns.

Miami has been embarrassed twice on national television this season by New England and New York, but have challenged Cleveland, Houston and San Diego.

Will they win one game this season? I think so, but am not too confident. They have to face New England and New York again, as well as play Buffalo, Oakland, Dallas, and Philadelphia, which won’t be easy. Yet, if I had to make a bold prediction, they’ll finish with one with this season.

St. Louis Rams [0-5] – It’s hard to believe, but the Rams are once again the laughing stock of the NFL.

After a somewhat decent and successful season last year, head coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn’t seem to have an answer for his young squad’s demise. However, the Rams have lost numerous players due to injuries this season and currently are ranked 32nd in points scored per game, while their defense has allowed the most rushing yards.

Looking ahead to the remainder of their schedule, the Rams could certainly muster a few wins against Arizona, Dallas, Seattle and possibly, Cincinnati. I don’t see this team finishing with a winless record, but instead, two or three wins.

Daily Noontime – January 7, 2011

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Hope everyone had a great week, but more importantly, have a fantastic and rock-n-roll weekend! See you all Monday!

Headlines:

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has not only a few words to say about Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but also, New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

* Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to forgo the 2011 NFL Draft and return to school for another season of Cardinals football.

* According to possible sources, it seems that Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver, A.J. Green could be the NFL’s number one choice in April during the draft.

* It seems that apparently Larry Ellison tried to purchase the New Orleans Hornets and bring them to San Jose.

* Steve Nash who was apparently on the market or wanted a trade seems to be just fine and happy to be with the Phoenix Suns.

* Good news for Dodgers and Giants fans, both squads will face-off against one another to start the season on March 31, 2011.

* Apparently Jim Harbaugh is wanted by the Denver Broncos too these days.

* News has been leaked about the upcoming NBA All-Star game and apparently the Eastern Conference appears rather … stacked!

Games to Watch:

* Carolina at Florida (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* #11 LSU vs. #17  Texas A&M (NCAA FB) (The Cotton Bowl) – 8:00pm eastern

* Houston at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

* New Orleans at L.A. Lakers (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

* New York Knicks at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Yes… this is too cool and rather… AWESOME!


Daily Noontime – January 4, 2011

Good Tuesday to everyone and welcome to yet another day of 2011! Today is going to be probably another wonderful, amazing… um… well… good day! Anyways, here is your Daily Noontime for Tuesday January 4, 2011!

Headlines:

* The Stanford University Cardinals won the Orange Bowl on Monday, but neither quarterback Andrew Luck or head coach Jim Harbaugh had something to add after the game about going to the NFL.

* Would your favorite NFL team consider trading a pick to Denver in exchange for quarterback Kyle Orton?

* The Miami Heat extended their recent winning streak after defeating the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Will they stretch this new winning streak to 15 or 18 games? We shall see!

* Former New York Jets quarterback, Brett Favre has officially been sued bye two masseuses.

* The Minnesota Vikings have officially named Leslie Frazier as their new head coach and no longer the interim.

* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is acting and displaying his positive side toward a new CBA for the league in 2011.

* Former MLB ballplayer, Roberto Alomar is hopeful that he will be elected into the hall of fame this summer.

Games to Watch:

* San Antonio at New York Knicks (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* Portland at Dallas (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* #6 Ohio State vs. #8 Arkansas (NCAA Football) (Sugar Bowl) – 8:30pm eastern

* Detroit at Edmonton (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Apparently TCU was a little early on the coaching shower, oops!