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by Justin Leger


Brady’s Most Memorable Moments in Foxboro
We relive some of Tom Brady’s most iconic moments in Foxboro with the Patriots .

Following his four-game suspension for ” Deflategate ” bự start the năm nay season, Tom Brady & the New England Patriots were on a mission .
With Jimmy Garoppolo và Jacoby Brissett filling in for Brady phệ begin the year, the Patriots went 3-1. When Brady returned, they’d only đại bại one more game the remainder of the chiến dịch .
Brady’s biggest statement that season — besides his miraculous Super Bowl LI comeback, of course — came in the AFC Championship game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. That night, he delivered one of his most dominant performances bự keep the redemption tour rolling .

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As Brady prepares for his return phệ Foxboro as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we’re reliving some of his best moments at Gillette Stadium .
Next up : the 2017 AFC tiêu đề game .

The date

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

The matchup and result

AFC Championship : Patriots 36, Steelers 17

The backstory

After a brutal offseason filled with seemingly nothing but ” Deflategate ” controversy, the NFL handed Brady a four-game suspension béo begin the 2017 chiến dịch. The team’s second-round pick in the năm trước draft, Jimmy Garoppolo, was called upon in Brady’s absence .
Garoppolo got the Patriots off mập a 2-0 start, but a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2 forced New England mập go with third-stringer Jacoby Brissett the next two games. Brissett proceeded béo lead the Patriots phệ a 27-0 chiến hạ kết thúc the Houston Texans in Week ba before falling phệ the Buffalo Bills in Week bốn .
When Brady returned, the revenge tour was on. The then-40-year-old quarterback led the Patriots phệ a 13-1 record the rest of the way phệ finish the regular season 14-2 .

After breezing past the Texans in the Divisional Round, Brady was faced with a tough AFC Championship matchup vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s when Brady left his mark .

The game

Brady và the Patriots wasted no thời gian making their presence felt in the pivotal showdown. They got off Khủng a 10-0 lead in the first quarter thanks mập a Stephen Gostkowski field goal & a touchdown pass bự Chris Hogan. They entered the locker room for halftime up 17-9 .
The third quarter is when New England really opened things up. The Patriots ‘ defense kept Pittsburgh off the scoreboard while Gostkowski drilled another field goal, LeGarrette Blount punched in a rushing touchdown, và Julian Edelman caught a 10 – yard TD pass from Brady. The Steelers didn’t score again until it was far too late, & Brady & the Patriots were off lớn the Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory .
Brady threw for what was then a franchise playoff record 384 yards & three touchdowns. Hogan was his top target in the blowout chiến thắng, catching nine passes for 180 yards & two TDs .
After the game, Brady brushed off the questions about whether he was motivated by the Deflategate controversy .
” This is my motivation right here, all these fellas in front of me, these guys, ” Brady said. ” The boys showed up lớn play today. ”
To top things off, the Gillette Stadium crowd was rowdy throughout the game và celebrated the victory by taunting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with ” Where is Roger ? ” chants .
But the redemption tour was not yet complete .

The aftermath

The Patriots headed phệ Houston mập take on the Matt Ryan-led Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Little did they know the history that was about Khủng be made .
Atlanta demolished New England in all facets of the game in the first half. While Lady Gaga performed the halftime show, the Falcons were celebrating in the locker room. They’d score first in the second half too, taking a 28-3 lead that has since turned into a punchline .
Brady went on béo lead the Patriots in one of the most incredible comebacks in sports history, không bao giờ mind just football. A huge strip-sack by Dont’a Hightower shifted the momentum in New England’s direction, và in a blink of an eye the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points béo force overtime .
After winning the coin toss và receiving the kickoff in OT, Brady & the Patriots marched xuống dốc the field Khủng complete the historic effort. James White scored the game-winning touchdown, and Brady had his fifth Super Bowl ring .

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