The Tampa Bay Buccaneers new quarterback has actually gone to the Super Bowl before. His name is Tom Brady and this will be his 10th Super Bowl — you might have heard of him. He’s managed to win six of them with the New England Patriots and will be going for his seventh this time around with the Bucs. His two Super Bowl nemeses are Eli Manning and Nick Foles, the only two quarterbacks to have beaten him in the big game. We take a look back at those losses.
Super Bowl XLII vs. New York Giants: Eli Manning
Patriots lost 17-14
The greatest regular season of all time moved all the way into the postseason when Brady and the Patriots took their 18-0 season to Glendale, Arizona to face Eli Manning and the Giants, who went 10-6 in the regular season. New England were 12-point favorites, but the Giants defense led by Michael Strahan were able to keep pressure on Brady all game, holding one of the best offenses ever to just 14 points. That gave Manning a chance to win it with 2:39 left on the clock, down 14-10.
The most memorable play of the game came on that drive, as Manning somehow eluded the grasp of multiple defenders to then launch a ball into the middle of the field where David Tyree made a remarkable catch, as he pinned the ball to his helmet and somehow secured it with two hands with a defender draped all over him. That kept a drive going that ended with a Plaxico Burress 13-yard touchdown reception with 36 seconds remaining. The “Helmet Catch” will go down as one of the most remarkable plays ever, while the game remains one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets of all time.
Super Bowl XLVI vs. New York Giants: Eli Manning
Patriots lost 21-17
Brady’s kryptonite showed up again, this time in Super Bowl 46, as Eli Manning led another late touchdown drive to top the Patriots. The Giants got to a 9-0 early lead, but Brady reeled off 17 points to take a 17-9 lead in the third quarter on an Aaron Hernandez touchdown, but those were the last the Patriots could muster, as Justin Tuck and company kept the pressure on. That allowed Manning to lead three scoring drives, two for field goals in the third quarter and then a final drive, down 17-15, that was capped off with an Ahmad Bradshaw 6-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds remaining.
Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles
Patriots lost 41-33
This game is likely a little fresher in all of our minds, as Nick Foles took over for an injured Carson Wentz and took the Eagles through the playoffs on an improbable run. It seems all the more improbable considering how poorly Foles has played since.
This game was an offensive explosion, as they set a record for most yards combined at 1,151. The Eagles held a lead throughout most of the game, but a Rob Gronkowski 4-yard touchdown reception put the Patriots up 33-32 with nine minutes remaining. Seven minutes later the Eagles pulled off one of the best rick plays in Super Bowl history as Nick Foles caught an 11-yard touchdown from tight end Trey Burton. The play was called the “Philly Special” and will be memorialized in every Eagles fan’s heart forever.
Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns and even rushed five times for 50 yards. He was on, so this loss wasn’t on him. Of course, none of the losses were completely on him, but his stats in this game were outstanding.