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Top 40 moments in Patriots QB Tom Brady's NFL career

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Tom Brady turned 40 on Thursday. And if you don't know, I'm a huge Brady guy. Ask anybody. So I kind of wanted to get him something. I know he's into healthy eating, but let's be serious; his juicer probably costs more than my car. So in lieu of a fine (and expensive) kitchen appliance, I've decided to go the more creative route. Here are my top 40 Tom Brady moments of all time, with a little help from Patriots superfan Justin Marble and Evan Lazar. I know, I know. Making your own present is cute when it's your 2-year-old. A little different coming from a grown man.

40) 2016 AFC Championship Game

Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Chris Hogan (HOGAN!) as the Patriots cruised to an easy 36-17 win in a game that was never in serious doubt. Seriously, Steelers, what exactly were you doing out there?

39) Avenge me! AVENGE!!!!

You'll never truly avenge a Super Bowl loss (or two), but it was pretty cool to see Brady help set up the last-second, game-winning Stephen Gostkowski field goal against the New York Giants in 2015.

38) Bye, Marty

The Patriots knocked off the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round (thanks, Troy Brown). The Chargers fired head coach Marty Schottenheimer shortly thereafter. Brady beat Schotty's replacement (Norv Turner) in the 2007 AFC title game. And really, the Patriots nearly won the Super Bowl in 2006 with a receiving corps of Jabar Gaffney, Reche Caldwell and a barely-there Brown (who did make that great play, though).

37) His first time (a.k.a., Brady-Manning I)

Hey man, your first time is memorable. There's a lot of awkwardness and it's over way too quickly, but it's still pretty great. Brady threw for just 168 yards, but the Patriots blew out Peyton Manning and the Colts44-13. This would become a thing.

36) 2004 Divisional Round Game

There wasn't anything particularly special about this one, other than Brady and Co. beating Manning yet again en route to the franchise's third Super Bowl title.

35) He caught a touchdown pass

All right. It was in practice last year. But it was a pretty sweet one-handed grab. And it's not the first time he's caught passes -- he nabbed a nifty ball from Danny Amendola versus the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. That was cool.

34) An inflating start

You don't want to play Brady coming off a Super Bowl win (you'll see more of this). There is not going to be a Super Bowl hangover. He threw four touchdown passes in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 after winning Super Bowl XLIX. This amid the Deflategate hubbub.

33) Behind the Music: Super Bowl Shuffle

You know you've finally arrived as a celebrity when you are asked to host "Saturday Night Live." It happened for Brady in 2005, and the very best skit of the episode was "Behind the Music: Super Bowl Shuffle," with Brady playing Punky QB Jim McMahon.

32) Rally to beat Saints in 2013

New England trailed New Orleans, 27-23, with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, but Brady took the team down the field and threw the game-winner, a 17-yard strike to Kenbrell Thompkins, with 10 seconds left in the game.

31) Defending the title

How would Brady react to being a Super Bowl champion for the very first time? By throwing for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the 2002 season opener against the Steelers. That's how.

30) 11 TDs in two games

Obviously, 2007 was a very special year for No. 12. But often forgotten during the Pats' perfect season was the back-to-back games against Dallas and Miami, in which Brady threw 11 total touchdown passes, with the former outburst being especially pleasing, because Cowboys.

29) Brady's Back, 2016

Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He returned to the field in Week 5 to throw for 406 yards and three TDs against the Cleveland Browns. Seriously, his first game back was against the Browns? That's fair.

28) Brady's Back, 2009 (the original)

Brady missed the entire 2008 season after tearing his ACL in the season opener. When he next hit the field in Week 1 of the 2009 season, he rallied the Patriots with two late touchdown passes to Ben Watson to beat the Bills, 25-24. And it was on "Monday Night Football," too.

27) Brady-Manning II

Neither Brady nor Manning played particularly well in their first meeting, which is No. 37 on this list. But in Round 2, Brady threw three TD passes, earning another win over the Colts in the 2001 season and starting this rivalry in earnest.

26) Beating the Eagles in Week 2, 2003

The Patriots released Lawyer Milloy days before the start of the 2003 season, and his new team, the Bills, beat New England 31-0 in the opener, causing everybody to lose their damn minds. But did the Patriots implode? Of course not. Brady threw for three TDs the next week at Philly to end the hysteria and jumpstart a title run.

25) Off the Island

Brady threw a perfect ball to Randy Moss, who beat Darrelle Revis for a touchdown in Week 2 of the 2010 season. A great play by Moss, for sure. But another example of the fearless Brady not caring about who was covering his guy and just making a great pass.

24) Varsity Blues

The Texans wore letterman jackets on a trip to New England to face the Patriots in 2012. The Patriots beat them down, 42-14, and eventually beat them in the playoffs. If the Texans never win a Super Bowl, I will point back to this as the reason why.

23) The End of Tebow Time

Tim Tebow threw a huge overtime touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to beat the Steelers in the 2011 playoffs and headed to Gillette Stadium full of swagger. Yeah. Brady dropped six touchdowns on the Broncos and basically ended Tebow's football life.

22) He's got moves

Well, this hurts me as a Bears fan, but he absolutely juked the stuff out of Brian Urlacher in 2006 on the way to a huge win. Sadly, there would be no redemption for Urlacher in the Super Bowl. Why did you have to blow that lead in Indy?

21) Brady benched

The Kansas City Chiefs absolutely dominated the Patriots on a Monday night game in early 2014. Brady was benched. And you thought maybe that was it for him. He went on to Cincinnati the next week and threw for 292 yards and two TDs in a win against the Bengals. The Pats would take 10 of their last 12 that season on the way to the 'ship. Sorry to all of you who dropped him off your fantasy teams.

20) Drafted in the sixth round

We've seen the list of teams who passed on Brady (well, they all did ... multiple times) and the quarterbacks who went ahead of him in the 2000 NFL Draft. Would Brady have won five Super Bowls with the 49ers? Who's to say. But we know the chip on the shoulder drove him.

19) Belichick sticks with Brady

Most people assumed Drew Bledsoe would get the starting quarterback job back in 2001, because of the old adage, "You never lose your job to injury." Belichick doesn't care for those rules. But Belichick also didn't let Brady's injury in the AFC Championship Game keep him from starting in Super Bowl XXXVI (despite there not being a bye week, like there is now).

18) Five touchdowns in one quarter

Brady tied an NFL record with five second-quarter touchdown passes against the Titans in 2009. This after Belichick harped all week about being the only team in the league without a play of more than 20 yards. Yeah. The Patriots won 59-0 in a snowstorm. The optics of the throwback uniforms and a snowy backdrop really bring this home, too.

17) 2003 AFC Championship Game

The Patriots went 9-7 in 2002 after winning their first Super Bowl, missing the playoffs for the first and only time since Brady became the starting quarterback. (2008 doesn't count!) The next year, Brady got them back to the Super Bowl by beating Manning's Colts, which is always fun, even if Brady wasn't at his statistical best. I mean, it didn't take a lot to out-shine Peyton in the playoffs.

16) First-ever comeback

The Patriots trailed the host Chargers, 26-16, in the fourth quarter of a Week 5 game back in 2001, but Brady forced overtime with two late drives and then got Adam Vinatieri in line for the winner. This game also featured his first-ever TD pass.

15) 2014 AFC Championship Game

This was a ho-hum 45-7 smoking of the Indianapolis Colts made a bit more memorable in hindsight by the fallout from this game. That's all I'll say about that.

14) Brady bests Manning's Broncos

This Week 12 game in 2013 was another Brady-Manning classic. In this Sunday night thriller, Brady rallied the Patriots from a 24-point deficit to force overtime and eventually lead the winning drive late on Monday morning. It was the biggest comeback in Brady's career until, well, you know.

13) Beating the Giants to clinch a perfect season

We know how the sequel in the playoffs ended, but the Patriots' perfect 16-0 run is something no other team in NFL history has been able to do. This is still pretty special.

12) 50th touchdown pass

Brady set a single-season NFL record with his 50th touchdown pass in 2007, but the fact that it was such a seed to Randy Moss makes it even sweeter. Seriously, Brady has made some nice throws in his career. This throw, though.

11) Vaporizing Anthony Smith

Leading up to a Week 14 matchup in 2007, Steelers curtain-jerker Anthony Smith decided to talk (expletive) about Brady and guaranteed a win. Brady threw a 65-yard bomb on a double-pass right over Smith's head. Brady victimized him and the Steelers' No. 1 ranked defense during the course of the afternoon, talking mad (expletive) to the second-year safety. It was glorious.

10) Tuck Rule game

Hey man, I get it. We can debate whether the Tuck Rule is ridiculous or not. It is. But don't let that overshadow the fact that he rallied the team twice in the 2001 Divisional Round game to set up Adam Vinatieri's game-tying field goal and the winner in overtime. The Raiders could have stopped him. They didn't.

9) 2004 AFC Championship Game

The Patriots were 14-2 but had to travel to the 15-1 Steelers with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and he absolutely nerfed Pittsburgh. This was the first time I remember thinking, "Damn, he might be the G.O.A.T." And he is, of course.

8) 2010 NFL MVP

Brady earned his second MVP with a unanimous vote after setting an NFL record with 335 consecutive passes without an interception. 335! Brady was cerebral and surgical this season, but not as good as he was in ...

7) 2007 NFL MVP

Brady brought home the MVP award in what I believe to be the greatest season a quarterback has ever enjoyed in the NFL. EVER. Plus, this was still him at his most dominant, really just crushing opponents.

6) 201

Brady became the NFL's all-time winningest quarterback when he beat the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 4, 2016, for his 201st win (regular season and postseason combined). Fittingly, it came against the franchise he won his first Super Bowl against. Well, that actually isn't accurate, because he beat St. Louis, not the L.A. Rams.

5) Super Bowl XXXVIII

Another great Super Bowl win. And this was the, "Hey look, we're not a fluke," Super Bowl title.

4) Super Bowl XXXIX

The first (and I guess only) time he won back-to-back championships, joining some elite company, like Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and John Elway. That's pretty impressive. And he wasn't puking on the field, which is also nice.

3) Super Bowl XXXVI

The first one is going to hold a special place in his heart, especially with everything that he had to do to get to that point. Splitting time at Michigan, being a sixth-round pick, starting the season as a backup. Only two things could be sweeter.

2) Super Bowl XLIX

This might have been the best Super Bowl I've ever seen. Last year's Super Bowl was great, but it almost made you sad for the Falcons more than anything. This was just a great game that was in doubt until the end. And Brady torched a Seahawks defense that basically took Peyton Manning's football life from him the year before. Plus, Brady said this was his favorite in December.

1) Super Bowl LI

I know it's easy to go with the most recent (so I will). Being the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls cemented his status as the G.O.A.T. He passed his boyhood idol, Joe Montana. Oh yeah, and there's the 28-3 thing. So this is tops for now, until he wins it again this year.

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