Does that hold up to closer scrutiny?
Brady will never compete with Montana's gaudy 11:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 127.8 passer rating on football's biggest stage, but the former now owns career Super Bowl records for passes, completions, yards and touchdowns.
To put this clash of titanic quarterbacks in proper perspective, though, it would be myopic to exclude the length and breadth of their respective careers.
More to the point, Brady can't be punished for losing a pair of close Super Bowls when Montana's postseason failures occurred earlier in January.
Brady boasts the edge in career winning percentage, regular-season statistics, postseason statistics, division titles and Championship Game appearances. Whereas Montana had the benefit of a connection with Jerry Rice, the No. 1 player on NFL Network's The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, Brady has often pulled through with a cast of misfits unable to succeed outside of New England.
It's the nature of high-octane athletic debates that this one will remain hotly contested in sports bars, over the talk-radio airwaves and in the NFL Network studios for years to come.
Brady apologists can rest assured that he and Bill Belichick are the most successful quarterback-coach duo to ever set foot on the gridiron. Better yet, the dynamic duo has the opportunity to defend the Super Bowl crown and bolster their legacies next year and beyond.