Brady: Super in Big Games
At 26, Brady became the youngest player to earn two Super Bowl MVP awards when he completed 32-of-48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Houston. No one -- not Joe Montana, not Terry Bradshaw -- had ever completed that many passes in a Super Bowl.
And, as it had two years earlier when Brady earned his first MVP trophy for sparking the Pats' 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams, his highlight in this game came in the final moments. With the score tied at 29-29 and 1:08 remaining, Brady completed 4-of-5 passes to move the Patriots 37 yards to set up Adam Vinatieri's winning 41-yard field goal with four seconds left.
Brady's first two touchdown passes came in the last three minutes of the second quarter, giving New England a 14-10 halftime lead. Then in the fourth quarter, after the Panthers took the lead at 22-21 with 6:53 left, Brady regained the advantage for the Patriots on a one-yard touchdown pass to linebacker Mike Vrabel. And when the Panthers rallied to tie, Brady came through -- as usual -- to give the Patriots their 15th consecutive victory.
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