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Biggest Comebacks: Tom Brady dominates in return from Deflategate suspension, wins 5th Super Bowl

Scott McLaughlin
December 12, 2018 - 4:34 pm

On July 15, 2016, Tom Brady announced that he was ending his legal battle against the NFL and would serve the league’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the 2014 AFC championship game, effectively ending the year-and-a-half-long circus known as Deflategate.

Perhaps it was the extra time off, or maybe newfound motivation to shut up the haters, but Brady absolutely torched opponents in his return, putting together one of the best seasons of his illustrious career.

He went 11-1 in his 12 regular-season starts with a ridiculous 28-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He had at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in half of his starts, and finished second to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in MVP voting -- and almost certainly would’ve won had he not missed four games.

After a mediocre outing in a divisional round win over the Texans, Brady went 32-of-42 for 384 yards, three touchdowns and no picks in a dominant win over the Steelers in the AFC championship game.

He capped off his statement season with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, leading the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit to knock off Atlanta in overtime. It was Brady’s fifth Super Bowl win and record fourth Super Bowl MVP, and his 466 yards passing were a then-Super Bowl record (until he broke it himself with 505 one year later).

The NFL had gone to unprecedented lengths to punish Brady for something they couldn’t definitively prove, and that was widely seen as a fairly minor violation even if it did happen, but in the end it was Brady who came back and got the last word.


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