Tom Brady playoff history: Sparkling record with Patriots, Bucs leaves no question in GOAT debate

How do you spell "Brady?" G-O-A-T.

Doesn't matter the uniform, the GOAT is still the GOAT, apparently, and this year Tom Brady has another opportunity to rattle off four more playoff wins and win another Super Bowl, once again defeating Father Time and sending Bill Belichick facedown into his chowder this winter

This year, though, it's in a Buccaneers uniform and not a Patriots one, planning to earn two more wins vs. NFC opponents for a trip to Super Bowl 55, his potential 10th Super Bowl appearance. This weekend, Brady and the Bucs take on the Saints for the third time in the 2020 season, with TB12 looking for his first win over the Saints as a member of the Bucs.

In 42 playoff games, Brady has set a multitude of records: most games started (42), most wins (31), most touchdown passes (75), most passing yards (11,388) and so forth. By the way, he also leads with most interceptions, so not even Tom Terrific is perfect.

In any case, Brady has had seasons' worth of games in the tournament, lending himself to pretty ridiculous stats. Here's what you need to know about Brady's stellar playoff career.

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Tom Brady playoff record

Entering Sunday's divisional matchup vs. the Saints, Brady has an all-time playoff record of 31-11, winning six Super Bowls in nine appearances.

With 31 wins, Brady has an opportunity this weekend to double up on Joe Montana's playoff win total (16). At six Super Bowl victories, Brady holds more championship wins than any quarterback in league history. Packers QB Bart Starr is in second place with five total championships in his career.

Brady has lost three Super Bowls in his career: twice vs. the Giants, and once vs. the Eagles. The NFC East, who knew?

Opponent Round Result

Atlanta FalconsSuper Bowl 5134-28, WBaltimore Ravens2014 AFC Divisional Round35-31, WBaltimore Ravens2012 AFC Championship Game28-13, LBaltimore Ravens2011 AFC Championship Game23-20, WBaltimore Ravens2009 AFC Divisional Round33-14, LCarolina PanthersSuper Bowl 3832-29, WDenver Broncos2015 AFC Championship Game20-18, LDenver Broncos2013 AFC Divisional Round26-16, LDenver Broncos2011 AFC Divisional Round45-10, WDenver Broncos2005 AFC Divisional Round27-13, LHouston Texans2016 AFC Divisional Round34-16, WHouston Texans2012 AFC Divisional Round41-28, WIndianapolis Colts2014 AFC Championship Game45-7, WIndianapolis Colts2013 AFC Divisional Round43-22, WIndianapolis Colts2006 AFC Championship Game38-34, LIndianapolis Colts2004 AFC Divisional Round20-3, WIndianapolis Colts2003 AFC Championship Game24-14, WJacksonville Jaguars2017 AFC Championship Game24-20, WJacksonville Jaguars2007 AFC Divisional Round31-20, WJacksonville Jaguars2006 Divisional Round28-3, WKansas City Chiefs2018 AFC Championship Game37-31, WKansas City Chiefs2015 AFC Divisional Round27-20, WLos Angeles Chargers2018 AFC Divisional Round41-28, WLos Angeles RamsSuper Bowl 5313-3, WNew Orleans Saints2020 NFC Divisional Round30-20, WNew York GiantsSuper Bowl 4621-17, LNew York GiantsSuper Bowl 4217-14, LNew York Jets2010 AFC Divisional Round28-21, LNew York Jets2006 AFC Wild Card Round37-16, WOakland Raiders2001 AFC Championship Game16-13, WPhiladelphia EaglesSuper Bowl 5241-33, LPhiladelphia EaglesSuper Bowl 3924-21, WPittsburgh Steelers2016 AFC Championship Game36-17, WPittsburgh Steelers2004 AFC Championship Game41-27, WPittsburgh Steelers2001 AFC Championship Game24-17, WSan Diego Chargers2007 AFC Championship Game21-12, WSan Diego Chargers2006 AFC Championship Game24-21, WSeattle SeahawksSuper Bowl 4928-24, WSt. Louis RamsSuper Bowl 3620-17, WTennessee Titans2019 AFC Wild Card Round20-13, LTennessee Titans2017 AFC Divisional Round35-14, WTennessee Titans2003 AFC Divisional Round17-14, WWashington Football Team2020 NFC Wild Card Round31-23, W

Tom Brady's best playoff moments

While Brady has often had performances that opened eyes, No. 12 has also had a big-time flair for the dramatic, as well.

Here are four of the best playoff moments of Brady's career:

Brady to Gronk, Super Bowl 53

En route to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory, Brady connected with long-time tight end 

Brady and the Pats would score the first touchdown of the game after this, eventually winning by a final score of 13-3. Brady would surpass Bart Starr as the quarterback with the most Super Bowl rings in his career.

Tuck Rule game

Undoubtedly one of the most controversial games and moments in semi-recent NFL history, the Patriots-Raiders 2001 AFC Championship game featured the controversial application of a little-known rule that catapulted Brady into his first Super Bowl appearance.

The first Super Bowl win

The Rams entered Super Bowl 36 as 14-point favorites over the then-backup Brady and the Patriots. Little did anyone know, Brady's first Lombardi Trophy would be the first of five more to come. 

Brady would demonstrate his signature cool, driving down the field with little time left on the clock, giving Adam Vinatieri the opportunity to nail the game-winning kick as time expired. 

28-3 comeback

Was there any doubt?

The greatest game that featured some of the greatest moments of Brady's career was coming back from 28-3 down to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl 51. It wasn't only the greatest moment in Brady's career, but it spawned many, many 28-3 memes on the internet, which is really what the people want.

Brady went off for over 500 yards passing in the game, leading New England back to a 31-28 overtime win for his fifth championship ring.

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