Tom Brady crushes Giants in eternal Super Bowl revenge quest


Tom Brady took off on third down, and by the stopwatch that famously timed him doing a 5.28 in the 40-yard dash as a draft prospect in a different life, that should have been a victory for the Giants. Brady is one of the greatest athletes in the history of American sports, a truth made more remarkable by the fact that he is, you know, not really a great athlete.

But coming off two consecutive defeats and facing the franchise that kept him from winning nine Super Bowls, Brady was going to remind the world why he managed to win seven. At age 44, he stepped up in the pocket, tucked the ball tight and made a second-quarter play with his legs that he likely could not have made as a college boy at Michigan. He high-stepped around a diving Tae Crowder, then finished off his 10-yard dash for the first down by sliding at the Giants’ 23-yard line.

The official play-by-play summary of this 30-10 beatdown would report that Xavier McKinney made the stop. Truth is, Brady clipped him Ty Cobb-style (spikes high) and sent him flying before rising from his home field, defiantly tossing the ball and dramatically pumping his fist and screaming profanities toward the Tampa Bay crowd. Brady stared at McKinney on his march back to the huddle. No, the quarterback of the defending champion Buccaneers was not going to let the Giants ruin his night this time.

No, Tom Brady was not going to lose three consecutive starts for the first time since 2002.

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