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New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Tom Brady Becomes All-Time Leading Passer On Patriots Return

Tom Brady made history at Gillette Stadium for twenty years before he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. How bittersweet that he would make even more NFL history in his first game back there.

Tom Brady became the all-time leading passer in the league in the 19-17 win over the New England Patriots.

He surpassed Drew Brees’ record of 80,358 with a 28 yard pass to Mike Evans with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.

Tom Brady finished the game with 22 of 43 for 269 yards. After Sunday, he has 80,560 total passes.


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Brady won six Super Bowls with the Patriots, and his return to Foxboro was hyped up in the weeks leading up to it.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I tried not to predict what was going to happen and how I would feel. Had a few emotional moments this week just thinking about the people that have really meant so much to me in my life and that are a part of this community.

“Just very grateful for an amazing time here. Like I said, my football journey took me somewhere else, but I’m really enjoying that, and great to get a win.”

Much has been made of the relationship between Belichick and Brady. After the game, the quarterback was neutral when asked about his former coach.


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“So he (Belichick) drafted me here and I’ve had a lot of personal conversations that should remain that way. They’re very private. And I would say so much is made of our relationship.

“You know, as I said earlier this week, you know, from a player’s standpoint, you just expect the coach to give you everything he’s got. And I’m sure, as a player that’s what he was hoping for me.

“But, nothing’s really accurate that I ever see. You know, definitely doesn’t come from my personal feelings or beliefs, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and obviously a lot of respect for this organisation and you know, all the different people here that try to make it successful.”

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