All season long everyone was asking one question about Tom Brady.
They got their answer in decisive fashion.
And Tom Brady settled this big debate with what he just did on Sunday.
Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick formed the most successful coach and quarterback combination in NFL history.
Together they participated in nine Super Bowls and won a record six Lombardi Trophies.
After Brady left the Patriots to sign with Tampa Bay, everyone who cared about pro football wondered how each would fare now that they were on their own, and who was ultimately more responsible for the Patriots dynasty.
After Sunday’s NFL Championship game in which the Brady’s Bucs defeated the Green Bay Packers 31 to 26 there is no doubt that Tom Brady was the driving force behind the Patriots success.
Brady completed 20 of 360 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns while looking every good at age 43 as he did at 23.
The Bucs built a 28 to 10 lead early in the third quarter on Brady’s eight yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Bate following a Packers fumble on the opening possession of the second half.
That touchdown following the turnover capped a disastrous sequence of events for the Packers that began at the end of the first half.
Tampa Bay had the ball First and Ten on the Packer 39 yard line with just six seconds left.
In an inexcusable defensive breakdown, the Packers let receiver Scotty Miller get behind the coverage for a 39 yard touchdown pass.
Green Bay was expecting Tampa to try a short pass to the sidelines to get in better field goal range for kicker Ryan Succop.
Instead, Brady burned the Packers with a long touchdown pass that put Tampa Bay in control of the game at 21 to 10.
In a first, Brady will now get to play the Super Bowl in his home field at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
To put this achievement in perspective, Tom Brady has now played 19 seasons as a starting quarterback.
Brady’s had more seasons – ten – end in a trip to the Super Bowl than he has seasons where he failed to play in the Super bowl.