This argument will forever and always continue to rage on, whether Brady is better than Montana or vise versa. I don’t believe that there will ever be an answer unless, Brady wins a 5th Lombardi trophy and puts up staggering playoff numbers. But, don’t forget Joe Montana is 4-0 in the Super Bowl. If that isn’t impressive enough, Montana threw for 1,142 yards, 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Tom Brady on the other has been to 6 Super Bowls boasting a 4-2 record throwing for 1,605 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Brady has thrown 2 more touchdowns but 4 more interceptions. Just by looking at the stats between the two titans, you would believe that Montana is better. Montana has a better overall record less interceptions. Not so fast, the one thing people forget to look at, is the other side of the ball. In Montana’s first Super Bowl appearance in 1981 Montana played with the 2nd best overall defense in the NFL. Only 3 years later Joe Cool would be back in the big game, this time. The 49ers boasted the best overall defense in the NFL. When you combine the arguably the greatest QB ever with one of the best receivers in Jerry Rice, then give them the best defense in the league. 9 times out of 10, you can’t touch them. In 1988 Montana’s 49ers had the 3rd best defense, a year later they had the 4th best.
Its safe to say that Montana had plenty of support going into the biggest game on the brightest stage.
Tom Brady, one of the all-time greats battling, trying to carve his name into the top spot in NFL history. Brady had some great offenses in his day, but nothing like Montana. In 2001, Brady first Super Bowl the Patriots bared the 24th ranked defense against the Greatest Show on Turf. The St. Louis Rams, there is no doubt Brady didn’t have much help in that contest. But Brady won didn’t he? Great players find ways to win, no matter what the circumstance.
In 2003 the Patriots had their revamped defense at 7th overall. The Patriots were facing Jake Delhomme, Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers. defeating them was no easy feat for Tom Terrific who proved if he got the ball late in the 4th quarter with a chance to win, he was your guy.
After just one short year past, Brady and the Patriots were right back in the thick of it all, looking to become the greatest thing in sports. A dynasty.
In 2004 Brady and company took on the Andy Reid led Philadelphia Eagles. Philly had their fair share of fire power on offense, the Patriots defense stood tall, holding Philly to 1 touchdown in the final 3 quarters. But this time, New England’s defense was the hero, not Brady. Donovan Mcnabb was given the ball back with 1 chance to drive down field and win it all. But the Patriots pass rush collapsed the pocket Mcnabb tossed up a prayer and Patriots Safety Rodney Harrison was there to seal Philadelphia’s fate.
Next come the Patriots infamous 2007 season. The Patriots perfect season, led by one of the best offenses ever. The Patriots would go up against one of the best pass rushes in Brady’s Super Bowl career, getting sacked 5 times. Brady constantly has linemen in his face getting pressure, forcing throws. Brady would go on to lose the game due to David Tyree’s infamous “helmet catch”.
In 2011 the Brady led Patriots had no defense, they were a shell of their former selves. Watching seasoned veterans like Linebacker Tedy Bruschi walk away to retirement, Mike Vrable getting traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots defense had to go up against a familiar foe, Eli Manning’s 2011 version of the New York Giants. The Patriots struggle to pressure Manning, struggled to hold coverage down field. Ultimately it led to Brady’s demise. The Patriots would go on to lose that one with the 31st ranked defense. Only the Green Bay Packers were worse, the Packer also lost to the Giants in the Divisional Round at Lambeau Field.
In what could be the final showdown in a Super Bowl for Brady, his defense was 13th overall. But this is where stats can be deceiving, because the Patriots tend to give up alot of yards late in the 4th quarter when the game is in hand. The Patriots went all in and signed free agent Cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coming off and ACL tear, many wondered if Revis could ever be what he once was. The Patriots also signed the tallest cornerback in the NFL, 6’4″ Brandon Browner. A year previous, Browner had been with the Legion of Boom in Seattle. But after being caught with PED’s Browner couldn’t play in the Super Bowl and would later get released. Bill Belichick saw an opportunity to make his defense great once more, all he had to do was pony up the money.
In the 2014 version of the Super Bowl, the Patriots battled Browner’s former team. The Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots defense stood tall. Making stops when needed and Brady responded throwing the game winning touchdown pass to receiver Julian Edelman. But there was over 2:00 left on the clock and the Seahawks had 2 timeouts. Plenty of time for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
Wilson drove down the field, but not before an absolutely stunning Jermaine Kerse catch near the goal line. But the Patriots defense would make what might be one of the greatest goal line stands in NFL history. On 2nd and Goal from the 1 yard line, the Seahawks elect to throw against the Patriots goal line defense and undrafted rookie cornerback out of West Alabama Malcolm Butler jumped in front of the route to make the biggest play in Patriots franchise history, and bring Tom Brady is 4th Lombardi Trophy and 3rd Super Bowl MVP.
Both Montana and Brady have had their moments, but I strongly believe that you could find an answer for who is better between he two unless Brady wins another.
The two legends played in different eras of the game. Brady’s still going strong, can he complete his hunt for the 5th Lombardi Trophy?