Brady’s reference to the fourth quarter brings back painful memories for fans of his former team, the New England Patriots. Manning’s fourth-quarter heroics in Super Bowl XLII helped the New York Giants defeat the Patriots 17-14, dashing their hopes for a perfect season.
Manning did it again four years later in Super Bowl XLVI, leading the Giants past the Patriots 21-17. Manning was the MVP of both games.
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Brady, of course, has experienced more jubilation than heartbreak in Super Bowls. He has played in nine and is the only player in NFL history to win six.
So the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback can joke about it now, but at the time, they were two of the most devastating losses of his career.
Manning retired this offseason after spending his entire 16-year career with the Giants.