Tom Brady ran on the third down and, according to the stopwatch which famously recorded him running a 5.28 in 40-yards as a draft prospect, it should have been a Giants victory. Brady is undoubtedly one of America’s greatest athletes, which is even more amazing considering that he is not a very good athlete.
Brady, who was coming off of two straight defeats and faced the team that had kept him away from nine Super Bowlss, wanted to prove to the world how he won seven. His 44th birthday saw him step up to the plate, grab the ball and make a play with his legs in the second quarter that was unlike any he could have as a Michigan College boy. 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.
According to the official play-by–play summary, Xavier McKinney stopped. Brady accidentally clipped him Ty Cobb style (spikes high), and sent McKinney flying. After that, he rose from the field and defiantly tossed the ball. McKinney was staring at Brady as he marched back to the huddle. The quarterback of the Buccaneers, the reigning champions, was determined not to let this happen.
Tom Brady did not lose the three previous starts.