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Justin Tuck: Giants Prevented Brady From Becoming Best QB of All-Time

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Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck believes that the Giants’ two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots have kept Tom Brady from being the greatest NFL quarterback ever. Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Of all that Tom Brady has accomplished through his illustrious career, there are a couple blemishes that have kept him from topping the list of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, at least according to one former opponent.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio, former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said that Brady would be the best quarterback of all time had it not been for his two Super Bowl losses to the Giants.

“If it wasn’t for the Giants, I think Brady would go down, no question, as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game,” Tuck said. “So I’m glad we were able to steal two from him.”

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Tuck played for the Giants from 2005-2013, collecting 60 1/2 sacks over 127 games and winning Super Bowls XLII and XLVI over Brady and the Patriots. He signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders last offseason.

Tuck knows how tall a task the Colts have going into Foxborough on Sunday, but he has seen firsthand that taking down Brady and Bill Belichick as an underdog can indeed be done.

“The Patriots can be beaten,” Tuck said. “It’s gonna be tough, it’s hard to pick against Belichick and Brady and they’re playing lights out as well, so I think the Colts will have to come in and establish the running game to keep the Patriots defense off balance a little bit. Andrew Luck is playing well, he’s playing really well, and then the Colts defense is surprising people, holding Denver to 13, 14 points at home? That’s tremendous.”

Tuck did say that of the four quarterbacks left in the playoffs, Brady is the one he would want under center in order to win a playoff game.

“He’s been there, he’s done that, he’s seen it all,” Tuck said. “The biggest thing about Brady is it really doesn’t matter who they plug in there, he’s been successful. He’s found a way: throwing to the running backs, throwing to the second string tight ends when Gronk was out, whoever is in the slot finds a way to have 100 catches almost every year, so I’d probably go with Brady over the other three guys.”

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