Tom Brady reminisced on Instagram the night before Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He posted a slideshow of players who had a key role in wins that helped the Patriots advance to previous Super Bowls.
The first tribute was to a Jan. 27, 2002 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when Drew Bledsoe and Brady combined to guide the Patriots to a win. Brady left in the first half due to an ankle injury, but he returned two weeks later to fuel the team to its first Super Bowl title.
The next image, in the same part of the slideshow as the Bledsoe photo, is one of cornerback Ty Law on Jan. 18, 2004. In a 24-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Law registered a whopping three interceptions to help the Patriots prevail. New England went on to win its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
After that, he acknowledged wide receiver Deion Branch, who racked up four receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 41-27 triumph over the Steelers in 2005. Next up was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who scored a TD to help the Patriots trounce the Colts, 45-7, in 2015. Finally, Brady highlighted the work of wide receiver Chris Hogan, who pieced together a monster showing with nine receptions for 180 yards and two TDs in a win over the Steelers in 2017.
The common thread among all the images, of course, is that the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl in each of those years. Brady hopes to add a sixth championship to his resume, and Sunday’s game is the next obstacle in his way.