Since Tom Brady spent the first 20 years of his NFL career on an AFC team in New England, Washington football fans only got to root against him once every four years.
Now following his first season with the Buccaneers, Brady is set to visit Washington in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs. Fortunately for him, but not Washington fans, the six-time Super Bowl champion has a solid track record of success against the Burgundy and Gold in limited meetings.
October 6, 2019: Patriots 33, Washington 7
A 65-yard touchdown run by Steven Sims put Washington ahead early against the undefeated Patriots, but Brady quickly answered with a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman and then proceeded to score 33 unanswered points to hand Washington its fifth straight loss to open the season.
Brady finished the day with 348 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception to continue his team's hot start to the year. Little did we know it'd be the last season Brady wore a New England uniform.
November 8, 2015: Patriots 27, Washington 10
With the Pats coming off their fourth Super Bowl victory and out to another undefeated start, Washington had its work cut out with Kirk Cousins leading the way. Brady had another efficient day passing the ball (299 yards, two touchdowns) to help New England build a 27-3 lead over Washington before a late Jordan Reed touchdown drew the score a bit closer.
Washington fell to 3-5 after this game but managed to turn things around in the back half of the year, winning six of their last eight to take home the NFC East crown. Brady and the Patriots would go on to the AFC title game but lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos.
December 11, 2011: Patriots 34, Washington 27
The closest Washington ever got to beating Brady in the 2010s was late in the 2011 campaign. Brady was masterful in this game, throwing for over 350 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Edelman in the final five minutes.
The quarterback for Washington that day? Rex Grossman, who finished with 252 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while Roy Helu paced Washington on the ground with 126 rushing yards.
October 28, 2007: Patriots 52, Washington 7
Washington was one of the unlucky teams to find themselves on the 2007 Patriots' schedule, and they certainly paid the price. Brady threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of Jason Campbell and Washington. The Patriots ended up going 16-0 in 2007, only to get upset by the Giants in arguably the best Super Bowl of all time.
September 28, 2003: Washington 20, Patriots 17
Brady's only loss against Washington came in his first matchup with them back in 2003. The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots lost to quarterback Patrick Ramsey and company thanks to three interceptions by Brady.
Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright scored the touchdowns for Washington in the win to go along with two short field goals by John Hall.