The Patriots have emerged over the last 18 years as the Evil Empire of the NFL. That's what happens when you qualify for exactly half of your league's championship games over an 18-year span. And through every trip to the Super Bowl, there have been two constants. This article is about the one who out on the field, undoubtedly the best quarterback to ever play the game.

The Patriots haven't had a lack of controversy, and you'd have no trouble finding plenty of fans who still hold their past scandals (see: Deflategate, Spygate, Whatever-else-you-can-think-of-gate) against them. But there's also no denying that head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have set a new -- and ridiculous -- standard when it comes to consistently clutch performances. At age 41, in fact, Brady himself has now secured more Super Bowl appearances than every single team in the NFL outside of his own Patriots.

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So if it seems like the Patriots are always in the Super Bowl with Brady and Belichick, well, who are we kidding? It's because they are always in the Super Bowl! Love them or hate them, you have to respect them. And just in case you've forgotten all the times Brady and company have hoisted -- or at least attempted to hoist -- the Lombardi Trophy in the last two decades, we've got a rundown right here for you. Brady was named MVP it all but one of those (Deion Branch after the 2004 season). It can be easy to lose track when there are so many title-game trips to keep track of, you know, so keep this list handy as the Brady Bunch goes for ring No. 6 against the Rams:



St. Louis Rams

W, 20-17 (Brady MVP)


Carolina Panthers

W, 32-29 (Brady MVP)


Philadelphia Eagles

W, 24-21


New York Giants

L, 17-14


New York Giants

L, 21-17


Seattle Seahawks

W, 28-24 (Brady MVP)


Atlanta Falcons

W, 34-28, OT (Brady MVP)


Philadelphia Eagles

L, 41-33


Los Angeles Rams


All in all, what's the takeaway? Well, if it's not that Brady and Belichick are this generation's greatest dynasty, then what is it? It's obvious that NFC East opponents, including those pesky, underdog Nick Foles-led Eagles of 2017, have never been the Patriots' most favorable opponents on Super Sunday. But other than that, New England has reigned supreme over just about all of the NFL.

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Here are Brady and Belichick's numbers once more, just for impact's sake:

Total Super Bowl appearances: 9
Super Bowl record: 5-3

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