The Washington Post

Super Bowl 2012: Tom Brady passes Joe Montana

View Photo Gallery: Tom Brady slaps his “MHK” patch, honoring the late wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and points to the heavens after the Patriots scored.

Putting together touchdown drives at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady accomplished something besides putting points on the board. He broke a Super Bowl record set by his boyhood idol, Joe Montana.

The record-breaking completion — Brady’s 14th in a row — was a five-yard pass to Wes Welker with 13 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter and broke a record that had stood since 1990.

Brady kept right on going after that, completing his next two passes and hitting tight end Aaron Hernandez for a 12-yard touchdown. Chad Ochocinco even caught a pass on the drive.

The touchdown gave the Patriots a 17-9 lead and prompted an emotional reaction from Brady. He tapped the “MHK” patch Patriots players wear to honor Myra Kraft, the late wife of owner Robert Kraft, and pointed skyward.

Brady had completed 10 straight passes on the Patriots’ scoring drive that ended the first half.

More from Washington Post Sports

Super Bowl XLVI by the quarters

Chad Ochocinco goes for the gold

Super Bowl ads: live blogging the commercials’ appeal

Celebritology: Madonna and ... M.I.A.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing