Tom Brady recalled on Instagram the night before the game of the AFC Championship on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He published a slideshow of players who played a key role in the victories that helped the Patriots advance to the previous Super Bowls.
The first tribute went to a January 27, 2002 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when Drew Bledsoe and Brady combined to guide the Patriots to a victory. Brady left in the first half due to an ankle injury, but returned two weeks later to propel the team to its first Super Bowl title.
The following image, in the same part of the slide presentation as Bledsoe's photo, is one of the law of cornerback Ty Law on January 18, 2004. In a 24-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Law recorded three interceptions to help the Patriots. prevail. New England won its second Super Bowl in three seasons.
After that, he recognized wide receiver Deion Branch, who racked up four receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 41-27 win over the Steelers in 2005. The next was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who scored a touchdown to help The Patriots to beat the Colts, 45-7, in 2015. Finally, Brady highlighted the work of wide receiver Chris Hogan, who put together a monster with nine receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Steelers in 2017.
The common thread among all the images, of course, is that the Patriots won the Super Bowl in each of those years. Brady hopes to add a sixth championship to his résumé, and Sunday's game is the next obstacle in his way.