Football

Sept. 23, 2002

Adam Vinatieri added a nugget to his ever-expanding clutch-kicker resume with a 35-yard field goal in overtime to down the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-38. Clearly, the defending Super Bowl champs had not yet cobbled together the elite defense that would win them back-to-back championships in 2003-2004.

But the training wheels on which Tom Brady rode through the 2001 Super Bowl run had begun gathering dust in the closet. Brady hit on 39 of 54 pass attempts for 410 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception.

The interception doesn’t count for much. When throwing the ball 54 times an interception may mar the stats.

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