Hard Rock Stadium
Backstory and Context
The 2000 Orange Bowl game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game was played at the famous stadium Hard Rock Cafe Stadium in Miami Florida. The Orange Bowl has been played at Hard Rock Cafe since its opening in 1987. Going into the game the Michigan Wolverines were lead by senior quarterback Tom Brady and had a 10-2 record. Alabama was lead by running back Shaun Alexander who had an unbelievable season. Alabama was favored to win the game by Las Vegas Betters.
In the first quarter like many of Brady's future big NFL games the game was scoreless as both teams felt each other out. Scoring opened up in the second quarter. The first score was by Alabama, a 5 yard run by Shaun Alexander. The second score was also by Alabama, a 6 yard run by Shaun Alexander. Alabama jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and it was up to Tom Brady to lead Michigan back. Michigan and Tom Brady responded with a 27 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Terrell. Making the Score 14-7 at halftime.
To start the 3rd quarter Michigan got the ball. Tom lead Michigan down the field and threw a 57 yard touchdown pass to David Terrell, making the score 14-14. Alabama responded with a touchdown of their own, a 50 yard run from Shaun Alexander. After that Alabama returned a punt extending their lead to 28-14. To win the game Tom Brady was going to have to come back from two separate 14 point deficits. Something that he would do in the future in the 2015 super bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Tom Brady quickly lead Michigan down the field to score again. He threw for a 20 yard touchdown pass to David Terrell making the score 28-21. That was David Terrell's third touchdown of the game. After getting the ball back Tom lead Michigan down the field again and Anthony Thomas ran in for a 3 yard touchdown to tie the game. Tom Brady had lead Michigan back from not one 14 point deficit but two. It was an incredible accomplishment.
During the forth quarter after both of Michigan's comebacks both teams were held scoreless and went into overtime tied 28-28. In overtime Michigan scored first with a 25 yard pass from Tom Brady to Shawn Thompson giving Michigan a 35-28 lead. When Alabama got the ball back they scored on a 21 yard pass play. They missed the extra point resulting in Michigan winning the game 34-35. Tom Brady and Michigan had completed the comeback and Tom Brady left Michigan on a winning note. Michigan ended the season 11-2 and Tom Brady went off to the NFL.
This is Tom Brady's best accomplishment at Michigan. He spent 3 years fighting for the starting job and finally won it. Tom's stat lines for the 2000 Orange Bowl were 34-46, 369 passing yards, and 4 passing touchdowns. David Terrell was named Orange Bowl MVP despite Tom Brady's incredible performance. Tom Brady went on to the NFL after this game. And we all know how successful he was in the NFL.
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