In case it was not clear before, it certainly is now: Tom Brady is the winner of his divorce with Bill Belichick.
The 43-year-old advanced to his 10th career Super Bowl with a 31-26 NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but it will be his first Super Bowl without Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
There has always been much debate on who was responsible for the Patriots dynasty – Brady or Belichick – and when the two parted ways for this season the conversation only intensified.
Of course, some may argue that Brady joined a team that had the best offense in the NFL last year that also made some improvements on the defensive side of the ball to give him a strong supporting cast.
Yet, without Brady, Belichick failed to make the playoffs. Brady is back in the Super Bowl without Belichick. At age 43, nonetheless. In the eyes of many, that is all that matters and Brady certainly has come out on top after splitting with his former head coach.
Naturally, social media took the opportunity to have some fun at Belichick’s expense as the G.O.A.T. punched yet another ticket to the Super Bowl.