By 2007, there was no doubt about Randy Moss’ greatness. The 6’4” 210 lb receiver is considered one of the greatest ever at his position. His blazing speed made him a mismatch for any defensive back one on one. So what did anyone think would happen when one of the best receivers in his prime teamed up with the best QB in the NFL? What everyone dreamed came to reality.
Moss, after a lackluster tenure with the Oakland Raiders, was traded to the New England Patriots prior to the 2007 season. Quarterback Tom Brady never had a weapon this lethal on the outside. Fans of the Patriots salivated while fans of the other teams could only imagine the damage these two would do. And boy did they destroy the competition!
The fireworks started week one and it didn’t stop all season. The opening game of the season against the New York Jets Moss caught 9 passes for 183 yards and 1 TD. Next game at home against the San Diego Chargers, he went off for 105 yards on 8 catches with 2 TDs. Week 3 against the Bills he hit the century mark once more, going for 115 yards and 2 TDs on just five catches.
The Brady to Moss connection was unstoppable all season. But that wasn’t the only thing that was; the entire team. The Patriots crushed most of their opponents that season, and although they had some squeakers they won all of their regular season games. They went 16-0, the first team to win that many games in the regular season in NFL history and the first to go undefeated in the regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
In Week 17, the Patriots went on the road against the New York Giants to close out their unprecedented season. They put a bow tie on their perfect regular season with a 38-35 win. Like they’ve done all year, Brady to Moss happened once again and this time in record breaking fashion. In the fourth quarter and with the Patriots trailing 28-23, Brady dropped back on a 3rd and 10. He launched a rocket down the right sideline and hit Moss in stride. The 65-yard TD gave the Patriots the lead for good. The TD was Moss’ 23rd of the season, breaking the record set by the great Jerry Rice in 1987. It also happened to give Brady a then NFL record 50 TD passes. Moss finished the year with 98 catches for 1,493 yards.
Although the Patriots would fail to complete the perfect season as they lost in Super Bowl XLII, they had one of the best offensive seasons in NFL history. Moss was a big part of that success. His play during this sensational season was unreal at times, putting us football fans at the edge of our seats each and every game that year.