QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Super Bowl XXXVIII
The second of Brady's four Super Bowl appearances found the 26-year-old quarterback at his offensive peak. New England's signal-caller completed 32 of his 48 attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns on his way to MVP honors. But victory over the plucky Panthers wasn't secured until Brady directed a 37-yard drive in the final minute of regulation to put the Patriots into position for Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal.