Tom Brady 500 Touchdown Passes: His 5 Best Throws Ranked

Tom Brady, #12 of the New England Patriots, looks on during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on October 4 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Tom Brady has joined one of the most prestigious clubs in the NFL as he became only the third quarterback in history to throw 500 touchdown passes in his career.

The Patriots star threw for 341 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions as New England beat the Indianapolis Colts 38-24 in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football.

Brady's third touchdown, a 39-yard pass to Josh Gordon with 9:19 left in the game, saw him join Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to throw for 500 touchdowns.

Manning holds the record with 539, while Favre is just ahead of Brady with 508. The trio could be joined by New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, who is currently on 496.

Unlike Manning and Favre however, Brady has reached the milestone while playing for one team and he was quick to pay tribute to the players who have helped him along the way.

"Things like that, milestones and so forth, there's so many people who contribute," Brady told reporters after the game, reported ESPN. "I just think of all the people who have really worked hard. A quarterback doesn't throw them to himself. He needs people to catch, and block, and the defense to make plays, and coaches to coach. These are all great team awards. Pretty cool."

Picking the best passes out of Brady's 500 touchdowns is almost as difficult as singling out the best moments of his glittering career, for this is a man who has completed 6,636 passes during his 18 seasons in the league—including the playoffs.

Newsweek has attempted to pick five of his what are arguably Brady's best throws. The difficulty of the throw has been taken into account as has the context within a particular game, the impact it had on the result and the importance of the game (which made compiling the list even harder, given he's appeared in eight Super Bowls.)

Nevertheless, here Newsweek presents our pick of the five best touchdown passes Brady has thrown since he first arrived in the NFL.

To Randy Moss vs New York Giants, Week 16, 2007

A top-five of Tom Brady's passes simply wouldn't be complete without this moment. In fact, it's probably the only place to start from. The Patriots were 15-0 as they traveled to East Rutherford in the final game of the regular season but the Giants were determined to spoil their perfect record and led 28-23 early in the fourth quarter.

On a second-and-10 from the Giants' 35-yard line, Randy Moss sprinted towards the right sideline and was wide open but Brady's pass fell way short. On the next play, Moss ran the same route and this time Brady found him for a 65-yard touchdown which gave the Patriots the lead.

The pass was Brady's 50th touchdown throw in a season, an NFL record. The Giants, however, would have their revenge two months later, upsetting the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

To Deion Branch, Super Bowl XXXVIII

The Patriots' second Super Bowl win had Brady's fingerprints all over it, as he finished with 354-yards and three touchdowns, the pick of which came with just over three minutes left in the second quarter.

Having faked a quick handoff to running back Kevin Faulk, Brady carved a resolute Panthers' defense wide open to find Deion Branch in the end zone. While the pass might be fairly routine for a player of Brady's standards, the way he sells the run and upsets the defense is simply spectacular.

To Kenbrell Thompkins vs New Orleans Saints, Week 6, 2013

Some of the best chapters of Brady's career have been written in the playoffs but his regular season repertoire is just as impressive. Trailing by four points with less than 90 seconds left, the Patriots were staring at back-to-back defeats for just the ninth time in 13 years before Brady took control.

Having completed four of six passes in New England's final drive, Brady stepped back into the pocket and fired a pass to Kenbrell Thompkins for a 17-yard touchdown which put the Pats ahead with five seconds left.

To Rob Gronkowski, Super Bowl XLIX

With the Patriots trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter Brady inspired another memorable comeback, but his best pass of the game arguably came in the second period.

With 36 seconds left to halftime, Rob Gronkowski lined up wide to the right and pulled linebacker K.J. Wright along. Brady's pass found Gronk for a 22-yard touchdown displaying the usual, metronomic accuracy that has made them one of the deadliest combinations in the league.

Including the playoffs, Gronk has scored 77 touchdowns, with all but one coming from a pass from Brady.

To Brandon LaFell, 2015 AFC Divisional round

Having trailed by 14 at one point, the Patriots were still three behind with just over 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Brady instructed Brandon LaFell to run a fade, before throwing the ball perfectly onto his lap past the cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

Brady ended the game with 367 yards and three touchdowns, at the time the best playoff game in his career.