When 2008 came around, Brady no doubt had a fire lit under his seat. Determined to get back to glory after a heartbreaking game against the G-Men Madden 22 coins, Brady wouldn't get to prove that his team of stars was able to return to that promised country. He was struck by a first-half knee injury as a result of Chiefs security Bernard Pollard, and would continue to miss all season.
Naturally the Madden team could not have anticipated this, but Brady still dominated the virtual game that year, even as Matt Cassel tried his best to keep the team afloat in reality. Brady had just 11 throws in the year prior to being discarded however his statistics in Madden head-tohead were definitely better than his performance as one of game's only 99-rated players.
Fresh from a full season of rehabilitation for his leg, Brady seemed to have earned confidence from Tiburon and EA as the life-threatening injury did not result in Brady's Madden rating dipping at all. At 97 overall, he was still dominating, even if 16-0 was far out of range for his real-life counterpart. The Patriots finished the season 10-6 but Brady's most recent Super Bowl victory was starting to disappear from his rear-view mirror.
Brady's 2010 season was the start of the Gronk Era. The Patriots made a draft Rob Gronkowski, and Brady would prosper buy madden coins. The small dip in his actual numbers prior to the season led into a similar cut of his Madden overall performance, but his career was set to transform forever.