Brady became part of The 99 Club for the 3rd time in Madden NFL 2012--you'll remember it for the moment when Browns fans flooded the fan vote that would determine the winner of the cover contest and they got flash-inthe-pan RB Peyton Hillis to "grace" the box art.
Brady also Gronk were in the second season with a high-performance streak and that led to Brady's first season of 5,000 yards, but injured Gronkowski struggled to make it through the playoffs and the Patriots fell short of Giants in the Super Bowl for the second time since 2007. Giants at the Super Bowl for the second time since 2007.
After three early victories after which two losses have occurred in the big game have given Brady a less impressive 3-3 score during his first Super Bowl, but that's something he would work to iron out over time.
Another loss that was ugly from the Super Bowl prior still couldn't keep Madden ratings adjustors from expecting any "gradual decline" by Brady. He began the season in the 99 club, and was able to lead the team to a 12-4 record.
Which seemed like an annual tradition at that point. He also threw just 8 interceptions, marking the third consecutive time the stat was in the single digits . The Pats ended the game just shy of another Super Bowl berth, but his story was being written even this late to his professional career.