Ummmmm…WOW!! For three quarters I was thinking “not like this”. I don’t have a rooting interest, and especially in the Super Bowl all I’m pulling for is a great game, and whatever I bet. So I had the Falcons +3 as some of you may know, and I had the over of 57.5. Oh, and then I also wrote this yesterday:
“this is likely going to be a classic. I’m going to be disappointed if this game is anything less than high scoring and down to the wire. Two great QB’s, historic ramifications, it would be just a little short of shocking if these two didn’t produce a great game.”
So needless to say, I was extremely disappointed with how the game was going. But by the time it was done I was giddy, and couldn’t believe how amazing the game was that I just seen. It exceeded my expectations, which as you just read, were extremely high!
Just a heads up here, you’re going to read the word greatest and great A LOT in this piece!
I’m saying it right now, and I’m sure all the “hot take” have said it since about last Monday, but this was the greatest Super Bowl of all time. A lot of the time it’s the 4th quarter that’s great and people want to make the game out to be better than it was. That was Super Bowl XLIII. The 4th quarter in that game was amazing, but the game as a whole really wasn’t too good. The year before with Super Bowl XLII, you had the amazing upset by the Giants, the Tyree catch, 19-0 on the line, but the reality was that the first three quarters were really boring.
You could say that here, but it was different. Because for three quarters last night, it wasn’t BORING, it was massively shocking! As I said off the top, you just couldn’t believe that the Pats would go out like THAT. So the shocker of how the game was going, how much of a struggle it was to get back in the game, the flurry in the last 6 minutes or so of the game, needing two 2 point conversions, the Julio Jones catch, but then the Julien Edelman catch, the OT, high scoring, and of course the drama of Tom Brady going for his record tying 5th Super Bowl title. Hell, even the half time show is being talked about as the greatest ever! It was one of those games where you just know it when you see it, and that was the greatest Super Bowl of all time.
And it was such a great example of how to approach life. Sometimes life just starts booting you in the balls for seemingly no reason. Frankly, that’s been going on with me lately, been a rough go the last week or so. Happens to everyone, but in the moment you can’t help but wonder “why me?” Brady wasn’t getting any blocking, which was really hurting his accuracy as he had pressure most of the night, and when he would make a throw he wasn’t getting a lot of help from the Pats receiving core. Even Julien Edelman dropped one or two. They were getting their asses handed to them. And yet he just kept coming.
What essentially happened in this football game is that Tom Brady broke the Falcons will. Even when the Pats were coming back, the Falcons pass rush was still giving the Pats O-line headaches, still getting a ton of pressure and making life miserable for Brady. The strip-sack was obviously the turning point of the game, but the Falcons were still playing hard, still getting pressure. But Brady kept coming and you could see the Falcons D start to tire late in the 4th and simply had their will break. The moment that coin toss came up heads, the game was over. There was zero need to play the OT.
Brady is the greatest ever. And I know everyone is saying that now, it’s not breaking news. He was already for me, and for most, but it’s now cemented and I’m still in awe of the accomplishment. He’s the Michael Jordan of the NFL right now really in that there is no debate. Seven Super Bowl appearances, five Super Bowl wins, four Super Bowl MVP’s, he is responsible for the two biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history, one of those against one of the greatest defenses of all time, he’ll likely surpass a lot of Peyton Manning’s regular season records in the next few seasons if he stays true to his word that he isn’t retiring anytime soon. He won when he was young and he’s winning in what should be the twilight of his career.
And a lot of this is Bill Belichick without a doubt. Nobody should forget that factor either, and in a coaches league that is vital. He is probably the greatest coach now in league history. Peyton Manning never had Bill Belichick. John Elway never had Bill Walsh. Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Fran Tarkenton, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, none of those guys had the type of coaching Brady and Montana had. But it’s as much a quarterbacks league as it is a coaches league, and we’ll never know how those guys would have done with elite level coaching. But it’s pointless, because Brady got Belichick, and it’s been maybe the best run of success in the history of sports.
Think about this, and I may have said it two years ago but I’m saying it again, this franchise is two of the most clutch and greatest catches of all time away from having won seven Super Bowls. Seven in the last 16 seasons. They’ve gone to 10 AFC title games in 16 seasons. This is incredible. I know so many average fans just despise them because they hear that Brady is a cheater, Belichick is a cheater, they win all the time, Belichick never smiles, Brady seemingly is the perfect human with the perfect life, so they want to see them lose so badly. But man, this is legendary stuff we are seeing. I just don’t get how people can’t appreciate that more than they do.
Julio Jones out of all people must really hate this, and he must REALLY hate Julien Edelman in particular! That catch was awesome considering the situation. It’s not a rare catch in the league any longer, we see it every week. But considering the time remaining in what was the biggest game of his life, it was incredible. The only mistake the Falcons made was the play calling following that catch. I fully understand and commend Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn for going for the kill there, but a field goal was essentially a kill shot there. Run the ball twice, and perhaps a slant route or screen on third down. Worst case scenario there is you kick the field goal and the Pats are back down 11.
I can’t leave this without looking at next season and the fact of the matter is that now the Pats have a chance to go three in four years for the second time. This whole thing is a dynasty. It’s a cap era/new-age dynasty, whatever you wish to call it, but it’s a dynasty. But they’ll call it another dynasty all itself if the Pats win again next season. They have seven picks in the draft (not all their’s, but two in the 4th round, no 6th rounder but honestly who cares about a 6th), they currently have the 5th most available cap space this offseason, there is really zero reason they shouldn’t, and if I’m Bill Belichick I’m now in the business of going hard after it. He’s 65 next season, so he doesn’t have a lot of years left, and Brady may only have one season left, because once that arm goes it goes in a hurry! So load up now, get that third ring in four years for the second time. Make some of these benchmarks even more difficult to get to for others. Hell, chase another perfect season! It’s literally the only thing left for them to do is go 19-0.
I sound like a Patriots fan boy here I know. Trust me, I’m not. I’m just a sucker for greatness. We saw maybe the greatest game of all time. We saw maybe the greatest coach in league history win his record 5th Super Bowl. And we saw the greatest QB and likely greatest player period in NFL history have his crowning moment last night with what some may call his masterpiece.
Greatest game, greatest coach, greatest player, great night!
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