I’ve said for years that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in NFL history (see here and here). After tonight, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind–and now I’m gonna go as far as saying he’s the greatest football player of all time. Tom Brady is the Michael Jordan of football. He’s unbelievably clutch. Nerves of steel. And what he did tonight was next level! Down 28-3 in the second half of the Super Bowl, no problem. Botched PAT, no problem. Need scoring drive after scoring drive after scoring drive, no problem. Need two 2-pt. conversions, no problem. That drive to tie the game at 28 is the stuff that legends are made of and Tom Brady delivered again. And then again in OT. Oh, and he broke the record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl.
I love that Julian Edelman made the circus catch that bounced off him and the Falcons secondary, including Robert Alford’s leg (who had an 82-yard pick-six and played a great game) during the game-tying drive that immediately felt like karma or payback for the Eli Manning to David Tyree helmet catch that shattered the 19-0 dreams the ’07 Patriots had.
Beyond all those offensive heroics, for the Patriots defense (shoutout to BYU stud and friend of mine, Kyle Van Noy who had a sack tonight and played great coverage in critical moments) to hold the Falcons scoreless the final 23 mins of the game, including after Julio Jones made an incredible sideline grab, putting the Falcons in field goal territory late in the 4th quarter, up 8 which should have sealed the game for Atlanta. What happened next? The Pats D pushed the Falcons BACK 23 YARDS and out of field goal range! Once that happened, was there any doubt what the GOAT, Tom Brady and the offense was gonna go do?
No Super Bowl had ever gone to OT either. This comeback had it all and is hands down the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. No team had previously come back from down more than 10 in a Super Bowl. The Patriots were down 25! This is the 4th biggest comeback in NFL history, regular season included, and we got to see it in the Super Bowl! It’s arguably the greatest comeback in championship history of any sport! Down 25 in the second half of the Super Bowl and they come back to score 31 unanswered points and win–unreal! Ironically, the only comebacks that come to mind as equal to or greater than this one is last year’s Cleveland Cavs coming back from down 3-1 to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals or maybe the Cubs coming back from down 3-1 to the Indians in last year’s World Series. It’s been an incredible run of championship comebacks in sports!
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