There’s no doubt about it, Sunday night in Houston was by far the greatest game in New England Patriots history, and from all accounts it’s very tough to argue that it wasn’t the greatest NFL game in history.
The game was a celebration of the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, the greatest coach ever to coach it (sorry Vince Lombardi), and the greatest comeback in NFL history (sorry Buffalo Bills).
The Patriots were the favorites on just about every site, including bestbettingwebsites.org.uk, but the end wasn’t a for sure until James White’s overtime touchdown to seal the win.
The Patriots are a team of destiny, and after five Super Bowl wins there’s no questions this is the best team in the last two decades of football.
Tom Brady’s performance puts him in a class of his own. He threw for more yards than anyone in NFL history, completed more passes, and his 19-point comeback in the final quarter showed again the guts that he and the team had in getting the team back in the game.
Not only did he get the team back from down 25, but he also when the game was on the line was able to score two times AND maybe even harder was capping off the two scores with a pair of two-point conversions.
“We all brought each other back,” Brady said on the Fox telecast after the game. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”
It’s humbling of Brady to say ‘a few more plays,’ but let’s face it, no one had the Patriots winning this game after they trailed it 21-0 and then even at the half 21-3.
Things looked super bleak after the Falcons lead it 28-9, and then after the Pats got it to 28-20, it appeared Atlanta was ready to put the game away when they completed a great pass to Julio Jones, setting them up in field goal range.
That’s when the defense stepped up and came up with a huge 13-yard sack, and then after a hold forced a punt that allowed the Pats again to show their heart to drive downfield to cap off regulation with a drive that again was the stuff of legends.
“It’s going to be a great celebration tonight,” Brady said from the stage. “Thank-you to all of our fans. Everyone back in Boston, New England, we love you. You’ve been with us all year. We’re bringing this sucker home!”
Bringing ‘this sucker home,’ was almost too easy once the overtime started it seemed, and they were able to finish the job, showing how historic this team is.
It’s a fifth title, one that was so deserved, and one that will live forever.