by Thomas U. Tuttle
Yes, The Greatest Super Bowl Yet…
New England 34, Atlanta 28 in overtime. The first Super Bowl overtime in 51 renditions of the mega-football games, and the largest point comeback in SB history. It was an amazing battle, I’m sure we all agree, an ultimate contest that did more than secure Tom Brady’s reputation for all time.
Could there be a “more fabulous” contest in the future? Maybe… In a way, that’s why you play the game. Things happen. But for now, even the guys who have seen a lot of Super Bowls, and know the history of all (including GDG’s Eric Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald, with over 60 between them), call this one the Epic of Epics.
There have been a lot of great Super Bowl’s, but this one had it all…
Several of my friends (and a stunned family member) actually went to bed before all heck broke loose in the second half of SB 51 (yes, LI, but I’ve long been burned out on the Roman Numeral thing). Hard to fault those who nodded off as history was made, because the game was over, for all intents and purposes, midway through the 3rd quarter.
28-3 Atlanta Falcons? Are you kidding? Your Patriots squad is all done against this formidable Georgia Army in Houston, Texas. They were at that moment washed up like a beached New England codfish, all done and ready for the final foldolo. My feeling was it might go to 38 to 10 or so and hold my over-under bet of +/- 49 points – not to mention my Atlanta and the points wager.
Not so fast… Don’t start counting your money just yet. Not against the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots. Certainly not against the one-and-only Tom Brady, not versus stellar running back and awesomely-stubborn James White (who caught 14 passes, scored three TD’s and could/should have been MVP, if not for the incredible Brady) – and the man who will receive Brady’s MVP-awarded automobile from the QB in a token of grateful appreciation.
Not against the clutch, super quick Julian Adelman – Danny Amendola led receivers or the never-say-die defense, which had looked shaky at the start of the game but fought tooth and nail to the finish. And this was a fight to the finish of historic proportions.
This loss had to hurt Falcons fans at a level even beyond the devastated 1998-99 Vikings crowd that watched the Randy Moss-led home team blow an NFC title game lead against these same Dirty Birds.
And yes, this game cost a lot of people money, cash that was safely in the bank mid-3rd qtr. A sad but true confession – I was letting people know about my great wisdom in picking Atlanta beginning at half-time – until all heck broke loose and the Pats epic comeback put me in my humble place. I’m still in shock…
This one had it all – two great football teams, great quarterbacks and numerous storylines. How about Tom’s mom, Galynn, quite ill for well over a year, coming to this phenomenal match? And bringing some magic? Sure feels like it….