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What is the most memorable play in Patriots’ Super Bowl records?
This query didn’t come from a reader, but as a substitute changed into requested via ubiquitous host Scott Hanson at some stage in Super Bowl Opening Night here Monday.
Three options had been given to the group: Julian Edelman’s how-did-that-now not-touch-the-ground? Seize in opposition to the Falcons in Super Bowl LI; Malcolm Butler’s recreation-saving interception in opposition to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX; and Adam Vinatieri’s triumphing forty eight-yard area purpose to overcome the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
The winner many of the suckers/enthusiasts who paid to be in attendance at Opening Night amazed me. Edelman’s wonderful seize received, with 64 per cent of the vote.
There ought to have been a few recency biases at play there because that would have been my 1/3 desire of the three.
It appears to me Butler’s choose, one of the most iconic performs in NFL history and one which stole victory from approaching defeat, should be the top choice.
And if no longer Butler’s select, then Vinatieri’s subject goal that got this complete dynasty thing began could have been ideal preference.
Edelman’s seize turned into tremendous. But it’s bronze-medal-degree terrific in this ballot. Gotta cross Malcolm.
But what does all of us else think? What turned into the most memorable play in Patriots Super Bowl records? I’ll hear you within the remarks.
The New England Patriots, behind on the scoreboard most of the sport, gambling lethargically and not of their normal rhythmic style, overcame a big third-quarter deficit to come again and tie the sport within the remaining minute at 28-28 forcing the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
Tom Brady, apparently out-of-sync for most of the primary three quarters, confirmed why he’s referred to as the best quarterback in National Football League history–emphasised after the game by way of none other than Terry Bradshaw. He is the handiest quarterback to win five Super Bowls, breaking the tie of four every with Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the Nineteen Seventies. He has also received 4 Super Bowl MVP awards, most for any player.
Never had a group come again from extra than ten points down within the greatest sport of all of them. New England entered the fourth area down 28-3, a deficit deemed impossible to conquer, except you’re Tom Brady and the New England Patriots–calm, confident, methodical.
Tom Brady become drafted in 2000 inside the sixth spherical, 199 commons, from Michigan. Robert K. Kraft, the proprietor of the New England Patriots, now says it’s far the satisfactory factor the team has ever done. Guess so with five NFL Championships–Super Bowl wins–within the Coach Bill Belichick / Tom Brady generation.
The Patriot’s capitalized on numerous Atlanta consequences and misplays scoring twenty-5 unanswered factors inside the fourth region tying the sport.
New England gained the coin toss–heads–and chose to obtain. One needed to surprise, with the momentum the Patriots had constructed in the final mins of the fourth zone, if Atlanta could even contact the soccer in Overtime. They did now not! New England marched down the sector seventy-five yards on 8 plays, scoring on James White’s 2-backyard landing run. Game over.
New England’s revel in such games as this proved an excessive amount of for a feisty Atlanta, who, for three quarters, gave New England all they could manage, however inside the very last evaluation did not have the enjoy to win it. The Patriots held the ball for 40 or 60 mins, ran more than 90 offensive performs, and exhausted the Falcons protection to the factor that the 4th quarter become all New England–regular Coach Belichick.
The shocked Atlanta Falcons stood in surprise whilst the final rating flashed at the boards–34-28!
After the sport, Brady became asked how he did it, how he turned into capable of bringing the Patriots again after the large deficit. “We all added each different again,” said Brady, Super Bowl M.V.P. For a report fourth time. “We never felt out of it.”
Postscript: N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, booed heartily through the fanatics, shook arms with Brady at the sidelines after the sport. Ironic considering the “Deflategate” fiasco resulting in his suspending Brady for the first 4 video games of the 2016 season.
Major Dennis Copson is a retired United States Marine and is a resident of Oceanside, California. He is a contract creator and editor.