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Super Bowl Blow Up

by Kevin Plinzke - Staff Writer
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 12:20 am
TWIST OF FATE Most people watching the Super Bowl this past weekend were in awe of the New England Patriots' amazing comeback in the second half. Even if you were rooting for the Falcons there is no denying that the Pats won this one and deservedly so.
TWIST OF FATE Most people watching the Super Bowl this past weekend were in awe of the New England Patriots' amazing comeback in the second half. Even if you were rooting for the Falcons there is no denying that the Pats won this one and deservedly so.

That's it. Close the conversations, and I won't be taking any arguments. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time (sorry, #BillsMafia.)

The Bills fan in me denied it for years. "Nah, he lost two to Eli," or "Joe Montana never lost a Super Bowl" or my personal favorite "its Belicheck's system." No longer can I make such arguments when Brady is out there doing what he did on this historic super bowl Sunday. That comeback was the stuff of a true legend.

The game started out with all the makings of a true blowout. Atlanta was up 14-0 when they got a pick 6 off Brady in the red zone. The game seemed bleak for New England, but we all knew what New England was capable of.

The Patriots narrowed the deficit to 21-3 before halftime, but the energy of the game felt as though they had no chance of coming back. However, it appears we forgot to tell that to Brady and Belicheck.

Coming out of halftime slow, New England gave up another touchdown to the Falcons to make the score 28-3. This was when it all flipped.

New England would buckle down to not allow another point for the rest of the contest. Thanks to stellar defense, bad Falcons play calling and a few fortuitous bounces (looking at you, Julian Edelman) the patriots did what many, including myself thought was impossible. Storming back from down 28-3, New England tied the game up on a Danny Amendola two-point conversion with 57 seconds remaining.

With all of the momentum on their side, the Pats won the OT kickoff and from that point on, it really felt like a foregone conclusion. Brady drove the patriots down the field, very similarly to how I've seen him do it against my beloved bills for what feels like one thousand times, and James White capped off the super bowl winning drive from two yards out to give the Patriots a 34-28 win in the first overtime super bowl in Football history.

As a Bills fan, it is almost illegal to root for the patriots, but as a sports fan it is equally illegal to try to take anything away from the greatness that they have displayed. Time and time again, they have faced adversity, and time and time again, number 12 and "The Sith Lord" Bill Belicheck overcome everything to prevail as world champions. I'm at a loss for words at how dominant and legendary this dynasty has become for the New England Patriots.

One of the few qualms I have with the result of the game, is that I do not believe Tom Brady was the super bowl MVP. That honor should've gone to New England running back James White who had an absolutely dominant performance, scoring 3 TDs and catching 14 passes. It seemed as though he could not be checked, no matter what the Falcons did to try to stop him.

The key to victory was almost as huge as the key to defeat. I think the Falcons offense inability to stay on the field in the second half played just as large of a role as New England's scoring outburst. The Held the ball for only 23 minutes and 27 seconds, compared to New England's 40 minutes and 31 seconds, according to NFL.com.

Bills fans, please forgive me but I have to say it once and for all. Brady is the greatest of all time. He is the GOAT. It pains me, but when it comes to legendary championship performances, that was one of the best. Hopefully it's Tyrod Taylor (or whatever QB the Bills trot onto the field in 2017) hoisting up the Lombardi trophy. But in the meantime, it's the Patriots and their fans fifth championship parade since 2002. I think I speak for fans everywhere when I say, man I hope Brady retires soon.

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