The first overtime game in Super Bowl history. A first half of dominant defense, a miraculous comeback in the second half. A fifth ring for the Patriots. The NFL and the world really learned Sunday you can never count Tom Brady and the Hoodie out.
The first half was all the Atlanta Falcons, cruising to what felt like their first Super Bowl victory in just two appearances.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was laser-accurate, rocketing long and intermediate passes over and over against a porous Patriots secondary. Running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, with the Falcons offensive line, created an 11 yards-per-carry attack during the first half and averaged 5.8 yards-per-carry for the whole thing. On one route, Falcons wideout Taylor Gabriel made Malcolm Butler’s knees knock together on one of the most disgusting jukes I’ve ever seen. The Patriots defense looked disheveled and disorganized, an uncommon sight for a squad coached by Bill Belichick.
The Falcons defense almost resembled the Seattle Seahawks defense under Dan Quinn. Atlanta’s front seven smothered New England quarterback Tom Brady and gave him no time at all in the pocket to cleanly find a receiver, while the secondary forced a LeGarrette Blount fumble and snatched a pick six from Tom Brady – his first ever in the playoffs. Tom Brady looked shook.
None of the Patriots running backs could seem to gain any yards on the ground and gave NE head coach Bill Belichick fits on the sideline as they impeded the Patriots at every line of scrimmage. They swarmed to receivers to knock the ball out or deflect the pass. They stopped a Patriots two-minute drill toward the end of the first half, an incredible defensive showing to hold New England to just 3 points after two quarters. A half of strong defense in what looked to be a repeat of Super Bowl 48’s defensive dominance.
Then Lady Gaga gave us an incredible half time show with drone lights and football shaped dancing, ending with a football catch while jumping off a roof. One of the most acrobatic shows in recent history. A quick look at the score reminds the viewers: the Falcons won this already, it’s 21-3!
But the second half was all Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.Continue reading “Bill Belichick met his match last night then promptly destroyed him.” »