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Monday, February 06, 2017

Revenge for '98

I expected an Atlanta-New England Super Bowl, and I expected the Patriots to win, but I did not expect them to do it like this. Atlanta's defense ran out of energy, which is why the Patriots were able to come back, but it was a Denny Green-style coaching disaster that permitted them to do so. I was very, very happy to see the Falcons blow it late and lose.

The fumble on the missed blitz-pickup is just one of those things that happens. But as I was watching, I thought there were five crucial coaching mistakes made by Atlanta, and they made all the difference.
  1. Third-and-one on the 22. FFS, don't get cute. Run the ball, screen, or even a QB sneak. It's fine to pride yourself on being aggressive and all, but the field goal was the kill shot there; chasing the touchdown was going for style points. The one thing you can't afford to do there is turn the ball over, but as the Falcons learned, a deep drop and a sack can be pretty costly too. This missed field goal opportunity was sweet for those of us who haven't forgotten the 1998 championship game. The playcall was particularly inexcusable as New England had already shown they will blitz to try to knock you out of range like they did after the failing to recover the onside kick.
  2. Third-and-eleven on the 32. You're still in field goal range. They've just demonstrated that they can get to your quarterback. This is the right time for a draw play, a screen, a quick hitter, or anything that doesn't risk losing yards.
  3. Always save your timeouts. Even if you're up by more than two touchdowns, you may need them for a late field goal. Tough lesson to learn in the Super Bowl. And who was managing the clock on that last drive, Andy Reid?
  4. The Patriots have the ball, they've got 3:30 to drive 91 yards, and your defense is gassed. You've got the league's best offense and have moved the ball almost at will all game. On whom do you bet? After the incredible Edeleman catch on the final Patriots drive in regular time, they should have let the Patriots score, sold out to try stopping the two-point conversion, and bet on their offense having two minutes to get into field goal range.
  5. Challenging the Edelman catch. It wasn't fourth down. It wasn't worth their last timeout.
Belichick wouldn't have made any of those mistakes. I thought he made a minor one by failing to burn 20 more seconds on the clock on the touchdown play at the end of the 4th quarter, but got away with it due to the fact that Atlanta was out of time outs and as I already mentioned, their clock management was atrocious. But Belichick's rolling the dice early by calling the onside kick and going for it on 4th-and-3 on his own 46 in the third quarter demonstrate why he is the greatest coach of all time. He knows when to take the right risks.

And yes, Brady is officially the greatest quarterback of all time. This trumps the Joe Cool game.

On a side note, those were three amazing catches, two by Julius Jones and one by Edelman. Jones looks, and plays, like a scientist created a combination clone of Terrell Owens and Cris Carter.

But regardless, we should have known that the team on whom the God-Emperor smiled would come through in the end. There was a prescient moment on BBC, when the commentator read a tweet saying: "Better stay up this time, you guys said it was over and we could go to bed with Brexit and the US election too."


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Anonymous Baseball Savant February 06, 2017 6:01 AM  

Completely agree here regarding the coaching/play calls when the Falcons could have kicked the FG to put them up 31-20. The offense was getting too cute. It kind of reminded me of New England's last win when all Seattle had to do was give to Lynch on the half yard line and instead opted to throw it. Head scratching.

Blogger Jamie-R February 06, 2017 6:04 AM  

I hope as we move on to new half-time shows they bring back The System & S.O.S. Band for the Trump Era so we can get some Trumpwave rolling. I debuted my first Trumpwave at the half. Bringing the future back. #FuckingMadmanMusic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hwQSNQRFJk

OpenID aew51183 February 06, 2017 6:13 AM  

The judiciary is next.

The lefties are now pinned against the proverbial water-line and forced to fight on a foundation of collapsing sand.

Total judicial rout coming soon, followed by the DoD side of the deep state by summer.

Blogger Jamie-R February 06, 2017 6:31 AM  

Pretty good stuff by God. Sending signs like a Mel Gibson sequel. Take that one he said, take that one up your filthy arses. 25 points down, Twitter alight with hating on Trump's mate, annnnnnd it's the Cliff O'Malley scene from Dead Man On Campus when he shoots at cops "THEY REALLY HATE IT WHEN YOU DO THIS!"

Blogger Dave February 06, 2017 6:35 AM  

Simple breakdown:
Falcon's offense scored 18 points
Patriot's offense scored 28 points.

The Falcon's offense was nowhere to be found while the Patriots scored 31 straight points.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 6:42 AM  

Atlanta had the better team. New England had the better quarterback and coaching staff.

And yes, when it was made clear they supported Trump, their win was guaranteed.

Blogger Stilicho February 06, 2017 6:44 AM  

Clearly the Russians hacked the Superbowl: all the polls at halftime showed Atlanta winning!

Incredible game.

Blogger Lazarus February 06, 2017 6:52 AM  

I hope when B & B retire, they will not become as insufferable as Mercury Morris.

Blogger Rick February 06, 2017 6:54 AM  

Stiglicho - did you see all those drones at the halftime show? They tried to hide them by not hiding them, but we know what they were up to.
Connect the dots, people.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 06, 2017 6:55 AM  

While Atlanta was winning the commentators kept going on about how young their defense was.

And in the back of my mind at the time was a little voice saying, "young guys don't know how to conserve their energy." Which is true but the front of my mind figured good coaching would overcome that tendency. Wrong again.

Then too is the Legend of Tom Brady. At 39 he's been around long enough that the Atlanta team probably had posters of him on their walls in high school. Once that guy took up any real estate at all in their heads it was over.

Blogger SemiSpook37 February 06, 2017 6:59 AM  

Didn't watch a second of the festivities. And while I appreciate the fact that Brady's friendship with the God-Emperor is trigger worthy, my intense hatred of where Brady went to school will prevent me from ever truly appreciating his talent.

Anonymous beerme February 06, 2017 7:00 AM  

Shanahan's Achilles heel was on full display. He just can't resist trying to show what a genius he is when a simpler approach will work.

Our backup tackle is very competent as a run blocker but an orange traffic cone would do better in pass protection, which makes points 1 & 2 even more obvious.

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 7:03 AM  

Shanahan's Achilles heel was on full display. He just can't resist trying to show what a genius he is when a simpler approach will work.

The hubris of the highly intelligent often summons nemesis.

Blogger exfarmkid February 06, 2017 7:11 AM  

"Revenge for 98"

Heh.

Blogger Dave February 06, 2017 7:13 AM  

Good analysis Vox. Oh yes, the Andy Reid School of Time Management.

And the Hall of Fame voters (press) embarrass themselves again by snubbing TO. But Jerry Jones, Kenny Easley, and Jason Taylor are voted in. Proud moment for the HOF.

Blogger roundeye February 06, 2017 7:16 AM  

The lack of QB sneaks in the NFL drives me craaazy. If it is 2d and one sneak it three times. Or maybe toss a Utah in there.

Blogger YIH February 06, 2017 7:23 AM  

It was amazing how under control Terry Bradshaw (previous four SB winner) and Howie Long (son a was Pats DL) were in the post-game. Granted, both have been on Fox since they got the NFL, but still.
After that pathetic onside kick (it didn't go straight up, toward the sideline or hard into the ground, and barely made 10 yards) I thought it was over. Then they shut the Falcons down with great field position, got the ball, and absolutely killed. Five years after he stops playing Brady is a lock for the HOF. He is now one of the all-time greats.
I am so glad this was game where the game itself was the star, not the commercials (most were just bad) or the pregame/halftime shows.
Also, I did not like the sign language during 'America the Beautiful' and 'Star-Spangled Banner'.
1. Closed-captioning has been around for 30 years now.
2. And it reminded me of this. The SB didn't need that, not at all.

Blogger Jamie-R February 06, 2017 7:38 AM  

SUCH A SAVAGE MADMAN THEY DID IT AGAIN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVAbdOzbKlU

Blogger YIH February 06, 2017 7:38 AM  

Rick wrote:Stiglicho - did you see all those drones at the halftime show? They tried to hide them by not hiding them, but we know what they were up to.

Connect the dots, people.

I avoided the halftime show (most aren't good, and I was expecting this one to suck) so I didn't see what you might have thought were drones.
They were probably https://infogalactic.com/info/Skycam

Blogger Gaiseric February 06, 2017 7:41 AM  

It's been a long time since the Superbowl was actually a really good game of football, and the commercials were terrible and even insulting to Americans.

Blogger Gaiseric February 06, 2017 7:44 AM  

exfarmkid wrote:"Revenge for 98"

Heh.
Tom Brady is the new William Tecumsah Sherman.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 06, 2017 7:44 AM  

This game was about grit, hard work and America vs Goodell the SJW and his arsenal of stupid, preachy commercials. When Goodell shook Brady's hand after the game, Brady didn't acknowledge him immediately. I love that scene, the commissioner waiting his turn to address Brady.

Blogger Jamie-R February 06, 2017 7:45 AM  

Best game ever, worst commercials ever. Red state, liberal tears state.

Blogger Gaiseric February 06, 2017 7:46 AM  

YIH wrote:I avoided the halftime show (most aren't good, and I was expecting this one to suck) so I didn't see what you might have thought were drones.

They were probably https://infogalactic.com/info/Skycam

I'm pretty sure it was just a joke. Probably needed to be a little less subtle; "connect the dots, sheeple" instead of people, or shake his fist at the sky and shout "the Jews!" or something.

Blogger Dave February 06, 2017 7:49 AM  

The best Goodell moment was when he was giving that little speech while handing the trophy to Kraft and the crowd booed him loudly the entire time he spoke. He couldn't get rid of the mic fast enough.

Blogger Jake February 06, 2017 7:50 AM  

3rd and short was a terrible down and distance for Atlanta all night. I don't recall a single one of those instances where they ran the ball.

Oftentimes an idea is cliche because it's correct.

Blogger YIH February 06, 2017 7:58 AM  

KEK. Baddell getting booed was nice too.

Blogger VFM #407 February 06, 2017 7:59 AM  

Brady is without a doubt very talented as is Belichick. However, their continued cheating has forever tarnished their legacies. We can never know how much of their "winning" was due to the cheating. They have no integrity and neither does the NFL for allowing them to continue to cheat. After discovery, they should have been sanctioned so hard their grandchildren would still have been trying to dig their way out of the NFL basement. Only that may have prevented future incidents by them and other teams. I, for one, will never watch another NFL game. They are either grossly incompetent or are the WWE of football. Either way, I'm disgusted.

Blogger Gaiseric February 06, 2017 8:18 AM  

@28: Yes, the Falcons actually won the popular vote.

Blogger Fred February 06, 2017 8:20 AM  

Was more of a Failcon choke than an Pat win. Who loses a 28-9 lead?

Blogger Jamie-R February 06, 2017 8:23 AM  

After it was revealed Arnie told an aide he wanted to go to NYC to smash Trump's head on a table I made sure to go tell the Uppity Immo that he was always going to be outflanked by actual Americans and he can go bench press a bunch of dicks. Just another dodgy foreigner trying to take the locals for a ride on his misplaced ego, a perfectly inglorious end coming for Arnie. He didn't board the Trump Train, so sad.

Blogger Mighty Lou February 06, 2017 8:28 AM  

It was very interesting to see SJWs who were once die hard Pats fans pressured in to virtue signalong by rooting for Atlanta out of fear of being labeled racist, sexist, homophobic, etc...

Will a Patriots Jersey become synymous with a MAGA hat? The SJWs I'm Boston last night must have been very confused/ conflicted. Is being a Patriots fan a sign of privilage and agression?

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 8:30 AM  

However, their continued cheating has forever tarnished their legacies. We can never know how much of their "winning" was due to the cheating.

No, it hasn't. Best coach and best quarterback of all time. Period.

Blogger Xmas February 06, 2017 8:36 AM  

In New England we got this commercial right after the game and trophy ceremony. https://twitter.com/mkmolnar/status/828467533053325312

Blogger Mighty Lou February 06, 2017 8:39 AM  

I would posit the notion that the Patriots and Tom Brady are do insanely good that they actually gave the early lead to the Falcons and orchestrated the overtime just to get Falcon fans' hopes up so that the besting they gave them would be much more depressing.

It's kind of like when you are arm wrestling someone who you know you can beat easily, but just to rub in in, you let them take your arm down, and just before the back of your hand touches the table, whamo!

Blogger Tank February 06, 2017 8:41 AM  

Hey, if VD says that the Pats documented cheating hasn't tarnished their legacy, then it hasn't. End of story.

They only got caught and convicted twice. I mean, I'm sure they never, ever did it any other times. Ever. I mean it.

They are the best, and they are tarnished by their cheating.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 8:43 AM  

> Was more of a Failcon choke than an Pat win. Who loses a 28-9 lead?

Oh, it happens. http://www.profootballhof.com/football-history/greatest-comebacks-in-nfl-history/

Blogger Jew613 February 06, 2017 8:44 AM  

Fox sports had a probability graph showing 99.5% likelihood of a falcons victory.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 8:45 AM  

> They are the best, and they are tarnished by their cheating.

They won. Give up and live with it.

Blogger Tank February 06, 2017 8:47 AM  

@James If you're talking legacy, as VD was, then you have to consider the cheating too.

Blogger VFM #407 February 06, 2017 8:49 AM  

VD wrote:However, their continued cheating has forever tarnished their legacies. We can never know how much of their "winning" was due to the cheating.

No, it hasn't. Best coach and best quarterback of all time. Period.
Agree to disagree. They're supposed to be playing under agreed rules of engagement and behavior, not anything goes. If a chess player "wins" every game by moving the pieces however the fuck he wants to instead of by the rules of chess, we don't call him the best chess player ever.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 8:53 AM  

> @James If you're talking legacy, as VD was, then you have to consider the cheating too.

Everyone in the NFL cheats. They just got caught.

Blogger Last Redoubt February 06, 2017 8:55 AM  

I didn't catch those nuances listed in the OP - I'm not that big a football fan to have caught them, but one thing I DID catch that convinced me that, if NE actually showed up to play in the second half, they had a damn good chance of winning.

That interception return.

At the end, where the Falcon's runner, before even crossing the line, slowed down? Started almost dancing, looking at the crowd?

THAT was arrogance. Whatever one may think of some of the post-touchdown celebrations one sees, no coach I ever knew growing up would ever excuse one of us not giving everything we had until we crossed that goal line, that finish line, etc.

It was showing off, it was arrogance.

And I said right then and there that a) the guy was a jerk, and b) if the falcons were the type of team to slack when they though they had it in the bag, that they'd be in for a rude shock if, and only if, the Patriots brought it the second half.

Turns out NE did.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 8:58 AM  

Why destiny was on the Patriot's side: http://i.imgur.com/I0ecbAg.png

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2017 8:59 AM  

And the liberal reaction: http://i.imgur.com/5LyBCcn.png

Both via Gab, of course.

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 9:02 AM  

It was showing off, it was arrogance.

There is a time and place for it. That was too soon. My favorite INT return was when a Bears CB intercepted a pass and returned it for a pick-six in overtime, and didn't even slow down in the end zone, but continued directly into the locker room and did not come out.

Game over. See ya.

Blogger Johnny February 06, 2017 9:03 AM  

Part of the problem was:

A quarterback that lacks judgment or experience. Risky calls or not from the coach, when they were well ahead he should have been much quicker to throw the ball away.

Injuries and the walking wounded hurt the Falcons toward the end enough that it may have cost them the game. Seems like they quit using the running back towards the end, perhaps because of injury.

In general the team seemed to lack the ability to adjust the playing style realtive to where they were in the game.

And: >> "young guys don't know how to conserve their energy. --- Yeah.

Anonymous Jed Ekert February 06, 2017 9:04 AM  

I'm not a Pats or Brady fan, but I rooted for them last night because of the nonsense.

It was glorious to watch Roger Goodell get booed mercilessly as he handed the Lombardi Trophy to Kraft.

BTW, the commercials were awful. Never seen such displays of leftism during the Super Bowl. Last night, corporate America "jumped the shark." Budweiser and Lumber 84 are now fully converged. Their shareholders should be furious for undermining future profits with their natural revenue base. Paging Gordon Gekko for a proxy fight against the idiots running BUD (Lumber 84 is private).

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 9:04 AM  

If a chess player "wins" every game by moving the pieces however the fuck he wants to instead of by the rules of chess, we don't call him the best chess player ever.

You're wrong and your analogy is false. The best player is the best player. Whether they cheated once in getting to the first Super Bowl is irrelevant to their observed success in getting there five more times, and winning three of them, without doing so. You're inventing an imaginary disqualification.

This season proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the Belichick-Brady Patriots do not need to cheat to win Super Bowls. Belichick may or may not be prone to crossing the line on occasion; I have no doubt that the organization did something against the rules in 2001. But I also know that most, if not all, teams bend the rules when and where they can. Deflategate is a total non-issue. Read an article about how the kickers used to render the balls completely unrecognizable a few years ago.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 06, 2017 9:08 AM  

I didn't know so many National Review writers commented here.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 06, 2017 9:13 AM  

I love it because progtard tears, that NE brings in white skill players seems to be "noticed" by the progtardia braintrust, and they don't like it.

Blogger YIH February 06, 2017 9:15 AM  

James Dixon wrote:> @James If you're talking legacy, as VD was, then you have to consider the cheating too.

Everyone in the NFL cheats. They just got caught.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Deflategate
The Patriots led 17–7 at the half; in the second half, the Patriots scored 28 unanswered points for a final score of 45-7.[18] It was the 50th win by the Patriots in the rivalry. Given the crushing victory by the Patriots, there is a consensus that the Colts would still have massively lost even if the footballs were properly inflated.[19]
The Colts bit the pillow anyway, game over.

Blogger Alexander February 06, 2017 9:21 AM  

@43

Yep. That was when I thought we could be in for a Brexit.

Anonymous Cary February 06, 2017 9:21 AM  

I think you don't run the clock on the last touchdown because you still need the 2 point conversion which is 50/50. If you score the TD but fail on the 2 point, then you have one last chance to recover an onside kick, complete a pass, and kick a FG. Downside is what happened, kicking off to Falcons with no time outs left.

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 9:38 AM  

I think you don't run the clock on the last touchdown because you still need the 2 point conversion which is 50/50. If you score the TD but fail on the 2 point, then you have one last chance to recover an onside kick, complete a pass, and kick a FG. Downside is what happened, kicking off to Falcons with no time outs left.

37 seconds is still plenty of time for an onside kick, two plays, and an FG. Giving Atlanta 57 seconds to go down and kick an FG is too much. Belichick miscalculated the risks there.

Blogger Phat Repat February 06, 2017 9:41 AM  

Bunch of butt-hurt this morning; shouldn't have bet so much fiat. ;-) ATL is responsible for their own demise. Who in their right mind allows a team 1st downs in an attempt to prevent the long pass!? That was the beginning of their demise. If you have an opponent on the ropes, you don't let up, PERIOD (are you listening Trump?). But I was rooting for NE so I'm more than pleased. Great game, 1st OT, Trump Effect!

Anonymous Azimus February 06, 2017 9:53 AM  

"Revenge for 98"

Pity the poor Vikings fans. They must comfort themselves with revenge by proxy...

Anonymous Andrew E. February 06, 2017 9:58 AM  

"Revenge for 98"

The Viking fans' obsession with this game has always puzzled me. Don't they realize that if the Vikings had beaten the Falcons in '98 they were nevertheless destined to lose anyway to my Broncos and MVP Terrell Davis in the Super Bowl? Would that have hurt any less?

Blogger VD February 06, 2017 10:03 AM  

Don't they realize that if the Vikings had beaten the Falcons in '98 they were nevertheless destined to lose anyway to my Broncos and MVP Terrell Davis in the Super Bowl?

The Vikings D had a much better chance of stopping Davis than the Denver D did of stopping Three Deep. Denver had the 26th-ranked passing defense. Minnesota had the 11th-ranked rushing defense.

Anonymous Andrew E. February 06, 2017 10:08 AM  

Elway riding off into the sunset as Super Bowl champion and MVP was written into the stars from the beginning of history. It was inevitable.

Anonymous Bartholomew February 06, 2017 10:08 AM  

Referencing Andy Reid kills me.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) February 06, 2017 10:09 AM  

54. Cary February 06, 2017 9:21 AM
I think you don't run the clock on the last touchdown because you still need the 2 point conversion which is 50/50.



true, it's just one of those cost-benefit things. before the attempt, it's too much of a coin flip to run clock and ASSUME you're going to get the conversion ( heck, kicking the PAT would have been too much of an assumption to justify running clock ) but after the successful conversion you're sitting there going, "Damn, now I wish we hadn't left them so much time."



41. VFM #407 February 06, 2017 8:49 AM
If a chess player "wins" every game by moving the pieces however the fuck he wants to instead of by the rules of chess, we don't call him the best chess player ever.



chess has Referees.

http://www.uschess.org/content/view/11939/668/

IF whatever the player in question did is ruled legal by the referee
THEN you need to stop complaining and learn how to play how the rules are enforced.

stated another way:
IF breaking the rules is "cheating"
THEN you should be royally pissed at the Falcons for all that blatant holding they were doing on Defense.

damn Dirty Birds were trying to 'cheat' their way to a Super Bowl win.

it's not "worse" when a coach cheats than when a player does it.


47. Johnny February 06, 2017 9:03 AM
Risky calls or not from the coach, when they were well ahead he should have been much quicker to throw the ball away.



this is primarily on the coach.

8 point lead, 1st down on the Patriot 22, and the salient, only 3:56 to play.

you run it up the gut three consecutive times and maximize clock burn every play, then kick a pretty high percentage field goal attempt.

this would run the clock down to the 2 min warning and, assuming the kick goes through, give you a two score lead.

that isn't IMPOSSIBLE to overcome, but that's a mighty deep hole to climb out of. and, aside from the running back fumbling, there's nothing the Pats can do to stop it.

Anonymous #8601 February 06, 2017 10:23 AM  

Two winners.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C38-2VYXUAEMG1E.jpg

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 06, 2017 10:47 AM  

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Blogger Tank February 06, 2017 10:51 AM  

Rule: The only team that beats the Pats in the Super Bowl is the New York Giants. And they do it every time.

Blogger Lew Rand February 06, 2017 10:53 AM  

I will disagree on the assessment for scoring the tying touchdown too fast.

I too debated between wasting time on the clock scoring and leaving yourself enough time in case you missed the 2 point conversion.

In the heat of the moment I did not see the Patriots had 2 time outs, which does point more towards giving up the extra 20 seconds . (Loss of onside kick if behind was a loss either way with only 2 timeouts).

But I still would rather have a minute and 2 time outs than 30 seconds and 2 time out to drive it 25-30 yards. That and the defense was pretty well rested and playing reasonably well.

Anyone notice if they were triple teaming Julio yet at the end?

Blogger bearspaw February 06, 2017 10:53 AM  

And Gisele looked great as well.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 06, 2017 10:56 AM  

Denver fans were rejoicing at the '98 upset. Now, Denny would have found a way to nuke the SuperBowl if he hadn't been who we thought he was in the title game, but they were able to pencil in the Deuce once they knew they had to stop Tim Dwight (or whoever) instead of the slaughterhouse of Moss, Carter and Smith. Of course, then they went down to the Jets (who I don't remember anyone being worried about).

I still recall Madden saying "Now now now what you gotta understand is that taking a knee with a minute to go with these weapons is telling Atlanta something," but I don't know if that is a Mandela Effect thing or not.

Atlanta really did play it like the '98 script in a lot of ways last night. The failure of the better offense to settle for moving the chains is a big reason why they only ran 42 plays. Brady had 42 completions.

The Atl defense did a ton of woodchopping in the first half...which the O promptly started burning on the bench in the 2nd half.

Blogger rcocean February 06, 2017 11:02 AM  

The going for TD when a FG would suffice, is the real mistake. Which brings up my pet peeve, coaches running sweeps and pass plays when they only need a couple yards. Hello? You're an NFL Team, you should be able to run between the tackles and get 2 yards. If you can't, go home.

Anonymous Deadlocked February 06, 2017 11:06 AM  

After that first half, I was pissed. The Pats O-line was not getting stops, and the defense was doing nothing against Devonta Freeman (who, admittedly, was as shifty and squirrely as any RB I've seen). And all the dropped passes...did Goodell got someone to over-inflate the balls? I expected President Trump to call for an investigation after the game (and rightfully so).

And that second half start...I gotta admit, even at 28-9 I was just hoping they'd do enough to make it respectable.

But then...THEN! The D makes some big stops, and Brady starts to get some time (Cataline Sergius was right, the Atlanta D ran out of gas). Edelman recovers the bromance after a horrendous game, Amendola actually earns his paycheck, James White reminded me of Shane Vereen x10...

...and suddenly we have the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever, and the biggest FU to one Roger Stokoe Goodell. :)

I will say, though...one of the football talking heads in the last 12 hours said "players win championships, coaches lose them". Belichick might be an exception to that one...but Quinn & Shanahan definitely weren't last night.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 06, 2017 11:20 AM  

I'll put this one on Shannahan (hey 49ers, your new coach!). They averaged nearly 6 yards a carry, but kept passing on 3rd and short. ATL gave up three sacks on 3rd and short.

Anonymous Deadlocked February 06, 2017 11:24 AM  

PS - that Shields MRI commercial that Xmas linked to above? It's actually an update to one that aired in October: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4WCqCvQBWQ

Of course, the new version is better. :)

Anonymous Amir Larijani February 06, 2017 11:33 AM  

One more blown opportunity I noticed: in OT, the Falcons should have risked and gone for the onside kick.

Why? Your defense hasn't had a stop in more than a quarter; they're dead tired, and the NE offense clearly has momentum.

No way in fucking hell I'm going to just give them the ball.

I take the risk, go for the onside kick, and give my offense a chance to make a drive. If the onside kick fails, then so what? I have a snowball's chance in Hell of stopping Brady anyway.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 06, 2017 11:50 AM  

Hoodie did NOT miscalculate the risk. He accounted about 20 extra seconds to the Human Factor. Scoring was the imperative, simply because Atl had shown an ability to jack Brady up just enough.

90% chance to score with 20 seconds left is enough for any coach to give up 57 seconds and 100% chance.

If they'd been playing the Packers? Different story. But Quinn/Ice 1 min drill for FG is not the same risk that Aaron is.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 06, 2017 11:52 AM  

Also, I do think Hoodie was hoping to get the ball back with 20 ticks. Ice clocking the ball on 2nd down was a mistake even I was counting on.

Blogger beerme February 06, 2017 12:24 PM  

19 years later and I still don't know how Gary Anderson missed it. 1998 NFC Championship

Anonymous Tipsy February 06, 2017 12:25 PM  

It was a nice touch that Tom Brady sang along with the national anthem. Take that Colin K.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 06, 2017 2:11 PM  

AD to the Cowboys?

Blogger Were-Puppy February 06, 2017 2:46 PM  

@30 Fred
Was more of a Failcon choke than an Pat win. Who loses a 28-9 lead?
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Feels bad man. But it's true.

I think those injuries to the Falcs started the deflation of their balls. And then the idiots give 3 holding errors in a row to help the Pats down the field. And the questionable coaching items brought out by VD.

But stepping back, it was one of the best superbowls I can remember.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 06, 2017 2:47 PM  

@31 Jamie-R

After it was revealed Arnie told an aide he wanted to go to NYC to smash Trump's head on a table
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I thought of this as the two are just playing around!

Blogger Were-Puppy February 06, 2017 2:49 PM  

@32 Mighty Lou

It was very interesting to see SJWs who were once die hard Pats fans pressured in to virtue signalong by rooting for Atlanta out of fear of being labeled racist, sexist, homophobic, etc...
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Really? Some of us have liked the Falcons since the days of Bartkowski. Don't drag them into some SJW thing here.


Is being a Patriots fan a sign of privilage and agression?
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It has been for years :P

Anonymous BBGKB February 06, 2017 3:07 PM  

Brady is without a doubt very talented as is Belichick. However, their continued cheating has forever tarnished their legacies.

Everyone refrigerator Perry size and up has used roids. The balls got felt by guys on both sides and refs. At worst he used physics so the coldness would soften the balls. It's bad enough they had to change football so that black quarterbacks could exist.

Blogger beerme February 06, 2017 3:11 PM  

@Were-Puppy
The best part about being a long-term Falcons fan is that I'm already at the the acceptance stage of grief. Good things just don't happen to us.

The stats from this game are insane. I'm still stunned by the fact that the Falcons only ran the ball 5 times once they went up 28-3.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 06, 2017 3:15 PM  

Yeah, maybe the falcons doom is to be the team opposing quarterbacks play before going out on top.

Blogger Happy LP9 February 06, 2017 3:54 PM  

Awesome Game; Trump, Brady, B and others are the winners. Especially beautiful Gisele.

Never GaGa, Nein to her shenanigans.

Blogger CF NEAL February 06, 2017 3:58 PM  

RE: 4 "...they should have let the Patriots score..." --- NEVER!!!

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 06, 2017 6:07 PM  

Rick wrote:Stiglicho - did you see all those drones at the halftime show? They tried to hide them by not hiding them, but we know what they were up to.

Connect the dots, people.


Aw, was the Chateau crowd too rough on little Dick?

Can't believe I didn't realize how much the shills really cared about this, but that's revealed preferences for ya.

Blogger Cecil Henry February 06, 2017 6:22 PM  

Even as I watch the highlights, knowing the actual outcome, I still can't believe that the Patriots are actually going to win this game.

Its just surreal.

Blogger SQT February 06, 2017 7:12 PM  

Joe Namath was interviewed when the whole deflategate thing was going on and he said all quarterbacks try to get the balls the way they want them. It's a stupid rule- if every quarterback has the ball the way they wanted it there would be no advantage to anyone.

The naysayers will always try to tear Brady down but he is the GOAT.

Anonymous Marvin Boggs February 06, 2017 7:23 PM  

Since someone else already mentioned cheating, I'm taking it as being on topic and will ask a couple of questions I've never seen answered. Maybe the braintrust here will know the answers.

1. What is the NFL thinking, allowing the teams to control their own footballs? Isn't that just asking for trouble?

2. When they first checked the pressure, what was the temperature of the room? What was the temperature of the balls?

3. When they remeasured the pressure, what was the temperature of the room? What was the temperature of the balls?

4. My understanding is that the pressure on the underinflated balls was a few ounces below the minimum. Could that little difference in pressure make a real difference in ball control? If not, does anyone think that either Brady or Bellichick is foolish enough to deflate the balls?

Blogger Lazarus February 06, 2017 8:20 PM  

Atlanta did prepare well, but did not prepare for the possibility of being up 28-12 in the 4th quarter. Why would they? they never thought it would happen.

But I bet Bellichick would.

Blogger Rough Carrigan February 06, 2017 9:43 PM  

A couple points in response to the usual vague ramblings of the cucks calling the Patriots cheaters. This accusation is based on three things which such cucks seldom talk about in any specifics because they know that they would be laughed at if they did.
1) In 2007, the league penalized the Patriots because they had a guy on the sideline with a video camera taking pictures of the down and distance before each play and what signals the other team's defensive coordinator was sending in. There was language in the league rule abou this to the effect that info gleaned from such filming couldn't be used in the same game as it was taped. The Patriots said that this loophole allowed what they were doing. The league didn't accept this but the larger point that the girlish cucks shrieking about cheating fail to ever mention is that NFL rules allowed you to do the exact same filming from anywhere in the stadium except on the sideline standing next to other team personnel. Could you have done the filming from the stands? Yup. From a luxury box? Yup. From the press box? Yup. From the box where the offensive coordinator was sitting? Yup. From almost anywhere in the stadium except standing on the sideline? Yup. This was people like VFM407 always avoid explicitly saying because reasonable people find it hard to be outraged that someone had a guy standing on the sidelines filming the other team's defensive coordinator instead of 20 feet behind him in the stands as was perfectly within the rules.
2) A Boston Herald reporter wrote a story saying that, in the days before the super bowl played in January 2002, that the Patriots had somehow filmed the last walk through practice of their opponent, the St. Louis Rams.

The reporter was subsequently forced to retract the story and issue an apology as it turned out to not have any basis in truth. But, just for the sake of argument, let's pretend it did. What did the Rams practice in this walk through? According to qb Kurt Warner and rb Marshall Faulk, the Rams were exclusively practicing their red zone offense. So, what happened in the game? Well, the Rams only started a play in the red zone offense once. And they quickly scored a touchdown. So even if you want to believe what the sports reporter himself has confessed to have no foundation, you wind up with an effect of . . . nothing.
3) Finally, you have the comical deflategate story in which ignorant NFL personnel revealed themselves as to be so bereft of even an intuitive understanding of basic science that they did not realize that a football that was measured at 12.5 psi indoors in 70 degrees fahrenheit conditions would lose pressure if brought outside into 45 degrees rainy weather.

These are the ludicrous foundations upon which rest the vague hand waving about cheating that prissy little fans who hate the Patriots bleat out.

Anonymous Carbon blob February 06, 2017 10:36 PM  

@90

All you really need to know is that FIFA allows matches to be played with a ball anywhere between 8.5 and 15.6 psi.

It's not a good look when FIFA makes your organization look dumb.

Anonymous Carbon blob February 06, 2017 11:28 PM  

Rewatching the game right now. Seems like Brady thought he could catch the Falcons off guard with the quick snap on the last TD of regulation.

When you need one TD, do whatever it takes to get it and don't worry about clock.

Blogger Rough Carrigan February 06, 2017 11:32 PM  

Amen, #94. Also, two other points. One is that the Patriots offense was in a great rhythm by that point. You'd rather not slow it all down and get out of it. But, more importantly, the Atlanta defense was exhausted. The Patriots ended the game having been on offense for something like 93 plays to Atlanta's 47. By not taking extra time they were significantly increasing their chances to score by not allowing fatigued Atlanta defenders to catch their breath.

Anonymous Colorado Confederate February 07, 2017 12:29 AM  

"REVENGE FOR '98"
Oh, do I tire of Viking faithful for their "Missing Ring" theory. There is no way the '98 Vikings would have beaten the '98 Broncos.

Minnesota's most promising chance came 11 years earlier, in XXII, which the Vikings came within a whisper of making it to that game. Neither AFC contender (Broncos or Browns) would have prevailed against an '87 Vikings team that had already finished off the Saints and 49ers. Their 8-7-1 record (largely a result of poor strike scab performance) belied a championship-caliber team.

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