|02.02.15 at 10:29 am ET|
When all was said and done Sunday night after the Patriots had won the Super Bowl, Tom Brady Sr. talked about Deflategate and expressed how he felt about his son’s reputation being challenged for the past two weeks.
“He is all class,” Brady Sr. told ESPN while on the field for the victory celebration. “For people to question his integrity …”
Brady Sr. said that the way the leaks about the investigation came out was a “conniving way to do business.”
“There was no sting? B.S. They’ve never gauged footballs at halftime,” Brady Sr. added.
Though the Seahawks and Patriots were allowed to practice all week with the footballs used during the game, on Sunday the balls were “kept under lock and key,” according to ESPN, until 10 minutes before kickoff.
|02.02.15 at 10:14 am ET|
PHOENIX — To celebrate Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX win, the Patriots will hold a victory parade in the city of Boston on Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. Mayor Martin J. Walsh made the announcement.
The parade route will start at the Prudential Center and end at City Hall.
This will be the fourth parade in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
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|02.02.15 at 9:56 am ET|
The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning debate arguably was settled Sunday evening when Brady picked up his fourth Super Bowl win. For Hasselbeck, though, the better quarterback doesn’t necessarily come down to who’s won the most championships.
When asked in a previous interview whose career he would rather have, Hasselbeck picked Manning over Brady, citing the way Manning changed the game offensively as his reasoning and noting that you can’t use postseason success as a measuring stick for a career. He defended that answer Monday.
“As somebody who played at the quarterback position in the NFL, at a time that both of those guys were playing, nobody’s changed the game more than Peyton Manning or changed the way that that position is played more than Peyton Manning,” he said. “And from my experience as a quarterback in the NFL, that’s a fact. Also what I said was when you look at wins and losses, especially in the postseason, there are so many other factors that dictate who wins and loses the game. It’s such a team environment, so … I just don’t think it does the careers justice for any of these quarterbacks to try to narrow it down to just what happens in these postseason games.”
Hasselbeck also pointed out that other contributions have to be considered when considering who is the best. For example, Manning never had a Bill Belichick in his ear. But Hasselbeck said that Manning has had a more lasting impact on the game of anyone else.
“As a player, as somebody that watched both of these guys play and we face common opponents and things like that, I had a huge appreciation for that, just like I had a huge appreciation for Brett Favre and his toughness, the way that he was ready to play each and every week, and just like I had an appreciation for Kurt Warner and his journey to achieve the things that he achieved,” he said. “So you’re asking me my opinion on what I would rather have, as somebody that played that position, that’s exactly how I feel about it.”
Were one to phrase the question differently, however, Hasselbeck said there’s little to no debate on the topic of who is the best postseason quarterback is or who is the best coach-quarterback duo. He also maintains that “Brady’s better right now,” but if you ask who the best of all time is, his answer remains Manning.
“Peyton Manning has won a Super Bowl, he’s achieved things that most quarterbacks aren’t able to ever achieve,” he said. “He’s going to own basically every passing record that exists. So you ask me whose career I would rather have, based on that and how I explained to you he changed the game of football from an offensive perspective, that was my answer.”
|02.02.15 at 9:25 am ET|
Three members of the Super Bowl-winning Patriots — receivers Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola and running back LeGarrette Blount — were guests on “The Tonight Show” Sunday night to talk about the unforgettable game.
While their interview with host Jimmy Fallon was not memorable, Amendola made the appearance worthwhile.
Will Ferrell and fellow actor Kevin Hart were sitting behind the Pats players, and Ferrell was sporting a Seahawks sweatshirt. Amendola, saying, “Coach Belichick gave me strict orders to have a little fashion tip for you,” pulled out a pair of scissors and cut the sleeves just above the elbow.
“Very nice,” Ferrell said.
Said Fallon: “That’s a coach Belichick special right there.”
Here’s Fallon’s “Tonight Show Superlatives” tribute to the Patriots.
|02.02.15 at 6:30 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Malcolm Butler wasn’t supposed to be on the field late in the game.
In fact, he was one of the last players to make the 53-man roster out of training camp back in August.
Butler was active for 12 of the 16 regular-season games and both playoff games, but was the fifth cornerback in the rotation — a core special teamer — playing just 202 defensive snaps prior to the Super Bowl, per Pro Football Focus.
But, after both Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan got beat on a number of occasions early in the game for big pass plays, the Patriots called on Butler and he did not disappoint.
Inserted in the middle of the third quarter, the undrafted rookie free agent had a few pass breakups, and then the biggest play of the game when he picked Russell Wilson off at the half-yard line with 26 seconds remaining in the game, to steal Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24 over the Seahawks.
“I thought I was going to have to wait until next season,” Butler said of getting his first NFL interception.
“Goal line, preparation, the formation they were in with the two-receiver stack, I just knew they were throwing a pick route,” he added. “It was on the line, we needed it, and I just beat him to the route and made the play.”
It was even more ironic that the ball was thrown Butler’s way as two plays prior, Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made one of the most spectacular catches in Super Bowl history — at the most pivotal of times — over Butler getting the Seahawks inside the 10-yard line with just over a minute to play. The ball was knocked around a number of times before Kearse caught it while laying on his back.
With Seattle having the ball inside the 10-yard line and just over a minute to play, Butler thought for sure that freak play could cost his team the Super Bowl.
“I went to the sideline, wasn’t feeling too well, my teammates were trying to cheer me up and said I made a great play,” Butler said. “I just went up and deflected it. Nine times out of 10, it usually goes away from him. As I was looking, he was bobbling it and caught it. Just devastating.”
|02.02.15 at 5:20 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Julian Edelman stands 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, but he’s as tough as they come in the NFL, taking big hit after big hit, week in and week out.
Super Bowl XLIX was no different, with Edelman taking the biggest of shots on the Patriots’ drive in which they cut the deficit to 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter, when Edelman caught a pass over the middle near midfield for a first down, but was crushed by Seahawk safety Kam Chancellor.
Edelman caught two, 21-yard passes on the drive, and then caught two passes on the game-winning touchdown drive — none bigger than his 3-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady to put the Patriots back on top with 2:02 to play in the game.
“We were in a return route, sold the slant and kind of came out of it, and we scored,” said Edelman. “There’s a lot of time and effort put into this, and whatever they put out there, you’re always pretty confident with it. So I guess I was confident.”
Edelman’s toughness has gained the respect of his teammates for taking the huge hits that he does on a consistent basis — he missed Week’s 16 and 17 with a concussion.
“He’s the toughest football player I’ve ever played with,” Danny Amendola said. “He’s a warrior.”
“Edelman is like steel. He’s like Superman,” Nate Solder added.
Edelman and Brady have a special connection, so it’s not surprising it is Edelman who Brady trusts the most and goes to in the biggest of situations, especially on third down. He finished the game with nine catches, 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown catch.
“Tom just said, thataway babe,” he joked. “He calls me babe sometimes. It’s awkward.”
The former Kent State quarterback couldn’t have been happier for Brady winning his fourth Super Bowl.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “To see how hard he works, you see the time that he puts into this game. It’s truly unbelievable, and I couldn’t be happier to have him as a quarterback.”
This is Edelman’s first Super Bowl, and the receiver cannot wait to get back to New England to celebrate.
“I’m looking forward to getting on that duck tour boat. We’re coming back with it, Boston. We’re coming back,” he said.
|02.02.15 at 4:28 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was all so overwhelming for Darrelle Revis.
“I cried. I laughed. I cheered. I will probably do that for the month,” said Revis, who indeed did all three with his family on the field as the confetti was still falling to the grass turf at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Revis said the defensive players never got down on themselves when the team fell behind 24-14.
“Just relax. Let’s relax and let’s settle down,” Revis said. “Take one play at a time. We kept on saying that as players and coaches. Get turnovers and make plays and get the ball back to Tom because he’s magic in these moments.”
While Tom Brady was magic again, with four touchdown passes and the Super Bowl MVP, it was defensive back Malcolm Butler who made the biggest play, picking off Russell Wilson in shocking fashion with 20 seconds left when it appeared Marshawn Lynch would get the ball for the go-ahead score.
“I was definitely shocked,” Revis said. “I figured once Kearse made that great, acrobatic catch, I thought they were just going to punch it in with Marshawn Lynch. Once I saw the pass and saw Malcolm cut in front of it, I knew that was a mistake.”
There is the matter of his $20 million option for next season.
It’s widely thought the Patriots would bring him back only if he would renegotiate a longer term, team-friendly deal, and the Jets and Bills, according to a report hours before the Super Bowl, are both interested in Revis if the Patriots cut ties.
“This is why I came to New England, to win a Super Bowl,” Revis said. “It feels great. It’s surreal, man. We worked so hard. We did. Since April,” Revis said. “Since I sat down with Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Bill [Belichick], this was the reason, to be a part of this — this legacy we did tonight. That’s the Super Bowl, be a part of something great. I’m happy that they had their arms open for me, especially coming from New York and I’m here. It’s been an awesome ride.”
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