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Martellus Bennett details halftime of Super Bowl LI, what led to Patriots’ comeback

05.18.17 at 10:00 am ET
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Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

It’s been over three months since the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI, but the halftime scene is still fresh in Martellus Bennett’s mind.

New England trailed 21-3 at the half, and then 28-3 in the early stages of the third quarter.

Bennett, who is now a member of the Packers, detailed the halftime scene in an interview with Inc.com.

“It took that collective group of guys to be together to come back,” Bennett said. “We came into the locker room at halftime, and there was no bickering, there was no bitching, there was no complaining, there was no moaning. There was no throwing chairs. There was none of this epic ‘We’re going to come back,’ Rudy, Remember the Titans-type speech. There was none of that TV [expletive]. But when you looked around the locker room, you didn’t see anyone that was discouraged. You didn’t see doubt in anyone’s eyes. And that’s like all 53 guys — you looked around and you could see that everybody was determined to figure out what they could do to help us win.”

Added Bennett: “So we went back out there at halftime — we got up, coach gave all the coaching points, all the changes. I was like, ‘Alright, coach. This is the plan you have, coach. I trust you. This is what you think is going to win. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.’ And I’m going to do my part, my small equation of the 11 that is on the field at the time. [We] put our hands up, [and said], ‘Hey, this is going to be written in the history books. Patriots on three. One, two, three, Patriots, break.’ And the rest is history.”

Bennett finished the game with five catches for 62 yards.

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