|Bill Belichick underplays his (and his team’s) place in history: ‘Rank them wherever’||02.06.17 at 1:53 am ET|
HOUSTON — Even a game for the ages and a place atop the NFL mountain couldn’t break the stoic and business-like demeanor of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
His team had just recorded the biggest comeback victory in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, 34-28, over the Falcons and Belichick took the podium minutes after Tom Brady and was calm, cool and collected as always.
With the win, Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl titles, passing Chuck Noll. Does this make the Patriots the greatest team in the modern era?
“No I don’t get into that,” Belichick said. “Rank them wherever.”
But what came through loud and clear was his appreciation of his players who didn’t quit down, 28-3, with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
“The most important thing tonight is the team win,” Belichick said. “I am happy for our team, our players and our organization. Everybody worked so hard for this. The only reason I am here is because of what our players did, what our assistant coaches and coordinators did, but Chuck Knoll is a tremendous coach. A tremendous legacy. I coached against Chuck in his final game. I always admired Chuck and his style. The way his teams played. It is an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence with Chuck Knoll. Tonight is really about our team. It is not about some record or something like that. It is about what our team accomplished. They deserve to be champions. They earned it tonight.”
Belichick was actually asked if he might consider retiring and leave the game on top.
“Right now, I am thinking about enjoying tonight and this game that we won,” Belichick said.
The Patriots were getting manhandled in the first half. After Robert Alford returned an interception 82 yards for an interception, the Patriots were down, 21-0. They trailed, 21-3 at the half. What did Belichick tell his team?
“What did I tell the guys at halftime? Same thing we told them in the first quarter and the second quarter,” Belichick answered. “Just kept coaching and just kept trying to get better. Find ways to do things that were a little bit more productive.”
HOUSTON — This win was extra special for Tom Brady.
With everything that has taken place over the last 18 months with his mom’s illness, Sunday’s game meant so much more because his whole family, including his mom, were in attendance.
After the win, Brady posted a picture to social media with the caption: It takes a team. And so much love. #NeverStopBelieving
HOUSTON — Maybe Tom Brady knew the Patriots were going to win the Super Bowl before everyone else.
In the moments after the Patriots beat the Falcons to win Super Bowl LI, an ad for Shields MRI aired in which Brady has five Super Bowl rings and also takes a slight dig at commissioner Roger Goodell.
Called for his appointment, the quarterback stands and is told he needs to remove all his jewelry. He takes four Super Bowl rings off before revealing another from his pocket.
“I forgot this one,” Brady says. “It’s kind of new.”
“We’re going to have to get you a bigger locker,” the employee says.
Brady replies: “Roger that.”
HOUSTON — Super Bowl LI was an epic contest that included the Patriots and Falcons either tying or setting 31 new Super Bowl records. Via Elias, here’s a complete rundown of the list.
Most Games – 7, Tom Brady
Most Games, Head Coach – 7, Bill Belichick
Most Games Won, Head Coach – 5, Bill Belichick
Most Points, Game – 20, James White
Most Passes, Career – 309, Tom Brady
Most Passes, Game – 62, Tom Brady
Most Completions, Career – 207, Tom Brady
Most Completions, Game – 43, Tom Brady
Most Passing Yards, Career – 2071, Tom Brady
Most Passing Yards, Game – 466, Tom Brady
Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 15, Tom Brady
Most Receptions, Game – 14, James White
Most Games, Team – 9, New England
Largest Deficit Overcome, Winning Team – 25 points, New England
Most Points, Overtime Period, Team – 6, New England
Most First Downs, Game, Team – 37, New England
Most First Downs, Game, Both Teams – 54, New England vs. Atlanta
Most First Downs Passing, Game, Team – 26, New England
Most First Downs Passing, Game, Both Teams – 39, New England vs. Atlanta
Most Offensive Plays, Game, Team – 93, New England
Most Passes, Game, Team – 63, New England
Most Completions, Game, Team – 43, New England
Most Passing Yards, Game, Team – 442, New England
Most Passing Yards, Game, Both Teams – 682, New England vs. Atlanta
Most Games Won – 5, Tom Brady
Most Touchdowns, Game – 3, James White
Most Two-Point Conversions, Game – 1, James White; Danny Amendola
Most Sacks, Game (Since 1982) – 3, Grady Jarrett
Most Two-Point Conversions, Game, Team – 2, New England
Most Two-Point Conversions, Game, Both Teams – 2, New England vs. Atlanta
Most First Downs By Penalty, Game, Team – 4, New England
HOUSTON — The Patriots owner, who was handing out cigars in the New England locker room after the game, was exultant following New England’s 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.
“Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona and I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all,” he said. “But a lot has transpired during the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation.
“But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players, who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest. And I’m proud to say, for the fifth time, we are all Patriots. And tonight, for the fifth time, the Patriots are world champions.”
Kraft added that he was proud of the team for hanging in and believing, despite the fact that they trailed by 25 points in the second half.
“When tough things happen and you believe in yourself, the power of will is pretty strong,” he said. “But you have to hang together. And make sure you have good people around you.”
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|Tom Brady loses Super Bowl LI jersey moments after win||at 12:39 am ET|
HOUSTON — Tom Brady led the Patriots from 25 points down in the second half to beat the Falcons, 34-28 and took home the game’s MVP, but that didn’t mean everything went perfect after the game.
Apparently, Brady lost his jersey afterwards
“It was right here. I know exactly where I put it,” Brady said in the locker room afterwards, per USA Today.
Added Brady: “This is not good. It was right here and now I don’t have it. Not good.”
USA Today was able to catch up with Brady as he left the stadium and asked if he was able to locate the jersey.
“No,” he said. “It is going to be on eBay soon, I guess.”
[UPDATE: Per Tom Leyden of FOX 25, the jersey has been located. A team staffer put it away.]
His wife Gisele Bundchen lost her mind in the stands. Check this video out from NFL.com.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
|Patriots players react to Julian Edelman’s incredible catch: It was the best I’ve ever seen||at 12:23 am ET|
HOUSTON — The Patriots have been on the other side of some spectacular catches, but in Super Bowl LI it was their turn.
The Patriots were down eight and had first-and-10 from their own 36-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady threw up a pass to Julian Edelman that was tipped and seemed to hang in the air forever. Three Falcons defenders converged and Edelman went between the legs of one of them and then as the ball nearly hit the ground, he was able to snag it out of mid-air.
“I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t think he does,” Brady said afterwards.
Added Brady: “We’ve been on the other end of a few of those catches.”
The quarterback wasn’t the only one in shock, as so was linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
“Man, it was the best catch that I have ever seen in person hands down,” he said. “I couldn’t even tell. Julian, The Incredible, that’s what they call him. I’m so, so blessed for him to have that catch.”
But for Edelman himself, he knew he had it all the way.
“I knew I had a good feel on it,” he said. “I didn’t know if a piece of the ball was touching. I don’t know what the dang rule is. No one knows what the rule is for a catch. I was like, ‘I think I caught it. I’m pretty sure I caught it.'”
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We will see this replay 100,000 times before we die. pic.twitter.com/hpjBhxftJA
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) February 6, 2017
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