|Tom Brady pre-shot commercial with 5th ring, takes shot at Roger Goodell||02.06.17 at 1:17 am ET|
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
|Snap Judgments: Tom Brady directs greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, Patriots win their 5th Lombardi Trophy in OT||02.05.17 at 10:29 pm ET|
HOUSTON — The Patriots made history in the most dramatic way Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.
James White scored his third touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run with 11:02 left in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, giving the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title with an unbelievable 34-28 win over the Falcons.
The winning touchdown came after a 14-yard pass interference call on the Falcons.
The Game-Winning Score.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 6, 2017
After being handed the Lombardi Trophy by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (who was roundly booed while delivering his congratulatory speech), Patriots owner Robert Kraft called the victory, “unequivocally the sweetest” of all the team’s championships.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
Brady finished 43-of-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns and earned his fourth Super Bowl MVP. White had a pair of touchdown runs and a touchdown catch.
Down 28-3 with two minutes left in the third quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady engineered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history.
Julian Edelman got his hands under a tipped pass just before the ball hit the ground before the two-minute warning. The miracle catch put the Patriots at the Atlanta 41. Several plays later, James White ran it in from two yards with 57 seconds left, followed by a two point conversion from Brady to Danny Amendola.
Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and the Falcons turned two turnovers into scores as the Falcons appeared on their way to their first world championship in their 51-year history. Ryan played the first three quarters with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating.
The Patriots played their most uncharacteristic game at the worst time. LeGarrette Blount fumbled deep in Atlanta territory in a scoreless game and Tom Brady had a nightmare of a first half that included a pick-6 by Robert Alford.
Picked by nearly every national expert to lose, the touchdown underdog Falcons certainly didn’t play like it. Led by a Super Bowl-tying three sacks from Grady Jarrett, they manhandled the Patriots on both sides of the ball.
The Patriots finish the season 17-2 and are now 5-4 in their nine Super Bowl appearances.
The game started after an emotional rendition of “America The Beautiful” from the cast of “Hamilton” and the national anthem from Luke Bryan. Following that, President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were carted onto the field and made their way to midfield for the coin toss. Both had been recently released from the hospital after battling various medical issues.
Matthew Slater called heads and the former President flipped the coin and it turned up tails. The Falcons deferred and the Patriots received to open Super Bowl LI.
Brady targeted Julian Edelman on the first two plays of the game. The first was an incompletion over the middle followed by an inside slant for nine yards. But the Patriots were forced 3-and-out when LeGarrette Blount ran to his right and was stopped for no gain.
Ryan Allen boomed a big punt and, after a holding call, pinned the Falcons inside their 10. On the first play, Devonta Freeman broke loose for 37 yards when he went to his left and cut back up the middle. But the Patriots quickly recovered, with the key play coming on a Patrick Chung tackle on Patrick DiMarco in one-on-one coverage. On the next play, Rob Ninkovich broke through for the drive-ending sack.
The Patriots got the ball for a third time in the first quarter but not before it ended, extending the first-quarter scoreless streak in Super Bowls to seven. In all seven Belichick-Brady Super Bowl appearances, the Patriots don’t have a single point in the opening 15 minutes.
Following a 27-yard completion from Brady to Edelman, the Patriots had the ball first-and-10 at the Atlanta 33. But on the very next play, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones made a huge play, powerfully stripping the ball from LeGarrette Blount. Defensive back Robert Alford recovered at the Atlanta 29. The Falcons wasted no time capitalizing. Matt Ryan fired a 19-yard bullet over the middle to Julio Jones, who wrestled the ball from Logan Ryan.
On the next play, Ryan targeted Jones on the left sideline. He was wide open for 23 yards to the Patriots 29. Freeman followed with gashing runs of 15 and 9 off right and left tackle, respectively. The Patriots were obviously on their heels against the hurry-up Falcons. The Patriots called time out on 2nd-and-1. But it didn’t help. Jones came in motion to the inside but Freeman ran a misdirect and jogged untouched to the goal line before diving in for the first score of the game.
The Falcons made it 14-0 against a reeling, backpedaling and seemingly winded Patriots defense. Ryan found tight end Austin Hooper on an in-slant from 19 yards. It marked the biggest Super Bowl deficit in the Belichick-Brady era.
Desperate for a score, the Falcons young secondary aided the Patriots’ cause immensely on the ensuing drive. The Falcons committed three defensive holding fouls on third down and the Patriots looked ready to capitalize, with the ball at the Falcons 23. But on yet another third down, there was no bail out from the officials, only a telegraphed pass to Julian Edelman on an slant that Robert Alford stepped in front of at the Falcons 18 and raced 82 yards for the second-longest pick-6 in Super Bowl history (James Harrison, 100 yards, Super Bowl XLIII), falling behind 21-0.
The Patriots, in desperate need of a drive and some big breaks, got one on the next drive. Brady dropped back to pass and was hit. The ball wobbled. But instead of another turnover, the ball landed in the hands of Martellus Bennett, who gained 19 yards. Then several plays later, Brady hit James White in the right flat. White made 28 yards. The Patriots made it down to the Atlanta 3 on another completion to White. But a holding call on Bennett brought it back to the 23. On the next play, with 12 seconds left, Brady threw to Bennett in the left flat on a screen. The clock nearly ran out as Bennett was tackled. But the Patriots were able to execute a 41-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to make it 21-3 Atlanta at the half.
The Falcons ran just 19 plays in the first half to New England’s 40.
[For a full box score and stats, click here.]
|Michael Floyd among inactives for Super Bowl LI, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute this week||at 4:42 pm ET|
HOUSTON — The following Patriots players are inactive against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI: offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, running back DJ Foster, quarterback Jacoby Brissett, wide receiver Michael Floyd, cornerback Cyrus Jones, cornerback Justin Coleman and safety Jordan Richards.
These are the same players who were inactive against the Steelers in the AFC title game, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise.
Floyd is the biggest name, but with Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola healthy there wasn’t a need for him in the game.
Although he won’t be active, it’s worth noting he played a major role this week in practice as he was Julio Jones on the scout team offense along with Matthew Slater.
Floyd played in the final two regular-season games and divisional round playoff game against the Texans. His biggest game was the regular-season finale against the Dolphins when he had three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. He’s a free agent after the season.
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