There we all were...it was the third quarter and New England stared at a 25-point deficit. Nobody had ever comeback from that margin to win the Super Bowl. Well, nobody has seen a quarterback and coach as focused to winning as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Somehow, it seemed to all work out in Super Bowl 51 for the Patriots in a thrilling 34-28 overtime win. The two compadres now share five NFL titles.
Atlanta looked like they were well on their way to a first NFL title for much of the night. Grady Jarrett was dominating the line of scrimmage and Matt Ryan had only missed on three passes attempts as the third quarter wound down. It all went down hill so suddenly though.
1) Atlanta's defense was on the field...way too long and that stung in the end. Brady was just able to pick them completely apart.
2) Atlanta has a chance to go up 31-20 late, but a blindside sack and a penalty pushed them out of field goal range.
3) Julian Edelman's reach back grab in the fourth maybe one of the most clutch catches I have seen in Super Bowl history. That kept a drive and rally alive to tie. Once that happened, New England built a surmountable bit of momentum. As they say,the rest is history.
4) Donta Hightower's strip sack. Atlanta was up by 16 with 9:00 to go in the fourth quarter until Hightower. Matt Ryan forcing them to give away Atlanta's turnover.
Julio Jones only had four catches as nobody could keep up with him.
To think, New England did this without Gronk. To think New England did this while those questioned him in Deflategate.
High School Basketball
East Rutherford's Men continue to roll and stay undefeated, while the ladies still seem to be a dangerous pass.
R-S Central Ladies lost to East Burke on the road last week, which punts them back to second in the SMAC standings behind East Burke.
Th SMAC tourney finals should be at East Rutherford this coming Friday (2/10).