The Patriots beat the Falcons in a Super Bowl for the ages. You’ve already seen the James White touchdown that won the game, the Julian Edelman catch a bit before that, and the Julio Jones catch a bit before that. You know that New England scored 31 unanswered points and won the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
You might know some of these things, too, but this post is a collection of Super Bowl things that might’ve slipped beneath your radar.
1. There were a bunch of Super Bowl mosts in this game. Tom Brady was responsible for a few of them — winning the most game MVPs (four) and the most Super Bowls as a quarterback (five) and throwing for the most passing yards in a Super Bowl (466) on the most completions (43). New England running back White had 14 catches, the most in Super Bowl history. The most minutes were played in any Super Bowl ever (64).
2. Tom Brady and Roger Goodell shook hands. This was in the field-rushing throng after the game, but Goodell extended his hand and Brady took it. The two have an acrimonious history, stemming from Goodell’s suspension of Brady for the first four games of the season for his alleged role in Deflategate.
3. But Bob Kraft was taking shots at Goodell from the trophy platform. The Patriots owner said this was the franchise’s “sweetest” Super Bowl win ever and that “a lot has transpired over the last two years.” No need to read between the lines.
4. Atlanta lost the game well before it actually lost the game. Put differently, it could’ve sealed the game and didn’t, and nothing went right afterward. Jones’ circus catch put the Falcons at the Patriots’ 22-yard-line with just more than four minutes left on the clock, leading by eight points. The Patriots didn’t have time to tie the game if Atlanta just kicked a reasonably short Matt Ryan field goal. But the Falcons only went backward from there, punted the ball away, and let New England tie the score.
5. Lady Gaga took a quiet shot at President Trump. Gaga snuck a few lines from “This Land is Your Land” into her halftime set. That song was something of a protest anthem a week before the game, when people gathered at airports to protest Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
6. This one was extra special for Tom Brady, and maybe not because of Deflategate or any subtext between him and Goodell. Brady’s mother has been ill and unable to watch Brady play all season, but she showed up in Houston and got to watch her son guide the greatest comeback in NFL history. Whatever your thoughts are about Brady generally — and maybe they’re bad — a moment like this is wonderful.
Oh, and look at Julian Edelman’s catch again for good measure.
Impossible. Maybe the most sublime mix of luck and hand-eye coordination in football history, and that comes in an area that also included The David Tyree Catch.