Patriots Win or Falcons Choke?
You don’t overcome a 25 point second-half deficit without the opponent choking to some extent, but this game won’t be remembered as the time Atlanta choked away a Super Bowl (well, it will in Atlanta, but not anywhere else).
If it were another team, then maybe, but since it was the Patriots, and Brady / Belichick’s 5th, it will be remembered as their definitive stamp on the greatest player / coach to ever grace the NFL.
So WTF Happened to Atlanta?
99.6% is pretty good.
It’s hard to say. They were running the ball really well. Julio made plays when they threw it to him. They were pressuring Brady without blitzing. Aside from Ryan’s awful sack in the 4th, he played exceptionally.
There was some questionable play-calling, namely throwing it on 3rd and 2 when you’ve been running all over AND are trying to burn clock (this was the Matt Ryan fumble), and the Pats just made a lot of plays down the stretch.
The Greatest Quarterback Ever?
It was probably 80/20 in favor of Brady prior to this game, but there’s no doubt now. Brady and Belichick are at-or-near the top in every “Greatest” player / coach category you can come up with.
The Greatest Super Bowl Ever?
No, not even close. This game was a snoozefest for two and half hours. Greatest Super Bowl comeback ever? Absolutely, 100%, no doubt about it.
Talk of “should Brady retire?“
“Go out on top!”
Wat? Are you kidding me?
Extrapolate his regular season to 16 games and he threw for 37 TDs, 3 Ints, and 4,740 yards.
He threw 62 times for 466 yards yesterday. This wasn’t Peyton limping to a victory at age 39 in Super Bowl 50. This was a Brady led team and he could not have been more important to their success.
Assuming he wants to (which he’s indicated he does), there’s no reason to think he won’t be a top 3 quarterback next year.