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Winston Smith05 Feb 2017 7:25 p.m. PST


JLA10505 Feb 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

Forgot to watch the game. Was busy assembling figures to paint.

Smokey Roan05 Feb 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

Never seen anything like it.

That 4th Qtr and OT….

Winston Smith05 Feb 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

Best Super Bowl ever.

zoneofcontrol05 Feb 2017 8:30 p.m. PST

Brady is no slouch, but his offensive line did a good job against a tough defense. Although pressured and hit often, Brady did get protection frequently enough to do major damage. The telling tale was keeping Atlanta's defense on the field forever. They did hang tough but couldn't make up for Atlanta's lack of consistency on offense.

Winston Smith05 Feb 2017 9:19 p.m. PST

My son got a text.
"But the Falcons won the popular vote.
#Notmysuperbowlchamps "

Who asked this joker05 Feb 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

Predictable. I would have preferred a back and forth slugging match. Each half was like watching two different games. Like…I don't know…college football.

I had no dog in the hunt. Congratulations to Mr. Brady for winning one for the thumb!

piper90905 Feb 2017 10:02 p.m. PST

I wonder if coaches in Atlanta will have to fall on their swords for blowing the game in the second half? You'd think a defense could protect a huge lead and that the offense could eat up more of the clock with a methodical ground game and short passes. It takes time to overcome a large deficit like NE faced and the Falcons seem to have given them just enough of the time necessary. I didn't see much of the second half but I have to wonder if the players for Atlanta were taking it easy or if the coaches pursued bad strategies?

I recall when the Houston Oilers blew a similar playoff lead to Buffalo (?) a few decades ago the DC was summarily sacked that evening. Falcon fans and local media must be tearing out their hair.

Forager05 Feb 2017 10:49 p.m. PST

Brady is good. Very good. But stupid play calling and a lack of execution by the Falcons down the stretch does not make him the best ever.

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

No, but 7 super bowl appearances and 5 wins doesn't hurt…

alien BLOODY HELL surfer06 Feb 2017 3:54 a.m. PST

North wins, south loses, works for me. Sounds a cracking game, just was on way too late over here to watch it.

Smokey Roan06 Feb 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

It was Atlanta passing with 6 minutes left up by 16

And Ryan choking and puking….

Trajanus06 Feb 2017 5:52 a.m. PST

Looked to me like the Atlanta Defence tired and the Patriots Defence got better as the game went on.

Brady throwing for 446 yards didn't hurt either!

Interesting there was only one interception but both QBs got sacked five times!

Smokey Roan06 Feb 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

Atlanta ran the ball FOUR times after they went up 28-3


Passing on 2nd and 3 at The Patriots 25, with 4 minutes left up 8? Criminal

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

Yeah, that did look like a bad play call. With the
RB talent the Falcons have, it should have been easy
to pickup a first down with 2nd and 3.

And they were in FG range (long, yes, but a 1st down
and 5 more yards makes it almost a 'gimme' for an
NFL kicker).

That puts 'em up by 11 with about 3 minutes left.

Starfury Rider06 Feb 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

Well as it happened I was kept up by a headache, otherwise I'd likely have called it a night when the Falcons went 25 (twenty-five) points clear on their opening drive from the halftime kick-off. There isn't really an excuse for losing from that kind of position, though I recall that Bills/Oilers playoff game mentioned above (I've not goggled it, but I think the Oilers were 49-7 up at the half, Jim Kelly stayed on the sidelines due to a 'knee injury' after the break, then Frank Reich at least got the Bills level, in time for Jim to jog back on and get the winning score. I remember it because it was the year the Bills didn't win the SB…).

I must admit the Falcons didn't really look to have a typical fourth quarter collapse to me at least. I think the comments that their offence was too quick to score, so left their defence to fill in a lot of time against a very angry Brady and Co are a better explanation. NE lost the turnover battle I think 2-1, and all three went for TDs?

I'm a Saint so could not in in any way shape or form hope the Falcons would win, but for at least 40, maybe 45 mins they were the better team and would have fully deserved the victory. Same old story though, don't leave a good QB time for three or four possession when they need two scores, and don't leave an extremely determined team time for two possessions when they need two TDs and two 2-pt convs to draw level and take it to sudden death. Once that second 2-pointer went in, the Falcons never looked like believing they could still dig it out, and I think a few of their defenders were arguing with each other on the OT drive, which can really only mean one thing.

I've no idea who's GOAT, but oddly I've now seen Brady's whole NFL timeline, I remember him coming on for Drew Bledsoe when he got felled like an industrial chimney, and now have seen him combine with the Hooded One to write a new page in the history books.

Being on the other side of the Atlantic I was spared the daily diet of Deflategate, but I saw the actual match and the Colts were pretty awful with or without any shenanigans; I think Luck threw two TD picks with a ball that was beyond impeachment, and they finished the half 35-7 down or something. So I can appreciate how the Pats fans felt when they did overcome a four score deficit, then almost heard Roger gave his address, before he had to leave early, because the game overran and they won't hold that table all night you know…

At least I got to see a bit of history, though I still prefer SB44 obviously :>


Toronto4806 Feb 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

It was more a case of Atlanta losing rather than New England winning A young coach took his g foot of the gas and the engine stalled Many times football is straight mechanics you go with what got you there and when you change you lose.

As the Romans put it "For every Hannibal you need a Varus"

nazrat06 Feb 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

That's at least partial BS-- the Pats adjusted at halftime and their play changed completely. Simply blaming the Falcons is doing a huge disservice to all the talent on New England's team.

And that Edelman catch! Wow! You can't blame Atlanta for THAT!!!

Toronto4806 Feb 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

Thank you for the kind words Jerry All sport commentary is a form of BS mine is just a different version

Piper wrote "You'd think a defense could protect a huge lead and that the offense could eat up more of the clock with a methodical ground game and short passes. It takes time to overcome a large deficit like NE faced and the Falcons seem to have given them just enough of the time necessary"

So BS too right ?

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

Agree on the catch. That was one that will be shown over and over again. I still don't know how he managed to *find* that ball, let alone catch it! There's no way he could see it in that tangle of arms and hands. "Use the Force, Edelman." And he did.

I've never been a Brady fan, and for years I just flat out disliked the guy. But the haters are wrong. 5 rings? 5 frickin' rings? Yes, he is the Greatest Of All Time. It's not the one game that makes him that, or even one season. It's 7 seasons taken to the top, all the games, and 5 championships. No other QB even comes close. Just acknowledge it, congratulate him, and walk away.

And that goes double for Belichik.

@Winston. My son retweeted a similar meme. I loved it. laugh

nazrat06 Feb 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Nah, that was at least giving both teams credit. Yours sort of just ignored any ability on the part of the Patriots.

And yeah, all sports commentary is at least a little BS. 8)=

Toronto4806 Feb 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

Boston is more lucky then good- which I also guess is a requirement of a Championship. As a long time Toronto sports fan I know that nothing good comes from Boston If any Boston team wins they either cheated or were lucky

Double G Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2017 1:29 p.m. PST

"If any Boston team wins they either cheated or were lucky."

Ok then.

piper90906 Feb 2017 4:39 p.m. PST

Let's Go, Bears! Bear down, Chicago Bears!

We know what it is to suffer.

Toronto4806 Feb 2017 6:31 p.m. PST

Double: its a joke and part of a sports rivalry that is 100 years old this year. Boston fans say the same or worse about Toronto fans

Double G Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

I'm a Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fan.

So we're talking Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors.

Sorry, I don't consider any of those teams a Boston sports rival; no Toronto team in my lifetime has ever knocked a Boston team out of the playoffs or deprived them of a championship and in order for there to be a rivalry, that need to happen.

Speaking only for myself, I've never said a bad thing about a Toronto team, I don't pay an ounce of attention to any of them to be honest.

Sorry, I don't see it……………

Charlie 1206 Feb 2017 9:52 p.m. PST

Rivalry? You want rivalry then you got to have Da Raiders on one side of it!

Trajanus07 Feb 2017 7:50 a.m. PST

Atlanta ran the ball FOUR times after they went up 28-3


Passing on 2nd and 3 at The Patriots 25, with 4 minutes left up 8? Criminal

Not so sure about Criminal but it was pretty stupid, given the runs Freeman made in the first half!

Toronto4807 Feb 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

Double G I don't want to prolong this but I have had the "pleasure" of attending games at Fenway and the old"Gawdens" wearing Toronto jersies and let's just say it was interesting.

Boston is my favourite city in the US and I have been there many times often to go to a game . Boston fans are the best you can find anywhere

Double G Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Fenway has turned into a bunch of wine and cheese eating pink hats since they won their first WS title in 2004, it got worse in 2007 and even more so after 2013.

All the die hards who suffered through 1967, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1999 and 2003 are long gone.

The old garden was a totally different story; the new one, not so much……………to me, I have no hate towards Toronto fans…………Canadiens fans on the other hand……………..

Smokey Roan08 Feb 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

His legacy is tarnished! I heard it on CNN, MSNBC, ESPN,

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

Yeah…Paul Brady is so good.

Who's this fella you're talking about ?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

?Paul Brady?

Not a big fan of his music, nor of handball competitions
(the 'other' Paul Brady).

Smokey Roan09 Feb 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

Lol Alien surfer! Eating at the Sinclair, read your post, laughed and thought up a snarky reply, laughed at that, minda maniacly, and this girl walked by and thought I was looking at her pooper and doing some preverted "hee hee, hee hee"

mandt209 Feb 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

Brady's great, no argument there, even if he does have deflated balls.

But I think that it's Belichick that is the greatest. Keep in mind, in addition to his five Super Bowl victories as head coach he also won two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator for the NY Giants. And both of those were defensive victories. He may be the most hated persona in the NFL, but he is probably the greatest coach ever.

I don't think it was the greatest game ever. The entire first half turned out to be meaningless. And in the end, the favored team, with the greatest coach and a great quarterback won. It was fun to watch, that's for sure.

Mako1114 Feb 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

Almost as if scripted…….

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