Falcons get deflated
All you could say after the drama that unfolded in Houston on Sunday night
was: “What a game! Oh my Gaga!” The Super Bowl was indeed super.
And Tom Brady is indeed Superman.
The New England Patriots quarterback deflated the city of Atlanta as well as the Falcons to the tune of 34-28 in overtime.
These were the same Atlanta Falcons who ate up and spit out the Green Bay Packers not long ago. They made the Packers look like a bunch of buffoons.
And they were in the process of doing the same thing to Brady and his playmates in this taffy-pull known as Super Bowl LI.
Yes sir, it was about to be a Houston Massacre right on the heels of the Bowling Green Massacre.
Brady had a Jay Cutler moment, too. He hurled the spheroid into the hands of Robert Alford, who happens to play for the Falcons.
Alford, who presumably used deodorant earlier in the day, scampered down the sideline by himself and showed the ball at around 30. He then set the indoor record for the slowest 30-yard saunter.
So the Falcons were off and running — so to speak — with a 21-nil cushion in the second quarter. And Brady was off to the worst football outing by anyone named Brady since Marcia got nailed in the nose with the pigskin.
At that point, Lady Gaga was warming up, the Fat Lady was starting to hum a few bars and Mariah Carey was still trying to finish her New Year’s Eve segment.
Early in the third quarter, it was more of the same. Soon the Falcons had a 28-3 rout going on. Roger Goodell then summoned the official jeweler of the National Football League to have the Falcons fitted for Super Bowl rings.
While the Falcons were planning their parade route and the guy who bet a million bucks on Atlanta was opening a Swiss Bank account, Brady decided to become Tom Terrific. Or the second coming of Frank Reich. Then viewers were treated to shots of Gisele Bündchen cheering him on. That didn’t hurt ratings.
Neither did the football that was about to be played by Brady and the Patriots.
“It’s hard to imagine us winning,” Brady said. “It took a lot of great plays and that’s why you play to the end.” Boy did he play. The Atlanta defense, which had rendered Aaron Rodgers null and void, suddenly disappeared into the Houston night.
And they took the offense with them. As a side note, the San Francisco 49ers may want to tell Kyle Shanahan to leave his plays from the second half behind in Atlanta.
Brady led the Patriots to 31 unanswered points. There were clutch plays by James White — the kid from Wisconsin. White scored 20 points by himself. Maybe Bo Ryan should have suited him up.
“We knew we had a shot the whole game,” White said. “It was an amazing comeback by our team. It’s surreal right now. You couldn’t write this script.”
You couldn’t write the script for Julian Edelman’s amazing catch that kept the Patriots in this thing.
On the 91-yard drive near the end of regulation, he miraculously managed to get his hands underneath a Brady pass that bounced off Alford’s hands, hit off his knee, his shin and then pinned against the Atlanta player’s foot. Footage of the catch will be on display next to David Tyree’s helmet in John McEnroe’s You Cannot Be Serious Museum.
“I knew I caught it,” Edelman said. “I felt like I had it. I didn’t know if maybe a piece of the ball was touching. I don’t know what the dang rule is. Nobody knows what the rule is for a catch. I was like, ‘I’m pretty sure I caught it.’”
Alford went from a Super Bowl hero to the guy left at the alter.
“At the end of the day, all you can control is what you can control,” Alford said. “I saw he made the play. I saw him come down with it. I saw my foot and the ball when he got his hands underneath it. Sometimes, there’s nothing more you can do.”
Soon the game was tied and moments later the Falcons were toast.
The Falcons, who everyone thought were going to be a dynasty after 30 minutes of the tilt, trudged off the gridiron wondering what hit them. Well, it was Brady. He pants’d them and Goodell.
Not a bad night of work.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman somehow makes a clutch catch during New England’s 91-yard drive late in the fourth quarter against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.