Timeline established in theft of Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 4:16
According to The Times, "A new standard has been set, as Tom Brady of The New England Patriots became the first quarterback in N.F.L. history to win five Super Bowls, leading his team to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 (LI)". After the Patriots' 25-point comeback over the Falcons, fans and analysts are asking, "who's the best player of all-time?"
As originally reported in the END AROUND - our first, and perhaps, final such scoop - Brady alerted Patriots owner Robert Kraft after Sunday's Super Bowl win over the Falcons that someone had stolen his game jersey at NRG Stadium.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has also earned his place among the greatest National Football League coaches of all time, alongside such legends as Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, and Bill Walsh.
Next season, the Patriots will be attempting to complete the repeat. No team had ever recovered to win a Super Bowl when trailing by even 14 points. For a New England team that was down by 25 points early in the third quarter, the comeback did not seem possible. Tom Brady's suspension is more well known. The Falcons offense looked unstoppable and the Patriots looked like the New York Jets (As a Jets fan, I can mock them). Uncharacteristic mistakes plagued New England in the first half and the Falcons capitalized, going into the second half with a 21-3 lead after Gostkowski (Patriots) kicked a field goal before the intermission.
The Falcons looked like they were going to fight off a comeback in a big way on the ensuing drive.
The Patriots did manage to put three points on the board just before the half expired thanks to a 41-yard field goal off the leg of Stephen Gostkowski.
The New England Patriots quarterback spoke to a MA radio station the day after winning the Super Bowl, and took the time to update his fans on his mother's condition. Brady would find White again for a 1-yard run with just under a minute left and hit Amendola for the two-point conversion to somehow tie the game up with less than a minute to play.
This Super Bowl has cemented Brady's legacy as the best quarterback to ever walk the earth.
But in this particularly polarized time, it was also good to have an opportunity to watch the game together with family and friends and to debate issues like the play call strategy and penalty flags rather than immigration orders and the latest presidential tweet.
The four-time Super Bowl MVP and his family flew separately from his team who arrived back in Boston on a commercial jet. Plus, the New England Patriots just one the Super Bowl, so it's hard to see any team at the number one spot other than them.