The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. In a victory that will be remembered for ages to come, it crowns New England as the pre-eminent NFL franchise of the moment.
I watched the game in a crowded Slack channel (started by the NE Patriots subreddit), and our emotions experienced the slow and deep see-saw from despair and disgust all the way to excitement and exhilaration. It was the greatest comeback most of us had ever seen!
I have spent time with the replay of this game. Atlanta had an opportunity to seal the game with a field goal late in the third quarter, but instead they took a sack and a penalty and ended up going backwards. It was a moment that the Patriots capitalized on.
Fans of the Patriots now have another Super Bowl win to rank. As of this moment, I love this one, but Super Bowl LIX (against the Seattle Seahawks) was probably the better-played football game. Off to the NFL post-season, and the emergence of baseball and the basketball and ice hockey playoffs!
Super Bowl LI is just a few days away as I write this. My favorite team is in it: the New England Patriots. I'm excited and nervous and anxious. I just read a column in the NY Times which predicted that the Atlanta Falcons would win the game, but I can't bear imagining that scenario.
One thing I find myself doing: praying to my high powers that if the Pats get this one, "I won't need any more Super Bowls." Of course, that's lame: I want the Pats to keep winning the Super Bowl for as long as I'm alive! Still, I'd like to win this one: a fifth Super Bowl win would cement the dynasty.
My favorite time of the year! The Divisional Round! My picks this year are very easy: home teams defend home turf.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons. Seattle has been "on a run", and they're playing their best football. But Atlanta's QB Matty Ice is playing at MVP levels this season. I like the dirty birds to take it. Wait...which dirty bird? The Falcons!
Houston Texans at New England Patriots. I overheard someone worried about the Texans because "they got a lot of ex-Patriots" over there. Unfortunately, they don't have Tom Brady or Bill Belichick. The Vegas line has the Patriots as a two-touchdown favorite. Of all the games, this may be the least interesting.
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys. I have enjoyed watching the Cowboys from afar. Their QB Dak Prescott is playing beyond his rookie status. Green Bay could make it interesting, but I think Dallas continues their march with a tight win.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs. This is the tightest Vegas line of all the games (the Chiefs giving 1.5 points). As I write this, due to weather the game has been moved from its earlier start at 1PM to prime time (8PM). KC is at home, and they know their weather, so therefore: KC.