The Perfect End to the Revenge Tour
February 6, 2017
The perfect end to the infamous revenge tour for the New England Patriots. Starting the season without Brady was not the most ideal beginning for a run for the Super Bowl; however, the Patriots were able to fight through it and go 3-1 without Brady and for some games without Garoppolo.
The next big hiccup in terms of suspended or injured players was losing the 6’6” 265 lbs tight end of Rob Gronkowski. Still the Patriots never gave up and used their depth of their lineup to drive past Houston in the Divisional round, and then Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship.
“You gotta believe” Words from Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman describing how he and his team stayed alive in Super Bowl LI after a 25 point deficit. Although giving up was never an option for the Patriots it seemed as though they should have. With the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history having been the Redskins overcoming just a 10 point deficit one could have safely given up.
However, the Patriots did what most fans did do and that was “believe” and “will themselves back into the game,” according to James White who also had the tying touchdown along with the winning touchdown. Many people including rookie Malcolm Mitchell with 6 receives for 70 yards stated that he “felt” the turn of the game on the “strip sack” by Dont’a Hightower.
As if just winning wasn’t enough what comes along with the ideal end to the revenge season is many records and firsts including the only Super Bowl ever to go into overtime. Also, at 39 years of age Tom Brady becomes the first person along with Belichick to win 5 SuperBowls.
Superbowl LI is referred to by many including Terry Bradshaw as “the greatest Super Bowl ever” and completes the last check mark for the Patriots 2016-17 NFL season.