Super Bowl LI: Pick-12? Tom Brady's jersey disappears in revelry

Tricia Pearson
February 6, 2017

A Super Bowl defeat loomed as a bitter end to the Deflategate saga that painted Goodell as the Darth Vader of commissioners in MA for his four-game suspension of Brady.

They're simply the best. With that in mind, Footwear News looks back at the cleats - and turf shoes - that Brady won titles in. Does that have a ring to it?

And he melts people's hearts, too.

A five-yard touchdown pass from Brady to James White with two minutes left in the third quarter. He found seven different receivers. Threw one to Amendola for 14 yards.

It has led to the delicious prospect of Goodell having to possibly hand over the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the New England quarterback and his team-mates tomorrow.

A win would come 15 years after Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick's first triumph together in the National Football League showpiece, against the St Louis Rams in 2002.

They weren't flawless, but they'll settle for five trophies since the first in 2001 and not apologize for any of them.

They had led by 21 points in the second half. That would have put them up two scores with three or so minutes left. The moneyline on the Falcons ranges from +125 to +140 (the amount you would win if you bet $100). However, they have yet to face an offense as well-oiled as this one. Over the two scoring drives, the Falcons averaged 13.3 yards per play and gained at least 15 yards on six-of-10 snaps. Still, they wouldn't quit.

Brady, of course, led the Pats all the way down the field to score. Sure, New England was favored going into the game, but a comeback, especially from multiple scores down, wasn't what anybody predicted. Suspect play-calling by Josh McDaniels cost them some scoring opportunities. Now the Falcons, whose defense had made so many big plays until it didn't, seemed utterly and completely defenseless against Tom Brady in Super Bowl 51.

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"We just keep competing", Belichick said.

However, Mark was seen leaving the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, with his sons after the third quarter - before the Patriots came back from 25 points down and sealed their win in overtime. And Brady will stay with him for as long as he can.

A staple of New England's previous Super Bowls in the Belichick-Brady era is that they were always close. A win would give Brady the most Super Bowls in league history, breaking a tie with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. They won without ever leading in regulation. Not by Roger Goodell.

Matt Ryan, on the other hand, has managed better when under pressure this season. Not by a menacing clock.

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Instead, Matt Bosher punted after an incompletion, setting Brady up for a game-tying drive. Hopefully for Shanahan, the ink's already dry on his contract as the 49ers' new head coach.

The Falcons' defense has improved considerably since the Cardinals saw it in late November, but stopping Brady will be a tough task. He never panicked once. "I love Malcolm. I joke with him all the time, but I just say, 'Thank God for Malcolm Butler.' He saved the game for us", Brady said.

But facing a business decision one time doesn't teach you much more than you can learn from a quarterback's first football game.

With no end in sight.

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