I love the Patriots. That was the craziest non-Superbowl Patriot game I have ever seen. Right out of the gate, Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels maliciously gashed through the Chief’s defense on the opening drive. They took 7:55 off the clock with 15 plays for 80 yards which sucked the air out of Arrowhead stadium.
Brady was being Brady, Edelman was coming up clutch on Third downs and Gronk was getting things going early in the passing game as well as the run game.
Simply said, the first half was an absolute mauling by the Patriots. They shut down the Chiefs high powered offense and were privileged with a comfortable 14-0 lead. They left 7 points on the board after
Russel Wilson Tom Brady made an uncharacteristic mistake of throwing an interception on the goal line which stopped the Patriots from capping off a score on their second drive.
The Patriots dominated the Chiefs in TOP (Time of Possession), yardage, first downs, and plays. It looked like it was going to be all Patriots throughout the day, the Patriots were dominating the Chiefs offense, systematically dissecting their defense, while the offensive line completely stopped Kansas City’s prolific pass rush. As always, the Patriots were getting it done on special teams, which made it seem like the Patriots were going to cruise to another Super Bowl appearance.
But, the Chiefs had a little magic left in them in the Second Half, as MVP Favorite Patrick Mahomes made MVP plays down the stretch to keep his team’s chances alive.
Mahomes made enormous plays in the Second Half, and that started by marching his team downfield to open up the Second half, and for the first time got by the Patriots stingy defense.
Yet, his most impressive performance of the game was in the 4th quarter, down 17-7 to open the 4th, he led his team back. The comeback began with a quick score to open the Fourth quarter to make it 17-14. On the Chiefs ensuing possession, they were forced to punt, Edelman was standing back to receive as the ball took a weird bounce and looked to have hit him. After the officials reviewed the play it was shown that Edelman missed the ball completely, to give the Patriots the ball back with under 10 minutes to play. On the next play from scrimmage, Brady dropped back and hit Edelman but the ball tipped off his fingertips and was intercepted.
Mahomes had a quick drive that started inside Patriots territory and gave his team a 21-17 lead with just about 7:50 left in the Fourth. But, as any Patriots fan knows, we have watched this happen too many times. As we watched Brady lead us down the field to gain a 24-21 advantage with just under 3:30 to play in the game.
Mahomes had the chance to pull off a Brady, and lead his team down the field with little time remaining for either the game tying field goal or game winning touchdown.
Mahomes did lead his team down field after a bomb to Sammy Watkins, and with just about 2 minutes left in the game, Damien Williams rushed in to give the Cheifs the lead.
But still, there was never a question if the Patriots were going to win.
2-minute drill? Tom Brady? The story is as old as the bible. Brady converted on clutch third downs, Edelman made big catches, and Gronk arguably had the biggest catch, to put his team inside the 10-yard line with 00:39 to play. After Gronk’s clutch catch, Rex Burkhead powered it in for the go-ahead touchdown with 39 seconds left.
And the Patriots went to the Super bowl. The end.
And the Chiefs got the ball back with 1 time out left and an MVP caliber QB.
What do you think happened? He threw a bomb down the field, then the Chiefs kicker had a Field Goal shot inside 40 yards which he nailed.
So, we went to OT.
*RIP Under betters. 38 point Fourth quarter? You only hear about those types of losses in folklores.*
In OT, Captain Matt Slater, who is the best person to choose for coin tosses, chose Heads as he always does and secured the ball for the Patriots offense.
Little did Mahomes or the Chiefs know, they would never touch the ball. Brady was connecting with Edelman (again) on the third down and marched the Patriots down the field to set up a run-in by Burkhead to win the game. Patriots win 37-31, Brady’s 9th Super Bowl and 3rd straight to face a familiar foe against the
St. Louis Los Angeles Rams, who Brady beat in his first Super Bowl.
Mahomes was better than advertised as he was the only reason why they were in the game, as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were basically non-factors in the game combining for 61 yards.
The Kid is the real deal and will be a Super Bowl Champion in the future, no doubt about that.
But, maybe the most impressive person at Arrowhead yesterday was Tony Romo, who quite literally might be the same person as Josh McDaniels after he predicted what seemed like all of the Patriots plays. He may be annoying and too much at times, but his analysis and love for the game should never be in question.