Super Bowl was one of the best ever! No LI

Fat Guy Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the greatest Super Bowls in the past 51 years of Super Bowls played. The question is, will it be remembered as the greatest comeback ever, or the most epic collapse ever?

If you wanted the Patriots to win, it will be the greatest comeback. If you were rooting for the Falcons, the answer is epic collapse. Oh, by the way, I said New England would win 31-28 and the final was a 34-28 overtime victory for the Patriots. This Super Bowl was as entertaining as it gets for all NFL football fans who watched across the world.

Does the Fat Guy see this Super Bowl as a collapse or a comeback? I see both and will explain why I say that. The comeback part is easy for me. The New England Patriots can never be given an opportunity to win a football game. The Atlanta Falcons did just that. Tom Brady, the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, will not squander a game if he is given the chance. Tom Brady, by the way, is the greatest quarterback of all time, so let’s end that discussion right now. I don’t want to hear about Joe Montana or any others; it’s not even a discussion anymore!

The fact that Brady gets it done with such mediocre talent surrounding him is incredible. Tom Brady never flinched at a 28-3 deficit and he kept grinding. The MVP winner shook off a pick six to go 43 for 62 completions for 466 yards of offense. The Patriots rolled up 546 yards total offense and ran 93 plays to the Falcons’ 46 plays. How about James White catching 14 passes for 110 yards?! James who? I ask like the rest of us. That’s the Patriot way, football fans. Tom Brady and the “Hoodie” Bill Belichick will go down as the best coach and quarterback combo ever. Tom Brady is 5-2 in Super Bowls and rallied the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and I don’t think it will ever be done in the next 100 years.

I want you to calculate this statistic for a minute. Since 2001, the NFL has had 394 teams trailing by 25 points or more. Here are the numbers: 3-391. Yes, three teams have come back and New England did it on the biggest stage.

Now let’s get to the epic collapse of the “NotHotlanta” Falcons. The Falcons’ offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan’s play calling was the most atrocious I have ever watched and that includes Lions games! How strong is that statement folks? They had chances to run the football get first downs and they passed the football? They could have moved the chains and kept the clock moving and won the Super Bowl!

A great catch by Julio Jones and it looks like a Falcons victory! Hold the phone, folks Atlanta is about to be so stupid you can’t believe it. Run the darn ball and clock and then kick the field goal and you win the Super Bowl. This happens instead: a sack of 12 yards and then a holding penalty and a punt. The fact that Matt Ryan took two critical sacks instead of throwing the ball away is not MVP-type quarterbacking. The fact Matt Ryan was snapping the ball with 15-20 seconds still left on the play clock was a head scratcher. Please, someone explain all this stupid stuff Atlanta was doing. Atlanta blew a 25-point lead for Pete’s sake. It had a 19-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game left! I have never seen a more bizarre and epic debacle of football than the Falcons displayed on Super Bowl Sunday! If I was a San Francisco fan, I would be skeptical of the Kyle Shanahan hiring as your coach. I can promise you this, I don’t even think the Detroit Lions would have blown a 19-point lead with less than 10 minute left. On second thought. …

Atlanta Falcons fans had to be up all night tossing cookies into the almighty throne. I know I would have been. It was a game for the ages, to say the least, and many who went to bed woke up and probably thought they were dreaming. It was sweet dreams for the Patriots and a nightmare for the Falcons. Now we wave good bye to the NFL until the regular season in September.

What a great ending to the season! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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