Byron Dixon| BKD TV
On the biggest stage the NFL has to offer there was no more appropriate ending to a roller coaster season than to have the two best teams battle it out on the gridiron for the Lombardi trophy.It was the match-up many believed would manifest, the defending champion Seattle Seahawks who dominated in last years contest back to defend their crown against the ever controversial yet successful New England Patriots in the wake of Deflate-Gate.With the variety of star power in this game from Tom Brady, Bill Belicheck, Rob Gronkowski, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and the Legion Boom there was no doubt this would be a classic game.
From the opening kick to the last controversial play of neglecting Beast Mode a carry inside of his teams own one yard line setting up an interception by an undrafted rookie free agent corner not named Sherman, it was a game for the ages.In the end it was the Golden Boy Tom Brady who was able to rally his team from a ten point deficit in the fourth quarter against one of the best defenses in NFL History to gain his fourth ring. But credit is due for the entire team, from Josh McDaniels’ play calling to pick apart the LOB, to Julian Edeleman’s toughness and ability to cement himself as an elite receiver in today’s NFL, to Gronkowski who is well on his way to being one of the greatest Tight Ends ever the offense came to play. But no good Bill Belichick team is complete without a defense and the saying defense wins Championships held true as we saw the New England defense contain the Seahawks. The physical corners of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner along with Vince Wilfork in the middle showed the reason this team won.
The beauty of this game was magnified as we saw two under the radar players leave their imprint on this Super Bowl. Chris Matthews who showed his future is bright with four catches for 109 yards and the hero for the Patriots Malcolm Butler who was undrafted but is forever etched in Super Bowl lore with his game winning interception. This win puts the Patriots franchise among some of the best in NFL history such as: Steelers, Cowboys, 49ers, and Packers.
For Tom Brady who has now been to six Super Bowls and lost two due to miraculous plays by the Giants, it was only right he put together an all time great performance against one of the best defenses ever. Brady went 37 of 50 for 328 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers and two interceptions.This was Brady’s symbolic mic drop performance that has guaranteed his place as one of not only the great quarterbacks but great players in NFL History. Now at age 37 and his race against Father Time dwindling the trio of Robert Kraft, Bill Bellick, and Tom Brady May be on its last few legs don’t be surprised of this team is in contention again next year to defend its crown against the potentially the Seahawks once again.