The powers that be at SB Nation posed the question, “what is your team’s best Super Bowl moment?” to all the team sites and I felt spoiled. There were simply too many to choose from.
There’s the final drive or Ty Law’s pick six against the St. Louis Rams. There’s Adam Vinatieri’s kick against the Carolina Panthers and the bewilderment of the Philadelphia Eagles walking, not running, down the field and cementing the Patriots dynastic legacy.
You can pick out Tom Brady with his hands on his head in disbelief, or Tedy Bruschi with a megawatt smile holding up three fingers and the front page of a newspaper, or Rodney Harrison flapping his arms like wings after recording the game-sealing interception.
But I’m going to skip all of those moments because I can and that’s probably an obnoxious statement for fans of every other franchise to read.
It’s also because I have two great Super Bowl moments ever since I took over Pats Pulpit and I really can’t decide which one was better.
Super Bowl XLIX: Malcolm Butler’s interception
This play was the exhale after a decade of holding our breath. It was life after Jermaine Kearse ripped out our hearts. It’s an exaggeration, but just barely.
The Patriots had reached the Super Bowl twice since they toppled the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and both ended in heart-breaking fashion. The Patriots had comeback to take the lead against the Seattle Seahawks, but Kearse caught that ball on his back and every single Patriots fan, including team owner Rob Kraft, thought to themselves, “Oh no, here we go again.”
Except it was different. Butler intercepted the pass on the goal line and the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title. I remember freaking out with my friends and getting the head rush after jumping off the couch. It happened. It really happened.
Super Bowl LI: Coming back from 28-3
But the Patriots victory over the Atlanta Falcons is dear to my heart because I was there. I saw New England mount the greatest comeback in NFL history and win the very first overtime Super Bowl game and clinch the title of “Greatest of All Time” for both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. I met the players and saw the joy on their faces, the realization that all of their hard work paid off.
How can you top this game?
I’m just not sure. So I’m going to let you decide.
What was the better Patriots Super Bowl moment?
This poll is closed
Malcolm Butler’s interception in Super Bowl XLIX
Coming back from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI
What do you think?