With the Super Bowl only 10 days ahead, the Pats Pulpit staff is traveling down memory lane to share it most cherished memories of the New England Patriots’ previous 10 title games. Today, we’ll kick off the series with Marima’s favorite moment: New England’s victory in Super Bowl 49.
We have a very large panorama hanging in our family room, showing the 25-second span of Super Bowl XLIX just as Russell Wilson is throwing the infamous interception to Malcolm Butler. That moment, before and after, sprung the mood of our packed household from the depths and potential horrors of a 3rd Super Bowl loss in a row — and fodder for the world-wide Pats haters to feast on for eternity — to the top of the world.
The emotion and hassle of the ridiculous Deflategate accusations had been weighing on all of us, adding even more pressure on winning this game than needed to be there. After Butler’s interception, the crowd of family and friends all glued to the action, jumped, cheered and cried like there was no tomorrow. It was incredible. Stunning. Unfathomable. We all stood, arms across each other’s shoulders and gathered near the screen as Tom Brady lined up in the end zone and baited Michael Bennett to jump.
All that was left was the victory formation. My son used that moment to thank me, sincerely, for having him in the Brady-Belichick era. The entire night is a special memory for all of us. The hubby drove my son back to his dorm in Providence just as the snow started around midnight. Next morning and throughout the afternoon we watched highlights with the fire blazing, until the storm stopped. Doesn’t get much better.