With the Super Bowl only six days away, 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 continue the series with Rich Hill’s favorite moment: New England’s epic comeback in Super Bowl 51.
So I was at Super Bowl LI in Houston between the Patriots and the Falcons, which everyone knows because of the absolutely incredible performance by Taylor Swift as part of the weekend activities. I only got tickets because the Giants ownership decided not to go to the show and some of us got the extra tickets. Swift’s ability to produce under the spotlight was unmatched... Oh, sorry. My bad.
Did I mention that I was at Super Bowl LI? The Patriots were getting rocked by the Falcons for two-thirds of the game and I already had my post-game “the Patriots can’t win the big one!” article ready to post. I was sitting with CBS’s Michael Hurley in the media tent with all the food and just waiting for the game to be over so we could conduct some post-game interviews. But then the Patriots scored. And scored. And scored and scored and all of a sudden they were able to force overtime and win the game. The complete shock of every single person having to delete their articles turned into unbridled amazement at what Tom Brady and New England had accomplished.
My favorite quotes were from Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan after the game. “We told [Matt Patricia] that we weren’t going back out there,” Harmon said about his confidence in the offense. “I basically untied my cleats and watched Brady,” Ryan said.
I just hope the Patriots beat the Rams with a little more room for comfort.