THE PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL! THE PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL! THE PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL! Ok enough gloating, let's get on to the game but first, THE PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL!
I kind of get where he was coming from. Carroll wanted to have three shots at the end zone in case the first two failed, so he went for a quick slant which, as we all know now, resulted in an interception and the end of the game. In hindsight, giving the ball to Lynch three times was the better call, especially as he had one, possibly two, time outs left (I honestly can't remember and looking up such a trivial thing seems a waste).
My fiancée tried not to watch the game and put on an air of not caring, but she whooped louder than me when that interception came about. She told me later that she could feel me vibrating next to her in anticipation and didn't want to add to my stress. She's awesome. And so was this game.
I have watched every Superbowl since I can remember and no game had me on the edge of my seat like this one. They were up, they were down, they were up again, and then came the CATCH. Somehow, someway, a Seattle player made the most extraordinary catch, bobbling the ball up the in the air as he rolled on the ground, hitting it no less than three times before catching it. Worse, from the first angle, it totally looked like it hit the ground so I was thrilled at first until the announcer chimed in and showed it from a second angle that showed some extreme agility, blind luck, and for what appeared to be the second time, a game changing catch. At that moment, every Pats fan everywhere immediately flashed on the Giants game in 2011 where another miraculous catch happened as the player pinned the ball to his head as he fell over backwards, as if it was glued to him and causing the Patriots to end an otherwise perfect season. We are still bitter over that.
Number 51, Bruce Irvin, was ejected from the game for acting like a little bitch. After a penalty in the finals seconds ended any chance of a miracle win from Seahawks, Bruce Irvin started throwing punches at Gronk, big mistake as that man is a monster, ran away after Gronk tagged him good and hid behind a ref and then went after another, smaller player, throwing him onto the ground. Today he "apologized" as he said he was only protecting his team, but I watched that fight over and over again, and he was the aggressor every time. This is a lack of class. You lost, deal. On the flip side, I would like to point out that the reason Boston is one of the best cities on Earth, when we celebrate, no one gets hurt, no one attacks the cops, who truth be told do an excellent job at crowd control that every else should emulate (don't act like douches while preventing idiots from doing the same), and we behave like human beings and not drunken cats hissing and spitting at everyone. We win a lot so maybe we just act like it too.
The flip side had way to many somber ads with the only one that really worked was an actual 911 call tied to a PSA about domestic violence. I had heard this before as a woman orders a pizza to disguise the fact she is actually calling the police. Brilliant. Nationwide missed the mark, the target and the side of the barn with that super depressing ad about kid deaths. Christ, what a downer. Not the right time guys for this. Another ad for toe fungus was gross and a waste of four million as everyone ignored that ad good. Another one that some liked, and others like me thought sucked, was Nissan's With Dad commercial, which first off in no way shows off the car until the end, and then just barely at that, all the while playing Harry Chapin's Cats in the Cradle, who died in a car crash, while simultaneously showing car crashes during a NASCAR race. Tasteless and a waste of 12 million dollars.