After several weeks of build up, it is finally here. One game. One global stage. One key question. Does the experience of the Belichick-Brady team prove determining against Matt Ryan and an amazing, diverse array of offensive weapons? Can Belichick and Brady do it again?
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been collaborating on the gridiron for seventeen years. It is an almost unprecedented tenure in any professional sports. Owner Bob Kraft said Thursday that he would love to see it continue for seasons to come.
Consequently, the early season suspension and Deflate-gate controversy seems to have faded in the lead up to the game. As David Haugh said in the Chicago Tribune, it feels “odd but right to root for Brady.” Brady certainly has received the lion’s share of the pre-Super Bowl coverage down in Houston.
Matt Ryan, for his part, took a little bit of the spotlight back Saturday evening. He was named the NFL MVP at the NFL Honors award show. He also won the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year, finishing off a stellar season (38 TDs, 7 INTs, 117.1 QB Rating) that has the Falcons headed to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999. Notably, Tom Brady finished second.
Brady, however, has finished first in the Big Game four times and will be playing his record seventh Super Bowl. It is an amazing run that brings a level of experience that is massive intangible that is hard to quantify. Vegas has the Patriots favored by three, betting the Belichick-Brady brain trust will find a way to win.
For those of us that simply love the game (and are still dealing with the disappointment of a tough divisional playoff loss to Pittsburgh), the aspiration is: a competitive, down-to-the-wire game.
We would love to hear your thoughts in the Comments Section as we prepare to watch Lamar Hunt’s Super Bowl commence on Sunday evening.