New England Patriots QB Tom Brady named Super Bowl LI MVP
On Sunday evening, Tom Brady cemented his legend as the greatest of all-time.
The Patriots quarterback brought New England all the way back from a second-half 25-point deficit, leading New England to an improbable 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Leader of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, Brady was named the game’s Most Valuable Player once again, his fourth such honor. With the win, Brady is the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history with five championships, breaking his boyhood hero Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw’s record.
Brady bounced back from a poor first half, during which he threw his first postseason pick-six, to lead New England on four second-half scoring drives, including two TD marches in the fourth quarter.
Explaining the methodical comeback after the game, Brady was at a loss for words.
“I wasn’t thinking much,” the Super Bowl MVP said. “I was thinking, We just got to score. And then, we scored the touchdown, it was nine. And then, we get the turnover.
“There was a lot of s— that happened tonight. I got hit pretty hard.”
After the Patriots won the overtime coin toss, Brady led a game-winning, eight-play drive, capped by a two-yard James White score. The assured march to glory was Brady’s fifth game-winning drive in five Super Bowl wins.
To boot, the Patriots legend set Super Bowl records with 466 passing yards, 43 completions and 62 attempts.
Of Brady’s five Super Bowl victories and four MVP performances, you would be hard-pressed to argue any was more important or significant than this one.
Brady was suspended four games by the NFL last year after a league-commissioned investigation found it was “more probable than not” that he was “generally aware” of team staff deflating footballs prior to the 2014 AFC Championship Game. Brady put up a career-best TD-INT ratio and lost just one game on the year, a midseason home defeat to the Seahawks.
“I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England with cheap jerseys,” Blount said on NFL Total Access Monday. “I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I’ve become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is. We’ll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I’m in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to.”
Blount’s career season in 2016 — 299 attempts, 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns — is sure to place him in coach Bill Belichick’s favorable column, though it might produce some cursory interest from other teams looking at giving him another chance and wholesale jerseys. His skills as a power back are undeniable, even if he failed to produce an ideal on and off-field product during his time with the Buccaneers and Steelers.
We could see him get phased out for a younger version of himself, especially if some of New England’s younger and cheaper options continue to evolve.
Of course, the smart money is on him remaining in New England and the smart money is on the Patriots offering him a little bit of a raise from his insanely team-friendly, one-year, $1 million deal last season. And if that’s the case, would Blount take a little more money to go elsewhere instead of remaining in the place where he’s productive, beloved and at peace?
The Patriots’ main advantage is their understanding of personnel as it pertains to their remarkably consistent offense. There have been miscalculations over the years like any other team, but the Blount/Belichick relationship has been nothing but mutually beneficial.