Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks was voted the greatest game of all time in a recent poll on NFL.com. The poll was done in a bracket format and XLIX actually started as a #3 seed but sneaked it’s way into the championship where it faced off against Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and the Cardinals. Obviously I’m biased but when you consider everything that was at stake and the fact that it came down to one of the greatest plays in the history of sports you can’t really argue with this decision. NFL.com summed it up perfectly:
“Going into the game, this was the best on paper matchup we’d seen in at least a decade. And then the game delivered.
– The Patriots out-played Seattle throughout the first half until a frenzied final 2:16 that included three touchdowns. The Patriots went 80 yards in 105 seconds before Seattle went 80 yards in 29 seconds.
– The Patriots authored the best fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history against the best defense of the last decade. It was the second time that Tom Brady put together a go-ahead drive in Arizona with under three minutes left in the Super Bowl. This time, his defense held on.
– Malcolm Butler’s interception singlehandedly changed the outcome of a Super Bowl more than any play in history. It wasn’t like a game-winning kick or miss. It flipped the script from an extremely likely victory for Seattle to another title for New England. It is one of the greatest defensive plays ever made because of Butler’s instincts, aggression and ability to hold on to a pass that would have been deflected on 19 plays out of 20. But Butler held on.”
This one has to sting for all the Patriot haters who make up words like “Cheatriots” or “Belicheat” to make themselves feel better about whatever pathetic team they root for. The best part is that this poll was done by NFL fans all over the country so it looks like all you jealous internet trolls are outnumbered after all. To quote the great Robert Kraft, “We are all Patriots.”
America’s team indeed.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : John Bardsley