Groundhog Day is today, but it felt more like the movie with Bill Murray last night.
In the past two Super Bowl losses to the Giants, Eli Manning and company orchestrated jaw-droppingly miraculous drives to steal the games right out of the Patriots' hands.
When Russell Wilson passed and ran through the Patriot defense like a knife through butter in the last 30 seconds of the first half, it instilled a sense of dread - a precursor of things to come - showing just how fast this confident, talented group of players could score.
And when they ran a pass play with six seconds left in the half, perhaps giving up a chance to at least score a field goal, we held our collective breaths, then watched as they scored on a picture-perfect pass play on the left flat.
|Malcomb Butler, the right guy at the right spot at the right time.
It was way, way too easy.
So when Brady hooked up with my-VP Julian Edelman to put the Patriots ahead, I actually groaned. Too much time. They scored with 30 seconds to end the first half. They have two minutes and two second and all their timeouts. This is when we lose Super Bowls.
Then when Wilson completed a 30-yard pass on his first play of the final drive, it was déjà vu all over again as Yogi Berra used to say.
Then when Jermaine Kearse, - being covered by undrafted rookie Malcomb Butler - made a circus catch on his back after the ball was deflected by Butler, well it looked like the grim reaper of recent Super Bowls was about to rear its ugly head once again.
With three downs, a timeout and about a minute on the clock, Patriots coach Belichick let the clock tick all the way down as the Seahawks got ready for what would end up being their final offensive play.
I thought for sure Belichick would have called a time. I mean even Brady, miracle man that he is, couldn't be counted on to orchestrate a 20-second, 80-yard drive, especially not with Seattle cornerbacks playing prevent.
So with about 30 seconds left on the clock, with the Seattle just a couple of yards from the end zone, Wilson took the snap and threw a bullet to receiver Rickardo Lockette on a pick route on the right, but headed left toward the center of the end zone.
Butler, the third corner on this set, said he saw Wilson glance his way just before the snap so he stayed tight to Lockette. The pass was out of Wilson's hands in less than two seconds and Butler took a hard angle as the ball came his way, cutting off Lockette, intercepting the ball and falling forward to the three yards line as jubilant teammates began falling on him and basically saying, "Do you know what you just did?"
Well, I'll tell you what it did, Malcomb. That interception did more than just seal the game. It sealed Brady's legacy, Belichick's legacy, the team's legacy, quelled the furor of Deflate-gate, washed away the bile of two Super Bowl losses to the Giants on last-minute implausible, nay, miraculous series of plays, and shut the mouths of those who would bash the Pats with innuendo and rumor rather than respect them for what they are: CHAMPIONS, A DYNASTY, THE BEST TEAM EVER!
And one final thought for those who are trying to turn this into a discussion about it being one of the most stupid play calls in history (not to have Marshawn Lynch run the ball) instead of one of the greatest defensive plays in history on a goal line stance in the final seconds of a game after a Hall of Fame quarterback erased a 10-point deficit to take the lead with a game-winning drive, all I can say is ...
You really need to get a life.
After two Super Bowls in which the bounces didn't go our way in the last seconds, finally one that did.
Queue the duckboats.