Super Bowl 51 will be known for a long time as one of the best NFL Championship games ever. Not only did the New England Patriots mount the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, they shattered the previous record by 15 points. No team had ever recovered from a deficit larger than 10 points. The Patriots were down 25... halfway through the third quarter.
But there was so much more to this game. There was near perfection from Matt Ryan in a losing effort. There was the fact that this was the only Super Bowl game that went to overtime. And there was not one, but two insane fourth quarter catches.
Just look at all of the records that were shattered in this game:
That's a lot of records for one game. pic.twitter.com/HCzqlCsoLO— tara sullivan (@Record_Tara) February 6, 2017
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Is this the best Super Bowl you’ve ever watched?
My answer: No. Obviously, this game has to rank up there, but I think we’re falling victim to the recency effect if we’re anointing it as the best Super Bowl in NFL history. The main reason I can’t call it that is because I think great games are a back-and-forth affair. This game only had one one lead change in the entire game. First the Falcons went on a 28-3 run, then the Patriots answered with 31 straight points.
While the comeback was highly irregular and quite amazing to watch, the entirety of the game just wasn’t as exciting as, say Super Bowl 49 between the Seahawks and Patriots or either of the Patriots-Giants Super Bowls.
This game was extremely entertaining and one no one will soon forget, but it’s not the best one I’ve seen.