For a battle between two juggernauts, I certainly expected a closer contest.
Super Bowl LV has passed, marking an end to an eventful 2020 NFL season. After a much hyped leadup to the championship, the final product likely disappointed many fans. To quote Jon Bois, “the ideal football game I want to watch is a close game with a decent amount of scoring, like 27-21 or 31-to-28, you know, somewhere around there.” We did not get that on Sunday.
A 31-9 scoreline is very much indicative of the flow of the game. There was very little drama to be had, aside from some questionable officiating. Then again, it wouldn’t be the NFL without a dash of officiating conspiracies, eh? Kansas City got on the board early with a field goal, but Tampa Bay quickly ran away with the game. By the fourth quarter, the game was practically over, despite a valiant effort from Patrick Mahomes:
THIS PASS STILL HIT MAHOMES' INTENDED TARGET IN THE FACE AT THE GOAL LINE pic.twitter.com/SaEJqqQrHo— Christian D'Andrea, sim ruiner (@TrainIsland) February 8, 2021
Only Mahomes can throw vertical by going horizontal.
The playoffs as a whole were fairly lackluster this year too, a somewhat disappointing outcome considering the talented teams. Buccaneers fans obviously don’t mind, but I would have preferred to see a hotly-contested barn burner. However, not every Super Bowl has been dull. There have been storylines aplenty in recent years, with all sorts of spectacle and heartbreak.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which was your favorite Super Bowl?
My answer: The New England Patriots have played a pivotal role in many exciting Super Bowls, and my nod for favorite championship game goes to Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks. Love him or hate him, but that Super Bowl fit the bill for a memorable game. The final score was close, the lead changes multiple times, and neither team pulled too far ahead. However, that merely places it as a competitive game.
What really puts the game into the upper echelon of Super Bowls was the finale. The Patriots rallied to lead the late in the game with a Julian Edelman touchdown. With Seattle getting the ball back with two minutes left, they needed some magic.
Enter Jermaine Kearse with one of the greatest catches you will ever see:
A play to rival the David Tyree helmet catch, Kearse pulled off the circus catch to put Seattle deep in the red zone. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, a play soon after would erase this from many people’s memories:
A stunning ending to an intense game. The Falcons’ 28-3 collapse is also up there in terms of memorable games, but in hindsight, it was like watching a train slowly derail—a spectacular failure. The Patriots goal line stand is entrenched in NFL lore, and the joking remarks about handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch continue to this day.
Truly one of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl history. Thank you for your contribution, Matt Patricia.