It’s not straightforward successful Tremendous Bowls, even for Tom Brady and Invoice Belichick.
The Patriots quarterback-coach duo enters its eighth Tremendous Bowl collectively this Sunday in Minneapolis towards the Eagles and whereas the pair have gone 5-2 to create a dynasty in New England, the most important margin of victory in these video games was six factors, which got here in final 12 months’s 34-28 extra time comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
With the margin for error being extraordinarily skinny, all it takes is a handful of performs to determine the massive sport. We glance again on the 10 most memorable performs that helped create the Patriots dynasty.
Rodney Harrison seals Tremendous Bowl XXXIX
The Eagles have been put in desperation mode on the finish of Tremendous Bowl XXXIX, down 24-21 they have been pinned again on their very own Four-yard line with 46 seconds remaining and no timeouts. On third down, Donovan McNabb regarded for tight finish L.J. Smith however the ball went off his fingertips and into the palms of Rodney Harrison. Harrison’s interception sealed the sport and solidified the Patriots as a dynasty with their third Tremendous Bowl victory in 4 years.
Tom Brady TD go to Julian Edelman in Tremendous Bowl XLIX
Tom Brady and Julian Edelman have been making historic Tremendous Bowl comebacks even earlier than final 12 months’s miraculous feat. In Tremendous Bowl XLIX, the Patriots trailed the Seahawks — the perfect protection within the league — by 10 factors within the fourth quarter and no crew had ever come again from a fourth quarter deficit higher than seven in Tremendous Bowl historical past on the time. However Brady rallied the Patriots and took the lead with 2:02 remaining when he discovered Edelman ultimately zone for a go-ahead three-yard landing go. The Patriots wanted a defensive cease to carry onto the win, however we’ll get to that later.
Deion Department units up Adam Vinatieri in Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII
The Patriots have been attempting to win their second Tremendous Bowl in three years and as soon as once more had the ball on the finish of the fourth quarter. With simply 14 seconds left and on their very own 40, Brady linked with Deion Department for a 17-yard achieve alongside the sideline to arrange Adam Vinatieri’s 41-yard game-winning area objective to defeat the Panthers, 32-29. Department gained Tremendous Bowl MVP with 11 catches for 133 yards.
Ty Regulation’s pick-six in Tremendous Bowl XXXVI
The Patriots have been 14-point underdogs in Tremendous Bowl XXXVI towards the St. Louis Rams and their protection was going up towards league MVP Kurt Warner and “The Biggest Present on Turf.” Early within the second quarter with the Rams up Three-Zero, Mike Vrabel put strain on Warner which prompted him to throw an errant go into the palms of Ty Regulation, who returned the interception for a 47-yard landing to provide the Patriots a 7-Three lead and a seismic shift in momentum that gave the Patriots an opportunity to ultimately win the sport.
Troy Brown units up Vinatieri in Tremendous Bowl XXXVI
In a sport the Patriots weren’t anticipated to compete in, that they had the ball on their very own 17-yard line with no timeouts and 1:21 remaining, so many thought they might run out the clock and head to extra time. As a substitute, Brady accomplished three of 5 passes and on his sixth try of the drive he discovered Troy Brown over the center who managed to get out of bounds and assist arrange Adam Vinatieri for the game-winning kick.
Vinatieri nails game-winner in Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII
Vinatieri kicked the game-winner within the first Patriots’ Tremendous Bowl victory and was tasked doing it once more in Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII towards the Panthers, however he wasn’t having his finest sport that day. He had gone Zero-for-2, pushing one large proper and having one other blocked. Nevertheless, when it got here to coming by way of within the clutch Vinatieri delivered with a 41-yard area objective with 9 seconds left to provide New England its second Tremendous Bowl in three years.
James White walk-off TD run in Tremendous Bowl LI
The Patriots rallied down 28-Three to pressure extra time towards the Falcons in Tremendous Bowl LI, however they nonetheless wanted to win the sport or the comeback could be for naught. New England didn’t even give the Falcons an opportunity to rebut as they marched down the sphere and on a second-and-goal from the two, Brady handed the ball to James White who minimize proper and barely acquired over the objective line for a game-winning landing and finishing the best comeback in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
Vinatieri kicks game-winner in Tremendous Bowl XXXVI
The Patriots dynasty perhaps doesn’t even occur if not for Vinatieri. He already got here by way of within the clutch weeks earlier by nailing the game-winner within the snow towards the Raiders within the Divisional Spherical and now had the prospect to do the identical towards the Rams in Tremendous Bowl XXXVI. With seven seconds remaining, Vinatieri booted a 48-yard area objective by way of the uprights to provide the Patriots their first ever Tremendous Bowl, beating “The Biggest Present on Turf” and marking the start of the dynasty.
Edelman’s miraculous catch in Tremendous Bowl LI
The Patriots have discovered themselves on the mistaken facet of unimaginable catches within the Tremendous Bowl earlier than, however this time it occurred to them. Trailing the Falcons by eight with 2:28 remaining and dealing with a first-and-10 from their very own 36, Brady threw a bullet to Edelman on the Falcons’ 45-yard line however Robert Alford deflected the go. Edelman, Alford and two Falcons defensive backs all dove towards the deflected ball, with Edelman catching it, dropping it, and catching it once more simply earlier than the ball hit the bottom for a accomplished go. The play arrange a landing drive that led the Patriots to tie the sport, pressure extra time and ultimately win.
Malcolm Butler game-winning interception in Tremendous Bowl XLIX
The Patriots have been on the verge of dropping their third straight Tremendous Bowl look with the Seattle Seahawks on the two-yard line and time winding down. However as a substitute of handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson lined up within the shotgun and threw a fast slant go to large receiver Ricardo Lockette. Malcolm Butler stepped in entrance of Lockette and intercepted the go, sealing a 28-24 Tremendous Bowl XLIX victory.