It's going to take more than a couple days to really analyze and take in the Patriots historic comeback overtime win in Super Bowl LI.
Stories will be written from now until next season. Documentaries will be made and each play broken down frame by frame as Tom Brady and Co. did what seemed so unthinkable to steal glory from Atlanta's grasp.
But as Patriots fans lined the streets of Boston to see their favorite, most successful sports team enjoy its recent, most special title, the game itself continues to be broken down and dissected for all its glorious greatness.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy says the comeback over the Falcons was the ultimate finish to the storybook ride for the Patriots. The Globe also says the lesson of the Super Bowl LI win wasn’t about revenge but rather about believing in each other.
The* Globe* does note that Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty are unlikely to accompany the champion Patriots when they visit Donald Trump’s White House later this spring. The Globe reveals how much each player gets paid to win the biggest game in sports. The *Globe *writes that plenty of Patriots fans were expected for Tuesday’s parade, despite sloppy, snowy weather.
Globe columnist Chris Gasper says that Brady showed that love trumped Deflategate with the QB's attitude and accopmlishments this postseason. The Globe – which was among those questioning whether James White would even make the roster this past summer – looks at how the back went from unheralded to record-setting Super Bowl hero. The Globe passes along Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell displaying smiles at the quarterback’s MVP press conference.
In a typical Bill Belichick comment, the Globe has the coach noting that the Patriots are already five weeks behind on work for the 2017 season. Sunday's game-changing strip sack once again showed the Dont’a Hightower has a knack for the big play in the big game. The Globe notes that the search is still on for Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey.
The Boston Herald says that Brady’s drive won’t end with his fifth Super Bowl ring. Looking ahead, the Herald writes that fiscal smarts will be key to the Patriots next potential title run. The Herald's weekly Patriots report card from Super Bowl LI says the work was second to none. The Herald looks at White living his dream, including a Monday parade at Disney World. The Herald *has Brady on social media urging fans to dance in the streets on Tuesday. Rolling things forward in Belichickian fashion, the *Herald lists the Patriots offseason priorities.
The Providence Journal has word that the Patriots will bring the Lombardi Trophy to Rhode Island’s capital city on Tuesday afternoon for a rally. The ProJo says Brady’s unprecedented success is a tribute to the quarterback’s unwavering will. The ProJo looks at the massive crowd of fans that welcomed the Patriots back to Gillette Stadium on Monday night. As was obvious for those of us in attendance, the ProJo passes along news that Lady Gaga didn’t actually jump off the roof of NRG Stadium during her still-entertaining Super Bowl LI halftime performance. The ProJo has Brady talking about the important role his family played in his journey to another Super Bowl win.
ESPNBoston.com says Hightower, an impending free agent, once again proved his value to the Patriots with his play in Super Bowl LI. The site notes that Brady declared via social media that Tuesday was a city-wide holiday in Boston. ESPNBoston.com writes that conditioning paid off for the Patriots as the Falcons wore down in the latter part of Super Bowl LI.
ESPN writes that in the end both the Patriots and the Falcons became who we thought they were. ESPN passes along Belichick saying that it's “insulting” to say that Deflategate or a four-game suspension motivated Brady more than usual.
WEEI.com ranks the 10 most remarkable things about the 2016 Patriots. WEEI.com notes that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a t-shirt mocking Goodell as he arrived back in New England. WEEI.com breaks down how the Patriots overcame the odds for the unbelievable win in Houston. WEEI.com looks at the importance of family to the Patriots players.
CSNNE.com says that Hightower’s strip-sack changed everything in Super Bowl LI. CSNNE.com writes that New England’s latest Super Bowl win was “America’s nightmare.” CSNNE.com passes along Brady praising Julian Edelman’s circus-catch to help out the comeback win.
NFL.com has Brady saying that White actually deserved the MVP award given the back's record 14 Super Bowl receptions and three touchdowns, including the game winner. NFL.com says that his wife – supermodel Gisele Bundchen – wants him to retire but that his response is, “Too bad, babe.” NFL.com calls White the “surprise hero” of Super Bowl LI. NFL.com has Bennett looking forward to free agency because teams “overpay” Super Bowl champions. NFL.com says that the Falcons epic collapse led to the Patriots title.