It was a comeback so epic that even your humble reporter, an intransigent New York Giants supporter, was forced to cheer for the New England Patriots. Down 28-3 in the third quarter, the Patriots would score 31 unanswered points to knock off the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday.
Coming back from that sort of deficit would be impressive for a regular season game. However, the 25-point deficit that the Patriots erased more than doubles the record for a Super Bowl comeback, which was 10. (Held jointly by the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII, the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, in case you were wondering.)
Now, that may be incredible, and Tom Brady’s MVP performance (his fourth Super Bowl MVP, as ESPN reports — another record) may all be impressive. But I’m sure you want us to get to the important stuff: Namely, how does this affect Donald Trump?
Trump is a big-time Patriots supporter, even coming from New York. As we know, Donald Trump is a close friend of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. In fact, Trump called Kraft every week to check in on him after Kraft’s wife died six years ago. (This fact was generally unreported or underreported by the media in the pre-game media hype over Super Bowl LI, in what I’m sure was just an oversight or something.)
Brady is also a Trump friend, a fact that has earned him plenty of shade from the media; a USA Today writer penned a stunning hit piece on the Pats QB in the run-up to the game which stopped just short of suggesting that Brady should be physically forced to sit before a clutch of empaneled media and answer questions like, “Are you now or have you ever been in the basket of deplorables?”
And then there was the fact that while Trump may be a Patriots friend, Rep. John Lewis — the Georgia Democrat whose wide-eyed illegitimacy rants about the Trump presidency seem to reset the clock on his 15 minutes of fame — is a Falcons fan.
That time that John Lewis’s team smashed Trump’s team in the Super Bowl.
— Touré (@Toure) February 6, 2017
“I can see the parade,” Lewis told Sports Illustrated about the possibility of the Falcons winning the Super Bowl. “Unreal. Glorious. People shouting and dancing in the street. The world watching Atlanta and where we’re headed and who we are.”
If the denizens of social media hadn’t stolen the joke already, I’m sure we would have seen an earnest Rep. Lewis making the media rounds on Monday, claiming the Falcons won the popular vote and calling for an investigation into hacking by Russian sports gamblers.
But perhaps the greatest thing is that it showed, in microcosm, just how the media got it wrong on election night.
The Falcons now have a 91.6% chance of winning Super Bowl LI. Live analysis: https://t.co/mk4bqHgeQr
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 6, 2017
And then, suddenly, the Patriots showed just how meaningless those statistics could be. Vox executive Gavin Purcell was having flashbacks.
My God. It’s election night all over again.
— Gavin Purcell (@gavinpurcell) February 6, 2017
Even Donald Trump Jr. seemed to notice the coincidence.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2017
I’m sure the victory in November was a lot sweeter for the president than the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory — the fifth for Trump friends Brady, Kraft and coach Bill Belichick — but it was still pretty sweet.
And, as a Giants fan, I can take solace in one thing: Eli Manning and big blue remain the only team to beat the Brady-Belichick Pats in the Super Bowl. Talk about a win-win situation.
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