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Boston Globe has Dewey-defeats-Truman moment

Most people thought the Falcons had beaten the Patriots. Including the leading newspaper in Boston.

Via Field Yates of ESPN.com, an early edition of the Boston Globe declared victory for the Falcons with a headline that proclaimed: A Bitter End. Appearing under that was a photo of Falcons defensive back Robert Alford returning an interception from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the end zone for a touchdown that put Atlanta ahead 21-0 in the first half. New England eventually would trail 28-3 in the third quarter.

Inevitably a collector’s item, the erroneous conclusion proves the danger of declaring any sporting event to be over before it is. Even when it seems to be.

The 25-point comeback for the Patriots more than doubled the 10-point fourth-quarter turnaround the Patriots managed two years ago. In both games, quarterback Tom Brady earned the MVP award after performing the kind of heroics rarely seen in NFL title games.

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61 Responses to “Boston Globe has Dewey-defeats-Truman moment”
  1. lukeshow says: Feb 6, 2017 1:52 PM

    What happened? I fell asleep.

  2. liontuss says: Feb 6, 2017 1:53 PM

    Still trying to pull my fork out of the Pats. What an epic effort.

  3. wib22 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:00 PM

    Someone needs to be fired!

  4. ctiggs says: Feb 6, 2017 2:02 PM

    I didn’t think there was going to be any room on the 5 ring table the way the game started. I already don’t like one of the guest, I guess it doesn’t hurt to add a second unliked guest. #GoNiners.

  5. terrier92 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:03 PM

    I didn’t realize the Globe was still around…..oh well back to interweb…….

  6. coltsreign says: Feb 6, 2017 2:04 PM

    A collector’s item? Yes.
    The truth? No.
    But what is true is that this super bowl was AWESOME.

  7. sheikhpat says: Feb 6, 2017 2:05 PM

    Fake news! Sad!

  8. wte1 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:05 PM

    More proof that news print is dead. #FakeNews

  9. artemidorus says: Feb 6, 2017 2:06 PM

    It’s just in a handful of markets, sounds like the pictured copy was in Florida. The copies in Boston were all correct, but anyone outside of New England should hit the newsstand and get to eBay as soon as possible, that’s easy money!

  10. bunglesandbears says: Feb 6, 2017 2:06 PM

    If I was a Falcon’s fan I would be absolutely livid right now.

    That said.. I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan an I’m strangely okay with the outcome.

    We no longer hold the record for biggest choke job against a Boston based team.

    Up 4-1 with 10 minutes to go in the third…still stings though.

    Good luck Atlanta fans!

  11. artliedtocleveland says: Feb 6, 2017 2:08 PM

    That game made me sick. You can see how the Patriots somehow knew all of Atlanta’s plays. Absolute cheaters

  12. atlatlatl says: Feb 6, 2017 2:09 PM

    Atlanta is the favorite for winning Super Bowl LII. MARK. MY. WORDS. #RiseUp #InBrotherhood
    They might as well go ahead and print the headlines for next year!

  13. dsigrey says: Feb 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    Wait, there’s still people that read newspapers???

  14. Della Street says: Feb 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    Well, it IS the Globe. Not the bastion of journalistic integrity there…

  15. pastabelly says: Feb 6, 2017 2:12 PM

    The Globe (they own the Red Sox) probably enjoyed putting out that edition.

  16. redlikethepig says: Feb 6, 2017 2:17 PM

    It’s not wrong. It’s just one of those alt-facts you’ve been hearing about.

  17. nbptma1 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:20 PM

    The Boston Globe has been Fake News for a while now and finding it difficult to survive. No one would have been surprised.

  18. jag1959 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    lukeshow says:
    Feb 6, 2017 1:52 PM
    What happened?
    ________________

    Depending on who you listen to either the Cowboys or Vikings won but it seems to unanimous the Trolls lost

  19. rolf1015 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:22 PM

    All the Brady haters can hang onto this edition

  20. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 6, 2017 2:23 PM

    When Roger snuck up on Tom for a post game handshake, Tom was gracious enough not to leave him hanging. And then Roger twice pulled his “power move” of pulling Tom towards him.

    Then this morning at the MVP trophy presentation, he pulled Tom by his arm over for a picture.

    He has tried so hard to show everyone how “not uncomfortable” he is with this thing. The guy is such a freaking weirdo.

  21. jimmylikesthat says: Feb 6, 2017 2:29 PM

    The same paper that had to issue a retract about spygate, which didn’t matter as they were already convicted in the court of public opinion

  22. rideforjesus says: Feb 6, 2017 2:30 PM

    media…what can you say… never trust them to tell the truth or get all the facts…BEFORE YOU REPORT IT!

  23. jackdaniels1 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:31 PM

    The Globe is a joke anyways

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 6, 2017 2:34 PM

    So if this year was “one for the thumb”, what will it be next year – Now for the other hand?

    I’m waiting to see what comes out of Patriotville.

  25. purplejesus28 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:37 PM

    This game should be the ultimate example to use going forward when people complain about teams running up the score. “Remember that time the Falcons took their foot off the throat of the Patriots in the Super Bowl?”

  26. donttrollonme says: Feb 6, 2017 2:39 PM

    Who is still buying Newspapers?

  27. ikeclanton says: Feb 6, 2017 2:40 PM

    artliedtocleveland says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:08 PM
    That game made me sick. You can see how the Patriots somehow knew all of Atlanta’s plays. Absolute cheaters

    ——-

    Ya–especially all those plays in the first 1-3 quarters where the Pats memorized a way to go down 28-3.

    What cheaters

  28. Brown Bear Mike says: Feb 6, 2017 2:50 PM

    Ah, the hometown newspaper of my youth, the Boston Glob(e), strikes again.

  29. alewatcher says: Feb 6, 2017 2:51 PM

    purplejesus28 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:37 PM

    This game should be the ultimate example to use going forward when people complain about teams running up the score. “Remember that time the Falcons took their foot off the throat of the Patriots in the Super Bowl?”

    —————

    BB is a firm believer in Play 60. Too bad the Falcons could only manage to Play 45.

  30. lunar2013 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:51 PM

    Again… print is dead.

  31. vipod4ever says: Feb 6, 2017 2:52 PM

    atlatlatl says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:09 PM
    Atlanta is the favorite for winning Super Bowl LII. MARK. MY. WORDS. #RiseUp #InBrotherhood
    They might as well go ahead and print the headlines for next year!

    ———–

    I like the optimism, however, we are talking about the NFC South, were year-to-year parity is the norm.

  32. dwhitehurst says: Feb 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    I cant fault anyone, including the Boston Globe, for assuming the Falcons would win when they’re up 28-3 at half. What’s shocking is not merely the comeback, but even moreso the utterly bone-headed playcalling by Shanahan in the 4th quarter. I’m not a fan of either team, but even I am still trying to get over the shock of that terrible playcalling–it was an offense to the game of football, to the obvious of what should be done to seal the win which even an 8yr old in Pee Wee League understands. I can’t imagine how terrible the Atlanta fans must feel.

  33. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    Real Pats fans (season tix here since 71) knew King Brady would win it for sure when the score became 28-20, lets see…

    Pats fans knew
    The Patriots of course
    The Falcons
    Troy Aikman
    Arthur “no dancing” Blank
    Let’s be honest all of America knew what was coming, wasn’t it spectacular?
    Even the haters are in shock and awe.

  34. kemp13 says: Feb 6, 2017 2:56 PM

    atlatlatl says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:09 PM
    Atlanta is the favorite for winning Super Bowl LII. MARK. MY. WORDS. #RiseUp #InBrotherhood
    They might as well go ahead and print the headlines for next year!

    That’s what everybody said after Super Bowl XIX when the 9ers beat the very young and fast Dolphin team with Dan Marino. Nothing is promised.

  35. skittlesareyum says: Feb 6, 2017 2:59 PM

    That’s a great sports photo. Given the outcome of the game it will ultimately be forgotten, but it’s still a great photo.

  36. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 6, 2017 3:06 PM

    Atlanta won’t even make the playoffs next season, this loss will linger for years mentally, what confidence can Falcon players have in this coaching staff??

  37. steves11 says: Feb 6, 2017 3:06 PM

    I always say not to bet against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Even when they were down 28-3 in the 3rd quarter I wasn’t counting them out, and I was right. I’m not a Falcons fan but I feel sorry for their fans. What a horrible ending to have to watch when you thought victory was finally in their grasp.

  38. ajsjr40 says: Feb 6, 2017 3:13 PM

    This paper hasn’t got much right in the last few years!

  39. jnsesq says: Feb 6, 2017 3:28 PM

    Fake news reported by the Boston Globe owned by the New York Times. Go figure…

  40. pauldeba says: Feb 6, 2017 3:29 PM

    Can you imagine being both a Hillary supporter and a Patriots’ hater?

  41. dcpatfan says: Feb 6, 2017 3:58 PM

    ….everyone knows boston gives up early.

    but us southeastern mass blue collars take it to the end.
    #shoutouttoNewBedford

  42. masheddpotatooo says: Feb 6, 2017 4:05 PM

    Alternative facts

  43. Red says: Feb 6, 2017 4:11 PM

    I became a Pats fan just just for the super bowl because all the hate they were getting for some of their relationships with Trump.

    I’m not a Trumpster, but I hate Progressive Democrats and their insane BS they are pulling since he was elected, and most media, and insane Democrats are one and the same.

    I just wish more people were smart enough to see through it.

    A lot of ignorant sheeple in the country buying the leftist hysteria about Trump. “SAD!”…he,he…

  44. taptap77 says: Feb 6, 2017 4:12 PM

    The Globe hates Donald Trump more than they like the Patriots. What loons.

  45. TheWizard says: Feb 6, 2017 4:12 PM

    I’m a Belichick / Brady believer, and I thought that game was over. So I don’t blame anybody else for the misstep.

    Glad I kept watching, though.

  46. zebedatious says: Feb 6, 2017 4:23 PM

    The headline was accurate. The problem was

    1) Kyle Shanahan not running the ball exactly once more than 4 times in the last 9 minutes

    and/or

    2) Matt Ryan leaves over 10 seconds on the play clock numerous times. I guess he thought the Patriots might appreciate that.

  47. Mike says: Feb 6, 2017 4:25 PM

    In the coming days and months we’ll find out what the Patriots really did to win. Was it more equipment tampering? Maybe more illegal information gathering and tapping into the opposing team’s plans and practices? The thing about known cheaters is you never can tell what really happened. I’m reserving any praise to give the league time to uncover more Patriot shenanigans.

  48. thedingo8 says: Feb 6, 2017 4:27 PM

    seriously bostons leading paper…ill wager they endorsed clinton..

  49. Duckhomie says: Feb 6, 2017 4:46 PM

    Atlanta rang the bell, Pats made it through Hell Week and showed why they are the team of the last thirty years.

  50. atldirtybird1 says: Feb 6, 2017 5:22 PM

    Makes me want to bang my head into the wall. I’m no bandwagon fan and victory was soooo close. Soooo close. Hard dang work being a fan of Falcons but I will never quit.

  51. charlesamiller says: Feb 6, 2017 5:40 PM

    So the Globe actually printed and circulated a headline story WITHOUT the final score? How?

  52. StageCoachDriver says: Feb 6, 2017 5:41 PM

    “the erroneous conclusion proves the danger of declaring any sporting event to be over before”

    That’s why we play the game – to see who wins.

  53. bigdaddy44 says: Feb 6, 2017 6:51 PM

    A long time ago, the Globe was a top newspaper. Now, it is a complete joke, dominated by fake news, and owned by a man who is a genius at making money, but the kind of person who couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, Red Sox owner John Henry.

  54. MichaelEdits says: Feb 6, 2017 7:16 PM

    I told my wife at halftime that if it were anybody but the Patriots, I’d have been tempted to stop watching at halftime. And I don’t even like the Patriots. I just know what they can do. I hate being right all the time.

  55. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 6, 2017 7:45 PM

    dewy did defeat trueman but the dems rigged the vote like always. sad but true.

  56. bdevil1952 says: Feb 6, 2017 8:11 PM

    Jeez, a lot of Globe bashing among Patriots’ Nation. You must all be disciples of Rupert Murdoch’s format using “A fair and balanced approach to the news”. Now there’s an alternative approach to journalistic integrity that leaves me wanting. It’s a little like the “alternative truth” only worse.

    By the way, great game last night and I think our belief in all things Patriots was supremely tested last night. A score of 28-3 in the middle of the third quarter doesn’t end well for the team with 3 in 99.9% of the time. That performance late in that game was the stuff of legends. TB12, the best ever. The debate is over.

  57. mmack66 says: Feb 6, 2017 9:17 PM

    The headline still holds up, so what’s the big deal?

  58. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Feb 6, 2017 9:48 PM

    Still nothing compared to Eli comeback against the MACHINE CHEATING Patriots during their first head to head Superbowl…
    By the way, stop saying Brady is best of all time.. Brady plays in an era where you can’t touch a QB, CB’s can’t even touch the WR’s,
    You can’t compare that to what Montanta did. NOT EVEN CLOSE…
    Not to mention, Patriots won 2 superbowls in 5 years but before that is was like a decade before they won one…

  59. somanywins says: Feb 6, 2017 10:06 PM

    jimmylikesthat says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:29 PM
    The same paper that had to issue a retract about spygate, which didn’t matter as they were already convicted in the court of public opinion
    ================================
    Cannot put that garbage on the Boston Globe. That one is on Jon Tomase and the Boston Herald. Both have retracted the claims and apologized.

  60. MTLighthouse69 says: Feb 7, 2017 5:35 AM

    donttrollonme sayid:”

    Who is still buying Newspapers?”

    ——

    People who want to keep other people employed. A lot of people love to complain how some companies move overseas for cheap labor. What they won’t concede is the very things each individual may do , or may not do that costs jobs in this country.

    IMO, the internet has cost more jobs than it has created. Yes, it has a created some higher paying jobs, but it hasn’t created the same number of jobs that have been lost. Now, add in driverless cars and other innovations. Can the loss of driving services be that far off into the future?

    Sadly, everyone is replaceable, every job is replaceable, whether it be through electronics, robotics or cheap overseas labor. It is just matter of time.

    If you don’t care about others when they lose their jobs, don’t be surprised if they don’t care if you ever lose yours.

    Look in your own neighborhoods/cities. How is the retail outlook there? How crowded are your local malls?

    Someone is going to have to pay to help those unemployed people survive. That money just doesn’t come out of thin air. I would rather pay a little more at a local store and try and help keep people employed locally, than to buy anything via the internet, where the local community doesn’t gain benefit from a sale.

  61. truthinesshurts says: Feb 7, 2017 6:49 AM

    In response to
    GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Feb 6, 2017 9:48 PM
    “Still nothing compared to Eli comeback against the MACHINE CHEATING Patriots during their first head to head Superbowl…
    By the way, stop saying Brady is best of all time.. Brady plays in an era where you can’t touch a QB, CB’s can’t even touch the WR’s,
    You can’t compare that to what Montanta did. NOT EVEN CLOSE…
    Not to mention, Patriots won 2 superbowls in 5 years but before that is was like a decade before they won one…”

    Um, how about 2 Super Bowls in the last 3 years, not 5 years. Not to mention, 5 Super Bowl wins to 4 for Montana. Then there’s 6 consecutive Championship Games, 7 of the last 15 Super Bowls. Montana only made it to 4 Super Bowls, which means he fell short of the goal much sooner in most of his seasons. At least when you said NOT EVEN CLOSE, you had the right words, just the wrong person.

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