Patriots locate game-winning touchdown ball

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Fifty percent of the missing memorabilia from Super Bowl LI has been recovered.

The Patriots have announced, via their Hall of Fame Twitter account, that the game-winning football from the overtime classic has been located. Running back James White, who scored the touchdown on a sweep from the two capped by a hard cut to the inside and a charge to the goal line, told Dan Patrick last week that White left the ball on the ground after the game ended.

The ball currently is on display at the team’s Hall of Fame. Or, more accurately, a ball showing the Super Bowl LI logo and the team’s logo is on display. Obviously, there’s no way of knowing with certainty that it’s THE ball — absent an affidavit and/or certificate of authenticity from the equipment staffer who retrieved it and delivered it to the Hall of Fame, along with affidavits and/or certificates from everyone who touched the thing en route to its current resting place.

Meanwhile, there’s still no word on whether Tom Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl LI has been located.

UPDATE 8:23 p.m. ET: Patriots spokesman Stacey James tells PFT that the football was immediately recovered by the team’s equipment staff after the touchdown and properly secured.

33 responses to “Patriots locate game-winning touchdown ball

  1. What is the difference if it’s the ball White ran in or another used ball the Brady through for a TD or that Edelman made the insane diving play on?

    The point of the ball is to see the logo and have it jog memories of a good time we as fans had watching the comeback with our friends and families. Whether it’s the exact ball or not is irrelevant to anyone other than the guy looking to sell it for a quick buck.

  2. What about that Gatorade bottle that some classy Falcons fan threw into the end zone while White and Blount were celebrating? It might be filled with tears that we can use as a time capsule.

  3. “Obviously, there’s no way of knowing with certainty that it’s THE ball — absent an affidavit and/or certificate of authenticity from the equipment staffer who retrieved it and delivered it to the Hall of Fame, along with affidavits and/or certificates from everyone who touched the thing en route to its current resting place.”

    That is where you are wrong. As a Patriots fan that got way too wrapped up in deflategate, I know that each ball has the team logo and is numbered. If the Patriots knew which numbered ball was used for the TD, it can easily be confirmed.

  4. What about that Gatorade bottle that some classy Falcons fan threw into the end zone while White and Blount were celebrating? It might be filled with tears that we can use as a time capsule.

    When I think of classless I think of a Pat’s coach wearing a clown tee-shirt…….

    Time has a way of changing things and it’s best to be gracious toward people on the way up because they will be the people you pass on the way down. Enjoy fanboys your slide is coming…….and it will be enjoyed by many.

  5. I’m hoping whoever has Brady’s jersey publicly offers a deal to Roger:

    Brady’s jersey for 2015 halftime psi results.

    We’ll find out just how important it is to keep those results under wraps

  6. bert1913 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:18 PM
    simple. if the psi is low in this ball, it is authentic

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    Wow, must have taken some deep thinking to come up with that!

  7. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:15 PM

    Enjoy fanboys your slide is coming

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    When?

    People have been making this claim for more than 10 years. It’s about time someone owns it. So….

    When?

  8. This just in. Goodelle announces that “mis-representing game balls without affidavit and/or certificate of authenticity from the equipment staffer who retrieved it and delivered it to the Hall of Fame, along with affidavits and/or certificates from everyone who touched the thing en route to its current resting place”, will incur a 4 game suspension for Tom Brady, because, well, reasons..

  9. The slide may be coming but I assure you I wont be spending any time sifting through internet comments when it does. Untill then kiss the rings!

  10. streetyson says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:39 PM
    An NFL official tried to hide it until the pressure had eased a little.
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    Hopefully I’m just getting down-thumbed by salty haters, but just in case I need to explain the joke to younger or uninformed readers: The last time a Pats ball went missing, at the AFCCG 2yrs ago, it later turned out to be an NFL official stealing one to sell on e-bay. During the game the Pats’ ball-boy was told to replace it with another. The official was later quietly fired but at the time the NFL used the ball-replacing to falsely claim the Pats had not just altered psi but had been literally caught red-handed switching the balls – falsely “proving” the Pats were clearly up to no good. Oh, and pressure “eased” as in lessened or gone down, so as to implicate the Pats. Sorry if anyone is fed up with psi, but I won’t forget until Goodell publicly admits the fraud and frame job.

  11. Can’t believe all the Super Bowl balls and jerseys, and even the jockstraps aren’t stamped with a serial number with the list kept safe by a reliable third party.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:15 PM
    What about that Gatorade bottle that some classy Falcons fan threw into the end zone while White and Blount were celebrating? It might be filled with tears that we can use as a time capsule.

    When I think of classless I think of a Pat’s coach wearing a clown tee-shirt…….

    Time has a way of changing things and it’s best to be gracious toward people on the way up because they will be the people you pass on the way down. Enjoy fanboys your slide is coming…….and it will be enjoyed by many.

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    I was wondering who that was that went zooming by.

  13. marcuswelby70 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:33 PM
    bert1913 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:18 PM
    simple. if the psi is low in this ball, it is authentic

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    Wow, must have taken some deep thinking to come up with that!

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    Actually I’m giving it a 9.5, it was amusing.

    Besides, he is probably right. They brought the ball back up to New England and its pretty cold here right now. Wet too.

  14. weepingjebus says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:00 PM
    What about that Gatorade bottle that some classy Falcons fan threw into the end zone while White and Blount were celebrating? It might be filled with tears that we can use as a time capsule.

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    Those guys had just worked really hard to win a superbowl and had to have been pretty thirsty by then. Atlanta fans are cool like that.

  15. Years of people lying about the Patriots, and now that they’ve had it blow up in their faces all you hear is “Patriots fans are classless” and we need to “let it go.” So predictable. I will let it go when you all apologize and Roger Goodell is off grifting blind people at his used car dealership in Hoboken. Until then, this is right where you’ll stay.

  16. “Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered, for just such an emergency.” Foghorn Leghorn kept his feathers numbered, for when the hound dog blew them off. I fail to see the benefit of either strategy, unless you can verify what number was where at any given time.

  17. Patriots were able to look at their spygate video to find the under inflated ball. It was with the Patriots ball boy in a side room the whole time.

  18. The stolen jersey is worthless without authentication, which of course will be withheld from the crook. So give back the jersey, Goodell– we’ll trade you Patricia’s t-shirt.

  19. That’s so bogus. The ball on display is a complete fake/replacement. Patriots had to claim they found to save face over Brady jersey situation. Which mostly likely he has & didn’t want to give up (like Strahan didn’t when he won). A good perecentage of “game used” memorabilia at the actual Hall of Fame isn’t the actual item. A family member has been a equipment manager for over 20 years in the NFL & it’s widely known of how they exchange actual item for a replacement so the player can keep it.

  20. cbr77 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 7:18 PM
    The slide may be coming but I assure you I wont be spending any time sifting through internet comments when it does. Untill then kiss the rings!
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    At least you admit that you are a bandwagon fan.

  21. speicher145 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 7:37 PM
    “Rodgers will win 4 in his last 8 years, and be the GOAT after winning 5 out of 5”

    Well, he’d better get going on that pipe dream of yours because he’s already 33 years old, and I’m pretty sure that Aaron doesn’t take care of his body and health like TB12, and he will not be playing when he is 40.

    Therefore, Rodgers is already in his “last 8 years”. 🙂

  22. The real religious icon for New England is the playbook used by Kyle Shanahan in the second half. Without that, the football would be meaningless. Is that missing?

  23. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 13, 2017 6:15 PM

    What about that Gatorade bottle that some classy Falcons fan threw into the end zone while White and Blount were celebrating? It might be filled with tears that we can use as a time capsule.

    When I think of classless I think of a Pat’s coach wearing a clown tee-shirt…….

    Time has a way of changing things and it’s best to be gracious toward people on the way up because they will be the people you pass on the way down. Enjoy fanboys your slide is coming…….and it will be enjoyed by many.
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    And if its your team, and after some success you are disgusted with the treatment other team’s fans and the NFL office are giving you, just look our way, we will nod recognition and understanding your way.

  24. jackericsson says:
    Feb 13, 2017 10:12 PM

    Patriots were able to look at their spygate video to find the under inflated ball. It was with the Patriots ball boy in a side room the whole time.
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    I was going to comment about other teams’ video, but I realized all those teams including yours probably destroyed the tapes in disgust because of course they suck.

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