Kyle Shanahan learned a lot from the 28-3 debacle in Super Bowl LI

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Kyle Shanahan returns to the Super Bowl for the first time in three years, and he already has been asked about what happened the last time he was there.

Shanahan, then the offensive coordinator of the Falcons, had a 28-3 lead over the Patriots in the third quarter. The Patriots roared back, tied the game, and won it in overtime.

In the aftermath of the loss (which was followed by Shanahan leaving to become head coach of the 49ers), Shanahan received sharp criticism for the decisions made when the Falcons led by eight and, thanks to a 27-yard catch by receiver Julio Jones that put the Falcons on the New England 22 with 4:40 to play, appeared to be in position to ice the game. A run on first down lost a yard, an attempted pass on second down resulted in a sack that pushed the ball back to the 35. A holding penalty then moved the ball to the 45. On third and 33, a short pass was incomplete, the Falcons punted, the Patriots scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to force overtime, and that was that.

“The days after were real tough,” Shanahan told reporters on Monday regarding the outcome. “Losing a Super Bowl is extremely tough for everybody, especially when you lose one when you have a 28-3 lead. . . . The way it came down on me personally, I didn’t react to that, I think, the way people would expect, because there were definitely parts in that Super Bowl that I would love to have back and stuff I was very hard on myself, but the whole narrative of if I would’ve just ran it, we would’ve won, I know that wasn’t the case. I know what went into that game and all the stuff that happened, so that stuff didn’t bother me. You’ve got to deal with that and listen to other people, but it was nice to be able to move on and move out here and just keep working. I’m glad I’m going to get the chance to go back.”

He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.

Still, a lot of the blame was directed at Shanahan, ignoring the fact that coach Dan Quinn could have, on second down, overruled the proposed pass play on second and 11. (The quarterback also has the ability, whether authorized or not, to say, “Screw this. I’m calling a running play.”)

Shanahan explained the reasoning behind not calling a run on second and 11.

“We haven’t converted a third down, really the entire second half, I think we were averaging one yard a carry rushing,” Shanahan said. “So, when you do that, the formula to keep giving the ball back to someone is to go run-run-pass. You’re going to [face] a third-and-seven at the best every single time. If you’re not converting third downs, that makes it tough. We did mix it up a little bit. I think we actually ran it more in the second half than we did in the first half. . . . Finally they got it within a score, we got it back and got pretty aggressive to get it down there [to the 22]. It was a second-and-[11] . . . tried to get a play to Julio. They played a different coverage, didn’t get the call I wanted so I didn’t like the call. I was hoping we could just get rid of it, but they had a pretty good rush and got a sack. Once that happened, I knew we had to throw because now we were out of field goal range. Threw it the next down to [Mohamed] Sanu . . . but they called a holding call on our left tackle [Jake Matthews] so that put us way back and we had to throw again . . . and we missed it. I wish I didn’t call that play on second-and-11 that led to that sack.”

Again, Quinn could have overruled it. Matt Ryan could have audibled out of it. Everyone involved apparently thought the play was going to work, until it didn’t.

The Patriots deserve a little credit on that one, for rolling out a different coverage that stymied the play. Also, the Patriots’ mystique may have caused the Falcons to press for a touchdown, due to concerns that against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady an 11-point lead with three minutes to play wouldn’t be as safe as it would have been against other teams.

Regardless, Shanahan learned a lesson that day. One that will serve him well for the rest of his coaching career.

“I promise you when we’re way up in the fourth quarter on Green Bay, I know what 28 minus three is,” Shanahan said. “I know a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter isn’t enough. We only had a 14-point lead with eight minutes to go versus Green Bay. I can promise you that, I think I feel from experience like the game is tied and that we don’t have a two-score lead. I think that’s the stuff that helps you because sometimes I think people can tend to relax.”

Shanahan won’t be relaxing at any point during Super Bowl LIV, no matter how big of a lead the 49ers may build. Which is smart to do, given that the Chiefs erased a 24-point deficit against the Texans and a 10-point margin against the Titans.

156 responses to “Kyle Shanahan learned a lot from the 28-3 debacle in Super Bowl LI

  1. ….One of the greatest comebacks in Superbowl History….
    ….Conducted by The Greatest QB in NFL History.
    ….Orchestrated by The Greatest Coach in NFL History.

    A memory that will live forever.

    #arthurblankandwifeyagree

  2. Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:35 am
    The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.

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    Cute name. How much space do the Pats own in your head?

  3. “The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”

    Stop with this nonsense. The defense is allowed to try to stop the offense. If your defense can’t get the ball back, you don’t deserve to win. Life isn’t fair. Deal with it.

  4. “ The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game”

    Both teams understood the rules going into the game right Mike? So what exactly is “unfair”?

  5. He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.

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    Why keep beating that drum. It is completely arbitrary when sudden death starts. Teams both had a chance to possess the ball all game. The best thing to fix is to do the OT coin flip at the start of the game so both teams know all game long who will have the choice to receive the ball in OT.

  6. Yeah, he learned how to tank for multiple seasons in order to get low first-round picks in bunches.

  7. Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:35 am
    The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.
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    To be fair, I think most people already knew that about Patriots fans.

  8. bullcharger says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:39 am
    He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.
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    Except the team that wins the coin toss only wins 52% of the time. Clearly it’s to no advantage…

  9. Next year he’ll get a chance against the very same franchise that administered the humiliation. The Patriots are on an every other year championship schedule. And after having no offense and a weak sked this year, are hungry to restock and cut their teeth on some competition. They tend to win championships in the years they faced tough teams in the first half.

  10. terripet says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:43 am
    Bottom line you chocked
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    Bottom line you need to learn how to spell.

  11. Maybe he should have been more concerned with the team he was currently coaching and not worrying about the 9ers job. You let the new position as HC distract you from what it took to win a Super Bowl.

  12. The Cleveland Browns let this guy slip right through their fingers. How does a team who is constantly looking for the perennial Head Coach let him leave? It’s because the Haslams are small-minded. Even their name spelled backwards has Smal in it.

  13. 3xapple says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:42 am
    Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:35 am
    The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.
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    To be fair, I think most people already knew that about Patriots fans.

    6 4 Rate This

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    To be fair, only Millennial Pats fans who are spoiled fall into that category.

    They grew up with Brady and Moss and their entire understanding of the sport is skewed, hence why they make excuses for Brady as he ages and when he sucks leading the offense.

  14. bullcharger says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:39 am
    He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.

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    Drew Brees says hi

  15. The lesson here is if you want to go to a Superbowl…hire a former offensive coordinator from the Redskins as your next head coach…Kevin O’Connell is available…

  16. “Still, a lot of the blame was directed at Shanahan, ignoring the fact that coach Dan Quinn could have, on second down, overruled the proposed pass play on second and 11. (The quarterback also has the ability, whether authorized or not, to say, “Screw this. I’m calling a running play.”)

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    I’ll never get tired of dissecting this game!

    It’s worth pointing out that Atlanta had an equally devastating holding penalty on a run play a couple of drives earlier. It was 2nd & 1 at the New England 32 after the failed onside kick when the score was 28-9. That penalty also took Atlanta out of field goal range, and New England held. That drive was another pivotal moment.

  17. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown. Translation the Pat’s won change the rules lol the pats are still in everyone’s head free salt for life.

  18. The Falcons had every opportunity to play the clock correctly and the Patriots would have run out of time. Instead they made critical mistakes and the Patriots capitalized on every one of them. As for the overtime please stop the incessant whining about the coin toss. There is a defense on the field if they make a stop then all the offense has to do is kick a field goal to win the game.

  19. “The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”
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    Yes, thank you. That was a thrilling finish to a SuperBowl.

  20. “The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”

    Nah. “Fair” is having 60 minutes to score more points than the other team and win outright. “Fair” is building a 28-3 lead during that time and having all options at hand for closing out the win.

    Teams shouldn’t be rewarded in overtime – it should be dangerous. The inherent risk in overtime incentivizes playing hard in regulation. Take that away, and the end of regulation would become like the end of the 3rd quarter – zero drama. And longer games. Two things we don’t need.

    The Saints playoff implosions the last few years are the Jacob Marley of the NFL – win the damn game in regulation, don’t end up like us.

  21. “The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”

    Just because the Patriots and Tom Brady did it doesn’t make it easy, and certainly doesn’t make it unfair. Brees lost to the Rams in the NFC championship last year despite possessing the ball first. Scoring a TD in the NFL is difficult. If you can do it without the benefit of knowing you have to and going for it every 4th down (as would be the case if you went to a rule that allowed the other team to score even if they conceded a TD), you deserve to win the game.

  22. He has learned that he needs to run out the clock if his team has a big lead. He did that against the Packers and Vikings in the playoffs, by calling a lot of running plays after getting a lead.

  23. Yeah, dumb decisions like that and the Seattle SB are the reason Tom Brady gets the GOAT label. Oh, and D Ford, the tuck rule, SD defensive back not taking a knee. I could actually go on and on.

  24. Hey Mike, Aren’t you giving Devonta Freeman a pass for whiffing on the block leading to the strip-sack?

    That was huge miss..Not quite Deion Sanders vs the Steelers in the SB but it would obvious Freeman made a business decision.

  25. They’ve been floating this idea around about “running down the clock.” Shanny you were snapping the ball with 12 to 14 seconds left on the play clock. Smart to give the Patriots that much time, eh? Let’s just carp about the OT rules.

  26. Why is the narrative always, ‘Seattle shoulda ran it, Atlanta’s coach messed up, Chiefs never got the ball in OT’ instead of seeing the recurring pattern? The GOAT NFL dynasty, the GOAT QB and the GOAT HC got it done in the clutch like the Champions they are.

  27. “The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.”

    They’re no longer relevant and they’re not happy about it.

  28. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 21, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Drew Brees says hi

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    Tell him hi back, and to stop turning the ball over in overtime.

  29. nite2al says:
    January 21, 2020 at 10:32 am
    Yeah, dumb decisions like that and the Seattle SB are the reason Tom Brady gets the GOAT label. Oh, and D Ford, the tuck rule, SD defensive back not taking a knee. I could actually go on and on.

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    I thought it was having more postseason wins than any other player in history, playing in the most SBs in history and winning the most SBs in NFL history

  30. Shanahan’s explanation of his playcalling at that moment in the Super Bowl against the patriots is disingenuous at best. A basic knowledge of situational football demands that you run the ball on those occasions, even if he only gains the yard. In 2 plays, you waste over a minute of clock time, and hit a field goal to go up 31 to 3.

    Game over, and Falcons are Super Bowl champions. It was a boneheaded play call, right up there with Seattle passing from the 1 yard line with the beast in the backfield.

  31. @terripet: Did he chock the front or rear tires? In the words of Bugs Bunny . . . ” What a maroon! “

  32. Yeah, dumb decisions like that and the Seattle SB are the reason Tom Brady gets the GOAT label. Oh, and D Ford, the tuck rule, SD defensive back not taking a knee. I could actually go on and on.
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    The Ravens loss stings doesn’t it? Ravens had the same # of wins the Pats had this year in the playoffs.

  33. “The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.”

    They’re no longer relevant and they’re not happy about it.
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    Yet you are still on here posting about Pats fans. Seems like you do believe they are relevant if you still post about them. It seems like you are not happy because they are not going anywhere no matter how much you hope so.

  34. The Tuck Rule was the correct interpretation of a bad rule. Raiders had plenty of chances to win after that. Couldn’t get a 3rd and 1. Brady and Vinitiari made the plays. KC couldn’t stop Brady on 3 3rd and 10s. Atlanta couldn’t block Hightower or stop Brady. Excuse making crybabies

  35. OT starts with a coin toss. Each team literally has a 50-50 shot at the ball first.

    In no universe is that “unfair”. And no sympathy for a team that lost in OT who blew a 25 pt lead in the championship game to even force OT at all.

  36. If you didn’t watch that super bowl, you have to listen to what others are saying. If you watched the super bowl, you saw Matt Ryan freeze up worst than any other QB in recent memory. You just can’t take sacks in those situations. I’m talking about an intelligent QB who was a veteran and had just won the league MVP award. He completely froze up. Shanahan is a good guy, and he’s not going to point a finger at anyone else. But don’t take my word for it. Watch the game. So what Shanahan learned is you can coach a QB to an MVP season, but you have to get a QB who can think under pressure and get rid of the darn football.

  37. As an offensive coordinator, Shanahan’s job is to score as many points as possible. I don’t think people should blame the loss wholly on him. In a mic’ed up clip of that Super Bowl, you can clearly hear the head coach Dan Quinn saying “Let’s go. Be aggressive.” The head coach signed off on the plays, after all. Quinn should at least shoulder half or more of the blame.

    Shanahan is a great offensive mind. He learned from some of the best coaches in the league, including his father, Mike, who is one of the few coaches aren’t afraid of Belichick. In a Michael Lombardi podcast, he said the only offense that always gave BB problem is Mike Shanahan’s offense, hence Denver’s winning record against the Pats. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Another nugget from a recent Mike Shanahan interview is that before Kyle going to work for Tampa Bay, Mike told him that Tampa was employing some of the best defensive minds and some of their assistants were going to be head coaches so he better take advantage by picking their brains. All in all, Kyle Shanahan was fully prepared to be a head coach so for him to do well is not a surprise at all. His running scheme is one of the most creative. I never thought blocking could be so fun and entertaining to watch.

    It will be a great Super Bowl to watch!

  38. I think the issue of OT is that there is a coin flip that can help decide the outcome. First possession should be based on a metric of game performance. Possession time, number of first downs, fewer penalties? Some metric that the more dominant team should get the ball first.

  39. dcpatfan says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:32 am
    ….One of the greatest comebacks in Superbowl History….
    ….Conducted by The Greatest QB in NFL History.
    ….Orchestrated by The Greatest Coach in NFL History.

    A memory that will live forever.

    #arthurblankandwifeyagree
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    What was more amazing is that the pats threw the ball over 50 times without one holding call on oline. Amazing

    #refsinkraftspockets

  40. My opinion about OT is they should play the game under the same rules as regulation. Play an extra quarter and let the chips fall as they may. But everyone knows the current rules. If you lose, tough.

  41. Angel Valle says:
    January 21, 2020 at 10:17 am
    The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown. Translation the Pat’s won change the rules lol the pats are still in everyone’s head free salt for life.
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    It’s been said many times before… the team that wind the coin toss in OT only wins the game 52% of the time. 52%… The coin toss has absolutely nothing to do with who wins the game. Nothing!

  42. The NFL Films highlights of that game ending with their incredible music and Brady kissing his cancer-stricken mom is the most touching thing NFL Films has ever done.

    The dude was the Face of the League and that short-sighted caretaker of a commissioner tried to ruin the guy’s reputation. Thank Goodness he failed and had to shake his hand and give him yet another Trophy.

  43. Shanahan’s play calling after the Falcons went up 28-3 was terrible and was one of the major reasons the Falcons lost that game. I’m not sure he has learned the right lessons. If he tries to go ultra-conservative against the Chiefs, that will backfire.

  44. All this worry about holding a lead before getting a lead. KC should expose the 49ers. 49ers have very little run even with that excellent OL. KCs defense knows how to tackle and cover. Their offensive speed wins games. Richard Sherman will learn he is not shut down against come back passes that KC thrives on. Compare QBs, not even close. Even Andy Reid won’t screw this up, maybe. Time’s yours.

  45. jibberator says:

    I think the issue of OT is that there is a coin flip that can help decide the outcome. First possession should be based on a metric of game performance. Possession time, number of first downs, fewer penalties? Some metric that the more dominant team should get the ball first.
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    Whichever team has the most points should get the ball first in overtime. If they have the same amount of points then they should flip a coin to see who gets the ball first. How’s that sound?

  46. What was more amazing is that the pats threw the ball over 50 times without one holding call on oline. Amazing

    #refsinkraftspockets
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    What is more amazing is you continue to cry about the Pats. Your handle is your fantasy.

  47. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:53 am
    dcpatfan says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:32 am
    ….One of the greatest comebacks in Superbowl History….
    ….Conducted by The Greatest QB in NFL History.
    ….Orchestrated by The Greatest Coach in NFL History.

    A memory that will live forever.

    #arthurblankandwifeyagree
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    What was more amazing is that the pats threw the ball over 50 times without one holding call on oline. Amazing

    #refsinkraftspockets

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    That game was largely called a great officiated game.

    Blown calls were not calling a late hit on Edelman by Dion Jones about 2-3 yards OB and the bogus penatly of Shea McClellin leaping over the center on a FG attempt.

    Sorry, but your post is a joke.

  48. Well he got lucky that he bolted out of there after that game. Yes it sucks but not that bad. A whole different story for the rest of the guys that had to show up to training camp in July and look across the locker room realizing how close they were. The Falcons franchise was toast. There’s no coming back from that.

  49. It was crazy seeing the Houston Astros, sorry I mean New England, come back against Atlanta that year. Seemed like a weird coincidence, one half they had no answer, the next they had all the answers.

  50. Some fans are so naive here if they think air pressure and sign stealing wins a team over 250 games, 17 division titles, 6 super bowls, 9 super bowl appearances, 13 playoff game-winning drives, and 9 playoff 4th quarter comebacks in the last 20 years. Are you people insane? Do you want to investigate the Yankees next?

  51. Ah, revisionist history. It’s a TEAM sport: Atlanta’s offense helped lose the game, too. RB completely whiffed on the Hightower block, resulting in a critical lost fumble. The offense gave up a 12 yard sack, followed by a 10-yard holding penalty, resulting in NO POINTS.
    The defensive forced fumble at the 30 and pick six kept Atlanta in the game. If NE scored points on those two drives instead of losing the ball, they were likely going to force Atlanta to be attempting a furious comeback, not NE.

  52. The worse playcall than that was passing it on 3rd and 1 deep in their own end and with about 7 minutes left and up by 16, the strip sack they gave up to Hightower was exactly the lifeline the Pats needed. Add to that that Coleman had just gotten hurt on the previous play and Freeman had just gone in and ur asking him to pass protect a LB instead of just running it on 3rd and 1. Worst case scenario, you punt and they start their drive at like their own 30 and down by 16 with 7:00 left.

  53. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    It was crazy seeing the Houston Astros, sorry I mean New England, come back against Atlanta that year. Seemed like a weird coincidence, one half they had no answer, the next they had all the answers.

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    The PEDattle Cheathawks didn’t become a dynasty even when they were cheating. Whether it was violating practice rules, leading the league in drug users, or hiring a coach involved in a major cheating scandal at USC, tell me which story is more pathetic.

  54. Patriots had their video cameras going full speed during that Super Bowl. Now that they’ve been caught again, you fall apart. Cheating is not a good strategy in the long run.

  55. Good lord. The “unfair” overtime where we allow the other team to drive all the way down the field and score a TD and “we don’t even get a chance” garbage talk. Defense is a pretty big deal in the NFL…..without it….you lose.

  56. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    Patriots had their video cameras going full speed during that Super Bowl. Now that they’ve been caught again, you fall apart. Cheating is not a good strategy in the long run.

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    It sounds like the league is not happy with what they discovered about what Bluetooth Guy was doing on the R*vens sidelines. The hammer is going to fall and it will hurt!

    R*vens season is completely meaningless to me. Can’t respect cheating.

  57. There were 270 flags thrown for roughing the passer or unnecessary roughness this year. Brady benefited from exactly zero of them.

    Patriot haters: BrADy gETs aLL tHE fLAgs! KrAFt Pays oFF TEh ReFs!!111!!!

  58. vancouversportsbro says:

    January 21, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    It was crazy seeing the Houston Astros, sorry I mean New England, come back against Atlanta that year. Seemed like a weird coincidence, one half they had no answer, the next they had all the answers.

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    It’s ok that you’re still salty. Is Vancouver still on fire from the 1994 and 2011 Riots after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals?

  59. “Yeah, he learned how to tank for multiple seasons in order to get low first-round picks in bunches.”

    In 2017 he took over a team that had gone 2-14, in 2019 they are the #1 seed in the NFC and going to SB. If its just a matter of draft position, why are so many other teams failing to make the same sort of turnaround?

  60. The Ravens loss stings doesn’t it? Ravens had the same # of wins the Pats had this year in the playoffs.
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    Actually, it didn’t for me. I never thought Tennessee or KC would be a given, but I knew NE would be a beatdown when we played them. How bout that? Although, the Ravens are my team, I never bout into the SB hype. I’m not a homer dude. I call things as I see them. Chiefs beat us twice recently, so I feared them. Lamar is a young QB and it rare for MVPs to win it all.
    You guys call Brady the GOAT, but I don’t see it. He throws 5 yard passes and his play on the field does not come close Manning, Marino or Rodgers. He benefits from team success. GOAT status should be an individual thing, like the MVP award, which Manning has 5.

  61. To be fair, only Millennial Pats fans who are spoiled fall into that category.

    They grew up with Brady and Moss and their entire understanding of the sport is skewed, hence why they make excuses for Brady as he ages and when he sucks leading the offense.
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    Believe me, when people point out obnoxious Pats fans its not the millennial fans they are referring to…..how about a little self awareness Ty?

  62. “He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead.”

    No, he’s not right, and this article is a terrible take. This was a classic case of snatching defeat from jaws of victory.

    Your offense doesn’t get to blame the defense for not bailing out the offense. Both sides (O and D) are supposed to do what is necessary to win, taking into account game situation as it evolves and how the rest of the team is performing. If the D is tiring – which it obviously had been in the 2d half – then the offense has to adjust its strategy to try to compensate. Maybe the run game isn’t working as well as earlier, but a FG ices the game and, even if not a certainty, you don’t jeopardize that possibility (especially in a dome), while also stopping the clock.

    We don’t know that the HC would have been able to overrule the play call in time to avoid a delay penalty, assuming he even knew the actual call. And while you can blame the QB for not being up to the big moment, you cannot blame him for not overruling a play call – in fact, when you have a QB who is not totally with it, it’s the (OC) coach’s responsibility to call plays that minimize the potential risks of the QB freezing, so – another reason not to call a pass play if not absolutely necessary.

  63. “Yeah, dumb decisions like that and the Seattle SB are the reason Tom Brady gets the GOAT label. Oh, and D Ford, the tuck rule, SD defensive back not taking a knee. I could actually go on and on.”

    If not for an incorrect call saying Champ Bailey didn’t fumble through the end zone, Brady wouldn’t have lost against Denver in 2005. If not for a bad faceguarding PI call in Indy, Brady would have won that game against Manning in the 2006 AFC championship and won the Super Bowl against Rex Grossman. In 2007, if they call the in the grasp, Tyree never has a chance to catch the ball off his helmet. Same if Asante Samuel doesn’t drop an easy game-sealing pick, and Brady completes the 19-0 season. If Welker doesn’t drop the ball the Pats run out the clock and win the Super Bowl in 2011. If the defense doesn’t choke against the Eagles, Brady’s performance easily wins that Super Bowl.

    On the Seattle game, if the Pats don’t allow Seattle to score a TD in 30 seconds at the end of the half, they go in to the halftime up 14-3 instead of 14-10. If Seattle doesn’t get one of the luckiest catches in Super Bowl history, they aren’t on the goal-line to win the game and throw the pick to begin with. The Pats won despite those bad breaks.

    I could go on and on and Brady could have 11 Super Bowl wins. He doesn’t. Because all these hypotheticals are meaningless fantasies. In the NFL in these types of games, the margins are so slim. It’s a waste of your time to consider how things could have played out differently. Brady and the Pats have won as much as they have not because they are lucky, they are a great team and consistently put themselves in a position to be in these games. They have had good luck and bad luck, and their record speaks for itself. We won’t see anything like this run again.

  64. Let’s be honest here… he choked on his play calling, the clock is your friend. They didn’t need another first down. Run the ball 3 times, ehtn kick a field goal. But, in looking at the Patriots comeback, it started with Devonta Freeman, failing to chip on his way out on a pass route, which lead to a strip sack fumble. Dumb football….

  65. Those that a loss by Atlanta in Super Bowl LI are ignoring the facts.

    The Patriots choked in the first half. 3-28

    The Falcons choked in the second half. 28-28

    At the end of regulation, each team crushed it in one half, and screwed up in the other half. At the end of regulation, both teams were tied.

    So it was a complete debacle for the Patriots in the first half. The same happened to the Falcons in the second half.

    The difference was in Over Time.

  66. It was crazy seeing the Houston Astros, sorry I mean New England, come back against Atlanta that year. Seemed like a weird coincidence, one half they had no answer, the next they had all the answers.
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    The Bruins were down to the Canucks 3 games to 2. Then the Bs crushed the Canucks the next two games with a combined score of 9-2. Let me guess, the Bruins cheated? It is so easy to see why you hate NE sports. They beat up on your sorry teams. Canucks have never recovered and neither have the Seahawks.

  67. To put it simply the Falcons offense gave up and their D laid down 10:00min into the 3rd qurater, I guess they thought they had the game in the bag! The offense couldn’t even move the ball, they couldn’t get a 1st down, Ryan TOOK A SACK and at the worst possible time. They simply couldn’t execute a play and that’s not Shanahan’s fault, that’s 100% on the players, PERIOD!

    And I’m sick of hearing about overtime being so unfair, D is half the game so why should a team that gave up on D and let the opponets drive all the way down the field and score a TD be given a chance on offense again, simply if they stop the Pats and drive just far enough to kick a FG, it’s game over = they win! Or hold them to a FG and they you “GET” another chance, but the Falcons couldn’t even do that.

    I’m so sick of hearing the word “GIVE” in todays america, try “EARNING” something instead of wanting everything “GIVEN” to you!

  68. Seemed like a weird coincidence, one half they had no answer, the next they had all the answers.
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    So what you are saying the Pats figured out the cheating ways of the Falcons at half time. Now I am understanding you.

  69. Marino, Rodgers, Manning vs Brady???
    What a joke. Rodgers just showed what a fraud he is. Marino never won anything. Manning won twice. Once he was a non participant. At least the Pats gave Tennesee a game. KC deserves to represent the AFC in the SB

  70. He throws 5 yard passes and his play on the field does not come close Manning, Marino or Rodgers. He benefits from team success. GOAT status should be an individual thing, like the MVP award, which Manning has 5.
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    Brady is the leader in total yards, TDs, completions, etc. for regular season and playoffs combined. He has a total of 7 MVPs (3 regular season and 4 SB). Strip away playoffs (because somehow doing it when it matters most doesn’t count?) and he’s still near the top in every statistical category. That’s a lot of “5-yard passes”. Did I mention he’s the only player in NFL history to win an MVP at the age of 40? Manning has more INTs then TDs in his 4 SB appearances. He’s really not in the same league as Brady and neither is anyone else.

  71. Actually, it didn’t for me. I never thought Tennessee or KC would be a given, but I knew NE would be a beatdown when we played them.
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    The Pats lost by a touchdown. How is that exactly a beatdown? The Pats had more total yards. The Titans had 2 more minutes in time of possession. Pats had more passing yards. The Titans had a lot more rushing yards. Very even game right up until the end. I cannot say that for your Ravens. Your Ravens lead in 3 of those categories and still got trounced by 16.

  72. Yes, Patriots are/were great a team, no doubt. But Brady gets way too much credit for their wins. Even after Brady won his first 3, he was not look as the best QB, Manning was. Then years later, he got suddenly got all the credit for the first 3 where he was just a cog in the wheel.

  73. Overtime is fair.
    2. 3 runs of of zero yds = chip shot field goal. It was awful play-calling the entire second half.
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    Overtime is not fair. If you have a weak defensive team and you lose the coin flip, you are toast. See last year’s Chiefs.

  74. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

    What was more amazing is that the pats threw the ball over 50 times without one holding call on oline. Amazing

    #refsinkraftspockets
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    Now what’s really amazing in this era of “ME, ME, ME” players is that there’s still one team that has disipline, there’s still one team you never hear talking trash, there’s one team that still plays with one goal in mind other than how much each player can get in their next contract, there’s still one team that truly plays as a team, maybe try being more like that “TEAM” and a lot less like the other 31 “ME, ME, ME” teams!

  75. I love how everyone forgets the rules have changed to favor the offense and allow scoring so a coin toss to determine a winner is ridiculous! Plenty of ways to make for an exciting finish then having chance decide. When the rules were different then hell yeah man up

  76. Then the Vancouver ‘fans’ tried to burn their own city down.
    Google and watch a Seahawk fan head butt his own projection TV in his cheap basement apt after Butler intercepted Wilson to win the Championship

  77. It isn’t just about whether Shanahan chose to run the ball on that particular play. I remember saying (rather loudly) “why are they continuing to snap the ball with 15-20 seconds left on the play clock in the fourth quarter when they have the lead…against Tom Brady?

    The Falcons left, at minimum, 2-3 minutes on the clock that they could have burned off if they had just played smarter. Yeah, I get the fast paced stuff, but when you have leads of 28-3, 28-9, 28-12, 28-20 in the second half, you’d have thought it would have occurred to Shanahan that burning the clock might be advantageous.

  78. Lot of haters and crybabies on here. Win the game or shut up. You do not win 6 Sb and 9 AFC championship games by being lucky. Get a grip little girls. No matter how much you whine and cry the Patriot dynasty is the team all teams in the future will be measured against. All will fail. They are the greatest. Any feeble attempt to insult them is met with laughter and ridicule. The weak and soft make excuses. Great teams win championships. Crybaby fans watch Oprah. LMAO

  79. The falcons could have made all the mistakes you make excuses for and most other teams still would not have won the game and Falcons would have survived their mistakes. What New England did was miraculous. They made every play on offense defense special teams to erase a 25 point deficit late in 3rd quarter. EVERY PLAY including 2 two point conversions with most pressure. Most teams would have failed at least a few plays and lost. The comeback was impossible and they did it. Everyone iwatching who os not Patriots fans had them buried and dead yet they WON. Atlanta did not lose the SB the Dynasty WON it. Again it is funny listening to all the excuses losers make instead of watching the plays a winner makes. Cry all you want. From the middle of the 3rd quarter to end of game it is the best any team has ever played in the history of the game. Never be duplicated. Brady is LEGEND

  80. Actually, it didn’t for me. I never thought Tennessee or KC would be a given, but I knew NE would be a beatdown when we played them.
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    The Pats lost by a touchdown. How is that exactly a beatdown? The Pats had more total yards. The Titans had 2 more minutes in time of possession. Pats had more passing yards. The Titans had a lot more rushing yards. Very even game right up until the end. I cannot say that for your Ravens. Your Ravens lead in 3 of those categories and still got trounced by 16.
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    We punked the Patriots by 17 while you delusionals thought BB was holding back. Gimme me a break! Brady was bad all year while you made excuses for his poor play. Even BB had no faith in Brady, let’s run out the clock at the half and call trick plays at the goal line because QB1 can’t get it done. Belichick is the GOAT of all coaches because saw a pick 6 coming in the Miami game.
    Bye bye Pats. Sit back a watch Lamar and Mahomes own the AFC for the next 10 years!

  81. Yes, Patriots are/were great a team, no doubt. But Brady gets way too much credit for their wins. Even after Brady won his first 3, he was not look as the best QB, Manning was. Then years later, he got suddenly got all the credit for the first 3 where he was just a cog in the wheel.
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    Cog in the wheel? In his second SB, Brady threw almost 50 passes for over 350 yards and 3 TDs. He threw over 30 times against Philly for 250 yards and 2 TDs. If he’s a cog, what does that make Manning?

  82. With the Chiefs slow starts SF may have a chance to sit on a lead like Houston did in the divisional game. Word to Shanny…don’t sit on a lead keep scoring like you did in the Saints game earlier this year.

  83. Brady is the leader in total yards, TDs, completions, etc. for regular season and playoffs combined. He has a total of 7 MVPs (3 regular season and 4 SB). Strip away playoffs (because somehow doing it when it matters most doesn’t count?) and he’s still near the top in every statistical category. That’s a lot of “5-yard passes”. Did I mention he’s the only player in NFL history to win an MVP at the age of 40? Manning has more INTs then TDs in his 4 SB appearances. He’s really not in the same league as Brady and neither is anyone else.
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    Total yards/TDs? I would hope so, playing 20 years. Funny how MVP means something now. But QBs normally get SB MVP, so not an impressive feat. Brady is a system guy. Plug and play NE QBs have similar success. Ever see Colts backups play when Manning is out?

  84. “…thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”
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    No, it’s not unfair, regardless of how often you insist it is. Your arguments are not persuasive. Truth is, you just don’t like it. But it’s your blog.

  85. Cog in the wheel? In his second SB, Brady threw almost 50 passes for over 350 yards and 3 TDs. He threw over 30 times against Philly for 250 yards and 2 TDs. If he’s a cog, what does that make Manning?
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    Oh,is this the same game where the Carolina DB dropped a late pick from Brady that would have sealed it for Carolina?
    Philly? Oh, the game gifted by Andy’s clock management? Oh my fault, that argument only counts when you are trying to criticize Andy Reid.

  86. “49ers fans should be a little worried. Some coaches never get past these things.”

    Like Andy Reid and his history of late game meltdowns?

  87. Bye bye Pats. Sit back a watch Lamar and Mahomes own the AFC for the next 10 years!
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    We shall see how good Lamar and the Ravens are without bluetooth guy. So far the Ravens are 1-1 without him.

  88. Never ever ever take your foot off of the Patriots throats when you have them down. They are like snakes… you need to chop their heads off. Same with K.C. 21 points is a nothing lead against The Chiefs.

  89. the best was watching the Blanks all glad handing on the sideline and the clueless look on the wife’s face: “honey, what’s going on?”

  90. lol…it’s all pats fans here. Grasping to the past. Won’t be long and you will be just like packer fans boasting about being the greatest team. Pssst they have won 2 SBs in the last 53 years.

  91. I could go on and on and Brady could have 11 Super Bowl wins. He doesn’t. Because all these hypotheticals are meaningless fantasies. In the NFL in these types of games, the margins are so slim. It’s a waste of your time to consider how things could have played out differently. Brady and the Pats have won as much as they have not because they are lucky, they are a great team
    and consistently put themselves in a position to be in these games.
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    I’m not arguing NE team success. I’m just saying Brady gets too much credit for it. He was on the bench on the Seattle play. He throw a pick 6 in the Atlanta SB and got bailed out. He only needed 1 TD to win last year’s SB, big whoop. Bad pass to Welker blew that game. Samuel dropped pick, yes. But you put up 30+ points a game. What happened? Brady was supposed to get at least 17. AHAHAHAHA…See Plaxico Burress.

  92. You can only hope he has learned his lessons. But really only time will tell. As just hope he realizes it is about finishing the game. Not starting it is important.

  93. The Atlanta defense bailed out the offense for as long as they could. Without the fumble on the Atlanta 30 or the Pick-6, NE would have been up in the neighborhood of 21-7 or better at the half. Based on the pitiful second half Atlanta offensive performance – saved by a lucky throw and miraculous sideline catch – a NE blow out may have ensued.

  94. We punked the Patriots by 17 while you delusionals thought BB was holding back. Gimme me a break! Brady was bad all year while you made excuses for his poor play. Even BB had no faith in Brady, let’s run out the clock at the half and call trick plays at the goal line because QB1 can’t get it done. Belichick is the GOAT of all coaches because saw a pick 6 coming in the Miami game.
    Bye bye Pats. Sit back a watch Lamar and Mahomes own the AFC for the next 10 years!
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    Congratulations on your regular season win at home. Playoff time came and as the #1 seed you got embarrassed. Your MVP QB wilted when it matter most. To put Lamar in the same category as Mahomes is laughable. You keep dogging the Pats and Brady this year, but at the end of the day even the Ravens failed to win a playoff game. Not ready for primetime

  95. If SF can bottle up Mahomes – aka, like NE vs KC in last year’s AFC title game (i.e., zero points for KC?), KC could end up like the “highest scoring team of the year” Rams and put up 3 in the Super Bowl.

  96. I’m not arguing NE team success. I’m just saying Brady gets too much credit for it. He was on the bench on the Seattle play.
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    Yea, he was on the bench after just leading the Pats to two TD drives in the 4th quarter to take the lead.

    You keep bringing up Manning as some measuring stick. He has more INTs then TDs in his SBs. He was the definition of a cog in the machine when playoff time came around. We get it, you don’t like Brady. That’s fine. He is still universally regarded as the GOAT by everyone who knows a thing about football. Cherry picking a few plays won’t change the fact that he is the GOAT and has been for quite a while.

  97. flviking says:
    January 21, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    lol…it’s all pats fans here. Grasping to the past. Won’t be long and you will be just like packer fans boasting about being the greatest team. Pssst they have won 2 SBs in the last 53 years

    zzzzzzzzzz

    Pssst. Your team has won zero SBs in 59yrs

  98. The Tuck Rule was the correct interpretation of a bad rule. Raiders had plenty of chances to win after that. Couldn’t get a 3rd and 1. Brady and Vinitiari made the plays. KC couldn’t stop Brady on 3 3rd and 10s. Atlanta couldn’t block Hightower or stop Brady. Excuse making crybabies
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    Not the correct call according to the rule. Brady did not lose the ball on his own. Woodson knocked it out. Read the rule and get back to me. Regardless, that wasn’t my point. They won the later SB by great defensive play (and cheating) in taking down the mighty Rams. They dumbed down the offense considerably so Brady could manage the game. And NE coaches have stated this. Not really a hit on Brady, he was a young QB. Most NFLs QBs at that time could have done what Brady did. Defense was the key. Nobody gave Dilfer or Brad Johnson credit for their SB wins, so why should Brady get it in that one?

  99. ricko1112 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:44 am
    bullcharger says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:39 am
    He’s right. The defense, not the offense, blew the 25-point lead. The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.
    ————
    Except the team that wins the coin toss only wins 52% of the time. Clearly it’s to no advantage…

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    100-52=48 & 52>48 so how does that equal no advantage? It may be small, but it’s certainly an advantage. Presidents have been elected on lower (sometimes negative!) margins.

  100. So, if Brady didn’t get bailed out, you’re saying Atlanta called near perfect ball game and made the best coaching decisions in the 2nd half?

  101. nite2al says:
    January 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    Brady is the leader in total yards, TDs, completions, etc. for regular season and playoffs combined. He has a total of 7 MVPs (3 regular season and 4 SB). Strip away playoffs (because somehow doing it when it matters most doesn’t count?) and he’s still near the top in every statistical category. That’s a lot of “5-yard passes”. Did I mention he’s the only player in NFL history to win an MVP at the age of 40? Manning has more INTs then TDs in his 4 SB appearances. He’s really not in the same league as Brady and neither is anyone else.
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    Total yards/TDs? I would hope so, playing 20 years. Funny how MVP means something now. But QBs normally get SB MVP, so not an impressive feat. Brady is a system guy. Plug and play NE QBs have similar success. Ever see Colts backups play when Manning is out?

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    Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Cassel, and Jacoby Brissett all became solid starters. Cassel made pro bowl for the first time in his career on the 2010 Chiefs. He also had better stats on that team than the 2008 Patriots. Curtis Painter was awful. Who are you trying to fool here? The 2011 Colts also tanked to draft Andrew Luck. Peyton only won one ring with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, and he had nine playoff one and dones as well. He was so overrated. Good enough to win MVPs in the regular season but not to win when it actually matters? No thanks.

  102. Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:35 am
    The rest of us learned just how insufferable one fan base can be.
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    So how “sufferable” would your fan base be if you had just won your 5th super bowl in dramatic fashion?? Not to mention all of the playoff and previous SB appearances. Accept the greatness, pray that you team just makes it to a playoff game once in your life and enjoy the sport. (Sorry, I can’t help it, my insufferability just takes over)

  103. nite2al says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Actually, it didn’t for me. I never thought Tennessee or KC would be a given, but I knew NE would be a beatdown when we played them. How bout that? Although, the Ravens are my team, I never bout into the SB hype. I’m not a homer dude. I call things as I see them. Chiefs beat us twice recently, so I feared them. Lamar is a young QB and it rare for MVPs to win it all.
    You guys call Brady the GOAT, but I don’t see it. He throws 5 yard passes and his play on the field does not come close Manning, Marino or Rodgers. He benefits from team success. GOAT status should be an individual thing, like the MVP award, which Manning has 5.

    ———————

    Um…SUUUUURRREEEEE!

    Also, Brady has 7 MVPs. 4 when it matters the most….in the Superbowl. Who cares that Manning has 5. We all saw him choke in the Playoffs (when it mattered) like your boy Lamar.

  104. Congratulations on your regular season win at home. Playoff time came and as the #1 seed you got embarrassed. Your MVP QB wilted when it matter most. To put Lamar in the same category as Mahomes is laughable. You keep dogging the Pats and Brady this year, but at the end of the day even the Ravens failed to win a playoff game. Not ready for primetime
    ________________________

    So what? We are not the first or last first seed to loose in the playoffs. Congratulations on your regular season win at home. Playoff time came and as the #1 seed you got embarrassed. Your MVP QB wilted when it matter most. To put Lamar in the same category as Mahomes is laughable. You keep dogging the Pats and Brady this year, but at the end of the day even the Ravens failed to win a playoff game. Not ready for primetime
    ________________________

    So what? We are not the first or last #1 seed to loose in the playoffs. Didn’t the Ravens knock off a couple #1 experienced Pats teams? I never predicted a Ravens SB at point during the year. We are a young team. But I’m happy where my team and QB is. MVP in his 2nd year. Not bad for running back! Ahahaha. I wish and hope your garbage QB comes back to NE for another year, but BB will have none of that. But even better, seeing Brady in another system. You think this year was bad? It will be a comedy of errors. Leave, Brady while your legacy is still intact.

  105. Face it, Patsies. All you have now is history and a future of getting trounced by Lamar, Mahomes, Watson and even Josh Allen. It’s gonna be good.

  106. So how “sufferable” would your fan base be if you had just won your 5th super bowl in dramatic fashion?? Not to mention all of the playoff and previous SB appearances. Accept the greatness, pray that you team just makes it to a playoff game once in your life and enjoy the sport. (Sorry, I can’t help it, my insufferability just takes over)
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    No way. If I were born in NE, I would disown the Patriots. I don’t like their win all costs mentality. Specifically, the way they treat their players. An organization should take care of their employees and pay them accordingly, not dump them to the wayside and pay the ones you keep on the cheap. Then to have a QB that take pay cuts and not reward the other players in return. Would you work for a company like that? You can keep your crappy team and their bush league sneaky tactics. I’m fine with the Ravens and out 2 titles in our brief history.

  107. I’m a sad Pats fan. We went to 4 of the previous 5 Super Bowls, winning 3, but didn’t make it to this one! We must have a bad team, poorly managed, with dire prospects in the upcoming draft, a poor salary cap situation, departing super star free agents, and an old stadium. Oh, whoa is me!

  108. I don’t like their win all costs mentality. Specifically, the way they treat their players. An organization should take care of their employees and pay them accordingly, not dump them to the wayside and pay the ones you keep on the cheap.
    ————–
    Players are free to sign where ever they want for what ever they are offered.

  109. Shanahan vs. Reid. One of these gag artists is going to win the Super bowl. Mahomes is better than Jimmy G., So I tend to side with KC.

  110. Ravens only used deer antler spray by their own accesory to murder, then lied about it under oath, amongst other things. So much more honorable.

  111. He’ll have to wait. Chiefs will be too much to handle.
    The top NFC team is comparable to a mid-tier team in the AFC.

  112. Just a few things did he makes some mistakes in the Superbowl absoultley but they wouldn’t have been there without him. How have things gone since? As far as it not affecting him. It absoultley has you can tell with the way San Fran is built.

  113. My understanding is that Belichick sat down with Shanahan at the scouting combine and shared some thoughts with him on what happened that he could use in the future, possibly because of Belichick’s appreciation for Mike Shanahan defending Belichick during one of the league manufactured scams against the Patriots.

  114. shanahan learned a lot. most impressed about how he figured out how to NOT blow a 25 point lead. takes a good football mind to build a 25 point lead, but takes an even better mind to just run the damn ball and not blow it. inspiring stuff

  115. Bob Chone says:
    January 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm
    He’ll have to wait. Chiefs will be too much to handle.
    The top NFC team is comparable to a mid-tier team in the AFC.
    —————————————
    Reality and facts are not your friends.

    Green Bay, now out of the playoffs, beat KC 31-24. KC barely beat the Vikings (3 points)…a team that the Niners absolutely crushed.

    It should be a good game, but this is a team sport, not mano y mano between Mahomes and Garrapolo…… and the Niners have the better team.

    Mahomes won the MVP last year. Tell us how great that worked out for KC…sitting at home watching the Pats win the Super Bowl.

  116. nite2al says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    Overtime is fair.
    2. 3 runs of of zero yds = chip shot field goal. It was awful play-calling the entire second half.
    ____________________

    Overtime is not fair. If you have a weak defensive team and you lose the coin flip, you are toast. See last year’s Chiefs.
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    The team that wins the toss in OT wins 52% of the time… Saying it’s unfair is a blatantly false statement.

  117. Dan Quinn also screwed up by not using all 3 of his timeouts in overtime to stop the game and let his defense, which was visibly exhausted, a chance to catch its breath. Theres no sense in losing the game in OT with all 3 of your timeouts still in your pocket.

  118. nite2al says:
    January 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    Face it, Patsies. All you have now is history and a future of getting trounced by Lamar, Mahomes, Watson and even Josh Allen. It’s gonna be good.
    ——————————————–

    Too funny. Pats fans have seen their team go to 4 of the last 5 Super Bowls, winning 3 of them. That may never be done again.

    Meanwhile, you brag and yet Lamar Jackson has been 2 and out in his only playoff games. Watson is 1-2 in the playoffs, never getting past the second round. Josh Allen hasn’t done didly.

    It will be many years before you should feel bad for Pats fans, or even have the right to brag about anything. It will likely be 20 or more years if anyone tops the Patriots records.

  119. Mahomes won the MVP last year. Tell us how great that worked out for KC…sitting at home watching the Pats win the Super Bowl.
    _______________________

    Ask Brady. He didn’t win crap after winning MVP either.

  120. radar8 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    Bob Chone says:
    January 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm
    He’ll have to wait. Chiefs will be too much to handle.
    The top NFC team is comparable to a mid-tier team in the AFC.
    —————————————
    Reality and facts are not your friends.

    Green Bay, now out of the playoffs, beat KC 31-24. KC barely beat the Vikings (3 points)…a team that the Niners absolutely crushed.

    _____________

    Matt Moore was the QB against GB and the Vikings. Chiefs were 3-1 against the NFC this season and likely would’ve been 4-0 had Mahomes been able to play against GB.

    So, it turns out that reality and facts are my friends.

  121. Overtime has nothing to do with fairness and meritocracy. You want to win fair and square … that’s what regulation is for. If you’re tied at the end of regulation, both teams are equally deserving. OT is just necessary bc you can’t advance two teams. Whoever prevails, prevails.

  122. One of the greatest comebacks in Superbowl History
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    THE greatest comeback in Football history: biggest deficit erased with least time in biggest game. he’ll stillbe recognized as the GOAT 100 years hence.

  123. Bob says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:37 am
    “The offense didn’t even have a chance to try to win the game in overtime, thanks to the unfair procedure that allows a team to win the coin toss, drive down the field, score a touchdown, and end the game.”

    Stop with this nonsense. The defense is allowed to try to stop the offense. If your defense can’t get the ball back, you don’t deserve to win. Life isn’t fair. Deal with it.
    ————————————————-
    So then shouldn’t both teams have to play offense AND defense?

  124. Shanahan won’t be worrying about anything, when he’s hoisting the Lombardi in 2 weeks. Best O Line and D Line in football. Mahomes is gonna have to pull off a magic act to beat this 49er team.

  125. Let’s be honest, was it Shanahan’s fault that Brady threw for 466 YDS, 2 TD (SB Record)? I think there is more than enough blame for the Falcon’s collapse.

  126. Reality and facts are not your friends.
    ————————————
    Clearly they are not your friend either, both teams are rated in the top 10 on offense and defense. it should be a good game.

    Jimmy G better throw for more than 77 yds though, if he doesn’t they will lose by 20.

  127. Top tier team in the NFC is comparable to a mediocre AFC team???? Lol pppleeasee! This 49ers team Defensively is world’s better than the Chiefs Defense. Offensively Chiefs are better, but can’t run like the 49ers. 49ers Offense however actually has a higher point avg per game this year than the Chiefs. This 49ers team is easily the best TEAM the Chiefs will have faced all year. Get ready Mahomes you will have no chance if you get down by 14 or 20 against the 49ers.

  128. No KC fan, but Mahomes has proven many times no deficit is safe. Let’s not forget, KC are the (slight) favs. 49ers are the team that can’t fall behind. Much as I like Jimmy G, they can’t ride his arm.

  129. They road his arm past the Saints and the Seahawks in Seattle. Jimmy G can compete with anybody. This Myth that Jimmy G can’t win games with his arm is just that, “A MYTH”. It’s a testament to having the best O Line and D line in football, that Garappolo doesn’t have to throw for 4 TDS every game to win. Jimmy G will show up his haters in 2 weeks.

  130. He says that he “learned a lot” but then he defends the plays that were called and says he would not change them. So what did he really learn? That his play calls were great and the players just didn’t execute?

  131. captainobvious says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:57 am

    The Cleveland Browns let this guy slip right through their fingers. How does a team who is constantly looking for the perennial Head Coach let him leave? It’s because the Haslams are small-minded. Even their name spelled backwards has Smal in it.

    Hello? Belichick worked for Art Modell before he moved the Browns to Baltimore.

  132. They were beat by the greatest comeback by the greatest dynasty of all time. Period.
    Anything else is just excuses and crying by the haters. Excuses are for Losers.

    If you want to know who is really insufferable it is the fans of opposing teams that are envious of the Dynasty who make excuses. The so called “haters” are so insufferable that anyone knows who you are talking about just by saying the word “haters” It could be on any social media platform. Just say the word haters and everyone will know you are talking about excuse makers and whiners who cry every time NE wins. So pathetic they earn their nickname. The “haters” LMFAO

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