But to the quarterback goes the glory.
Brady played well, to be sure. But if it were not for his terrible throw from the five that was picked off in the fourth quarter, New England would not have needed a rally to win the game.
- So much for the defensive struggle.
After playing scoreless for much of the first half, the Patriots and Panthers proceeded to put up over 60 points in the Super Bowl.
Quite simply, the officials wouldn't allow either team to mug the other's receivers as happened in the conference championship games. And after the two teams adjusted to that style of play, they opened things up, turning the game into a 7-on-7 passing drill.
- The NFL was upset with the MTV-produced halftime show that
included Kid Rock's pretty much unchanged lyrics to "Bawataba" and
Justin Timberlake exposing Janet Jackson's breast at the end of their
little duet to close out the halftime show.
But hey, at least Kid Rock changed the lyrics to "Cowboy."
Watching the pregame and halftime shows, I kept commenting to my wife how ridiculous it all was, how it wasn't about football any more. I could just see Dan Rooney sitting, watching that. And his words to me in an interview I did with him last season when he talked about how he hated how commercialized the league had become.
Note to Paul Tagliabue: You can't keep bringing in rock star after rock star and not expect them to do something outrageous. That's pretty much what they're in the business to do.
- And I really could have done without the guy singing the ballad before
the game to honor the people killed on Challenger.
I have no problem honoring the dead astronauts, but the players were out there on the field, ready to go and they have to listen to that horrid song.
Even Phil Simms made note of it, telling Greg Gumbel that it must be agony for the players to get up and then have to slow down again. That was awful.
- All those people who like to bring up the rookies around the league
who played major roles got to see what happens when you play a
rookie when Patriots safety Eugene Wilson didn't pick up Muhsin
Muhammed after Ty Law released him from his zone and Muhammed
caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme that gave
Carolina it's first lead of the game.
I have no problem playing rookies, but sometimes they are going to make mistakes - big ones. And you have to be willing to live with them. Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has shown over the years he is not willing to do that.
- Wilson, by the way, showed some veteran poise by pretending to be
hurt after Muhammed shook him off at the five-yard line.
That was a crafty, crafty move.
- What the heck happened to Earl Campbell? The only guy out there
for the coin toss who looked older than Campbell was Y.A. Title. Of
course Title looked like he was 75 years old when he played, so that
was no big surprise.
But Campbell has not aged well at all.
- John Fox challenged the spot of the ball in the first half on a running
play in the middle of the field.
When are coaches going to realize that call never gets changed because it's so subjective. The only time a spot is overturned is along the sidelines, where there is a clear way to spot where the runner goes out of bounds.
- Carolina Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins is a very good
player, but three offsides penalties by a tackle in the same game?
Jenkins must have gone to the Greg Lloyd school of football.
Lloyd, who like Jenkins was a great player, was good for one offsides
penalty per game.
- Sunday's game deserves to be mentioned with the greatest Super
Bowls of all-time.
Neither team will be considered the best to play in the Super Bowl, but there's no denying it was a fantastic game.