So the Patriots give up 3 points to the team that would now place 10th on the all time list of highest scoring NFL teams in history. (527 points, or 32.9 points per game.) I mean, look at these stats:
- Points: 3
- Yards: 260
- 3rd Downs: 3/13
- Sacks: 4 for 31 yards
And one very key interception:
ESPN has the temerity to claim this was the "greatest defensive performance in Super Bowl history" based on the average points per game of the opponent during the regular season versus the Super Bowl (in this case, 29.9 points).
On a side note, while this performance definitely makes a case for "best ever," ESPN doesn't even put the 2000 Ravens in the top 10. Ummm, ESPN, the Ravens defense outscored the Giants in that game 7-0. They also gave up only 152 yards and forced five turnovers. You know, what else could they have done?
Regardless though, it was an amazing defensive game. Which makes you wonder why Julian Edelman was named the MVP. I mean sure, 10 catches for 141 yards is great. But can we give the award to someone on the defense that put up the "greatest defensive performance in Super Bowl history?"
Two candidates would be great:
- Dont'a Hightower: 2 Sacks, 2 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended
- Stephon Gilmore: 5 Takles, 3 Passes Defended and that above, very critical interception
The Super Bowl really should have an Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP award like the Pro Bowl. And the League itself should have position awards like College; quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, etc. Right now, the MVP just goes to the quarterback with the best stats on one of the top five teams.
Either way, even though he didn't play that well, Tom Brady (and his amazing potty mouth) are something else. Nice trips to the Super and six wins. That's more Super Bowl wins than Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Dan Marino combined. Unreal Tom, unreal.
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