That was a pretty remarkable Super Bowl. It looked like the Falcons had sown it up when they jumped to a 28-3 lead in the third quarter. But in an epic collapse, and New England comeback, they somehow lost in overtime.
In the most exciting fourth-quarter rally in Super Bowl history, the New England Patriots showed their remarkable resolve to do something no team has ever done before in coming back from a 28-3 deficit.
They were down 19 in the fourth quarter.
In rising up in such fashion to win 34-28 in overtime, quarterback Tom Brady wrote the most dramatic chapter in his future Hall of Fame career, earning MVP honors to set up a highly anticipated Monday morning MVP news conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
This was a script that not even Hollywood could have come up with for believability, especially when considering the greatest Super Bowl comeback had previously been 10 points.
For all those who were hoping for a Falcons victory, it was a crushing defeat. For the Falcons, it will either be a hangover or a motivator going into next year.
Speaking of next year’s Super Bowl, the Cowboys open up tied for second among odds to reach the big game next year according to Las Vegas.
2018 Super Bowl Odds [1/2]— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) February 6, 2017
Dal, GB, Atl 12/1
Pit, Oak 18/1
KC, NYG 20/1
Ind, Car 30/1
Arz, Min 35/1
TB, Hou 40/1
Heard any good rumors lately? The ones that came out yesterday about Cowboys free agency were pretty extraordinary.
NFL free agency is getting near, which means NFL free agency rumors will start to fly. In today’s versions, we hear of the possibilities of the Cowboys acquiring either Adrian Peterson or DeMarcus Ware.
We broke down both possibilities, deciding one was possible while the other was far-fetched.
NFL legend Barry Sanders, a man who knows a thing or two about playing running back in the NFL, gave his opinion on what Ezekiel Elliott needs to do next season to continue his success.
On what Elliott needs to do in his second season to go the next level:
"I think for him it's just understanding that he's gonna have the same challenges. Go in and practice as hard every day. As you get older, as you get along in years, they get a little film on you, they start to study your tendencies, they start to better hone in on the tendencies of your team, it very well could be more challenging next year to have the same sort of success. So to not be lulled to sleep by the success that you had, to realize that you have to continue to stay hungry. That defenses are now going to be even more geared up than ever to stop him. So he has to go into the season with those sort of thoughts in mind."
Yesterday we discussed some ideas about what it will take for the Cowboys to get to the Super Bowl next year. You can go back and check out that article here. The DMN named five things they thought would get the Cowboys into Super Bowl LII, including getting a big year out of Jaylon Smith.
There have been several positive reports about the improvements Smith has made physically. He says he could've played in the playoffs. Others say that's a bit of a stretch. Either way, if he can return to the player he was in college, the Cowboys got the steal of the draft last year. A healthy Smith was worthy of a top five pick. At Notre Dame, he was a game-changing player that greatly impacted all areas. What a combination Matt Eberflus could be working with if he can pair Smith with Sean Lee.
Here is a quick peek at Smith working out.
Over at the Sporting News, in their way-too-early Power Rankings for 2017, they have the Cowboys ranked number two right behind the Patriots.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are just getting warmed up.
Jerry Jones had a pretty great weekend, but once he got to the Super Bowl, he still heard it from opposing fans around the league.
The Super Bowl was held in Texas, but that hardly guaranteed a warm reception for Jerry Jones. In fact, when the Dallas Cowboys owner was introduced during the first half of the game, he was loudly booed by thousands in attendance at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Jones was shown on the stadium monitors while being presented as part of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The other six inductees, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis, were greeted with cheers, but Jones received a noticeably negative reaction.
Check it out for yourself.
Not many Cowboys fans in the building pic.twitter.com/g6Yp5BAsiU— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 5, 2017
Did you know that defensive coordinator Rod Mrinelli once allegedly wrestled a bear?
Marinelli once wrestled a bear. Not a Chicago Bear, the real kind (although it was de-clawed and muzzled).
According to a 2007 article by Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, in 1966 Marinelli and two friends, Gary Schram and Don Gomez, saw a car dealership advertising: wrestle "Victor the Bear" for $10.
"We put the money up there, and in goes Rod," Schram told Cotsonika. "Rod did then what he does now: He went in to win. He flew into that thing. And let me tell you, he had that bear on his back in about 10 seconds."
Marinelli was not declared the winner, however, and went over to shake the bear's hand. It attacked him again.