Congratulations to the New England Patriots. They earned every bit of their amazing, 34-28 comeback victory in Super Bowl 51.
Over 63 minutes and 58 seconds, they were the better team than the Atlanta Falcons, through the through, answering a 21-0 deficit with a 34-7 run.
But the first Super Bowl overtime game in NFL history also needs be the last that ends so abruptly.
The only thing that could have made it a greater Super Bowl … was more Super Bowl. The league should amend its regular-season overtime rules when its championship is at stake.
The Falcons quarterback, days away from playing in Super Bowl 51 against Tom Brady and the Patriots, was the No. 54 ranked quarterback in 247Sports’ 2003 rankings. Ryan’s name wasn’t even listed on Boston College’s press release highlighing the Golden Eagles’ 14 top recruits, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
“I was a 170-pound, triple-option quarterback,” Ryan said. “So, yeah, I remember being like a three-star guy.”
He’s still a 26-year-old quarterback, so he has plenty of time left to figure out how to be successful in the NFL. Even if the best route is having to be a backup, Smith says he’s open to that, but, “that’s not my goal.”
“I don’t see myself as that,” Smith said about being a backup. “I Basketball Jerseys Cheap was brought into this league, I was brought to the Jets to be a certain caliber of player.