‘All the Sh*t’: Tom Brady Recalls the Forgotten Truth of the First Half of Super Bowl LI

Published 12/30/2021, 7:19 AM EST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots sits on the bench after having the ball stripped by Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Tom Brady, in the recent episode of the ‘Man in the Arena,’ a docuseries, recalled his 2016 Super Bowl-winning campaign. The campaign honed the quarterback as a person as well as a player. Brady started his season with a four-game suspension as a result of the much-talked-about Deflategate scandal.

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However, despite the much-faced criticism and judgments, Brady pulled off a revenge campaign by lifting the Lombardi Trophy that season. But the Super Bowl itself was a test of resilience for the 44-year-old. The game was not in their favor for the first two quarters.

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Tom Brady on the tragic first half of Super Bowl LI

The Patriots settled just for a field goal during the first two quarters. They started the second half of the game trailing the Falcons by 21-3, which soon turned 28-3. However, as Brady recalls the first half, it seemed dry and miserable on the scoreboard. They did seem to run the game pretty confidently. It was just in the end zone that they failed to score.

“If you look at the first half, it’s not like we weren’t moving the ball,” Brady explained. “We moved the ball. We just didn’t do anything with it once we got into the scoring zone. We crossed the 50, and we had no production… You’re not thinking about winning the game at that point. You’re thinking about ‘How do we not embarrass ourselves?”

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“We went in at halftime and we were like, ‘Look, all the sh*t we got is still good,'” Brady added. “You look at that call sheet. This is all going to still work.”

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It was because of that confidence and resilience that the Patriots culminated a huge comeback from that deficit in a game where everything was at stake. Since the team had totaled decent yardage in the first half, They saw that as an opportunity to boost their morale as they should have.

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The game turned into an overtime drama after the Patriots snatched 19 points from the Falcons in the fourth quarter. And the rest is history. Tom Brady, with that win, put forth the message that he is a player of such caliber that he needs no deflated balls to name a Super Bowl.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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