WATCH: The Heroic Julian Edelman Catch That Helped Make Super Bowl History
It's a little over seven hours since Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and co hoisted the New England Patriots' fifth Vince Lombardi trophy aloft at NRG Stadium in Houston after completing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history over the Atlanta Falcons, but even the G.O.A.T quarter back and coach combo in NFL history couldn't overshadow the heroics of Julian Edelman.
The wide receiver's chances of retrieving a Tom Brady throw on first and 10 from the Patriots' 36 in the dying embers of the fourth quarter looked hopeless. An interception from the Falcons' defence would effectively end New England's hopes of a historic comeback victory and, amid a mass of red, it looked as though Atlanta cornerback Robert Alford had done enough to prevent a fifth Super Bowl heading to Massachusetts.
With the ball barely an inch from the turf, Edelman somehow claimed it before a blade of grass was touched. What had looked for all the world like a humbling defeat to a dominant Falcons, who were minutes away from their first ever Super Bowl victory, had turned into the biggest comeback in the game's history.
No, we're still not sure how Edelman managed it and the Kent State graduate himself even admitted it was a lucky catch in a post-match interview, saying "You got to believe. I felt it man. I knew I caught it" before adding, having seen numerous replays of his game changing moment, "Hey man, that's a lucky catch!"
MVP Tom Brady, who had endured three terrible quarters before rediscovering full G.O.A.T mode in the fourth, completing a monumental 466 yard performance, described the catch as "...One of the greatest catches I've ever seen. I don't know how the hell he caught it. I don't think he does, but that's the way it goes"
The game, which had once looked set to spark delirious celebrations around the state of Georgia when the Falcons surged into a 28-3 lead, would be tied moments later at 28-28, before the Pats secured a 34-28 victory in over time, handing Edelman his second triumph in the NFL's marquee event and Brady his fifth, making the 39-year-old the only quarterback to ever achieve the feat.
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