February 04, 2018

Super Bowl 0x34: The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles tonight in Super Bowl 0x34. You might have heard.

posted by rcade to football at 06:21 PM - 20 comments

I can't abide the Flyers so I could never, ever support a Philadelphia team. So go New England, I guess.

posted by rumple at 07:11 PM on February 04

Not a concussion...a "head injury".

posted by grum@work at 07:51 PM on February 04

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's daring.

It's crazy.

It's a game breaker.

It's unexpected.

It's memorable.

No other play call (not play) can compare to it.

posted by grum@work at 08:14 PM on February 04

All my Lions fans buddies on Facebook aren't too happy with the Matt Patricia hire right now

posted by NoMich at 08:17 PM on February 04

"This is the first game in NFL history to go to halftime with the score 22-12." The ruling on the field was #gerrymanderedstat, but on further review, I'll allow it.

Also, I'm with grum. That was the kind of play that gets followed by three 3rd-quarter touchdowns en route to a rout. Also, just an incredible call and execution!

posted by bender at 08:42 PM on February 04

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's top 5 for sure. Most shocking successful call since Sean Payton opened the half with an onside kick.

posted by rcade at 09:17 PM on February 04

Someone needs to enlighten Cris Collinsworth on the rules of catching the football. Twice he has railed against what he assumed would be overturned catch calls (but thought they should be catches) only to have the original calls (rightly) stand. Calm down over there!

posted by bender at 10:07 PM on February 04

Also, "This game has been as good as Justin Timberlake." :)

posted by bender at 10:09 PM on February 04

Somebody also needs to tell Collinsworth it isn't 2010. James Harrison isn't an impact player any more. He has 8 tackles this season.

posted by rcade at 10:47 PM on February 04

I listened to the first 3 quarters on Westwood One with Harlan, Boomer, and Mike Holmgren. Fabulous coverage and commentary.

I watched the 4th quarter and yes, Collinsworth doesn't ever seem to have a clue what is coming out of his mouth until it's actually been delivered ...

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on February 04

Brady was not sharp at all times. He made some inaccurate throws and was lucky not to get picked a few times. What mobility he had has lost a gear. He is painfully slow afoot and does not look limber, no matter what guru Guerrero is doing. He didn't fully commit to catching the trick pass that was thrown to him. It was a half hearted effort. The pass wasn't that bad. Run under the damn thing for goodness sake. If you don't look like you're 40 years old in Week 12, you might look more like it in Week 22. (Yep, I'm still pissed about the Garoppolo trade).

I have never once gotten the impression that Matt Patricia was remotely close to being a bona fide head coaching prospect.

I've always thought that if the Denver Broncos' horse logo could talk, its voice would sound just like Cris Collinsworth's.

posted by beaverboard at 11:33 PM on February 04

Malcolm Butler's last-second benching is a bizarre move that will hang around Bill Belicheck's neck forever when this Super Bowl loss is discussed. He played 97.8% of the team's snaps this season and wasn't good enough to even put on the field tonight?

posted by rcade at 12:52 AM on February 05

I have no idea why Collingsworth was so adamant about the 2nd touchdown NOT being a catch. It was quite obvious to everyone watching that the receiver took two upright steps before the defender hit his leg and and the runner dove for the goal line to try and get the touchdown.

If the defender isn't there, then he runs in unopposed.

The first touchdown I could KIND OF understand why it might be ruled "no good" as the ball was moving around in his arms as he was taking another step, but I wouldn't have said it was "loose".

Hopefully Collingsworth's "I don't know any more!" becomes the final rallying cry for a rewrite of the "catch" rules this off season. You can't have the national broadcaster say that in the biggest game of the year (and probably one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time) and not have SOMETHING happen...

posted by grum@work at 06:45 AM on February 05

The big winner last night was't Philadelphia, but was Tide. Their "every commercial is OUR commercial" Super Bowl ad was brilliant marketing.

As well, every OTHER company should thank them for convincing the viewing public to watch every other commercial intently to see if it was another Tide fakeout.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on February 05

I've always thought that if the Denver Broncos' horse logo could talk, its voice would sound just like Cris Collinsworth's.

That's uncalled for. I'm assuming it sounds like Will Arnett. Especially this year.

I have no idea why Collingsworth was so adamant about the 2nd touchdown NOT being a catch.

I was terrified that they were going to be reversed. Both of them, actually. They were obvious catches by the spirit of the rules but I'm surprised to see ya'll are so confident in their interpretation.

posted by tron7 at 10:33 AM on February 05

All my Lions fans buddies on Facebook aren't too happy with the Matt Patricia hire right now

I just wonder if he'll shave the damn beard to at least look like a head coach. Probably too many years of working under Mr. Just Tear the Damn Sleeves Off My Sweatshirt to hope for that.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:04 PM on February 05

I was terrified that they were going to be reversed. Both of them, actually. They were obvious catches by the spirit of the rules but I'm surprised to see ya'll are so confident in their interpretation.

I was confused as to why Al Michaels and Collinsworth were so interested in the review process. Have they come down with Stockholm Syndrome after having so many calls reversed unexpectedly because of the stupid catch rules? I thought each of those should be seen as clear calls. I don't envy the league trying to come up with a better/ clearer rule, but the fact the game devolves into lawyer-like minutiae after every touchdown catch is a killer in terms of keeping games exciting.

I have 0 idea what the Malcolm Butler thing is all about, but it's killing me that every Patriots Super Bowl, win or lose, now seems to come with some crisis/ scandal in its wake.

Also, I will use this post script to be the sort of sports fan I roll my eyes about and say the Jimmy G trade is going to hurt for a long time because, 500 yards or no, Brady does not look very good any more. He's hearing footsteps and missing open looks. No knock on the guy, but if he plays until he's 45, it's going to look terrible. That or he needs to get back on the pliability . . . whatever machine.

posted by yerfatma at 12:51 PM on February 05

No knock on the guy, but if he plays until he's 45, it's going to look terrible.

The Patriots are a great team, but they need a better run game to continue the dynasty. It can't all be on Brady's arm.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on February 05

The run game was fine this year, the Eagles were terrific against the run. Not much to do about that. My wishlist for the Pats' offseason is simple: linebacker, d-line, corner, nickel linebacker/ safety hybrid, multiple o linemen and a backup QB that I feel more comfortable having on the field than myself.

posted by yerfatma at 02:19 PM on February 05

Brian Hoyer looks like that guy in a John Wayne western who finds out he's able to fire a weapon with accuracy and resolve just as it appears that the outlaws are about to overrun the town.

I just read the transcript of Patricia's impossibly lame explanation for the Butler benching. Anyone who can remain that circumspect and uncooperative in the face of numerous questions regarding a disappearance of national significance will feel right at home in Detroit.

I have to stop making fun of Andy Reid. The Belichick coaching tree will never come within hailing distance of the Reid coaching tree. They don't even belong in the same Bob Ross speed painting.

posted by beaverboard at 04:03 PM on February 05

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