In what was the most improbable comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots rallied for a 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
The Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 28-3 early in the third quarter before the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to send the game to overtime. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
Everybody who committed themselves to this cause, the notion of straightening all you rubes out about the real T.O., got too defensive about it. They’ve cast themselves, the Hall’s credibility and the voting process into doubt, just to rationalize a poorly thought-out decision.
That, by all accounts, was why Davis needed 10 tries to get into the Hall of Fame. His career wasn’t long enough, was the tale usually told. Only 78 games.
What he did in those 78 games — particularly in the first 65, plus all those playoff games and the two Super Bowls — were finally deemed this year to be good enough.
The games he didn’t play, though? They should have been chalked up Cheap Ireland Jerseys to football. Period. Not held against him as some sort of flaw of his body, mind or soul. Not some barometer of whether Cheap Infant Jerseys he really was one of the best who ever played.
Maybe in some other sports in which the odds are exponentially lower that your career, or ability to function, or life, can end at any time, for any random reason, no matter how tough, durable, smart or resourceful you are … maybe in those sports, longevity can be the decider between the great and the very good.
Not this one.