Coming back from 25 points behind in the Super Bowl just doesn’t happen. Never happens. It’s unfathomable, unimaginable. It’s as inconceivable as … coming back from down three games to one in the NBA Finals.
Or coming back from being down 3-1 in the World Series.
Somehow, in the last eight months, between June 2016 and February 2017, the championships in America’s three biggest pro sports were decided when teams dug out of near-unprecedented holes to achieve the impossible.
What the Patriots did to the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday night in Houston, as astonishing as it was, merely mimicked what the Cavaliers did to the defending-champion Warriors in the NBA Finals last June, and what the Cubs did to the Indians in the World Series in November.
The Falcons’ Robert Alford had leaped, twisted and tipped the high pass, but Edelman out-fought him, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, in a tangle of arms and legs, with the ball jarred loose again before Edelman managed to grip it before it hit the ground.
“I thought that Rico or one of my brothers would get it,” Alford said, “but they all were battling for it, and Edelman came down with it.”
“I don’t know how the hell he caught it,” said Tom Brady, who threw it. “I don’t think he does.”
“I knew I got it,” Edelman said, sounding certain — as certain as he looked when he jumped up with it as the Falcons players waved furiously that it might be incomplete. “I Cheap International Soccer Jerseys knew Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys I had a good feel on it. I didn’t know if a piece of the ball was touching (the ground).