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that the Pats got to within the mythical "two scores", they had
to stop Atlanta from scoring a single point. "We were going to make
sure that we had to execute at a better level than we did in the first
half," Patricia said. "Just go out and just keep playing one
play at a time." They hadn't come close at this point in the game.
didn't panic at Halftime (like me), and knew they just hadn't executed
their game plan. "I think once everybody looked around in the locker
room, and realized we weren't giving up, that it kind of changed the whole
mindset of everybody and we went out there firing off on all
cylinders," Alan Branch said. "Honestly, we just started finally
executing. We were on the field and we knew what we had to do, but we
weren't getting it done in the 1st half. When we came into halftime, we
talked to each other. We weren't down, we didn't give up. We weren't
talking about rolling over or anything. We just started talking about
being on our job, being more positive, having fun out there." The
offense had just done their job, and now it was time for the defense.
lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, at their own 22. The Pats matched up in a
3-4. They ran a toss outside to Coleman. He turned the corner and was
taken down by Chung.
and 2, the Falcons lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback with Twins on the left
this time. The Pats matched up in a 4-2 Nickel. They ran a Toss designed
to go up the middle. The Pats D-line held. Brown and Branch held the
point, and Ryan and Flowers swooped in from the side.
was a big play because Coleman got knocked out of the game on this play.
"Do your job," Dont’a Hightower said. "Finish. We knew
what they had. We drew up what they were doing. We had to come out and
execute and we did just that." This put a lot more pressure on
calling this the 12th play that if the Pats don't make they lose, because
Coleman got knocked out of the game. Coleman was primarily their 3rd down
back, and Freeman their main back. Now there was a lot more interchange
between the two then backs in those roles normally. I'm not saying that.
that was clearly supposed to be Coleman's series, and Freeman had to come
in off the bench. He was clearly not ready for the next play. It was a
small thing that turned in a huge thing, like a lot of things in this
and 2, Falcons Empty. The Pats matched up in a 3-4 with six guys on the
LOS. "Hightower's sack was a huge play for us," BB said.
"We really needed that after our two turnover offensively in the 1st
Half. It’s hard to beat Atlanta, whose a very opportunistic turnover
team, when we turn the ball over like that. So to get one back was
big." Hightower got a free rush to Ryan.
stayed in to block and was looking inside, and he didn't see Hightower
until it was too late. "Earlier Freeman had me in protection and I
was a little bit closer to the line of scrimmage so he kind of [eyed]
me," Hightower said. "I guess this time he didn't. I'm not sure.
This time I was able to get by him, and by the time he realized I was
there it was a little too late. I took advantage of the opportunity. That
was really kind of the thing. We had to make a play, whether it's going
out and being overly aggressive or taking advantage of those small
opportunity windows and we definitely did that." Freeman tried to
block him, but had gotten himself out of position to block the outside
was so late that he barely got a hand in Hightower's chest that didn't
slow him down at all. "It's not a complicated blitz, just blitzing
outside, and they had run the play once or twice the previous
series," Hightower said. "I guess Freeman didn't see me outside
and went to chip or release, and lost sight of me. I see Matt Ryan with
the ball in his hands and I wanted it, so I went and took it."
Hightower flew past him like a man on a mission.
slammed into Ryan just as his arm went all the way back. The ball popped
up and lofted lazily over Ryans head, and bounced off the ORG Chester's
thigh. Ninkovich thought it was the play of the game. "I think
Hightower’s sack-fumble was the turning point," he said.
play was clearly the most memorable defensive play of the game. "I
don’t know if it sparked it, if it did or if it didn’t,"
Hightower said. "All I know is coming out of halftime, we just knew
that we had to get a three-and-out or a turnover or something to get
moving." I can guarantee you Dant'a it sparked them.
gave him a free path to the QB. "I saw Matt Ryan with the ball in his
hands, I wanted it so I hit him and took it," Hightower said.
"Man, I'm just doing what my teammates expect me to do. Matty P put
me in position to make the play, all I did was go out and execute."
And he did.
he just needed his 350-pound buddy to scoop the ball up. "He’s been
doing an unbelievable job," Flowers said about Branch. "You see
him getting penetration into the backfield. He’s knocking blockers back
into the backfield. He’s been doing a great job. It’s one thing to be
big, but he’s able to move with all that weight." He had really
become their essential big man nose tackle.
Bigman on the saxophone Alan Branch immediately dived on the ball.
"Alan has done a great job for us," Belichick said. "Along
with his play, which is certainly significant, one of the things that has
been really impressive about him has been his play time. In addition to
his overall production, he's played a lot more than he has in quite a
while in terms of number of plays." He scooped it up.
he didn't quite have it in his hands. "Honestly, I fell on the ball
weird so I was like directly on top of the ball. I didn't really have my
hands wrapped around [the ball] there," Branch said. "So I was
trying to UFC. [I was] top-heavy, like I was in the top position in the
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Just try to stay heavy on the ball.
And Rob Ninkovich had a smart play. He started punching the ball to where
it went into my bread basket, and I was able to hold on to it." Then
he grabbed it ever so gentle and cradled it like a baby.
was probably the biggest momentum changer in the game. "That's really
all up to the coach what we're gonna do," Hightower said. "They
dialed some stuff up at Halftime. We came over to the sideline, and they
said this is what we are going to do. We went outside. We came outside,
and got the quarterback." Do I even need to say that those were do or
die plays number 13 and 14, because if Branch doesn't scoop it up the
Falcons get to punt.
and 10 at the 25, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, twins right.
They ran play action to Blount. Brady got sacked by old enemy Dwight
Freeney. 2nd and 15 at the 30, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Trips-left
Strong shotgun. Brady had time. He threw it to Whites. He had swung out of
the backfield on the opposite side of the Trips.
and 11, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide, Trips right Weak shotgun. Mitchell
was lined up on the outside. He got an outside release. Then he swam over
the CB, and the CB slid down. He turned back to Brady and put his hands
ball was low and inside. "It's always been that way," Mitchell
said. "Even with the stuff I do off the field, football has always
been the forefront. Because I'm very passionate about it. It’s what
I’ve been doing since I’ve been little." He caught it as he fell
down inside, and then spun the ball over his body and slammed it on the
turf to make sure it was a First.
is amazing how much Brady trusts the rookie WR. "Malcolm’s been
incredible for us," Brady said. "And I mean, I love Malcolm as a
player, as a person. He sits right next to me every day. He’s just such
a mature young man. And he's taken everything that the team’s done with
him and dealt with it head-on." That was the 15th do or die play.
and 10 at the 19, Pats Empty. Brady hit Amendola dragging underneath
Mitchell. "In the end we got a lot of plays from our guys: our back,
our tight ends, and receivers," BB said. "Our defense and
offensive line did a tremendous job in the passrush. I mean, they hit us.
But we were able to gain quite a few yards in the passing game, and
special teams. [Allen] gave us some great kicks that put the Falcons in
some bad field position, and we covered it well. That was important
too." He turned up field for a few more.
and 3 from the 7, Pats Empty. Brady hit Amendola curling outside for a
touchdown. "Danny’s really just another returner trying to
masquerade as a wide receiver," Edelman said. "And he’s been
getting away with it." But he just had the biggest play of the game
a lot of WRs in the NFL could have made that play. "I wouldn’t say
that you can take just anybody and plug them into things on our team and
it would work, because we’re good athletes who work hard at it,"
Amendola said. "But to play for the Patriots, it might be just as
important to be smart, clever and precise. That's the real key as much as
speed, quickness, or size." That was a clever route where he: got the
outside shoulder of Collins, broke it outside, and left him in the dust.
he caught it, and fell backwards into the endzone to make sure he scored.
"We were just worrying about beating them by one point,"
Amendola told reporters after the game. "We knew we had to come out
in the second half and play no matter what. They were coming at us with a
lot of things. We just wanted to be resilient, we wanted to be tough
mentally, and we got it done." That was the 16th do or die play.
Pats lined up Empty for the 2-point conversion. "Oh, my man was
balling today," Dion said about White. "What did he have, 14
catches? Three touchdowns? Man, he came through big for us. That’s the
thing about this team. It’s always somebody different. [James] worked so
hard. I’m happy for him. He deserved it man." White motioned next
to Brady in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun.
ran the Kevin Faulk play. "It’s a play that we practiced every day,
every week," Faulk said a few years ago. "But we only ran it one
time a year. It was that type of play." Brady faked like the ball
just flew over his head, but Andrew had hiked a direct snap to White.
headed right, and gave a shimmy. "Felt like everything went in slow
motion," White said. "That's [what I] dreamed about as a kid:
ball in my hands with the game on the line, I've got to find the end zone.
All the hard work you put in all season long just for that moment, just
trying to get a victory for my teammates, is really amazing." Then he
dived into the endzone between Cannon and Shaq for the 17th do or die play
of the game.
was credited with three TDs, but in my book a 2-point conversion is a TD.
"I think James White deserves it (the Super Bowl MVP)," Brady
said. "[MVP would] be nice for him. James White is like my oldest
son." White had four TDs in that game.
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