Last year I went to Super Bowl LI with my aunt and before my eyes watched the Patriots complete the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
While at the game I wanted to live in the moment, so I didn’t want to take videos of every single play, but sitting there (ok I was standing and jumping up and down) with the Patriots on the 2-yard-line in overtime, I just knew something good was about to happen.
I got my phone out, held my breath, and well, you’ll have to watch the video to see what happened next.
We had become friends with the Pats fans around us, despite never knowing their names because a bond over a common goal was all we needed to be high-fiving and hugging each other. The people in the aisle hugging didn’t know each other either, but they kept that embrace from the final touchdown in the fourth quarter to this touchdown in overtime, giving in to superstition and believing they couldn’t move while the Pats were making their comeback.
When James White crossed the goal line I heard the crowd explode like I had never heard before. Having watched many football games, and thinking about how a turnover in the end zone is definitely possible *see Malcolm Butler*, I thought there was a chance my eyes were deceiving me, White was stopped before the end zone, and these cheers were coming from Falcons fans. Then I saw the confetti.
“We just won the Super Bowllllllllllll”
Know that when the camera spins, that was one of my new Super Bowl friends picking me up and spinning me around. Falcons fans quietly exited, some taking off their jerseys, and Patriots fans became the sole occupants of NRG Stadium. None of us could believe what we had just seen and for many it had yet to kick in. Seeing a piece of sports history like that live is like nothing else I can describe and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to be there that Sunday night in Houston.
My aunt got the tickets in July and we really hoped the Patriots would make it and win, but little did we know what we would see come February 5th.