'Losing sucks': Tom Brady was shining though leaves broken

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MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady strutted into U.S. Bank Stadium in a stylish ditch cloak and dim shades, looking as if he were about to try-out for a James Bond remake. On his approach out of Super Bowl LII, Brady seemed reduction like an movement favourite and many some-more like a male who indispensable a unbending splash or three.

He was towering down a mezzanine wearing his diversion pants and a light hoodie, his sweat-soaked hair mussed and his eye black smudged. Brady upheld Matt Patricia, a effusive defensive coordinator and Detroit Lions conduct coach-to-be, and Patricia reached out and grabbed Brady’s arm on a approach by. Brady looked down during a bearded figure in red and didn’t contend a word. He cut by a curtain, took his chair for a news discussion and attempted to explain how a male could chuck for a playoff-record 505 yards during age 40 and still feel miserable about it.

“Losing sucks,” Brady pronounced into his microphone.

Even losing valiantly while putting 33 points on a house in a building located two-and-a-half hours divided from his grandfather’s plantation in Browerville, Minnesota, where immature Tommy spent tools of his summers milking cows and fishing and puking after foolishly perplexing his uncle’s tobacco chew.

An all-grown-up Brady didn’t feel like throwing adult after a Philadelphia Eagles strip-sacked him in a final mins and kick a Patriots by a 41-33 count. He’d already played in 7 of these implausible games, all heartbreakers for one group or a other, and he’d prolonged ago supposed a terms of engagement.

“If we wish to be universe champs,” Brady said, “you have to play in this game.”

In other words, if you’re going to win 5 Super Bowl titles by a total 19 points, you’re going to get burned, too. You’re going to play 60 mins though punting a round even once, and you’re going to bond with 3 receivers — Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski — for some-more than 100 yards apiece, and you’re still going to feel as gutted as your Patriots felt a decade ago when a New York Giants derailed a 19-0 deteriorate with a array of furious and crazy plays.

Brady had come behind from 28-3 down to a Atlanta Falcons in a large diversion final year — though a then-injured Gronkowski — to win his record fifth ring in overtime. This time around, though Julian Edelman all deteriorate and though Brandin Cooks (head injury) for many of a final 3 quarters, Brady erased a 10-point necessity Sunday night and gave New England a initial lead with his third touchdown pass of a second half, a 4-yarder to Gronkowski, with 9 minutes, 22 seconds to play.

But dual second-string quarterbacks on a other side, Nick Foles and his conduct manager — an aged backup named Doug Pederson — were reveling in a biggest night of their football lives, too. As a coach, Pederson has been some-more of a riverboat gambler than Brett Favre, a Hall of Famer who played forward of Pederson, ever was as a quarterback. Pederson spent a whole deteriorate going for it on fourth down, and he wasn’t about to stop given a good Bill Belichick was station opposite from him, or given some-more than 100 million Americans were watching.

On fourth-and-goal nearby a finish of a initial half, Pederson ran a successful flea-flicker pass to Foles, who had never held an NFL throw. Better yet, Pederson ran a play after Belichick had attempted a flea-flicker pass to Brady, who forsaken a round notwithstanding a fact his formerly harmed right palm was no longer taped up. Pederson went for it again on fourth-and-1 during his possess 45 after Brady’s go-ahead touchdown, and Carson Wentz‘s physique double, Foles, respected his coach’s faith. Seven plays later, Foles found Zach Ertz for a lead a Eagles wouldn’t surrender.

Brady took a margin with 2:21 to play, a timeout and a two-minute warning in his hip pocket. Everyone had seen this film before, over and over and over. As a biggest quarterback of all time, Brady was going to expostulate a Patriots down a field, win a diversion and mangle his tie with Bart Starr for many NFL titles. He hadn’t been sacked all night, as a GOAT of descent line coaches and soon-to-be-70-year-old Dante Scarnecchia had finished a dictatorial pursuit shaping opposite Philly’s low and dangerous front.

But on a second snap, that inflexible Patriots’ wall finally caved. The Eagles’ Brandon Graham rushed tough and reached in with his left palm to hit a round out of Brady’s hold and into a arms of Derek Barnett. Philadelphia’s usually pouch and New England’s usually turnover of a night left Brady sitting on his rump, dubious over what had usually happened and anticipating opposite wish that a Tuck Rule would save him a approach it did that snowy night in Foxborough 16 years ago when a dynasty was born.

Brady had one final shot during it after a Eagles kicked a margin idea for an eight-point lead, though he was left for a kind of Hail Mary that didn’t work in New England’s second Super Bowl detriment to a Giants. With 9 seconds left, Brady took a shotgun snap, slipped divided from pressure, and heaved a round high toward Gronkowski, who had unsuccessful to locate a miscarry of Aaron Hernandez’s tip in a finish section opposite a Giants 6 years ago. The round was batted around, and this time Amendola was a one who got to it too late before it fell to a ground.

The Eagles erupted in jubilee of their initial Super Bowl victory, and their initial NFL pretension given 1960, while Brady and Belichick insincere a purpose of friendly losers as somebody else’s confetti fell around them. Belichick would contend he was unapproachable of how his group competed, and on evidence he’d offer no sum about because Malcolm Butler, a goal-line favourite in a epic Super Bowl feat over Seattle 3 years ago, didn’t see a margin on invulnerability on a night when New England’s delegate couldn’t cover or tackle anyone.

For his part, Brady criticized himself for not creation a locate of Amendola’s ideal chuck on a pretence play in a second quarter, and for unwittingly resurrecting his wife’s quote from that second Giants’ Super Bowl in Indianapolis, when Gisele responded to a derisive Giants fan with a shot during Wes Welker: “My father can't f—ing chuck a round and locate a round during a same time,” she pronounced in 2012. Brady pronounced Sunday night’s play “was there to be finished and we missed it.” The quarterback pronounced he’d held a pass in practice. “But we didn’t locate it tonight.”

On a frame sack, Brady was a bit some-more defiant. “They finished a good play during a right time,” he said. “They finished one good play during a right time.” Emphasis on “one.”

When he was finished with his presser, Brady stepped down and walked into an welcome with his former teammate, Willie McGinest, and afterwards another one with Shaun O’Hara, a member of that 2007 Giants group that denied a Patriots their ideal season. “Be proud,” O’Hara told him. “You played your donkey off.”

Brady certain did. He headed down a corridor, behind a dim curtain, and eventually finished his approach to his dilemma locker. Last year, after his enchanting opening opposite a Falcons, Brady’s locker became a stage of a weird passion play. He frantically searched for a diversion jersey that had somehow left from his bag, starting an general hunt that finished in Mexico, where a jersey was found in a possession of a credentialed publisher who had stolen it. Sunday night, Brady’s locker contained usually a chair, 4 dull hangers and some wrapped sandwiches.

He grabbed a chair, conducted an talk with his crony Jim Gray, and afterwards got adult and left into a training room. Before he’d resolved his news conference, Brady pronounced he approaching to return. “I don’t see because we wouldn’t be back,” he said.

Brady knows he can’t leave after a Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo, and he has pronounced all along that he wants to play during slightest into his mid-40s. He usually won his third joining MVP award. He usually finished a season-long hoax of a Madden Curse. He usually threw for 505 freakin’ yards in a Super Bowl.

Brady usually needs a small time to redeem from Doug Pederson, a former Eagles’ backup who once had drink and batteries thrown during him by Philly’s finest. Brady usually needs a small time to redeem from Nick Foles, who scarcely late before a 2016 deteriorate and finished adult winning a long, mislaid championship for a Eagles that Wentz was scheduled to win.

It would’ve been good to kick a Eagles for a third pretension in 4 seasons, 13 years after Brady achieved that really thing. He suspicion it was going to happen, too. On his approach out for pregame warm-ups, Brady ran into his former teammate and new Hall of Famer, Randy Moss, and screamed in his face, “Let’s go … Let’s go.”

Brady arrived during U.S. Bank Stadium a unapproachable and extreme fortifying champ, and exited a building a damaged man. Losing sucks.

Losing a Super Bowl is a lot worse than that.

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