Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were denied a sixth Super Bowl championship together.
But that does not diminish at all what they’ve been able to accomplish over 18 seasons in New England.
Belichick and Brady have won five of their eight Super Bowl appearances. Belichick is the only coach in NFL history with five Super Bowl titles, and one of only three head coaches to win five NFL titles. The other two? Hall of Famers George Halas and Vince Lombardi.
He’s not wrong and there could be more to come.
The 65-year-old coach and 40-year-old quarterback were asked about their futures during Super Bowl week and both vowed to return next season. There will be changes — coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are both expected to take head coaching jobs, and tight end Rob Gronkowski is contemplating retirement at the age of 28. But the Patriots still have talent on both sides of the ball and should get a healthy Julian Edelman back at receiver next season.
The two teams combined for 673 yards in the first half. Brady was over 400 yards before the end of the third quarter and threatened the all-time mark for passing yards in any game, held by Norm Van Brocklin (554)..
The Eagles marched down the field on the opening series, but settled for a field goal despite a great catch by Torrey Smith, who finished with five receptions for 49 yards.
1. Eagles running backs made the difference — Philadelphia’s trio of Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 265 yards of offense to lead the Eagles offense. Blount ran for 90 yards on 14 carries, including a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
At 42, after nine years in the NFL, running back Brandon Gold “wakes up in pain, sometimes hardly able to move.” When he went for an MRI, the doctors asked, “What kind of car accident were you in?”