Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon (27) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
2. 3rd-and-14 To Jules
Down by 10 points to arguably the best secondary of all time, with under 11 minutes left, the Patriots were facing a game-deciding 3rd down. If they fail to pick this up, it is highly unlikely they win the football game. So what do they do? They turn to their bread-and-butter: Tom Brady, to Julian Edelman.
Provided with excellent protection, Brady slides up in the pocket, and hits a crossing Jules for 21 yards. Edelman reeled in the bullet from Brady, while taking a monstrous shot from safety Kam Chancellor. In fact, Edelman got up after the hit trying to gain more yards, but it was later determined that his knee had touched.
Not only did this play pick up the first down, but I think it gave Seattle a message. Edelman took a shot from the biggest hitter in the league, and popped up ready for more. The Pats refused to go down without a fight, and unlike most teams, they would not be intimidated by the “big, bad” Seahawks.