Super Bowl 51 – Edelman’s catch
We all know the narrative of this game. New England was down 28-3 to Atlanta, and there was no way they were going to win.
We also all know how this one ends with Brady leading the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Let’s remember though who bailed Brady out on a poor decision on their game-tying drive. It was Julian Edelman.
Brady forced a ball into extremely tight, layered coverage. The ball was tipped into the air by Robert Alford, and then Edelman sprung like a squirrel back for the football.
Somehow, the ball never hit the ground, thanks to Alford’s foot and Ricardo Allen’s arm. Edelman had the awareness to grab the ball and hold onto it before he wrestled his way out of the pile.
If that ball was picked … game over.
Edelman, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, said the catch was “70% luck.” Whether it was luck or skill, it was one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl History.