It actually happened.
For months, people have been talking about the possibility of the New England Patriots winning Super Bowl 51. The thought wasn’t about seeing Tom Brady win his 5th Super Bowl, but rather seeing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handing the Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady, who he suspended for the first four games of the season for his alleged involvement in DeflateGate.
Well, that exact scenario came to pass Sunday after the Patriots completed a historic comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime.
As he was handed the Lombardi Trophy, Goodell was booed ruthlessly as he said his remarks before handing the trophy to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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Here’s how everything went down:
Goodell: … “Robert (Kraft), you know how hard these are to get,” Goodell said while handing over the trophy. “And this is your fifth under your leadership, coach (Bill) Belichick and Tom Brady. What an unbelievable achievement for your organization. Congratulations to your organization, to your fans to your community. We’re so proud of you. Take the Super Bowl trophy home to New England.”
After Goodell handed the trophy and mic over, the crowd went from booing to cheering as loud as they could. It also helped that Kraft didn’t hold anything back about the tough year the organization had dealing with the NFL.
Kraft: “A lot has transpired over the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation,” said Kraft to the crowd. “I want to say to our fans, brilliant coaching staff and players who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest. I’m proud to say for the fifth time, we are all Patriots.”
Lastly, Brady got the last laugh of the night with an epic commercial that was pre-recorded as he took a big shot at Goodell. What a night for the Future Hall of Famer.