(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)
Making a permanent impression since 1994
February 11, 2002
-- Sports Column --
Super Bowl win no shock to Patriots
By T.J. O'Connor
Bill Belichick’s decision to let Tom Brady try to score from all the way down
at New England's 17 yard line with 1:30 to go in the game was so daring that Fox
Sports announcer John Madden, an expert of the game, told fans he disagreed with
coach’s move was risky. It was dangerous. But it was what the Patriots had
done all year.
handed the ball to Brady and let the second-year quarterback drive the Patriot
offense down the field and into field goal range.
Adam Vinatieri stepped out onto the field to attempt the game winning 48-yard
field goal, Patriot fans knew that
the season Vinatieri had made crucial kicks, including two field goals in the
one gave us a chance, but we put it on them,"
fans finally got to celebrate after many disappointing seasons.
the win was a surprise to everyone else, it was not a surprise to the Patriots.
The whole team went into the game expecting to win.
Patriots knew that they had a great group of football players who were capable
of winning the Super Bowl.
Patriots finished their dream season with a storybook ending -- with Vinatieri's
winning kick seen 'round the world.
"We shocked the world," Vinatieri told reporters. "We didn't shock ourselves."