There was always hope.
We in these parts have been so spoiled by the late-game heroics of Bill Belichick and crew that a Super Bowl win Sunday night seemed within reach until the last possible second, when Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass fluttered to the Minnesota turf.
Then the clock ticked to zero, and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles had won a game for the ages, 41-33. On this night, hope was for naught.
Make no mistake — the better squad won Sunday night’s high-powered shootout.
As the script is generally written around these parts, it is the other team that blinks under pressure. The Jacksonville Jaguars did it two weeks ago, leading the Patriots by 10 points late in the AFC Championship game before New England took over. And the Atlanta Falcons did it most famously last year, carrying a 28-3 lead deep into the third quarter before Brady, Julian Edelman, James White and Dont’a Hightower