The Eagles beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl thriller, and that’s fine and good.
But there’s an interesting trend that has developed in recent years between the Pats, the NFL’s dynasty, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college equivalent of New England: the two dynasties have never won a title in the same year.
In the first quarter, Jeffery scored the first touchdown of the game with an incredible effort on a leaping grab. He was draped by Eric Rowe and was still able to come down with the football:
I think (the return of injured players) will be great for us. It will elevate some of our games. When you have a little more pressure to perform, that will make our team better.
Trump stayed mostly quiet on Super Bowl Sunday. He declined to make any public prediction and refused a pregame interview with NBC. But he did congratulate the Eagles on their 41-33 win.
Notre Dame was looking to bounce back from a 6-6 finish in 2004. Weis returned to his alma mater and led the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record, before a loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2006 they went 10-3, but got blown out by LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The Irish struggled in 2007, locking up just three wins. They went 7-6 in 2008, and a 6-6 season in 2009 led the team to move on from Weis.
In 2011, Weis reunited with Crennel in Kansas City briefly as the team’s offensive coordinator. But he’s been away from the game since he was fired by the Chiefs for a “lack of on-field progress” in 2014.
Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles was the final time the Patriots’ trio of Belichick, Crennel, and Weis would share the sideline.
“It was the last time we’ll be coaching together. Potentially the last time we’ll be coaching together,” Belichick said after that Super Bowl XXXIX win, via ESPN’s Michael Smith. “It felt kind of different and strange. But if you have to go out, to go out a winner in the Super Bowl, that’s a real special feeling.”
We’ll soon find out if Patricia and McDaniels will leave New England the same way Weis and Crennel did: With a Super Bowl win over the Eagles.