HOUSTON — Down 25 points, revenge barely mattered anymore. Down 25 points, the New England Patriots, whose every day is steak and wine, needed to channel something greater. This was no longer merely their night to shove the Deflategate scandal in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s face and yank another Lombardi Trophy from his greasy hands. Down 25 points, the Patriots were struggling just to cling to their self-respect.
And then something amazing happened, something that transcends the good or evil you see in the Patriots, something that replaced petty grievances with a powerful statement about a team amid one of the most dominant eras the NFL has witnessed.Read more