We all know what happened in the end, but let's not forget that before orchestrating an instantly-legendary comeback against the Atlanta Falcons and proving that freedom's enemies will always thrive in 2017, Tom Brady spent the Super Bowl playing like a god damn jamoke, to the joy of millions. The call on the field was that it was complete. Another game coming down to the end. He's got the trophies, I get it, but if you take those out of the equation, Brady has some significant competition.
"I couldn't believe he caught it", was all a stunned Alford could say.
Who should I want to win?
But almost two decades later, the Falcons have stormed back to the title game, with QB Matt Ryan being named NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year after setting Falcons franchise records for passing yards, touchdowns and more.
"It was right here", Brady said.
Asked shortly after his "hero" reply whether his father's feelings about Goodell echoed his opinion, Brady again showed vulnerability that increased his likability. He had even more time, ending an eight-play, 75-yard drive with another touchdown for White.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) that pits the champions of each of the league's conference - the AFC and the NFC - against each other for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
He hasn't cracked a smile for the past two weeks, but when he and Brady found themselves on the victory podium they laughed like schoolboys.
"Someone stole my game jersey", Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the locker room.
And it was more than retribution for being suspended four games at the beginning of the season as part of the NFL's embarrassing Deflategate debacle.
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said the Atlanta defense's "length at corner, the aggressive strong safety and the speed on defense in general" all remind him of the Seattle defense the Patriots faced in the Super Bowl two years ago. "To insinuate that somehow this year was different, that this season he competed harder or did anything to a higher degree than he did in the past in insulting, I think, to the tremendous effort and leadership and competitiveness that he's shown for the 17 years that I've coached him".
"This is unbelievable", Brady said as the red, white and blue confetti rained from the roof of NRG Stadium. If you have really good players that can play long periods of time, it's going to be a more competitive league.
Andrew Webster travelled to Houston as a guest of ESPN.