By Isaiah Houde
History was made when the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit and defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
The Patriots finished the game with a 34-28 win, and they completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. This game was a shock to anyone watching — except for the players in New England’s locker room.
Kyle Van Noy is one example of a player that believed throughout the entire game that the Patriots would win. ESPN’s Logan Reardon had a Q&A with Van Noy, and asked him about the win over Atlanta.
Yeah, the whole time. You (as a fan) were probably devastated and shocked, saying the F-word a little bit. For us, we just knew that we didn’t play to our capability, and we knew that all we needed was one play to get us started. That was our mindset in the second half. In the locker room, there was really no big speech that set everyone off. We all looked at each other and said, “Let’s go to work, the right way.”
That was our mindset, just one play at a time in the game. We kept that mentality and it just snowballed and snowballed, and you couldn’t stop it once we got going. A lot of people don’t [realize it], but the defense only gave up 21 points in that game. That’s really good [going against] a team as high-powered as they were playing the entire season. We knew that we had a really good defense and we just needed to keep at...