Tom Brady made a big, big, big mistake. His pass intended for Danny Amendola on a rub route was read perfectly and picked off by Atlanta cornerback Robert Alford, who returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. It was devastating for the Patriots not only because they had driven 52 yards in 12 plays to get near the red zone, but the pick occurred with just over two minutes to play in the half. It was the first time Brady had thrown a pick six in the postseason. 21-0, Falcons.
After forcing another Patriots three-and-out, the Falcons made New England pay … quickly. Matt Ryan fired an absolute beauty of a pass to tight end Austin Hooper, who was working against man coverage in the end zone. Hooper caught the ball, which basically fell right into his arms, for a 19-yard touchdown. Julio Jones again made a key play on the scoring drive with a toe-dragging, 18-yard catch on the sideline. The five-play, 62-yard drive took just 1:49 off the clock. Of note: No team has ever come back from a two-touchdown deficit in the Super Bowl. 14-0, Falcons.
Maybe the most glaring and surprising omission from the Combine, Gilbert has been a productive, versatile and consistent edge rusher for the last two years. He was a big reason for Cheap NFL Jerseys Colorado’s surprising success this year.
As is the case with all edge rushers, the Combine testing numbers will be essential to his draft grade. Colorado is loaded with NFL talent this year, so he’ll have every Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys NFL team in attendance when he finally gets to test. But he might be the most glaring missing player at this year’s Combine.
One of the most productive small school linebackers in the country, Herdman was a late Senior Bowl call-up due to injuries at the position, and he emerged as a quality 3-4 inside linebacker prospect.
While he’s a bit stiff and wouldn’t have tested overly well in quickness-based drills, his explosiveness and power testing could have helped earn him a draft pick. After impressing in his ideal role at the Senior Bowl, Herdman is still a small school name to remember as the draft nears.