NFL Game Recaps: Super Bowl XLIX



By Walter Cherepinsky - 2/1/2015



Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

  • There have been some amazing endings to Super Bowls, most notably the Kevin Dyson tackle at the 1-yard line following the 1999 season. I remember watching that live, and this one topped that game. The Seahawks appeared to have their second-consecutive championship in the bag, following an amazing reception off a deflection to Jermaine Kearse. One play later, Marshawn Lynch push forward to the 1-yard line. With a timeout in hand, Seattle had three chances to ram the ball into the end zone.

    With all of the momentum, the Seahawks seemed to be guaranteed a victory. Lynch ran tough all evening, gaining more than four yards per carry. He would've absolutely pummeled the ball into the end zone. Instead, Seattle inexplicably decided to pass. A safe Russell Wilson pass would've been fine, but the third-year quarterback fired the pass into coverage. Rookie Malcolm Butler picked off the ball, icing the inexplicable victory for the Patriots.

    The decision was mind-boggling, and Darrell Bevell should be fired. There was no reason for Wilson to force a pass into tight coverage; let alone throw the ball. Lynch had already scored a touchdown, and New England was baiting the Seahawks to throw. In fact, both Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were talking about the Patriots letting the Seahawks score so they could have some time left for their possession. I still can't believe what happened, and I have a feeling NFL people will be dissecting Seattle's decision for years to come. The Rams-Titans Super Bowl also went down to the wire like this, but it didn't involve an awful coaching decision, nor did one team throw away a sure victory.

    The Patriots did win though, meaning Tom Brady is now one of three quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls, joining Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. That, however, is overshadowed by the fact that the team still has to deal with Deflate-Gate. If the Patriots are ultimately found guilty of deflating the footballs in previous contests, it's going to look incredibly bad for the NFL. Many of those I was watching the Super Bowl with opined that Tom Brady or Bill Belichick shouldn't have been a part of this game, and there were some who thought the Colts should've taken New England's spot in Arizona.

    The Patriots got to the Super Bowl by cheating, and they won it by cheating a bit. They got away with so many offensive pass interference penalties. They ran an incredible amount of Peyton Manning-type pick plays, yet they were whistled for just one infraction. Julian Edelman also got away with pushing off on what was ultimately the game-winning touchdown. The Patriots had to rely on lots of these sorts of gadget-type plays, as Brady didn't show any sort of ability to push the ball downfield. I wrote in my Live Super Bowl blog that Alex Smith could've piloted New England's offense. Brady was named the MVP, but all he did was dink and dunk.

    Brady should get credit for erasing a 10-point deficit in the second half, but it must be noted that he was going against a defense missing two key players. Jeremy Lane was injured on Brady's first interception, which occurred in the end zone as the quarterback was getting hit. Lane's absence was huge because he was charged with covering Edelman, and his replacement, Tharold Simon, didn't have a chance. Cliff Avril later suffered a concussion on Brady's second pick, which was forced into coverage. Avril missing was also big because he provides a strong pass rush, and Brady suddenly had tons of time in the pocket once the former Detroit Lion was gone.




  • Brady finished 37-of-50 for 328 yards, four touchdowns and the two interceptions. Brady, as mentioned, had to dink and dunk the ball for the most part. He made some clutch third-down conversions in the fourth quarter, but Seattle's defense was reeling without its star nickel corner and edge rusher. Brady, though, was unimpressive for the most part, but he did come through in big moments, which hasn't been the case for him ever since he won his third Super Bowl following the 2004 season.

  • With Brady throwing mostly short passes, Shane Vereen led the team with 11 receptions for 64 receiving yards. Edelman managed to pace the Patriots with 109 receiving yards off nine catches. He and Rob Gronkowski (6-68) both scored touchdowns. Gronkowski beat K.J. Wright downfield on the score, leaving me wondering why Kam Chancellor wasn't covering the monstrous tight end.

  • Brady's other touchdowns were fired to Brandon LaFell (4-29) and Danny Amendola (5-48). LaFell scored the first touchdown of the evening, for those who were betting on that prop. And perhaps most importantly, the Gatorade color that drenched Belichick was blue.

  • The Patriots ran the ball well in the first half, but Seattle put the clamps on LeGarrette Blount following Katy Perry's halftime show. Blount, who finished with 40 yards on 14 carries, mustered just three rushing yards on four attempts in the second half. Vereen (4-13) didn't have success either on the ground.




  • As for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson had fewer pass attempts (21) than Brady had completions. That's because the Patriots controlled the ball in the first half, and once Seattle established the lead following intermission, Bevell took the air out of the ball. Wilson did take some shots with a lead, but there were two big opportunities that the team couldn't convert. The first occurred when Kearse dropped the ball in the red zone. Seattle would've gotten at least a field goal on that possession, meaning the team could've just kneeled down and kicked at the very end to win 30-28. The second happened when Ricardo Lockette was tripped by a defensive back with about seven minutes remaining. The officials missed a blatant pass interference call, which seemed to give Collinsworth an aneurysm.

    Wilson finished 12-of-21 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and the back-breaking interception at the very end. He scrambled just three times for 39 rushing yards, as the Patriots used a spy on him. Wilson made his usual deep completions and outplayed Brady until Seattle's final offensive play of the game. Unfortunately for Wilson, he'll always be remembered for that brutal pick.

  • Wilson's top target was someone no one had ever heard of. A tall receiver named Chris Matthews nearly tallied half of Wilson's yardage, catching four balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. Had the Seahawks won, Matthews would've been second in MVP consideration after Lynch. He came out of nowhere; in fact, it was revealed that Matthews had previously worked at a Foot Locker.

  • Only two other Seahawks had more than one reception: Lockette (3-59) and Kearse (3-45). Doug Baldwin managed just one catch, but that happened to be a touchdown.

  • Lynch, as mentioned, had a big evening, especially after halftime. Lynch finished 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Of course, he could've had a 25-103-2 line had the Seahawks wanted to win the game, but stupidity prevailed. It's also worth noting that Lynch made a 31-yard reception down the sideline on the final drive of the game. The gain brought the Seahawks to midfield in a flash, and it gave them a chance to blow a potential Super Bowl victory in the most epic of fashions.

  • I'll have a recap of the commercials in the Super Bowl on my NFL Power Rankings page in a bit.
    For more thoughts, check out my updated NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.



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    Went Undrafted (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide

    Wow... this is a really bad write up. I'm not a Pats fan, but this just seems like a bitter blogger with an axe to grind. You say "If the Patriots are ultimately found guilty..." and then in the next paragraph say that they cheated to get to the Superbowl.

    Also, the idea that Brady was "mostly unimpressive" is absurd. He threw for four TDs against an elite defense, and its not like he wasn't moving the ball well against them before their nickel CB and DE went down. 

    Finally, you seriously blamed it on Seattle losing their "star nickel-back." LOL. The guy is, by definition, the third best CB on the team. Let's hold off on calling him a star, yes?
    4    0 Reply
    Bayless (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 23 day(s) ago - hide

    Here is my grade of Walt's SB Recap:

    MILLEN WITHOUT THE MEASELS VACCINE

    3    1 Reply
    PJT (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 24 day(s) ago - hide

    @Buddyo 

    Walturd still has a fan?  Let's see him reply to this one. 

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    Buddyo (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 24 day(s) ago - hide
    Walturrrd....you ugly turtledick.  I am not going to comment on how @#$@ty your picks have been this past season and how lame your excuses are in your recaps.  I'm not going to mention how you wet the bed every Thursday with loser after loser.  I am here to ask you if I can live in your garage till I get back on my feet.  Your final pick of the month Seattle and under took every possession I had.  I lost the house, my car, my dog, and my girlfriend.  As your last living fan and only remaining reader of this website can you take me in??  Pleeasse Walturd???
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    Really? (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 25 day(s) ago - hide

    This dude is a @#$@. I've followed his posts for quite some time, but I'm officially finished. This analysis is beyond stupid. 

    U mad, bro? 

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    thoughtUwereBETr-Walt (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 26 day(s) ago - hide

    I'm a big fan of this sight ( and Walt ) but I got to admit his post-SB analysis smack'd of butthurt-ness . All it consisted of was lame excuse after lame excuse .

    EXP. - According to Walt :

    The Refs suck'd for Seattle but were kind to NE ?

       I guess he missed the games opening drive ( when the zebra's blew a clear -cut roughing the punter call , depriving the Pats of a 1st down just inside 'Hawks territory ...kind of a big deal ...no ?

    Or Chris Matthews repeatedly pushing off on the undersized Kyle Arrington ( which personally I thought SHOULD be the way games are called ...let em duke it out )

     and What? ...

    NO mention of the out-of -position Ref setting a pick against Revis in the endzone ?

    BOTH TEAMS BENEFITED FROM THE REFS LETTIN' -'EM-PLAY.

    There's at least another dozen Millen-esque size gaping holes in Walts SB breakdown but I'll leave it alone .

    It was a tough BEAT DOWN for a lot people's pocketbooks.

     I really do enjoy this sight and I'm grateful to Walt for all his efforts ( I'm sure if he'd picked the Pats - the write-up may have been tilted a bit too much toward them ...human nature )

    This SB was an Instant Classic .

     It was won by the true and rightful NFL Champion and no amount of petty #Deflategate nonsense will ever change the fact that Tom Brady EARNED his record tying 3rd SB MVP and Bill Belichick EARNED his record tying 4th SB ring .

     The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS EARNED THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP .

      Openly root against them ...Rightfully point out their flaws ...but if you're truly a fan of the NFL - don't embarrass yourself by denying that in 2014 ...the Pats were the NFL's best .

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    Bauer21 (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 26 day(s) ago - hide

    I'm usually one for sticking up for Walt when he defends his losses but some of the reasoning in this post is absurd. Yes, that was bad luck at the end, but only with Seattle's horseshoe up their ass did it ever have a chance to be anything. Not to mention, Lynch was 1 for 6 from the one yard line all season... but nobody mentions that. Don't get me wrong, I was fully expecting them to run it but this whole "worst call in Superbowl history" is being blown completely out of proportion. If this happened in the 2nd quarter, would it have ever even made headlines... no.

    As for the accusation that New England's receivers were pushing off all night, I find this comical. I do not like New England at all, but I could not stop thinking all game how Seattle was fishing for calls. The game winning touchdown that you pointed to was especially true of this. He barely touched him and he was 15 feet open. That is just bad defending, but of course there he was, yelling at the ref to throw a flag. Watch the game again; it is actually comical because after every single catch there is a Seattle defender whining for a call. Also, no mention of Seattle's touchdown when Revis was blatantly interfered with by the Ref.  

    Finally, bringing up Deflate-Gate again just puts the final stamp on how pathetic this post is. You yourself said that Brady played better in the second half against Indy after the balls were checked, but now that you lost you bring it back up hoping for some sort of redemption.

    I have always appreciated all the work you put into this site and have defended you when people bash your picks. However, this recap is pure bull@#$@ and you need to be a hell of a lot more humble when you lose.

      
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    Murfdigidy (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 26 day(s) ago - hide

    I just caught this at the end,  Walter said Wilson outplayed Brady. Dude I know u bet Seattle and are salty you lost,  but if you expect people to take you seriously you need to be just as objective in losing as you are in winning.  

    I mean anyone without a crack pipe that thinks Wilson outplayed Brady knows zero about football or are just salty Seattle lost.  

    I cant believe how f'n lucky Wilson kept getting all game.  I mean how many times can this guy throw a 30 40 yard pass into a clearly covered receiver and pray they catch it.  He must have had 4 to 5 of those hailmary BS completions including the flukiest one of all at the end to kearse. So don't give me the Bull@#$@ that Wilson played better,  because bradys completions,  as short as they were,  were of much better quality.  

    Everyone talks about the horrible call by Carroll,  Easy to say in hindsight.  What more people need to discuss is just how f'n lucky Seattle was to even be 1st and goal after yet another hail Mary,  throw it up in the air and pray my receiver catches it completion to Kearse. 

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    CCrab (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    I have read this site for a few years, as it offers "forms" of info on the NFL, but after reading Walt's pathetic sour grapes recap of the Super Bowl, I realize I am wasting my time at this site.  I cannot even believe this guys bets on NFL games - clueless.  Bye Bye Walt!
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    Spankytheho (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Walt, get over yourself dude.  You put Brady as one of your 10 most overrated players for this season on some bad analysis and what must have been some sour grapes toward him.  You said he wasn't clutch anymore.  He goes out and scores 2 come from behind td's in the superbowl against the best defense in the league and now you say in your analysis that Russell Wilson outplayed Brady except for the interception?!  Are you crazy?  Brady had to dink and dunk the entire time?  Yes, he had to throw a lot of short passes.  Seattle plays a lot of cover 3 which is weak only to deep passes and short passes.  NE doesn't have a deep threat, so guess what!  Short passes it is!  Ask Peyton and Aaron how throwing midfield passes went for them.  It might look sexier, but they lost!  I've read your site now for 2 years and I do find it comical.  I think that you are witty and write entertaining stuff, but your analysis of NFL games is deeply flawed by your personal bias and true lack of knowledge of how certain defenses and offenses work.  You bet like $800 on Manziel for Christ's sake!  Overall, a coin flip is better than your picks and like most sports bettors, you are a loser.
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    Leopold Stotch (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    @Spankytheho These are all legitimate points. Walt had much invested in Brady's decline- just look back to earlier in the year and other posts. He listed Brady as one of his "top 10 most overrated players" and tried to hammer that #hotsportztake home all year long.  He also had a terrible year with his picks and does not do a particularly good job of evaluating games and matchups and makes a lot of over-generalized assumptions. Where he is certainly good is noticing betting trends and he picks up on those things from time to time. And also notice how in a number of his recaps, after a loss, he would simply excuse it by saying his incorrect pick was "the right side." No. If you picked the game wrong, you did not have the right side. It's the exact same thing as saying "they lost but they won." 

    This is definitely sour grapes. He did terribly on his picks of the month this year and this one appeared to not be made for the right reasons either - if you go back, a number of his reasons were entirely fallacial or just wrong. He noted Circadian rhythms- for a game where the teams spent over a week in Arizona preparing and the Pats would have easily adjusted to the time change by Sunday. He noted that the superior QB seldom covers and used a sampling bias of only the past 13 years- not to mention his analysis of the QB matchups and who was the superior QB was only about 50% accurate. He noted strength of schedule and incorrectly stated the Seahawks had the stronger schedule this year- they did not, by any indicator you use. Deflategate as a distraction? Didn't look like it. Bill Belichick completely outcoached Pete Carroll and Bevell in this game and won the chess match hands down. Tharold Simon is not a significant downgrade from Jeremy Lane (who himself is not that good) by any means and Edelman did not push off at all on that TD- he made the same exact move he had made on the previous TD drive on the play Brady overthrew him. If anything, Simon should have known it was coming. And any pushoff was hardly as egregious as Matthews on Arrington on a 45 yard pass in the third quarter. 

    Fact is, Walter just got burned and my guess is he did in fact lose a lot of money on this game.
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    Jake F (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    @Spankytheho It's funny, I just looked back at the Brady overrated thing, and Walt said, "as the Brady we once saw lead fourth-quarter comebacks is long gone." even though he had a league-high 5 fourth-quarter comebacks in 2013.  
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    Jake F (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    @Spankytheho It's funny, I just looked back at the Brady overrated thing, and Walt said, "as the Brady we once saw lead fourth-quarter comebacks is long gone." even though he had a league-high 5 fourth-quarter comebacks in 2013.  
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    Jake F (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    Yikes, this seems like more of a Seahawks-excuse making article than a game review.  I don't get how the refs not making calls is cheating either.  Oh well.
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    Bet of The Year!! (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 27 day(s) ago - hide
    Seven Units on Seattle!  That is comedy...
    3    0 Reply
    glenn (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Lol walt you are so damn salty about losing your name might as well be morton seasalt
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    Big Dog (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    Walt face it Hawks were the wrong side. 

    Hawks wasted two timeouts in last two minutes.  Hoodie didn't call timeout forcing Hawks to stress out facing clock winding down thus forcing the bad pass. 

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    ajk (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    Disappointing, Walt.

    I've been following you since the Pats last won, and respect your dedication to the site over these years. But this is really bad. 

    The Pats made more plays. The officials sucked as usual, SEA should have been flagged for 15 on the first punt, etc. Pats left tons of plays on the field in the first half. The SEA end of first half TD was amazing, but an incredibly lucky sequence. Revis got picked by the ump on a TD, very unlucky on that. Just a great game with the better team winning. Butler was beastly all night when you re-watch.

    No once cares that the Pats are a helmet catch and Welker drop from 6-0 in SBs with BB and TB. Shit happens.

    You did get one thing right. Epic game, maybe best SB ever.

    BTW, that Pats hate? come on. They are just better, and people cannot accept it; but good handicappers should understand that.

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    DaveDan (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    Walt,  you let emotion get the best of you in the SB column.  A column I hope you later recognize as poorly penned.    When emotions run strong, I usually use the 24 hour rule before taking any action.  But I suppose in media you don't have that luxury.  

    You can do much better than this.   I am hugely dissappointed.... 

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    5isNext (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Walt... This is bad. I didn't know you would stoop this low. "The Patriots cheated to get here, and won it by cheating a bit." That's the single-most idiotic thing you've ever posted on this site. Look, I know you made this game your pick of the month, so you feel a certain way. But, the last couple years your credibility has taken a hit, especially with picks, and your weekly pick recaps are hilarious. "Brady was unimpressive." It's ludicrous. Consider giving up betting and just stick with mocks. When was the last time anyone did that to Seattle? Take what they give. Walt.....this is bad.
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    Wildcats#9 (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Lol got to the Superbowl by cheating. Cheating how? Only one ball was found at least 1 PSI lower than 12.5 PSI and the rest that were under investigation was only a couple of ticks aka .1, .2 etc. So basically one at 11.5 and a handful around 12.2-12.4. How is that cheating? The one ball with 1 PSI less is obviously a concern and it was the ball the Colts gave the refs that they said was bad. But obviously nothing fishy about that. As for the rest its easy to lose a little air over time. But it still didn't matter. They won the game vs the Colts with the Ref-Approved balls in the 2nd half if you want to erase the first half points with the questionable balls. Didn't change the outcome at all.

    As for cheating in the SB? You really had to stretch for that one didn't you? They pushed off just as much as Seattle's WRs did. As for Brady vs Seattle's D, he scored 14 points against them in the 1st half and was playing pretty easily against them. 2nd half adjustments and it was harder but he still scored against them.

    If you're so mad about losing money and decide to take it out on the winner's then maybe you should look for a new job or stop betting. You put your money on the wrong team. Man up and quit crying. If anyone is to take you seriously you have to do a better job of being unbiased and knowledgeable about the game. Something that this article shows you are incapable of.
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    Haters_Forever (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Cheaters...  Wow!!  I guess you have to look for any excuse when you put all those units on the line and lose, and are having a losing season...  It can't be about your bad call -- you got to put the blame on someone else...  You blew it this game and most of the season... No reason to take any of the analysis of this site serious anymore... I can do better flipping a coin!  Haters are always gonna be haters!
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    RamsFan13 (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    As a Rams fan I unfortunately agree this ending destroys the ending to the Rams v Titans Superbowl.  Real question is why does this writer hate the pats so much and love the Hawks?  I wouldn't say NE WR's pushed off any more than SEA WR's did, and the roughing the kicker penalty by rule should have been the 15 yd variety (though I didn't think it was such a bad hit).  Also guys get injured, that doesn't make the game unfair, and calling jeremy lane a "star" is a bit of a reach.  Great game by both side.
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    Dro (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    I'll always wonder why people like to use the Dyson play as the gold standard for a big end to a Super Bowl. It would have been had it been, say, a 4 point lead, as that would have been do or die for both teams, but it was a 7 point difference. Still excellent, but this was at least as amazing a play in an even bigger spot given the score difference.

    Meanwhile, believe that the Patriots could have been called for OPI, that's perfectly reasonable...but "cheating"? If every team does it (ala holding, another example of players just doing their best and if the refs don't see a violation that's not the player's fault), then it's part of the game, and therefore not cheating. Grow the F up, man.

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    PigsofSunday 1 Posts (7 )
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    The ending to this seems very fishy to me.  Passing the ball, New England not calling a timeout.  Reminds me of when Emmit fumbled the ball forward out of his own end zone handing the game to Washington some 25 years ago.  Even though I picked New England, really smells.
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    Ben (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide
    Sorry Walt but if you are going to claim (incorrectly) that Edelman pushed off on that touchdown but not say anything about Matthews' blatant offensive PI, you clearly aren't looking at this game objectively.
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    PATSROOL (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 29 day(s) ago - hide

    Not to mention, Belochick OUTCOACHED Pete Carroll.

    Matthews creating problems? Browner erased him.

    Carroll wasting timeouts forcing him to throw on 2nd down near the goal line

    Arrington getting shredded, pulled him from the game

    on and on it goes.... 

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    IssacH (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 29 day(s) ago - hide

    @PATSROOL

    100 yards receiving and a TD isn't exactly what I call "erased."

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    PATSTOOL (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    @IssacH 

    Hey Meatstick, how many of those catches were against Browner. ERASED.


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    PATSROOL (Anonymous Poster)
    5 month(s) 28 day(s) ago - hide

    @IssacH 

    He was erased after they put Browner on him Meatstick. Can you read?

    i wrote... Matthews causing problems? Browner erased him.

    but why am I arguing with a troll and his grade six education anyways?

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