Bill Simmons covers the insanity that was the last few minutes of Superbowl XLIX, a column made all the better by Simmons’ rabid New England fandom:
And then everything went numb.
For like three minutes.
Couldn’t react. Couldn’t feel anything.
People were yelling in disbelief all around me … I couldn’t move. They showed the replay. The football bounced off Kearse’s hands, Ryan’s hands and back up into the air. As Kearse fell on his back and tried to find the ball, safety Duron Harmon jumped over his head. Naturally, the football plopped back down off Kearse’s left leg and then his right leg, buying him time to tip it with his right hand, then it fell into his hands as he remained on his back. Also, he gave birth to a nine-pound baby just because everything else wasn’t unbelievable enough.
Hopefully the fan-cam sideline video linked in the article is still up on YouTube. I watched it about 15 times - the pre-snap movement, the pause, the speed after the snap, the uncontrollable joy from the NE players when they realised what happened, and the massive roar of the crowd. Who said the Superbowl was boring due to non partisan crowds?