"Didn't I tell you we was about to get one," Sanu asked Jones.
Feeling his oats, Sanu turned to Taylor Gabriel and crowed, "They ain't never met nothing like this."
Gabriel's response, up 21-0 in the second quarter?
The second half of the Sound FX production is masterpiece theater, chronicling the most exciting 34 minutes in Super Bowl history.
Let's examine the anatomy of an epic comeback:
- Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, addressing his running backs in the face of a 21-3 deficit to start the third quarter: "Do you believe we're going to win? I do, too. Let's just play our best half. I don't want anybody to do anything that you can't do. Don't try to make it up in one play. Each play by itself, OK?"
Seconds later, Brady paced up and down past the starting offense, exhorting, "Gotta player harder, gotta player tougher. Harder, tougher everything. Everything we got!"
- As Bill Belichick eschewed a punt and opted for a fourth-and-3 pass, Matt Ryan understood it was a crucial call despite the discrepancy on the scoreboard: "Come on, D. This is huge right here, man."
"Let's make 'em pay, fellas. Let's go make 'em pay."
Jarrett proceeded to drop Brady for the second time in three plays, forcing the Patriots to settle for a field goal.
- Brady quickly converted, finding Amendola again, this time for a 6-yard touchdown that cut Atlanta's lead to one score.
"What I told you," Hightower said. "The last five minutes of the game is where the Super Bowl is made."
- After Freeman lost a yard on his next run, disaster struck for Atlanta. Ryan was sacked, Jake Matthews committed a holding penalty and the Falcons were forced to punt the ball back to the Patriots. Although play-caller Kyle Shanahan came under heavy fire for that sequence, he wasn't alone in his aggressive approach to the possession. Just before Ryan took the field, Quinn implored, "Let's go attack, Matt. Do what we do."
- An Edelman fair catch at the 9-yard line meant the Patriots would have to cover 91 yards and nail the two-point conversion to tie the game with 3:30 remaining.
"Gotta lock in now," Brady pleaded with his teammates. "Laser focus."
"Gotta believe," Edelman added. "Gotta believe now. Gotta believe, boys."
- The key play of the drive was Edelman's answer to David Tyree's helmet catch, snaring a tipped pass and capturing possession against Alford's ankle, an inch off the ground.
As he was pulling the ball away, Edelman screamed with glee, "I caught! I caught it."
Seconds later, the cameras captured Edelman and cornerback Brian Poole staring at opposite scoreboard screens.
Poole's response? "No way."
- The Patriots went on to tie the game, forcing overtime. After they won the coin toss and opted to take the opening possession, Edelman turned to Brady and offered a poignant moment:
- White capped off the winning drive with a two-yard touchdown, leading to pandemonium on the field. A jubilant Brady hugged Edelman, shouting, "Are you kidding me?"
"What'd I say at halftime?" Edelman exclaimed. "It's going to be a hell of a story. I love you, bro. Five. You did five, bro."
- Belichick found Edelman and offered his own thoughts: "They counted us out 20 times. Love it."
- Caught up in the moment, Hall of Famer Jackie Slater -- the father of Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater -- offered a passionate testimonial for Brady: "They got best quarterback in the history of the National Football League, bar none! I don't disrespect anybody, but Tom Brady's the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
- Blount caught up to Belichick and Brady, pointing and shouting first at the coach, "You're the greatest of all time! You're the greatest."
Blount then turned to Brady, poked the greatest of all time in the chest, and said, "And you're the (expletive) greatest!"