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** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning threw to Manningham, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field en route to the game-winning score ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.

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** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to.to instead. Well, Manning threw to Manningham, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field en route to the game-winning score ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.


* Super Bowl XXXVI: Rams wideout Ricky Proehl declaring, "Tonight, a dynasty is born!" It was an Oracle of Delphi-esque prediction: [[HilariousInHindsight the Patriots]] would win the game, win back-to-back Super Bowls two years later, play a perfect regular season in 2007, secure a playoff berth in fifteen of the seventeen seasons since 2001, appear in eight more Super Bowls, win three more and tie the Steelers for the record for most SB wins, in eleven more AFC title games (including eight consecutive appearances in the 2010s), become out-and-out the winningest team of the past twenty years, while the Rams would sink into mediocrity.

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* Super Bowl XXXVI: Rams wideout Ricky Proehl declaring, "Tonight, a dynasty is born!" It was an Oracle of Delphi-esque prediction: [[HilariousInHindsight the Patriots]] would win the game, win back-to-back Super Bowls two years later, play a perfect regular season in 2007, secure a playoff berth in fifteen of the seventeen seasons since 2001, appear in eight more Super Bowls, win three more and tie subsequent seasons, making it to the Steelers for the record for most SB wins, in eleven more AFC title games game eleven times (including eight consecutive appearances in the 2010s), 2010s) appear in eight more Super Bowls after that (winning five to tie the Steelers for the record for most SB wins), and generally become out-and-out the winningest team of the past twenty years, years (including posting the league's ''only'' perfect 16-game season in 2007), while the Rams would sink into mediocrity.


** Some years later, after the ''other'' flub play that Lett is famous for[[note]]In a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dolphins, Lett tried to recover a blocked field goal with 15 second left and his team up by 1. He slipped on the snow-covered field and knocked the ball away, making it a live ball, and the Dolphins recovered it at the 1-yard-line. They received a second chance at the chip-shot field goal, which they made as time ran out, winning the game.[[/note]] he received a letter from a fan, telling him to not feel down, and describing some player in the Super Bowl, who got a sure touchdown knocked out of his hands while showboating... that someone, of course, was Lett.

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** Some years later, The following year, after the ''other'' flub play that Lett is famous for[[note]]In for[[note]]in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Miami Dolphins, Lett tried -- completely unnecessarily, since Miami wasn't allowed to do anything unless Dallas touched the ball first -- to recover a blocked field goal with 15 second seconds left and his team up by 1. He slipped on the snow-covered field and knocked the ball away, making it a live ball, and 1, which allowed the Dolphins recovered it at to recover the 1-yard-line. They received ball and get a second chance try at the chip-shot winning field goal, which they made as time ran out, winning the game.[[/note]] made[[/note]], he received a letter from a fan, telling him to not feel down, and describing some player in the Super Bowl, who got a sure touchdown knocked out of his hands while showboating... that someone, of course, was Lett.


** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning did just that, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field en route to the game-winning score ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.

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** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning did just that, threw to Manningham, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field en route to the game-winning score ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.


** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions (one iffy penalty call and two very blatant no-calls), all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have ended up being for the best.)

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** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions (one iffy penalty call and two very blatant no-calls), all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might that could have ended up being for been a very bad thing in the best.long run.)


** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning did just that, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.

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** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning did just that, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field en route to the game-winning score ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.


* Super Bowl XLVI: With the Giants getting the ball first, the Patriots' defense manages to hold them back and force a punt, giving Brady and the Patriots' offense the ball... only for Brady to get flagged for intentional grounding in the endzone ''on the very first play'' of the possession, resulting in a safety, which gives the Giants two points and, potentially even more significantly, the ball back.

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* Super Bowl XLVI: With the New York Giants getting the ball first, the New England Patriots' defense manages to hold them back and force a punt, giving Brady and the Patriots' offense the ball... only for Tom Brady to get flagged for intentional grounding in the endzone ''on the very first play'' of the possession, resulting in a safety, which gives the Giants two points and, potentially even more significantly, the ball back.


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** Patriots coach Bill Belichick was caught on camera telling his players to try and prevent Giants quarterback Eli Manning from throwing to his best receivers, specifically naming #3 receiver Mario Manningham as one of the receivers they should force Manning to throw to. Well, Manning did just that, Manningham made a crazy clutch catch to help march the Giants down the field ([[HistoryRepeats where have we heard this before?]]), and the internet (especially the segment of it that dislikes Belichick and the Patriots) has never let Belichick forget his comments.


* Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese ended up leading the Dolphins to two consecutive titles (in the games following this one), but he will always be best known for being pressured backwards by the Dallas Cowboys pass rush and being dropped by Bob Lilly for a playoff record 29-yard sack.[[note]]In addition to being a playoff record, this also held the record for the longest sack in NFL history in ''any'' game until 2020.[[/note]]

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* Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese ended up leading the Dolphins to two consecutive titles (in the games following this one), but he will always be best known for being pressured backwards by the Dallas Cowboys pass rush and being dropped by Bob Lilly for a playoff record 29-yard sack.[[note]]In addition to being a playoff record, this also held the record for the longest sack in NFL history in ''any'' game until 2020.Patrick Mahomes surpassed it in Week 13 of the 2020 season.[[/note]]


* Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese ended up leading the Dolphins to two consecutive titles (in the games following this one), but he will always be best known for being pressured backwards by the Dallas Cowboys pass rush and being dropped by Bob Lilly for a playoff record 29-yard sack.

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* Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese ended up leading the Dolphins to two consecutive titles (in the games following this one), but he will always be best known for being pressured backwards by the Dallas Cowboys pass rush and being dropped by Bob Lilly for a playoff record 29-yard sack.[[note]]In addition to being a playoff record, this also held the record for the longest sack in NFL history in ''any'' game until 2020.[[/note]]


** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions (one iffy penalty call and two very blatant no-calls), all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers (who lost by just three points) could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have ended up being for the best.)

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** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions (one iffy penalty call and two very blatant no-calls), all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers (who lost by just three points) could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have ended up being for the best.)


** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions, all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers (who lost by just three points) could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have ended up being for the best.)

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** As far as what actually happened on the field, what's most remembered about the game isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the referees making no less than three questionable decisions, decisions (one iffy penalty call and two very blatant no-calls), all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers (who lost by just three points) could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have ended up being for the best.)


** However, this also ''prevented'' there from being any of these as far as actual things that happened during the game, as the pandemic that followed soon after the game clouds anything having to do with the on-the-field result. (A truly jaw-dropping moment, along the lines of Tyree's helmet catch or Butler's goal-line interception, might have endured despite this, but nothing that happened in this Super Bowl rose to that level.)

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** However, this also ''prevented'' there from being any of these as As far as actual things that what actually happened during on the game, as the pandemic that followed soon after field, what's most remembered about the game clouds anything having to do isn't the gameplay itself but the controversial officiating, with the on-the-field result. (A truly jaw-dropping moment, along referees making no less than three questionable decisions, all of them in Kansas City's favor. Had even one of those decisions gone the lines of Tyree's helmet catch or Butler's goal-line interception, other way, there's a decent chance that the 49ers (who lost by just three points) could have turned things around. (Then again, given the previous point, as crushing as it was for 49ers fans, this might have endured despite this, but nothing that happened in this Super Bowl rose to that level.ended up being for the best.)


** Note that this last play is highly controversial, and several websites, such as the [[https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/02/02/statistically-seahawks-play-call-not-bad-you-think/9Tt9A9avhWuaZGXBlTdTDI/story.html Boston Globe itself]], [[http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2015/02/why_pete_carroll_s_decision_to_pass_wasn_t_the_worst_play_call_ever.html Slate]], and others have pointed out the merits of the last play, and contested that it was a bad call. Some point out that the immediate situation did favor the pass: Seattle had its passing offense on the field, and that the Patriots had their running defense on the field. To run it in with less blockers while the Patriots had more blockers would have been difficult. As well, the clock had 26 seconds left; meaning that in order for the Seahawks to put more blockers in for the run, they would have had to call their last timeout, killing the clock and allowing the Patriots to see that they were going to try a run. [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/02/02/seahawks-marshawn-lynch-isnt-exactly-money-from-the-1-yard-line/ Others]] point out that Marshawn Lynch had only one successful Touchdown run from the one-yard line that season, out of five attempts. [[http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/102175/inside-seattles-decision-to-pass-from-the-1 Still others]] suggested that the best call would have been to ''fake'' a handoff to Lynch and then run the pass play while the Patriots defense was distracted by the fake. Statistically, the odds favored the Seahawks as well, as out of 109 passes from the one yard line, this was the ''only'' one to be intercepted. Regardless, this play will forever be a YMMV case. Like many other controversial plays, even if one side is proven without a doubt to be correct, the play will remain to be controversial.

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** Note that this last play is highly controversial, and several websites, such as the [[https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/02/02/statistically-seahawks-play-call-not-bad-you-think/9Tt9A9avhWuaZGXBlTdTDI/story.html Boston Globe itself]], [[http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2015/02/why_pete_carroll_s_decision_to_pass_wasn_t_the_worst_play_call_ever.html Slate]], and others have pointed out the merits of the last play, and contested that it was a bad call. Some point out that the immediate situation did favor the pass: Seattle had its passing offense on the field, and that the Patriots had their running defense on the field. To run it in with less blockers while the Patriots had more blockers would have been difficult. As well, the clock had 26 seconds left; meaning that in order for the Seahawks to put more blockers in for the run, they would have had to call their last timeout, killing the clock and allowing the Patriots to see that they were going to try a run. [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/02/02/seahawks-marshawn-lynch-isnt-exactly-money-from-the-1-yard-line/ Others]] point out that Marshawn Lynch had only one successful Touchdown run from the one-yard line that season, out of five attempts. [[http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/102175/inside-seattles-decision-to-pass-from-the-1 Still others]] suggested that the best call would have been to ''fake'' a handoff to Lynch and then run the pass play while to confuse the Patriots defense was distracted by and then pass the fake.ball when they wouldn't be prepared to respond to it. Statistically, the odds favored the Seahawks as well, as out of 109 passes from the one yard line, this was the ''only'' one to be intercepted. Regardless, this play will forever be a YMMV case. Like many other controversial plays, even if one side is proven without a doubt to be correct, the play will remain to be controversial.


** However, this has also ''prevented'' there from being any of these as far as actual things that happened during the game (as well as the fact that there weren't any ''truly'' jaw-dropping moments that would stand out even against this backdrop), as the pandemic that followed soon after the game clouds anything having to do with the on-the-field result.

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** However, this has also ''prevented'' there from being any of these as far as actual things that happened during the game (as well as the fact that there weren't any ''truly'' jaw-dropping moments that would stand out even against this backdrop), game, as the pandemic that followed soon after the game clouds anything having to do with the on-the-field result.result. (A truly jaw-dropping moment, along the lines of Tyree's helmet catch or Butler's goal-line interception, might have endured despite this, but nothing that happened in this Super Bowl rose to that level.)


* Super Bowl LIV is remembered not so much for what it was -- a decent if unremarkable Super Bowl where the Kansas City Chiefs came back from a late 10-point deficit against the San Francisco [=49ers=] -- but remembered instead for being one of the last big events just before the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic really started to hit the United States. In a bizarre twist of fate, [[https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/04/14/49ers-super-bowl-loss-saved-lives-in-san-francisco/ the Chiefs may have inadvertently saved hundreds of lives by winning]] for this reason. The game occurred just as cases of COVID-19 were starting to hit San Francisco, which would end up getting hit hard by the virus. Had the 49ers won the game, the resulting celebrations in San Francisco would've very likely caused the city to become even more of a massive hotspot for COVID-19. The disease hadn't yet spread to Kansas City at the time of Super Bowl LIV, meaning the celebrations there didn't pose the same health risk. As such, the pandemic that followed soon after the game clouds the celebrations or anything having to do with the on-the-field result.

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* Super Bowl LIV is remembered not so much for what it was -- a decent if unremarkable Super Bowl where the Kansas City Chiefs came back from a late 10-point deficit against the San Francisco [=49ers=] -- but remembered instead for being one of the last big events just before the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic really started to hit the United States. In a bizarre twist of fate, [[https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/04/14/49ers-super-bowl-loss-saved-lives-in-san-francisco/ the Chiefs may have inadvertently saved hundreds of lives by winning]] for this reason. The reason, as the game occurred just as cases of COVID-19 were starting to hit San Francisco, which would end up getting hit hard by the virus. Had the 49ers won the game, the resulting celebrations in San Francisco would've very likely caused the city to become even more of a massive hotspot for COVID-19. The disease hadn't yet spread to Kansas City at the time of Super Bowl LIV, meaning the celebrations there didn't pose the same health risk. As such,
** However, this has also ''prevented'' there from being any of these as far as actual things that happened during the game (as well as the fact that there weren't any ''truly'' jaw-dropping moments that would stand out even against this backdrop), as
the pandemic that followed soon after the game clouds the celebrations or anything having to do with the on-the-field result.

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