Buffalo vs Brady

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Buffalo vs Brady

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota [Courtesy of CNN]

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota [Courtesy of CNN]

Christian Petersen

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota [Courtesy of CNN]

Christian Petersen

Christian Petersen

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota [Courtesy of CNN]

Owen Bitnun, Editor

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It was 2nd and 2 with just over 2 minutes left to play in the biggest game of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, but there’s one problem: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots had the ball on the 49 yard line and were storming up the field. Nick Foles, the replacement second string Eagles quarterback watched hopefully as he was witnessing arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the game, make the beginnings of a possible game-winning drive. The Western New York native, Rob Gronkowski, was making drive-extending catches as he towered over the defense. As the spotlight was on the field, the players are fighting for their chance at winning the sought after Vince Lombardi Trophy that is “The Super Bowl”.

 With the Patriots losing 38-33 nearing the end of the 4th quarter, things were looking up for the Eagles, but us Buffalo fans know what Tom Brady is capable of doing before the clock strikes 0:00. Tom is known for his game-winning drives and his incredible precision putting the ball down the field, and the clock has never been something that has stopped Bill Belichick’s Patriots from marching down the field before.

With 4 seconds left on the clock, there was time for one last New England play. As it travels deep towards the end zone, the monstrous 6’6” Buffalo native, Rob Gronkowski was in the end zone waiting to leap and catch the game winning pass.

The pass was broken up by the Philadelphia defense, leading the Eagles to win their first ever super bowl, and Buffalo fans all over the world watched as Tom Brady missed his opportunity to get his 6th super bowl ring.

People from all over the world watched the high scoring game, but none more than Buffalo, New York where more than 56.4% of television viewers decided to tune into the game. Many people asked before the game, “If Buffalo isn’t even playing in this year’s Super Bowl then why are the Buffalo fans so invested in the primetime matchup?” With that being said, I don’t have an answer. Was it that Buffalo wanted to see Philadelphia win their first ever Super Bowl? Was it that this was the highest scoring playoff game in history which made it very entertaining to watch? Or of all things, was it that Buffalo wanted to see a few Buffalo natives play in the biggest game of their lives?

All questions considered, there are many factors that caused people to watch the game all over the world, but for Buffalo, it may have been that the Bills Mafia didn’t necessarily want the Eagles to win, they wanted to see Tom Brady lose.

When asking fans in Buffalo about how they feel about Tom Brady and the Patriots, a very large majority had a negative outlook on Tom, with most of them simply answering, “Hate them”.

The best case scenario of the Bills continuing the playoff run and making it into the Super Bowl was far out the window, but the next best thing for Buffalo had just happened– the downfall of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.