Julian Edelman Wins MVP
Some day, there will be receivers from this era considered for the Hall of Fame. There will be receivers with more athletic talent, but there will not be a receiver who was more clutch in the playoffs. Edelman had 26 catches this postseason and now has 115 playoff catches. He is second only to Jerry Rice for postseason catches. Edelman found the seam's in the Rams defense.
His 10-catch game helped tire the Rams defense. It was an amazing year for Julain Edelman who missed all of the 2017 season after tearing his ACL in preseason. He was then suspended for the first four games because of performing enhancing drugs. Edelman didn't give up. When he returned he provided energy and motivation to a team that was 2-2. Stephon Gilmore told Pats Maven several times that Edelman never let the defense rest in practice. He was a great motivator.
"He is like that grizzly old uncle that is always irritable," Matthew Slater said early in the season.
The old uncle now has an MVP trophy in his hands.
CBS Analyst Nate Buerlson said afterwards that Edelman belongs in the Hall of Fame. Hard to Argue.
Sony Michel Just Fantastic
Michel ran well early in the game - then disappeared - then returned late in the game to finish the Rams. On the drive that gave the Pats a 13-3 lead, Michel was given the ball four straight times and gashed the Rams on a 26-yard run. Michel had 41 yards on the drive. He finished with 18 carries for 94 yards.
Earlier in the year, Michel was called a bust. He just kept working hard with a laser focus. Luckily for him, he didn't own a radio. Michel became a tough between the tackles runner that wore on opponents late in the game. Rex Burkhead also was elusive for defenses who finished with seven carries for 43 yards.
Burkhead missed most of the season with a neck injury, but the postseason showed why the Pats activated him late in the year. He is good in short yardage situations late in the game.
Big game James White was quiet with only two rushes for four yards and one catch for five yards.
Notes: Deatrich Wise was active for the first time all playoffs. He played well and the rest helped. He told Pats Maven Thursday that he would be ready and he was. Great to see Jason McCourty win a Super Bowl ring. If anybody deserves it, it is McCourty who never was in the playoffs until this year. Jason McCourty is as good of a guy as there is in sports. McCourty said he has not had more fun than this season.
"0-16 last year, Super Bowl champion this year,” Jason McCourty said. “I couldn’t have thought this up man... I remember when I first came here to this team in April, there was a whole media spectacle that it wouldn’t be any fun here. It’s my third organization in my tenth season."
Jonathan Jones continued to get better as the year went on. He crushed Jared Goff when he tried to get out of bounds. The Pats fans turned the Super Bowl into a home game. Didn't feel like there were many Rams fans in attendance.