Super Bowl LI set nearly 25 new records and tied another 7, making it the most startling and exciting in Super Bowl history! A sampling of the firsts included:
* First Super Bowl ever to go into overtime
*Tom Brady appeared in 7 Super Bowls, the most by any one player
*Bill Belichick won his 5th Super Bowl, the most games won by a head coach
*Tom Brady won his 5th Super Bowl (at age 39 no less), the most games won by any quarterback
*Most points scored: New England’s James White set two new records for a running back, 20 points and 14 receptions
*Tom Brady set a record for most receptions completed: 43
*Tom Brady also set a new record for most yards in Super Bowl history: 466
*New England Patriot’s set a new record for the largest deficit to overcome: 25 points (biggest before that had been just 10 points)
*Patriots set a new record for offensive plays: 93
*Tom Brady set a new record for most passes attempted: 63
Talk about an exciting game!! Did you watch the Super Bowl? I didn’t. Alan watched until near the end of the fourth quarter when Tevin Coleman received the six-yard pass that left the score at 28 for the Atlanta Falcons to only 3 for the New England Patriots. In all of Super Bowl history, no team had been able to recover and win with stats like that, so Alan didn’t want to stay up just to watch the bitter end. Fine by me. I was getting sleepy anyway, and I didn’t know one team from another.
Imagine our surprise the next morning when we heard that the Patriots made an unbelievable comeback, tied the score at 28:28 by the end of the game, and then went on to win 34:28 in overtime. As the beloved catcher for the the New York Yankees, Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” And, he should know, because he had a lot of exciting comebacks over the years after his games looked lost. He was a fighter! Did you know that Yogi’s record of winning 10 World Series Baseball Championships and being an 18-time All Star hasn’t been broken in the 45 years since he retired? Talk about never giving up. Super inspiring!
To me, this Super Bowl is also super inspiring! Are you struggling with something? Feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, like you’ll never be able to climb out of the hole you’re in? Your life and my life ain’t over ’til they’re over. Let’s keep fighting and never give up! Recovery from the “largest deficit in history” may seem impossible, but don’t give up and fall asleep! Victory is possible, whether it’s financial, moral, physical, emotional, spiritual, or whatever! By the way, if you’re over your head and need help, God is here; He loves you; He’s available! Just ask! It probably won’t be easy, and it probably won’t be pretty, but it’s possible. Know it. Do it!
“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory“ (Matthew 12:20, ESV).
“The Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jeremiah 31:3, ESV).
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3, ESV).
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”
(1 Corinthians 15:57, ESV).
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4, ESV).