It was the heavily missed impact of Tom Brady’s ‘hot hand’ that ultimately resulted in the Patriots falling to the Eagles during Super Bowl LII, asserts Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post. The Patriots are not unfamiliar with finding themselves behind. This season it was masterclasses by Brady that created some amazing comebacks. The stage was set for him to orchestrate a victory, perhaps his greatest ever. Everyone in the stadium saw it happening. But he wasn’t able to. He failed. He let the Eagles get to him. Without him delivering as everyone knows he can, the Patriots collapsed and were unable to turn the game around.
Tom Brady played, quite possibly, his best ever game during the Super Bowl. The Patriots’ loss came from everything going right for the Eagles, so it definitely wasn’t Brady's fault, holds Nick Greene of Slate. The sole sack of the game, against Brady, came at the absolutely perfect moment to prevent him from orchestrating another amazing comeback. During the game he threw for 505 yards (a Super Bowl record) and could have hardly played better. Nick Foley’s MVP performance was one factor that stood out in outdoing Brady’s great game and deciding the game in the Eagles’ favor, but the Patriots’ quarterback cannot be blamed.