The Bill Simmons retro diary of Super Bowl XLIX captures Simmons at his absolute best. 100% accurate of what every Patriots fan was feeling, especially during the absolutely insane last minute of the game.
His description of Bill Belichick and why he is the greatest coach in football history and why this game was his signature moment is spot on:
The answer: He’s not like any other coach. Of anyone — seriously, of anyone — he’s the one guy who would stand there and say, “You know what? I think Pete Carroll might screw this up. I’m not doing anything even if I don’t have the best hand. I’m gonna let him raise the pot. CHECK.” The rest was history. Whenever you’re arguing about the greatest NFL coaches of all time, just remember the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX. The man finally gave us his version of Jordan’s game winner in the ’98 Finals. And like everything else that happened with the great Bill Belichick over the years, nobody totally believed him.