MINNEAPOLIS — The greatest quarterback who ever lived, and perhaps the greatest athlete in the history of professional sports, sat, elbows on his knees, for what must have seemed like an eternity. The game-winning Super Bowl drive that he surely envisioned in his mind was over almost before it started. Tom Brady’s season was effectively over.
Brandon Graham had managed to do something no one on the Eagles could accomplish all evening: harass Brady, and make him even moderately uncomfortable. What seemed impossible for four quarters had just become Brady’s reality at the very moment when yet another legacy-defining drive was in his midst.
But Graham had intervened, plowing through the line,while Brady was about to pass, and the Eagles had possession and a five-point lead with roughly two minutes to play. And as Eagles defenders ran like giddy children to their sideline and celebrated their looming Lombardi Trophy, there Brady sat, his backside square on the 28-yard line, right on the middle of the large Super Bowl LII logo painted on the turf at US Bank Stadium.