Scott Underwood column: Patriots suck the life out of Super Bowl

Super Bowl Appetizers

Pundits said the same thing before the NFC Championship because Ryan was the only quarterback that hadn't been to a Super Bowl. "We love playing for one another [and] we love representing this city, this town, this region".

"It's been a great season and we've accomplished a lot, but we've still got one more to go", he said.

Ryan said once all of the hoopla is out of the way, he and his team will really be able to zero in on Manning's words of wisdom. It has become a divisive issue within locker rooms.

Then there was that whole legal thing between the two of them.

All three paid a visit to the school previous year and were gifted commemorative golden footballs. In six National Football League seasons, Jones has earned All-Pro recognition twice and four Pro Bowl invitations.

Brown was an 8th round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft (the last year the draft lasted longer than seven rounds) and after four years in the NFL, through the 1996 season, Brown had a mere 403 career receiving yards. Jones' average of 96.3 receiving yards per game during his career is the best in National Football League history.

It's hard to fathom that Brady, when he was called upon to replace Drew Bledsoe thanks to an injury caused by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, would ultimately play his way into the conversation alongside Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas and - eventually - Peyton Maning as the best to ever play the position. Don't believe me? Just ask Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Emmanual Sanders, Jordan Matthews and the laundry list of guys who have taken some vicious hits. "I was in Boston two years ago for the divisional and the championship games. It's not me against one other person". By the end of September, after the team had beaten the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints on the road, bookmakers began thinking the Falcons could be contenders, and the odds of them winning the Super Bowl shifted to 40-1.

"It's a regular week for me", Jones said.

"He deserves to be in that gold jacket", Belichick said, before handing the microphone to special teams captain Matthew Slater, whom he referred to as a "tremendous leader, a tremendous player and a great person". "We've just got to keep preparing and doing what we're doing". We're at the Super Bowl, it doesn't get any better than that. It's not an exaggeration to say that the Patriots' quarterback has been counting down the seconds until next Sunday's showdown with the Falcons in Houston for about a year. FOX will televise the game.