Tom Brady’s return to the Super Bowl after opening the season serving a four-game suspension will resurrect the endless DeflateGate controversy during the next two weeks. Brady will be battling Roger Goodell on the undercard before the Patriots face the Falcons in the main event.
Hopefully, the game is more interesting than story lines leading into it, which would be a rarity for this postseason. You want deflating? Look at the playoffs. All but two games were bores decided by 13 points or more. The conference championships were 23- and 19-point blowouts after the Packers and Steelers supposedly had momentum.
Momentum stops when the opposition plays defense. You’ll hear about an epic quarterback showdown between Brady and MVP candidate Matt Ryan. Brady shredded Pittsburgh for a team playoff-record 384 yards passing while Ryan threw for 392 yards, two yards short of the mark he owns with the Falcons.
But defense was a major reason both teams landed in Houston. It should be enough to keep the Super Bowl close. Two of the past four were decided by four points or less. After these playoffs, the NFL needs a good finish.