The Patriots Will Play the Eagles in the Super Bowl, 7 Takeaways from game

 

Here are seven other takeaways from yesterday's games:

1.  As usual, there are plenty of conspiracy theories about the refs helping the Patriots win

There was a play early in the fourth quarter where Myles Jack of Jacksonville stripped the ball from Dion Lewis, and MIGHT have been able to run it all the way back for a touchdown.  But the officials blew the play dead, and a lot of people think they shouldn't have.

Meanwhile, the Patriots were penalized just once for 10 yards, while the Jags were hit with six for 98 yards.

There was also the moment right after the Patriots won, when the first person to congratulate Brady was . . . one of the officials.  Or at least that's what it looked like. 

(Here's video . . . and here's a clip of the Myles Jack play.)

 

2.  ROB GRONKOWSKI missed the second half after a massive and illegal hit to the head.

3.  BILL BELICHICK broke character a little after the game, and actually showed some emotion. 

(Here's him clapping excitedly, and here's him with Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia.)

4.  A Boston TV station used a photo of AARON HERNANDEZ of all people in a story about the Patriots win.  They later deleted it.

5.  There was a funny moment in the Philly / Minnesota game, when an on-field brawl broke out . . . and for a second, it looked like the Eagles' CHEERLEADERS were running to join in.  (Here's the clip.)

6.  The city of Philadelphia was apparently so worried about their fans going nuts that the so-called "Crisco Cops" GREASEDsome of the light poles ahead of time. 

7.  At least for now, the Eagles are the biggest Super Bowl underdogs since 2009.  One Vegas sportsbook has them as 5.5-point underdogs to the Patriots.  But they've been underdogs the past two games as well, hence all the dog masks.

 

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