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Today is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
So, there’s this guy named Tom Brady. Maybe you’ve heard of him …
Brady looked like what a 39-year-old quarterback should look like for the first two-and-a-half quarters of Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. Then something happened. Brady became Tom Brady again, and in the span of 16 minutes a 28-3 deficit was wiped out. Four minutes into the first Super Bowl overtime, Brady and the Patriots had their fifth championship, 34-28, with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
The Michigan man is the undisputed greatest quarterback of all-time. Land of 10’s Sean Keeler dives deeper into Brady’s night and place in history here.
Brady led four scoring drives in the fourth quarter and overtime against the Falcons when the Patriots either trailed or were tied. That raises the number of scoring drives after the start of the third quarter for him in seven Super Bowls to 12. The Patriots were leading at the start of those drives just once, against Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) February 6, 2017
Brady wasn’t the only Michigan alum to play an instrumental role in New England’s victory. Defensive lineman Alan Branch was credited with one-half of a sack and recovered a Matt Ryan fumble at the Atlanta 25 with 8:24 left in the fourth quarter. That recovery set up a short touchdown drive, and 2-point conversion, that pulled the Patriots to with eight points, 28-20, with 5:56 to play in regulation.
It was the second Super Bowl title for the 10-year veteran. He also won with New England two years ago when the Patriots beat Seattle, 28-24.
Brady pulled off a rally from 10 points down in the fourth quarter of that game. Mere child’s play compared to his latest championship.
Cracking the Top 25?
The Michigan women’s basketball team had a comeback of its own in its 72-70 win Sunday over Iowa at Crisler Center. The Wolverines (19-5, 8-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, and were down 61-52 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Nicole Munger scored on a baseline layup with 20 seconds left for the game-winning bucket. The Wolverines outscored Iowa 20-9 in the fourth quarter. Freshman Kysre Gondrezick led Michigan with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichwbball) February 6, 2017
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s team has won four games in a row and six of its last seven contests. The Wolverines are four wins away from surpassing the program’s record of 22 wins in a season.
This is the first time Michigan has won 19 of its first 24 games. It hasn’t been ranked since Jan. 21, 2013, when it was No. 23 in the AP Top-25 poll, but was just outside the Top 25 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls last week.
Four of Michigan’s five losses have come against teams ranked in the top 15 of last week’s AP poll: No. 3 Maryland, No. 6 Florida State, No. 13 UCLA and No. 14 Ohio State.
At a loss
Beating Ohio State wouldn’t have gone on the men’s basketball team’s resume as a quality win. Saturday’s 70-66 defeat, however, was a bad loss for a team that couldn’t afford one.
Michigan (14-9, 4-6) lost its second game in a row and faces a rematch with Michigan State (14-9, 6-4) Tuesday night at Crisler Center. The Wolverines led by as many as 11 points six minutes into the game but were outrebounded, 42-24, and outscored, 19-7, on second-chance points by Ohio State (14-10, 4-7).
Derrick Walton Jr. continued his strong play, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but Zak Irvin was ineffective for a second straight game. Irvin was scoreless in a 70-62 loss at Michigan State on Jan. 29, missing all eight field goal attempts he took. He was just 2 of 10 from the field against Ohio State, finishing with five points.
Michigan was feeling confident about its postseason chances following a 90-60 win against Indiana on Jan. 26, but the those good vibrations have been tempered, to say the least. Michigan has some good non-conference wins to its credit, most notably against SMU and Marquette, but its best win in the Big Ten, according to the latest NCAA RPI rankings, is against No. 71 Illinois. Michigan is No. 80 in the RPI rankings.
Michigan also hosted Ohio State in hockey over the weekend. The Wolverines won Friday’s opener 5-4 but fell to the No. 11 Buckeyes, 6-5, in Saturday’s game.
Michigan led 5-3 in the second period Saturday but Ohio State scored the final three goals of the game to salvage the weekend split.
Sophomore Cooper Marody had back-to-back three-point games, scoring a hat trick on Friday and then adding a goal and two assists on Saturday.
Michigan plays a pair of games against Michigan State this weekend. The teams face off at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday, and then at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday. Both games are at 7:30 p.m ET.