More than a few people woke up Monday morning to read a newspaper from a dimension where Tom Brady isn’t the greatest quarterback of all time.
Those subscribed to the early edition of the Boston Globe got a newspaper full of Patriots despair the day after Super Bowl 51. Boston’s paper of record went to press on its first edition with the Patriots trailing big just before half. Readers were told to visit BostonGlobe.com to see how things turned out, but it wasn’t looking good for the Patriots at press time.
“A BITTER END,” the headline reads while a defeated Tom Brady lies helplessly on the turf after throwing an interception to Falcons cornerback Robert Alford. Brady dove to catch Alford as he returned the ball 82 yards for a touchdown which put Atlanta up 21-0. Many thought the pick would be a back-breaker for the Patriots, as no team had ever overcame a 14-point deficit in a Super Bowl, let alone a three-score lead.
Instead, Brady set a Super Bowl record for yards passing and engineered one of football’s all-time great comebacks, getting some help from Julian Edelman to set up the game-tying score in the game’s final minute and taking the first possession of overtime in for a Super Bowl-winning touchdown.
Anyone who went to bed early and read their early edition before heading to work lived in a very different reality until they reached the office this morning. For many outside of Boston, it’s a reality they’d much prefer.
Here’s what the final edition looked like after the Patriots completed their comeback and won in overtime.
Who knows what their early-edition circulation is, but there are definitely a few keepsakes out there for Patriots fans who want a Dewey Defeats Truman-style newspaper to celebrate a fifth world title. Although hopefully no Falcons fans got that paper. That’s rubbing fake news ink-filled salt in the wound.