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Despite season of chaos, Roger Goodell and NFL still winners after Super Bowl

Despite season of chaos, Roger Goodell and NFL still winners after Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS – The New England Patriots had fallen. So too the green and silver confetti. Half a stadium, much of America and all of Philadelphia was in a state of celebration. Nick Foles was the MVP, Bill Belichick was trying to piece together what happened and Gisele Bundchen was wandering the hallways of U.S. Bank Stadium personally congratulating Eagles players.

The whole thing seemed surreal, a lot confusing and mostly exhilarating after four hours of football.

Roger Goodell soon came marching along, surrounded by security and a sense of importance. The look on the commissioner’s face was equal parts relief, excitement and satisfaction.

Once again, the Super Bowl delivered.

Once again, after a season marked with off-field drama, scandal and suspicion, the big game came through to rekindle America’s romance with professional football.

Eagles 41, Patriots 33 in a wild shootout that was wonderfully entertaining.

Big plays, trick plays, clutch plays. A pregame that was appropriately patriotic. A halftime that was respectfully entertaining. And a football game that went all 60 minutes, not over until a Tom Brady Hail Mary bounced free.

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If you weren’t entertained, then that’s on you.

A season filled with injuries ended with a game full of star-turning performances. A year of sloppy play saw a Super Bowl, at least offensively, played to near perfection. A sport that too often is weighted to mediocrity, had brilliance across the board.

The NFL can be its own worst enemy, arrogant and controversial. There was still some of that. The Patriots’ Patrick Chung was concussed, but stayed in the game. There were two plays (both Eagles touchdowns) that rekindled the most boring debate in sports – what is and isn’t a catch.

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