Two Michigan alums are going to the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady led the Patriots to a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory at Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Blake Countess — a reserve safety for the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams — also has a chance at a ring.
The 41-year old Patriots quarterback had a spotty outing. He completed 30-of-46 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed two picks. One of them came off play-action at the 1-yard line.
Tom Brady throws a TERRIBLE interception in the end zone pic.twitter.com/1GmZZLKIAM— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) January 21, 2019
In crunch time though, he guided New England to two touchdown drives. The first seized the lead back just before overtime. The latter sealed his ninth Super Bowl appearance.
His numbers in the clutch are as impressive as you'd imagine. He’s now 3-0 in playoff overtime games (which includes Super Bowl LI). He’s now led 12 game-winning drives in the postseason (44 overall in his career).
Now, he has a chance to build on his record five Super Bowl triumphs. His opponent will be the same franchise he faced when he won his first one.
Countess sustained a concussion on Dec. 30 and has yet to record a postseason stat for the Rams. Before exiting, he tallied eight tackles and a pick on defense on the year.
He also returned 17 kicks for 419 yards with a long of 40.
Super Bowl LIII kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 in Atlanta, Ga.