New England fans will no doubt want to have this video as part of their collection which has an hour long recap of the Patriots’ 2014 regular season and postseason games, with extensive highlights of the Super Bowl XLIX win, 28-24, over the Seattle Seahawks.
Other than being a New England Patriots fan, I would rate the video to be about average. While it does a decent job of providing a nice recap of the regular season, it could have done more to build the drama throughout the season. While New England ultimately went 12-4, there was some real drama early in the season.
Despite blowing out a poor Minnesota Vikings team in Week 2, the Patriots looked very mediocre after four games. They were humiliated in Week 4 by the Kansas City Chiefs and not only looked like a pedestrian team, they looked like a bad team. The offensive line was a mess, Brady didn’t look like Brady, and the entire team looked like it could be headed to “has been” status. There was even talk in the media about Brady being benched. That’s just how bad it was.
While this video plays up the fact New England looked pretty poor in that game and captured the theme “we’re on to [choose team]” mantra the coach and players adopted after the Kansas City game, it missed a lot too. For example, it really should have included Belichick scoffing at a reporter when asking if the “QB position would be evaluated” implying Brady could be benched. And it could have shown some of the commentary in the media about the Patriots being “a bad team.” But it didn’t. And that would have made what came next even more powerful. The Patriots righted the ship and went on to win all but two of their remaining games. One was a close loss to Green Bay at Lambeau field and the final game against Buffalo where most of the starters rested. And of course, they won the Super Bowl.
The video does a better job with the playoff wins against the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts and of course the Super Bowl. The Ravens game was particularly close with tricky formations and a trick play to secure the win after being down by 14 points twice.
The New England Patriots seem to always be in heart stopping Super Bowl matchups that leave viewers on the edge of their seats until the final gun sounds. Super Bowl XLIX in which the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 is no exception. Seattle was able to pull off a miraculous drive at the end of the game to almost win it, only to be thwarted at the goal line by an interception by the unheralded rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler. The video is at its best covering this game and its magnitude for the legacy of Brady and the Patriots
Of course everyone will remember the season for the ridiculous Deflategate drama at the end of AFC Championship Game. The video never mentions it, and as a Patriots fan I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It was definitely a part of the story leading into the Super Bowl and had to be a distraction for players and coaches so I feel the video should have somehow deftly handled it because it was part of the full story of the season. That it’s completely missing seems odd.
The special features in this addition are nothing special or worth mentioning. I wish they could have put together a better package for that as they have done in the past.
Overall, of course Patriots fans like me will love the DVD despite its drawbacks.