Everything about tonight’s incredible, dramatic Super Bowl that saw the New England Patriots rally back from 19 points down to win 34-28 in the first overtime championship game in NFL history begs to be turned into cinema.
I started tweeting about #DeflateGateTheMovie during the Pats’ ridiculous comeback in the fourth quarter and basically started trying to will this concept into existence because, let’s face it, I want to see that movie.
You and I both know Mark Wahlberg has already called Peter Berg and demanded a Patriots movie go into pre-production. First drafts of scripts are being written as we speak. It’s going to happen.
Here’s how I think it should go down….
The film opens with a montage of Patriots’ near misses, ending with the crazy helmet catch that helps the New York Giants defeat the Pats in Super Bowl XLII.
We then cut to Tom Brady during warmups of SB51 trying to put that out of his mind as a Roger Goodell monologue plays in the background.
Over the course of the first half, the film intercuts between on-field highlights, bench discussions and flashbacks to the darker moments of DeflateGate for Pats fans, including Brady talking to ball boys prior to the game.
The film speeds through the third quarter and goes right into the huddle for Brady’s miraculous fourth quarter comeback to tie the game, when it abruptly stops to relive Brady’s suspension being upheld and missing the first four games of the season.
Overtime ensues and the film ends with Goodell approaching Brady, fading to black just as Goodell is poised to speak.
And that’s pretty much it. It’s the only way you can make the movie compelling to Pats fans AND fans of other teams, though it’s doubtful much of the nation will end up seeing this movie anyway.
So there you go, Mark. I’ll take a story by credit and maybe a producer nod if you’re feeling extra generous.