Martellus Bennett describes the Patriots’ halftime locker room atmosphere during Super Bowl LI
Nancy Lane | Boston Herald
Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett may have moved on to the Green Bay Packers, but like many other people, he’ll never forget the epic comeback that happened in Super Bowl LI.
In a recent interview with INC.com, Bennett described the halftime locker room atmosphere and what sparked the Patriots into completing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
“In the Super Bowl, we were down. We were getting our (butts) kicked," Bennett said, "But the most interesting thing about that Super Bowl was that it took a collective group of guys to be together to come back. We came into the locker room at halftime, and there was no bickering, there was no bitching, there was no complaining, there was no moaning. There was no throwing chairs. There was none of this epic ‘We’re going to come back,’ ‘Rudy,’ ‘Remember the Titans’-type speech. There was none of that TV (stuff).”
“But when you looked around the locker room, you didn’t see anyone that was discouraged, and you didn’t see doubt in anyone’s eyes. And that’s, like, all 53 guys. You looked around and you could see that everybody was determined to figure out what they could do to help us win.”
With a few words about game changes and adjustments from Belichick, the Patriots, as a collective unit, marched back out on the field with a whole new mindset.
“We put our hands up, and said, ‘Hey, this is going to be written in the history books. Patriots on three. One, two, three, Patriots, break.’ We went back out and the rest is history,” Bennett continued.
Atlanta scored one more time in the third quarter, extending their lead to 25, but then things changed. The Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to win 34-28 in overtime.