The New England Patriots are this year's Super Bowl champions after outlasting the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 last night.
Back on September 30 though, after a humiliating blowout defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, few were predicting that Bill Belichick and co would even come close to the NFL's season finale.
Julian Edelman, speaking in the press conference after Super Bowl XLIX, wasn't about to let those who came down hard on the Patriots early on in the season get away with it - singling out one former NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst in particular.
Trent Dilfer was the man in Edelman's cross hairs with the man who scored the game-winning TD citing one particular comment from the ESPN analyst on the night of the Patriots' Chiefs defeat that now looks pretty stupid.
"You go in, we're getting our teeth kicked in by Kansas City," began Edelman.
"You lose that game, we come back, we win some games and now we're Super Bowl champs. What did Trent Dilfer say? That the Patriots are the worst team? They can't win? You know, it's unbelievable to hear that guy say that. It's embarrassing for him."
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These are the comments Edelman is referring to:
Dilfer retracted the statement several months ago - the day after the Patriots dismantled the Denver Broncos 43-21 in Week 9 to move to a 7-2 record - but clearly Julian Edelman wasn't in the mood to let old dogs lie.
The media were quick to jump on the Patriots as they limped out of the gates early on in the 2014 season and it is clear that New England's players have used that as a motivating factor through the remainder of the campaign and ultimately into Sunday night's Super Bowl.
The Patriots are no strangers to bad press but, whist deflategate will rumble on into the offseason, Edelman and his teammates ensured at least one night where no-one could criticize them.
The diminutive wide receiver himself put in an MVP-worthy performance on the field, racking up 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown as well as several key catches to keep New England in the hunt.
What do you think Patriots fans? Were you still confident your team could go all the way after that Chiefs game? Let us know in the comments section below...
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