The big advantage the Patriots have with the salary cap is the fact that Brady is willing to play under a $15 million-per-year contract, almost $10 million per year below his market value. He should be the league’s highest-paid quarterback, but that distinction belongs to Andrew Luck at $24.6 million per year.
It helps that Brady has a supermodel wife and a multitude of endorsements — he easily can afford to give the Patriots a $10 million cap gift each year. But he’d probably do it regardless with the understanding that the team will provide him with an excellent supporting cast to aid in the goal of winning more Super Bowls.
For the first time, the Super Bowl is going to overtime. Super Bowl 51 between the Patriots and Falcons was tied 28-28 after regulation after a furious fourth-quarter rally by Tom Brady and the Pats.
The NFL’s overtime rules are a bit involved:
If the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown on its first possession, the game is over. If a team scores on defense on the first possession of overtime, the game is over. If a team kicks a field goal on the first possession of overtime, the other team will get the ball and a chance to tie or win.
If the game is tied after both teams have had the ball once, then overtime goes to sudden death.
Unlike the regular season, the teams will play until there’s a winner, meaning there could be multiple 15-minute overtime periods.