How 'Inside the NFL's' crisp camera work and mic'd up sound makes you appreciate Edelman's Super Bowl performance even more

Alex Reimer
February 06, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Julian Edelman’s Super Bowl performance was so good, it’s sparked three days of discussion about his budding Hall of Fame candidacy. It doesn’t matter that Edelman has never led the league in any receiving category or been elected to one Pro Bowl. He has the second-most playoff catches ever behind Jerry Rice and almost single-handedly beat the Rams Sunday.

Those sentences are not as facetious as they might sound.

Super Bowl LIII will be remembered as maybe Bill Belichick’s magnum opus, putting his defensive game plan on the fast track to Canton. But it will also be remembered as the Julian Edelman Game ™. Edelman caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 141 yards in the Patriots’ 13-3 victory. His career-defining performance was captured in all of its glory on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” Tuesday.

NFL Films’ annual Super Bowl mic’d up production often sheds lots of additional insight into the big game we just witnessed. This year is no different. Upon watching the presentation Tuesday, we learned Sean McVay slobbered over Belichick in their pregame meeting –– “You’re the best, man” –– setting the tone for the evening. Belichick told his defenders in the second half, “(The Rams) don’t got anything.”

We also learned Tom Brady is the one who convinced Belichick to send out Stephen Gostkowski for the game-clinching field goal in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, opposed to going for it on 4th-and-inches. 

“Why don’t we just kick a field goal?,” Brady asked his coach. “Forty-yarder –– the game is over.” 

Belichick obliged.

But most of all, the mic’d up sound gave us a look into Brady and Edelman’s bond. In addition to simultaneously repeating each other’s mannerisms on the bench,  they can strategize to beat opposing defense with just a few words.

“If they go juke, just sit in the zone,” Brady instructed Edelman in the first half. “Can you do that?”

NFL Films’ crisp camerawork shows just how much Edelman was beating Los Angeles’ defensive backs. Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Nickell Robey-Coleman all matched up on Edelman at various points, and were burned. CBS Boston’s Michael Hurley posted some of the videos on Twitter:

Edelman could not be stopped in the postseason, catching 26 passes for 388 yards. It seemed perplexing as to why nobody could figure out how to contain Edelman, but after seeing his work up close Tuesday, those questions are a disservice to him. Edelman is really, really hard to cover. That’s why he couldn’t be stopped. 

After the game, special teams captain Matthew Slater expressed jubilation about Edelman’s MVP win, embracing his longtime teammate. It was a performance that gets better each time you watch it.