Stephon Gilmore hasn’t had the best season in New England, but when the Patriots absolutely needed him to, Gilmore made the play of the game.
On fourth down, Gilmore made a leaping deflection to break up a Blake Bortles pass that stopped the Jaguars in New England territory. The Patriots picked up a first down on the ensuing drive to secure the win. The Patriots will be playing in their eighth Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era. This will be Gilmore’s first Super Bowl appearance.
Stephon Gilmore maçın en kritik savunma hamlesini uçarak yapıyor. pic.twitter.com/xISCSfaVkq
— Owl Press (@owlpressorg) January 21, 2018
Gilmore signed a 5-year, $65 million deal in the offseason, which was heavily criticized due to the Patriots’ defense early in the season and the fact that the money went to him and not Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.
He had just 2 interceptions during the regular season. But the Patriots limited the Jacksonville offense to just 6 points in the second half, and after giving up a field goal early in the fourth quarter, kept them scoreless for a majority of the final possession.
Gilmore went to the Pro Bowl last season as a member of the Buffalo Bills, which was the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2012 draft out of South Carolina.
The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.