Kurt Warner warns Jared Goff of Super Bowl's 'ebbs and flows'
Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner knows all of the pieces well. He played in three Super Bowls, two with the St. Louis Rams. One was located in Atlanta. Another was against Bill Belicheck, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
He has plenty of shareable advice for the Los Angeles Rams and quarterback Jared Goff. As a guest Tuesday on The Dan Patrick Show the two-time league MVP dished out more of the advice he gave last week on NFL Network.
“I think the one thing I would tell him is that you have to realize this game is like every other game when you get between the line. There’s ebbs and flows of every game.
I look back to my three Super Bowls. The first one, we were ahead 16-0. It was tied 16-16 in the fourth quarter. Just talked about the one in 2001. We were down 17-3, tied up at 17-17 with two minutes to go. And then the one against Pittsburgh later, we were down 10 at halftime, took the lead with two and a half minutes to go in the game.
Every game, even big games like this with high stakes, they have their ebbs and flows. Momentum shifts very quickly, and that’s what I would tell him. You’ve got to ride the waves of the Super Bowl, no matter which way it goes.
Warner led the Rams to their first and only NFL title in St. Louis with a 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans in Atlanta. Warner threw the game-winning 73-yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce with under two minutes left and the defense made a last-second tackle at the goal line.
Two years later the Patriots started their dynasty with a 20-17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Rams scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tie it, but Adam Vinatieri kicked the 48-yard winner as the clock expired.
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And during Super Bowl XLIII, Warner’s Arizona Cardinals trailed 20-7 early in the third quarter to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two touchdowns and a safety gave the Cardinals the lead with 2:37 left, though Santonio Holmes tapped his feet in the back corner of the end zone on a pass from Ben Roethlisberger to win the game in the last minute.
“You might jump up early; you’ve got to be able to sustain that. You might fall down early, similar to what they did in New Orleans. You’ve got to ride that wave. Even though it’s the biggest game of your life, even though Tom Brady is on the other sideline, and there’s a lot of pressure in that moment, you’ve got to allow the game to come to you.
And the guys who don’t do that are the ones who get blown out in Super Bowls. The guys that do that are the guys who have a chance to win late in games.”
Warner only won one Lombardi Trophy, but he rode the waves so that his team was always in the game.
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