The early blocking breakdown forced the Patriots to go with more maximum protections.
But Tuck, who left briefly after apparently getting hit in the head, didn’t back down.
He kept trying to attack the Pats blockers, kept telling his teammates to believe they could get their problems fixed and insisted that the defensive line would eventually start taking down Brady.
“I think a lot of guys had their eyes lit up,” he said. “I said `This is what we’ve been working hard for all year, and we’ve got 57 seconds left to be world champs.”