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Chris Long had doubts at halftime

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality and former NFL player Howie Long celebrates with son Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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When you fall behind 21-0 and trail 21-3 at halftime to a team that put up more points than anyone else in the league, it can be hard not to lose a little faith in your ability to win a game.

Defensive end Chris Long was one of those players. Long admitted to having some doubts when he spoke to reporters after the thrilling 34-28 overtime win, but credited defensive back Duron Harmon with helping to snap him out of his funk in time for the second half.

“I kept telling people Duron Harmon walked in and said, ‘This is going to be the best comeback of all time.,’ Long said. “And we completely believed it. We had enough guys like that that were pulling guys like me along who were down. There were some guys that were like, ‘Man, how’d we get in this hole? We’re going to keep fighting, but it’s hard to believe.’ We just kept at it.”

Long didn’t have any doubts when the game moved into overtime, calling Tom Brady an “assassin” who “tears people’s hearts out.” That gave him a chance to experience a championship after a long career on losing teams, which he called the reason why he signed with the Patriots in the first place.

“I think it’s one of those feelings, it feels amazing right now but it’s going to feel better as a memory all the time,” Long said. “That memory is never going to leave me. You feel like you’re kind of immortal.”