Ex-Rider Harmon boldly predicted Patriots would win at halftime of Super Bowl

Undoubtedly there were plenty of New England Patriots who still believed they would win, even when they were down 18 points at halftime of Super Bowl LI.

But, apparently, Duron Harmon’s optimism is what really stood out from that halftime locker room on Sunday night.

The fourth-year safety and Caesar Rodney High grad was the one telling his Patriot teammates that they were going to pull out the victory.

“At halftime, Duron said it was going to be the greatest comeback of all time,” said defensive back Devin McCourty, a former Rutgers teammate of Harmon’s.

“I mean, the guy knows what he’s talking about: He went to Rutgers. He made his prediction as he was riding the (stationary) bike — it was like a movie.”

Patriots safety and Caesar Rodney product Duron Harmon celebrates after Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Even New England coach Bill Belichick remembers Harmon’s confidence.

“Duron Harmon, there he is on the stationary bike, he had a positive energy that permeated through the team, although it came from a lot of other people as well,” Belichick said after the game.

Of course, the Patriots did make the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, rallying to top the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime.

New England reeled off the final 31 points in the miraculous comeback.

Harmon contributed three tackles in helping the Patriots capture the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.

New England’s last Super Bowl also had a wild finish, with the Patriots edging Seattle on a last-minute, goal-line interception two years ago.

After watching what the Patriots have accomplished during his time in New England, the 26-year-old Harmon said there was no reason not to keep believing when things looked bleak on Sunday.

“We were never down,” said Harmon. “That’s the greatest thing about having so many leaders in the locker room. You don’t have to say much. All it was was everybody saying, ‘Come on, it’s one play. All we need is one play. All we need is one play to spark this whole team,’ and that’s what happened, man.

“We just had each other’s back. At no point did anybody blame anybody or anybody’s head was down. It was just everybody was fighting and grinding, saying, ‘It’s going to be the greatest comeback in history,’ and that’s what it was.”

By the end, when the Patriots forced OT and then won the coin toss, there were a lot of believers then that New England would win.

And Harmon was right there with them.

The Patriots’ defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was talking to his players on the sidelines about what they were going to do if the Falcons got the ball back.

“We were just like, ‘Matty P, we’re not going out there,’” said Harmon. “‘There’s no way we’re going out there. (Quarterback) Tom Brady’s in a groove. He’s doing everything we need him to do to win this game.’

“And that’s what happened. He just led the team down there.”

It was the second time that day that Harmon’s prediction came true.

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