Patriots use historic comeback to beat the Falcons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On February 7, 2017 at 12:58 am EST

What a comeback! The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The Patriots scored 25 straight points to send the game into overtime for the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. When the game went into overtime, it was the first-time that the biggest game of the year needed an extra session.


James White trying to escape being tackled by Falcons defenders (Getty Images)

Then, on the opening drive of overtime, James White scored the game-winning two-yard run. White scored a Super Bowl record 20-points in the contest.

It is the fifth Super Bowl since 2001 for the Patriots. Both Tom Brady, legendary quarterback, and Bill Belichick, legendary head coach, have won five Super Bowl together, which is the most together for a coach and a quarterback in National Football League history.

The 39-year-old Brady is the second NFL player to have won five Super Bowls. Charles Haley is the other player, as he won his Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

If you include the NFL Championships, then Brady is the second quarterback ever to accomplish this feat. Legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr won the 1961, 1962, and 1965 NFL Championships, before winning the first two Super Bowls.

Brady was named the Super Bowl LI MVP. He is the first player to ever win four Super Bowl MVP’s surpassing his idol Joe Montana, who had three.

It is the second straight year a 39-yard-old quarterback has won the Super Bowl. At Super Bowl 50, former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won at 39-years-old and 320 days, while Brady won at 39-years-old and 186 days.

The Falcons led for 41 minutes and 18 seconds of the game, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information. However, the Patriots did not lead until they won the game.

Atlanta had 344 yards. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had 284 passing yards.

He accounted for two touchdowns. He hit Austin Hooper for a 19-yard touchdown reception.

Ryan also threw a six-yard touchdown reception to Tevin Coleman.

On Saturday night, Ryan was named the league MVP. He is the eighth MVP since the 2001 season to lose in the Super Bowl.

Devonta Freeman also had 75 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards. He also had a five-yard rushing touchdown.

Robert Alford also had an 87-yard interception returned for a touchdown. Alford’s interception gave the Falcons a 21-0 lead in the first quarter as Atlanta scored on two of New England’s early turnovers.

New England had 546 yards. Patriots quarterback Brady had 466 passing yards and 15 rushing yards.

Brady is only the second quarterback ever to have 400-plus passing yards in a game, joining newly-minted Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. The 466 passing yards are the most ever in a Super Bowl and tied for second-most in a NFL playoff game, as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also had 466 games in a 2011 Wild Card Round game.

During a 1986 Divisional Round game, Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar had 489 yards.

Brady accounted for two touchdowns. He threw a five-yard touchdown reception to White. Danny Amendola also caught a six-yard touchdown reception from Brady. Following Amendola’s touchdown, James white scored on a two-point conversion.

White had 29 rushing yards and a 110 receiving yards. Besides the aforementioned game-winning rushing touchdown and a five-yard touchdown reception, he also had a one-yard rushing touchdown. Following the one-yard score, Amendola caught a two-point conversion.

White set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions. He is also the first player to have three touchdowns in a Super Bowl since newly-minted Hall of Famer Terrell Davis in Super Bowl XXXII.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, White is the first player in NFL postseason history to have 10 catches, 100 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski also made two field goals.

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