By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
We have been handing our Awards for the 2017 calendar year. That includes tonight’s selection of the Game of the Year.
Our pick for the Game of the Year comes from Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons played each other in the biggest game of the season on February 5th, 2017.
The game initially started with a scoreless first quarter. Then, the Falcons scored 21 straight points.
Right before halftime, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal. Lady Gaga then came out and did her thing.
Atlanta scored again, as Tevin Coleman caught a six-yard touchdown reception to increase their lead to 28-3 in the third quarter.
The Patriots then mounted an historic comeback. James White, who was named the game’s MVP, caught a five-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady at 2:06 left in the third quarter. Gostkowski missed an extra point.
Gostkowski would atone for himself after the missed extra point to make a 33-yard field goal at 9:44 left in the game. Four minutes later, Danny Amendola caught a six-yard touchdown reception — and the two-point conversion was good.
Then, with less than a minute left in the game, White had a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 28 all.
This Super Bowl was the first in the 51-year history to go into overtime. Several minutes into overtime, White scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Brady, the Patriots quarterback, went 43 of 62 for 466 passing yards. He had two touchdowns and an interception.
LeGarrette Blount had 11 carries for 31 yards. White had six carries for 29 yards, including two touchdowns. Dion Lewis had six carries for 27 yards.
White had 14 receptions for 110 yards, including a touchdown. Julian Edelman had five receptions for 87 yards. Amendola had eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Mitchell had six receptions for 70 yards.
Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, went 17 of 23 for 284 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns.
Devonta Freeman had 11 carries for 75 yards, including a touchdown. Coleman also had seven carries for 29 yards.
Julio Jones had four receptions for 87 yards. Taylor Gabriel had three receptions for 76 yards. Freeman had two receptions for 46 yards. Austin Hooper had three receptions for 32 yards, including a touchdown. Coleman also had a six-yard touchdown reception.
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