The New England Patriots are officially the best team in the NFL for 2016/2017. With the victory over the Falcons 34-28 (overtime) they become five-time Super Bowl champions.
What a way to start a game. We all thought that both offenses would be flying high. Both the Atlanta and New England defenses forced two punts each. The biggest play of the first half came to Devonta Freeman, who made a pitching play for 37 yards.
The second play of the first half gave Atlanta a boost. Deion Jones stole the ball from Legarrette Blount and gave Atlanta the first loss of the game. Freeman and Julio Jones would take over the road; Jones 2 receptions for 42 yards and Freeman 29 rushing yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run to take the 7-0 lead. Atlanta would score two more times thanks to a 19-yard catch by TE Austin Hooper and an 82-yard pick of six by Robert Alford. Steven Gostkowski would score later at the end of the first half. Atlanta had a 21-3 lead with the first possession early in the second half.
The most significant moment of this quarter? Taylor Gabriel and his head pretend to put Malcolm Butler on skates. Tevin Coleman would then catch a six-yard touchdown to take the lead 28-3.
A lot of people were probably calling the game off when the Falcons were 28-3 midway through the third quarter. But thanks to Tom Brady, the Patriots had the best comeback in NFL history. With a deficit of 19 heading into the fourth quarter, the game seemed decided.
The football gods laughed at everyone except one boy:
This. Play. It is. No. About. #SuperBowlLI
– Mark Thomas (@Mark_Thomas_II) February 6, 2017
James White then caught a five-yard touchdown with Gostkowski missing the XP, making it 28-9. Soon after, the fun would begin.
Gostkowski opened the 19-point performance in the fourth quarter with a 32-yard field goal. Dont’a Hightower would force a fumble, New England rallied. Dwight Freeney recorded a sack two plays later. Danny Amendola would then catch a touchdown pass and White would convert the two-point conversion to make the Falcons 28-20. Then White would run it for one yard to make it a two-point game. Brady would throw a screen pass to Amendola for two successful points to tie the game at 28.
The Patriots took the ball first and with the hand of Brady de Dios they would lead their team across the field. White would execute it to win the game 34-28.
Some records were tied and broken on this most epic night:
- Grady Jarrett – DT – Atlanta Falcons tied for most sacks in Super Bowl history.
- First game to go into overtime in Super Bowl history.
- James White – RB – 14 more catches in Super Bowl history.
- Tom Brady – QB – Most passing yards in Super Bowl history (466)
- Brady now has five rings, four Super Bowl MVPs and a legacy that will last a lifetime.
With this night over and 6 more months of waiting for football to start again, I leave you with this:
Ok Brady … back off now please
– FinsNation (@ MiamiFinsNati0n) February 6, 2017