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Sunday, February 5, 2017

SUPER BOWL 51: PATRIOTS STUN FALCONS 34-28 IN OT


HOUSTON - Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots' fifth NFL championship in the game's first overtime finish.

The Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White's 2-yard touchdown run in overtime beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 Sunday night.

Brady, the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings, guided the Patriots (17-2) through a tiring Atlanta defence for fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 6-yard pass to Danny Amendola and a 1-yard run by White, which came with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. White ran for the first 2-pointer and Amendola did the deed with a reception on the second.

Brady finished 43 for 62, the most attempts in Super Bowl history, for 466 yards and two touchdowns.

"You know, we all brought each other back,'' Brady said. "We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.''

Before the stunning rally - New England already held the biggest comeback in the final period when it turned around a 10-point deficit to beat Seattle two years ago - the Falcons (13-6) appeared poised to take their first NFL championship in 51 seasons. Having never been in such a pressurized environment, their previously staunch pass rush disappeared, and Brady tore them apart.

"Deflategate'' far behind them, Brady and Bill Belichick won their 25th post-season game, by far a record. It's hard to imagine a tenser victory.

Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl crowns.

The Patriots won the coin toss for overtime and it was no contest. Brady completed six passes. A pass interference call took the ball to the 2, and White scooted to his right and barely over the goal line.

His teammates streamed off the sideline to engulf White as confetti streamed down from the NRG Stadium rafters.

(AP)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

SuperBowl OT decided by a coin toss. CFL rules are way better!

Anonymous said...

Terry Bradshaw appointed Tom Brady the BEST QB on all-time in front of the world tonight.

Anonymous said...

I can never understand how a team who is leading can somehow go so conservative that they can't even play the game. Oh yes the prevent defense. When will they ever learn? Play you game as before and you will win. Prevent defenses never win ever!! Can anyone ever remember a team being up so much losing? Stupid coaching every time. DO NOT EVER PLAY PREVENT DEFENSE !!!! No Blitz. No aggressive plays and NO WIN !!! You can't win if you only play 3/4 of a game. JEEZ

Anonymous said...

So Chris Jones, you think you can win a Grey Cup without an ELITE quarterback?

WesternMBRiders said...

Wow! What a comeback or collapse, or both. I feel sorry for Atlanta. With such parity in the NFL, there is no guarantee they will make it back to the big game next year.They played a great first half and into the third, but then panicked as the "Bill and Tom Show" finally got rolling. That is coaching and execution under pressure at its finest with New England. Even if some are tired of seeing the Patriots win again, you have to hand it to them; they did not quit, and kept working to the bitter end. Hopefully, we enjoy a Grey Cup game in November of this year that is even half as good as this one was tonight. However, I doubt the Riders are in it...

Anonymous said...

Trump fixed the result. He and Brady conspired. We need protests against Trump, this is terrible!

Anonymous said...

DD is far from elite, I didn't Brady or Ryan throw balls into the dirt once!

Anonymous said...

Watching the super bowl, I finally realized that the CFL refs must be paid on commission based on the number of flags they can throw.

Gord said...

Great Super Bowl!, Bill once again made his half time adjustments better then the coach on the other sideline. Brady was spectacular in the second half. Atlanta lost the game with 4 minutes left when Matt Ryan took a sack taking them out of field goal range which would have made it a two score game.

Anonymous said...

Too bad it had to come down to a coin toss. Stupid NFL rule.

CFL is better.

Ed said...

lmao.....cfl is better...at what? certainly not football or entertaining!

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones knows that you can't win championships without an elite QB. That's why he let Durant go where he can "earn" $400K/yr without playing a single game.

Anonymous said...

That's okay Sask Rush won their 3rd in a row on the week end Go Rush Go.