What. A. Game.
Without a doubt the most exciting Super Bowl in history included multiple records, a comeback, or a choke, depending on your view, and the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
The New England Patriots were abysmal for three quarters of the Super Bowl, many were calling the game for Atlanta as they had gone up 21-3 on the heavily favored Patriots.
Tom Brady and the Patriots would not have it, however, as they came roaring back off of a critical mistake by Falcons Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan to pass the football when in field goal range, leading to a sack on MVP QB Matt Ryan that made a FG impossible and kept the game within two scores.
The Patriots scored a TD and then a unique two point conversion in which Tom Brady pretended that the ball was snapped over his head, putting them within another touchdown and extra point, which they got with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta had lost their final timeout following an unnecessary challenge of an amazing catch by Julian Edelman, as he caught the ball while lying on the ground and surrounded on three sides by Falcon defenders. This was a one play response to Atlanta WR Julio Jones, who made multiple unbelievable catches, almost always catching balls going out of bounds and often doing it while standing on one foot. They were unable to get far enough downfield for a game winning field goal, and thus the first ever Super Bowl overtime period began.
Bill Belichick and The Pats wound up running almost 100 offensive plays by the end of the game, and it showed, as the Falcons defense was completely unable to prevent the stunning comeback by New England.
The Patriots won the coin toss and took the ball, and never looked back, as the Falcons defense couldn’t get the same adrenaline shot New England found.
Brady drove his men down the field, and were put on the two yard line after a defensive pass interference penalty went against Atlanta in the end zone. James White took the ball into the end zone and gave the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title. Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, and he and Head Coach Bill Belichick their fifth ring, making a full hand, and making Brady the QB with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.
On top of that, Brady’s 466 passing yards broke the record for most in a Super Bowl, the 31 unanswered points broke the record for the biggest, best, and most exciting comeback in Super Bowl history, and may be the second biggest deficit overcome in NFL playoff history.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick may have just solidified their cases as best QB and Head Coach of all time with this amazing, heart stopping, history making victory in Super Bowl LI.