The Atlanta Falcons let Super Bowl LI slip from their fingers as Tom Brady led one of the most arguably greatest comebacks in Super Bowl history.
On Super Bowl Sunday night, Brady erased the New England Patriots’ 25-point deficit to win an overtime and earn the team’s fifth NFL championship and second in the past three years.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then in overtime, due to a pass interference call on the Falcons’ two-yard line, the Patriots’ running back James White scampered in for the game winning score.
Anyone tuned into the contest would have thought that the Falcons easily had the game and the Lombardi trophy in hand.
After a lackluster first quarter, the Falcons’ offense and defense picked up speed in the second quarter with 21 unanswered points while allowing a lone field goal with seconds remaining before the half.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons’ running back, began the scoring output with a 5-yard touchdown run. A little less than four minutes later, Austin Hooper, Falcons’ tightend, hauled in a 19-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan.
Robert Alford, Falcons’ cornerback, capped off the first half scoring when he stepped in front of a Brady pass and ran it 82 yards untouched for a Falcons’ defensive touchdown.
After the half, the Falcons’ offense continued their assault when Tevin Coleman, Falcons’ running back, caught Ryan’s 6-yard touchdown pass, which ultimately put the Falcons up 28-3.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, that would be the last scoring drive of the night as Brady and the Patriots delivered 31 straight points to snatch the Super Bowl win.
“You know, we all brought each other back,” Brady told the media after the game. “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.”
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