The New England Patriots are the new football world champions after their amazing comeback over the Atlanta Falcons. After trailing by 25 points late in the 3rd quarter, the Patriots pulled off a stunning comeback and scored the last 31 points of the game. The Patriots set a new record for the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, annihilating the old record of 10 points. This game also had many firsts and records. First, James White set the record for most receptions in a Super Bowl game with 14. Than, Tom Brady set the record for most passing yards in a game, most Super Bowls won by a quarterback, with 5, and most Super Bowl MVPs, with 4. The game was also the first Super Bowl ever to go into overtime. Grady Jarret also tied the record for most sacks in a Super Bowl, with 3. The Falcons were in control after forcing the Patriots onto a 3 and out and on their first offensive play running for 37 yards with Devonta Freeman. They then proceeded to punt and their defense showed again that they can slow down the Patriots offense. The Falcons punted again, and the Patriots offense finally got going. On 1st and 10 at the Falcons 33, though, Legarrette Blount fumbled and it was recovered by Robert Alford(the fumble was forced by rookie Deion Jones). The Falcons finished their following drive with the first touchdown of the game, a five yard rush by Freeman to begin the 28-3 run. The Patriots than went 3 and out again and punted. The Falcons scored again on a 19 yard pass to Austin Hooper. The Patriots drove again, getting the ball to the Falcon 23 before Brady threw a interception to Alford that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown to make the score 21-0(it was Brady’s first pick-six since 2015). The Patriot’s offense kept going, and Stephen Gostkowski hit a 41 yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half. After a amazing halftime performance by Lady Gaga, the Falcons started with the ball to begin the second half. Both teams went three and out, but the Falcons scored again with a six yard pass from Matt Ryan to Tevin Coleman. The Patriots than scored on a five-yard pass to James White but missed the extra point. What else could go wrong for them? This: After their touchdown with the score 28-9, their onsides kick failed and the Falcons had the ball at their 41. Lucky for the Patriots, the Falcons went -15 yards and punted again on the first play of the 4th quarter. So the Patriots had 15 minutes to score 19 points without the great clutch man Rob Gronkowski. How could they win? They drove down the field, but their drive stalled and they were forced to kick a 33 yard field goal after a sack on first and goal and third and goal, both by Grady Jarrett. Luckily for the Patriots, on 3rd and 1 from the Falcons 36, Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan back at the 25 and it was recovered by Alan Branch. They proceeded to score with Danny Amendola from six yards out. James White ran for the conversion off of a direct snap. The Falcons got the ball and drove into field goal range, but a penalty and a sack turned into a punt. The Patriots got the ball at the 9 with 3:30 left and drove 91 yards in 10 plays for the game tying touchdown and conversion(touchdown by White, conversion by Amendola) with 57 seconds left. The Falcons punted and the Patriots almost pulled off a game-winning touchdown with a fake kneel. Dion Lewis was hurt on the play, but he returned. The Patriots won the coin toss, chose to receive, and played great offense before securing the win with a James White 2 yard run. By rule, the Falcons didn’t get the ball back and the Patriots won the Super Bowl. This was a amazing win, capped by many amazing catches, and was probably the best Super Bowl in the past couple of years.

Resources:

http://www.si.com/nfl/2017/02/05/super-bowl-biggest-comebacks-patriots

http://www.espn.com/nfl/game?gameId=400927752

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/which-nfl-players-have-won-most-super-bowl-mvp-awards-1604532

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