Last night’s Super Bowl game was one for the ages. Against all odds, with a 28-3 lead Falcons, the Pats somehow turned the tables in the final moments of the game. Absolutely incredible!
By Jeff Howe
Forget the redemption tour. Forget the revenge. Forget the vitriol against the NFL and its commissioner.
Tom Brady and the Patriots rewrote the history books and the storylines last night with their epic, 34-28 win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
The Pats trailed 28-3 midway through the third quarter before ripping off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots’ 10-point comeback two years ago against the Seahawks was the previous best rally.
Brady completed 43-of-62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and he was 12-of-16 for 150 yards on the tying and winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime. The five-time champion led his 51st game-winning drive in the 51st Super Bowl.
“We know what we’re all about,” Brady said. “That’s what it comes down to. We believe in one another.”
James White scored on a 2-yard run in overtime to cap the greatest performance of his career. He had six carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns and a Super Bowl-record 14 receptions for 110 yards and a score.
“You couldn’t even write this script,” White said. “You could never imagine it.”
The Patriots found a small spark when Brady hit White for a 5-yard touchdown that made it 28-9 with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski added a 33-yard field goal with 9:44 to play in the fourth, and the Pats down 28-12.
But the comeback truly began with 8:24 to play in the fourth. Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan, and Alan Branch recovered at the Falcons 25. Five plays later, Brady and Danny Amendola hooked up for a 6-yard touchdown, and White scored a two-point conversion on a direct snap to make it 28-20.
“The strip sack was huge,” Brady said. “That got us right back in it.”