Patriots Pull Off Biggest Comeback in NFL Post Season History to Win Super Bowl LI

Those who turned off the Super Bowl when the Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots 28-3 in the third quarter missed out on some NFL history. The young Falcons team had the veteran Patriots on the ropes, but couldn’t keep them there. The Patriots defense, which had looked anything but super in the first half, shut down the Falcons’ high powered offense and QB Tom Brady went to work. Brady and company sliced through the Falcons’ defense, something they couldn’t do in the first half, and tied the score at 28-28 to send the game into overtime. It was the first Super Bowl to extend beyond regulation.

The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to receive. At this point, the result was almost anti-climatic; Brady took the Patriots downfield, and less than four minutes later it was over.

On the eighth play of the drive, running back James White scored on a two yard run to win it 34-28. The comeback from a 25 point deficit was the largest comeback in NFL post season history.

Tom Brady set a record for the most passing yards ever in a Super Bowl (446) and also set a record by winning his fourth Super Bowl MVP Award in his fifth Super Bowl victory. An argument could be made that running back James White could be a co MVP with Brady: White scored three touchdowns and a two point conversion and set a record with 20 points scored. But Brady is cementing his reputation as the greatest ever at his position, as is coach Bill Belichick.

Here’s a link to the highlight reel.

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