With the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, the New England Patriots closed a 25 point gap to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
In what started out as a one-sided match, Atlanta had two quick strikes, both five plays each, taking less than two minutes off the game clock. In the first, Falcon running back Devonta Freeman capped off a 71-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run, followed by a drive featuring wideout Julio Jones with two impressive catches, to set up a 19-yard strike from quarterback Matt Ryan to tight end Austin Hooper, making the score 14-0 in favor of underdog Atlanta.
New England would dominate the rest of the first half in time of possession, as they put together two long drives to close out the half. The first, however ended in a pick six for the Falcons defense, as New England quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted on a short third and six, making it a brutal 21-0 with just two minutes left in the second quarter. Their last drive of the half was a bit more successful as Brady drove his team down to put three points on the board.
Even though it appeared the rout was on, we all know that you can never count out a Bill Belichick coached team led by one Tom Brady. The Falcons returned to first half form with an eight play, 85-yard drive culminating with a six-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman, putting Atlanta up 28-3. Brady and his arsenal of weapons responded with a James White touchdown, however they missed the extra point, bringing the score to 28-9. Another Brady drive fell short as the Falcons defense held them to just a field goal, leaving Atlanta with a comfortable 28-12 lead. Or so we all thought.
With just over eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Falcons finally made a mistake and it was a crucial one. Freeman missed his block, allowing the Patriots defense a sack/strip, setting New England up with great scoring position. A Danny Amendola touchdown with a two-point conversion put the game at 28-20, with just under six minutes to play in regulation. The Patriots defense stepped up when it was needed most and Brady was given the ball back with a chance to tie it all up. Assisted by an incredible once-in-a-lifetime catch by Julian Edelman, New England scored a touchdown with a two-point conversion to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
The Patriots won the coin toss, and drove the ball down to Atlanta’s two-yard line. James White dove his way into the end zone winning the game for New England, and bringing the fifth Super Bowl title to this storied franchise. This incredible win cemented this Patriots team as one of the greatest ever, in what would turn out to be one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of football.